Côte d’Ivoire

The Côte d’Ivoire, or the Ivory Coast is beautiful! About 22.7 million people live here (2015) and the capital is Yamoussoukro. The Côte d’Ivoire is a religiously secular country, with roughly equal split between Islamic and Christian followers. The official language is French. . The time zone is 4 hours ahead of EST.

In the capital, check out the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, an architectural feat and the record holder for the largest church in the world. It is absolutely stunning and worth a visit. Many people use their cameras regardless of whether they paid the fee, so it is up to the visitor to decide whether to pay or not, though the fee will go towards keeping the church well-maintained. The stained glass inside is mind-blowing when light filters through the windows just right.

Travels looking to get out of the city life can head to the well-maintained Banco National Park in Abidjan, though be prepared to plan in advance as there are a lot of mosquitoes. Bring food and water, too, if planning to be out for a while (water is a must). This is a relatively untouched jungle area, making it a great place to see different plant, bird, and butterfly species.

Zimbabwe

Spectacular Victoria Falls from the air (helicopter) Jim's Perspectives: Staying at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel in 1996 with a view of the river, was an incredible experience. We were greeted by Odell, the famed doorman who wore a red jacket adorned with hundreds...

Nauru

Jim's Perspectives: Visited this island twice in 2017, a tiny little island in the Pacific about 1900 miles north of Australia. Nauru (pronounced Now-RU) has the distinction of being the smallest island country in the entire world and has the second smallest...

Iceland

At the Blue Lagoon Spa, 2015 Spectacular scene of waterfall on the Golden Triangle tour Jim's Perspectives: The highlight of any trip to Iceland happens right after you land at the airport and are heading toward Reykjavik: visiting the Blue Lagoon spa and enjoying the...