Travel Tips & Advice on “accommodation”


One Night at Bamboo Garden Guesthouse, Fo Guang Shan Monastery

Marine Steve and I have overnighted in a rural Bangkok Monastery, Kyoto Monastery, Koyasan Monastery, a Monastery on the Tibetan Plateau, and it was time for a Taiwan Monastery, Fo Guang Shan; Taiwan’s largest Mahayana Buddhist Monastery and only 30 minutes from Kaohsiung. All I process when reading about staying in a monastery is the […]

Great Buddha Land at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, Taiwan

Foguangshan, Taiwan’s largest Mahayana Buddhist Monastery, is a 30 minute drive from Kaohsiung. Founded in 1967 by Master Hsing Yun, the order promotes Humanistic Buddhism. “Humanistic Buddhism” aims to make Buddhism relevant in the world, people’s lives and hearts. Approximately 500 monks and nuns live in this 100-acre complex of temples, colleges for monks and […]

Review of Evergreen Plaza Hotel in Tainan

The Evergreen Plaza Hotel has 197 rooms, free Wi-Fi, business center, gym, swimming pool, sauna, spa facilities, and two restaurants, one of which served a fabulous dinner buffet. Close to the Tainan City Cultural Center with its food streets, we didn’t find it necessary to revisit and eat around there once we saw what the Evergreen […]

Review of Luxurious and Gorgeous Lalu Hotel, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito visited Taiwan in 1923 and appointed The Lalu as his official home. (Well, if it was good enough for him…) He rebuilt a small wooden cabin into a two-story building and added eight guest rooms, including the East and the West wings, dining room, conference room and The Lalu became an […]

TravelsWithSheila Guide to Atacama Desert, Chile

Now available on Amazon is my latest Fast & Easy Travel Guide to Atacama Desert. Have you ever considering visiting the Atacama Desert in Chile? Mention Atacama Desert and travelers usually respond, “Huh?” Well, Atacama in Northern Chile spans 41,000 square miles across four South American countries (really) and is the driest place in the […]

Review of the Luxurious Five-Star Landis Hotel, Taipei

I had a difficult time deciding what hotel to stay at in Taipei for five nights with so many choices but finally selected The Landis Taipei, a 5-star hotel. From the moment exhausted us were escorted through the door and shown to a room to fall into a comfy bed, it was clear we made the right choice. […]

One Night at the Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt Airport, Moerfelden

Study the Salzburg transportation map to decide which of three buses to Salzburg Mozart Airport stop near your hotel.  It will take 30-45 minutes depending on traffic, and fare is 2.40 Euro per person. Salzburg Airport is located a mere 4 kilometers/2.5 miles from the center, very close. TIP: Traffic in the inner city is beyond […]

Quick Information About Frankfurt am Main Airport

It is impossible to count how many times Marine Steve and I have rushed to make connections in different terminals at huge Frankfurt am Main Airport. Many times, the connection involves an overnight hotel stay before flying on the next day. My favorite United Airlines flight between Frankfurt and Chicago happens to leave at 8:20a, making […]

What to Expect From a One-Star Hotel in Salzburg

First know that UNESCO World Heritage Salzburg is very expensive because of its popularity. With over 5.5 million visitors each year, why wouldn’t it be? It really frosted my rear end (pardon me) that we had to pay almost as much for a one-star hotel in Salzburg as we did for a three-star hotel in Saalbach that included […]

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The Lovely Three-Star Hotel Gappmaier in Saalbach, Austria

At least three planes landed in Salzburg at the same time creating mass confusion in the baggage area. Steve and I stood there watching suitcases circling the belt, mentally praying, “Please be there.” They were and our driver from Best Airport Transfers was waiting for the one hour ride to Saalbach. Happily greeted by family […]