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A Tale of Twin Buddhas
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A Tale of Twin Buddhas

Feb 27, 2015 by

Japan is one of the best places to get lost in. Although Tokyo is a dense, sprawling metropolis of people, buildings and activity, traveling a few hours by train can land you in storybook towns that showcase Japan’s tranquil natural beauty. Legend has it that in the mid-8th century a famous monk named Tokudo directed his master craftsman to carve two mammoth eleven-faced Kan’non...

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Battle at Hiroshima
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Battle at Hiroshima

Feb 13, 2015 by

I don’t have very many pictures from our day trip to Hiroshima because when you’re fighting the last thing you want to do is snap a picture to commemorate the moment. As we made our way from Osaka to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen bullet train early one morning, I was tired, cranky and swimming dangerously low on tolerance. And then it happened, the inevitable...

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Tis the Season to be Grateful – Postcard from Prague
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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in some cases the picture cannot tell the whole story. This particular one was taken during our one day exploration of the lovely city of Prague en route to Switzerland. We had just met up with my mom who was flying in from a different city and together had grand plans for our 24 hours...

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Free Istanbul City Tour
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Free Istanbul City Tour

Dec 19, 2014 by

Sometimes the best things in travel are actually free. The best city tours are the ones that have you pondering the possibilities of a return visit even before the day’s done and we had such an experience with Turkish Airlines’ fabulous introduction to the culturally rich city of Istanbul on a recent transit. The best part? It was completely free! Passengers with connecting international...

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Unsent Letter to Mom
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Unsent Letter to Mom

Dec 17, 2014 by

  As we near the home stretch of 2014, a few pieces of unfinished business tug at my mind. One is this blog, a regretfully neglected reminder that it’s been far too long since I last sat down in front of the screen to reminisce about our travel adventures. There seems to be an increasingly inverse relationship between the frequency of blogging and our...

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Eight Things I Learned in Maui
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The more I travel, I find I am less interested in checking off bucket lists and more interested in reflecting on the imprints each place leaves on my heart. Often times this will earn me empty stares from friends when I ask how Paris made them feel instead of which places they visited. The look that basically begs, “Come again?” Jimmy has learned to...

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Five Reasons to Take Your Parents Along on Your Next Travel Adventure
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  There will be tantrums. Make no mistake that cramming 4 adults into a confined space (car, plane, hotel rooms) for extended periods of time with few intermissions for over 20+ days is a guaranteed recipe for conflict. In fact, by day 5 we’d already gone through all the different permutations of arguments. Another travel bucket list item inadvertently checked off. Even from the...

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Free Transit Tour – Best Way to Spend Five Hours in Seoul
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Ever since I’d learned that Korea’s Incheon Airport offers free sightseeing tours for transit passengers I’ve been itching to route a trip through Seoul just to experience it. For experienced DIY- travelers like ourselves, going on a run of the mill city sightseeing excursion might seem out of character, but after many days of on the road coordination and planning, there is something very...

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Thailand in April – Sightseeing in the Heat
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Having spent many idyllic vacations in Thailand during our banking stint in Asia, we are often asked, “When’s the best time to go?” Our default answer is to avoid April when the temperatures get so hot that the Thai New Year festivities revolve around splashing cold water on others to help everyone cool off (and bless them too, of course). Needless to say, sometimes...

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Maldives – What Five Days in Paradise Looks Like
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“You are on a small island floating in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean with so few other people it might as well be deserted . The water is so blue and translucent that you can see fish swimming around your feet right off the beach. And the air is so quiet you can actually hear yourself enveloped in natural silence, punctuated only...

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Maldives – Just Another Sandy Beach?
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I confess I’m not a conventional wife when it comes to travel. While most women would jump for joy at the prospect of a fancy beach vacation at one of the world’s premier luxury honeymoon meccas, my first reaction to the news that Jimmy had booked us a trip to the Maldives was, inexplicably, less than enthusiastic. “Why do we need to fly halfway...

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Summertime Travels
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Summertime Travels

Jul 21, 2014 by

It’s been a busy start to the summer! Several kind readers have written in to ask if we are still traveling and we are touched by their support for the blog and concern for us. Yes, dear readers, we are still traveling and having our minds and hearts blown open as we continue to explore more breathtaking and sacred locales around this beautiful country...

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Thoughts on Travel
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Thoughts on Travel

Jan 6, 2014 by

  New year, new blog post. Wishing everyone a year filled with all good things. This morning i reached another blogging milestone – my first vitriolic comment. Pop out the champagne, the blog is not dead! Kidding aside, the comment was actually fodder for some introspection during my morning dog walk with Jimmy, and not for the reasons you may think. Our twice daily dog...

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Fly and Ride: Fall Foliage Along the Blue Ridge Parkway
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Ever since our trip to Asheville over Labor Day weekend 2012, Jimmy has been enthralled with the notion of going back to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in the late fall. As someone who sat in the backseat during Jimmy’s first driving lesson on the freeway and survived with white knuckles to prove it, the irony is not lost on me.  The Blue Ridge...

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Return to Zion National Park
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Fall is my favorite season of the year. Somehow the fresh crisp air conjures up memories of Back-to-School, Halloween and the visceral joy of jumping on a pile of brown crunchy leaves -memories that manage to leave me feeling like a 10 year old again.  Living in the desert, the arrival of fall also means a reprieve from the grueling days of 100+ degree...

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We’re Back
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We’re Back

Oct 23, 2013 by

It’s been a rather long hiatus since my last blog post – part intentional and part due to the whimsies of everyday life that tend to creep up when you least expect them. When I first started blogging, I was struck by a statistic I came across online that stated that most blogs fall by the wayside or go stale within the first few...

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