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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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Daydreaming in Versailles – A Day Trip from Paris
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“Crazy tourists! Why did they all decide to come to Versailles at the same time?” “When do you want to go back to Paris?” “I’m tired! How long do you want to continue walking?” “What’s there to see anyways? I don’t think palaces are really that interesting anymore! No, they are in fact BORING!” “How many pictures do you need to take with that...

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Three Days in Paris – The Trip
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Having potentially set ourselves up for a disastrous first trip to Paris with a jam-packed itinerary, it’s time to assess and evaluate.   How did we do?   It’s definitely not an experience everyone (actually, most) would enjoy, but we wouldn’t change a minute of it. I’m happy to report that the trip was simultaneously exhausting and delightful, not to mention a good workout to offset...

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Three Days in Paris – Last Minute Trip Planning
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On the eve of our first trip to Paris just a little over a week ago, a dear friend emailed to warn me against letting “whirlwind travel” get in the way of true enjoyment of the City of Light. Specifically, she said, “I hope rather than trying to see everything, you approach the most romantic city in the world knowing you will return to...

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A Whimsical Afternoon at Mystica Lodge in Costa Rica
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“There is a sacred and delicious way of living life on this crazy, beautiful planet, a way of life that is full of joy, expansive in life and characterized by deep peace.” Lori Myles-Carullo There are places that draw you in despite your best efforts to resist them. Mystica Lodge in Costa Rica is one of those special places. I still remember receiving my friend...

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Thanksgiving in Costa Rica: Experiencing Pura Vida
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The moment I stepped off the plane, my body began to breathe differently. Later, I would describe it to a friend as a subtle shift from consciously having to tell my body to breathe long and deep to melting naturally into the rhythm of the earth. The minute the oxygen hit my pores, my body instinctively knew how to drink it in. We had...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 15 – Walking Tour of Santiago
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 14 – Easter Island in a Day
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 13 – Full Day in Lima, Peru
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 12 – Private Tour of the Sillustani Ruins
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 11 – Lake Titicaca and the Uros Floating Islands
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 10 – Travel to Lake Titicaca
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer to...

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Peru & Chile in 11 Days – Part 9 – Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins
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Our Itinerary: Day 1: Flight to Lima, Peru Day 2: Flight to Cusco, Peru + tour of Cusco + tour of Chinchero in Sacred Valley Day 3: Full-day tour of Sacred Valley – Pisaq (or Pisac) +  Ollantaytambo and  Moray Day 4: Full day at Machu Picchu – Travel + Intipunku Sun Gate Hike + Inca Bridge Hike + Exploring the Machu Picchu Ruins Day 5: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca, Peru + transfer...

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