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Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur means the ‘place of devotees’, and its city center is the best preserved in the Kathmandu valley, famous for its brick buildings with detailed wood carvings.  There are more temples per foot in Bhaktapur than in either Kathmandu city or Patan.  The city was founded in the 12th century, and was part of the […]

What to Kathmandu

Kathmandu has so many things to see!  Most of the fun is getting to them though, through the crowded dusty streets choked with traffic.  Kathmandu is a big sprawling city, with several areas.  In addition to wandering around central Kathmandu, we visited Thamel (backacker central, very touristy), Patan (known for its handicrafts and beautiful durbar […]

Portraits of Nepal

 

Amber Fort • Jaipur

The Amber (pronounce as ‘Amer’, the ‘b’ is silent and you’ll see it spelled both ways) fort and palace are spectacular, perched high on the hills overlooking Jaipur and surrounded by a huge winding wall that rivals China’s.  The complex was built in the 1500s.  The palace is a labyrinth of tiny rooms full of […]

Fatehpur Sikri – The Victory City

Fatehpur Sikri- this was the original Mughal capitol, built in the 1500s but abandoned shortly after completion due to the lack of water and resources. The name means ‘victory city’, and the fort is very impressive.  It is built out of the local red sandstone, and the many buildings have intricate carvings and beautiful design […]

Soho Photo Diary 2

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh was so different than Hanoi.  It was more modern and fast paced.  We explored the city on foot during the day and at night took a motorbike food tour.  Our guides were young college girls who spoke great English.  They told us about their lives and showed us around the city in […]

Bali- Sekumpel Waterfalls

Sekumpel means ‘group’ in Indonesian, and there’s not just one waterfall here- there are seven, and the largest is 50 meters tall.  It took quite a while on the tiny windy roads to get there, but the scenery was breathtaking, all lush and green and gorgeous mountains covered in mist.  We grabbed a quick breakfast […]

Sultan Ahmet Mosque

The ‘Blue Mosque’ is in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul and was built in the early 1600s.  It is a functioning mosque, but they allow tourists in to parts of it.  It was gorgeous inside, with intricate mosaic tilework and grand domed ceilings with huge chandeliers.  I’ve heard it gets crowded, but we arrived a […]

In-N-Out Burger

Soho Photo Diary

Paris with a Pretty Girl

 

A Quick Stop in Athens

We basically had a long layover in Athens, so we decided to make the most of it with the 14 hours we had.  We put our luggage into Left Luggage at the airport and took the train into the city.  We went to the Acropolis and surrounding areas for some sightseeing.  

Hanoi Photo Diary

      Ladies sitting by their shop, and Kanya ordering a banh mi with the ever-present hot sauce in the foreground.           We saw a lot of things on motorcycles.

Gili Trawangan

Gili T is a sleepy little island off the north-east coast of Bali, just a short ferry ride away.  We took the fast boat from Amed, but you can get ferries from southern Bali as well.  There’s not much on the island, just a row of very touristy shops and restaurants.  Accommodations vary, there are […]

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

The Batu caves are huge limestone (said to be 400 million years old!) caves set into the mountains near Kuala Lumpur, with a massive golden statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity.  There are several shrines and temples, including one that depicts the well-known story of the Ramayana. The giant gold statue is of Lord Murugan, […]

Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum is a sleepy little beach town on the Turquoise coast of Turkey.  The water there is a brilliant clear blue-green, and the scenery is just as stunning.  The town is full of cute little shops and restaurants.  We took the ferry there from Kos, then had a romantic dinner on the beach of beef […]

The Adventures of Pegasus in Kos, Greece

Before our trip we saw a giant pegasus floaty that we knew WE HAD TO HAVE.  We were going to Greece.  We needed a pegasus.  For transportation. It was sold out everywhere, but I managed to find it on Ali Baba (and then kind of sort of pretended I was a vendor and used my […]

Santorini 💒

Oia in Santorini is the most picturesque place I’ve ever been- it’s all stark white and bright blue, perched up on cliffs overlooking the ocean.  The whole island is incredibly scenic, and we went exploring!  We rented a quad vehicle, and after a few mishaps (discovering it didn’t go in reverse, not actually remembering how […]

I ♡ Hawai’i – Photo Diary

A series of photos from various trips to Hawai’i…I just keep going back.  

Istanbul

Istanbul is such a beautiful city.  It’s split in two by the Bosphorus river, making it on two continents. THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL: Visit the Topkapi palace, Blue mosque, and the Hagia Sophia. At the least. There are so many beautiful historical buildings there. Go to a haman, the traditional Turkish bath! Take a […]

Morocco : Photo Diary

Postcards from Florence

Postcards from Tuscany

  ROME

White Rocks Hike, Utah

One of my all-time favorite hikes is in St. George, Utah, about a mile away from my dad’s house.  Southern Utah is full of breathtaking scenery and great hiking.  While Zion and the larger national parks are more famous, there are some great spots right by the town of St. George.  This hike is at […]

Lemonade

Lemonade is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles.  It’s cheap, fast, and delicious.  And fairly healthy (unless you get the mac and cheese, like I always do).  Lemonade restaurants have been popping up all over Los Angeles, there’s one on Abbot Kinney in Venice just a couple blocks away from my house. It’s […]

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

We flew into Cancun, did some island exploring, then went to Playa del Carmen and Tulum.  The beaches are all perfect white sand with bright turquoise water.

The Best of Australia – Photo Diary

Sydney ✈ Cairns 🚂 Cape Tribulation ⛵ Whitsunday Islands 🚐 Brisbane. Obligatory opera house viewing (not pictured, too boring), some fun in Cairns, a train up to hiking-beaching-waterfalls in Cape Tribulation, some sailing around the Whitsunday islands, and a trip to the zoo! An illustrated activity guide 😂 : Kuranda Scenic Railroad This pretty little train winds it way up through spectacular scenery, ending […]

Postcards from Venice 📍