Elephant mahouts for a day

The importance of elephants to southeast Asian culture goes back centuries, and they are often prominently featured on temples and shrines as a sacred figure. Sadly, they have been abused in circuses and work camps, and poached for ivory, and…

Chiang Mai, Thailand- Welcome to the jungle!

The first stop on our recent trip to Thailand, was the beautiful northern city of Chiang Mai. Known for elephants, wonderful food, and beautiful temples, Chiang Mai did not disappoint! We spent our first day wandering around the city.  Tuk…

My big, fat, cherry blossom blog!

 Cherry blossom, or sakura, season in Japan is greatly celebrated, and unrivaled anywhere in the world. The importance of the cherry blossom, in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years, and signifies the beauty and impermanence of life. It is also…

A lovely hike up Mount Takao

A few weeks ago, we spent a lovely Saturday hiking to the top of Mount Takao. There was even a chair lift to take you half way up the mountain. This was certainly no Mt. Fuji… thankfully! The girls felt…

The Moomin Village

Anyone heard of the Moomin comic strip? I hadn’t either, but apparently it is a popular Finnish comic strip/book series that follows the adventures of the Moomin family (who have an hippopotamus-like appearance), in Moominvalley. So, leave it to the Japanese,…

We found the million dollar bathroom!

  By now you all know of my love for Japanese bathrooms, so when I heard that the Meguro Gajoen Hotel had a million dollar bathroom, I HAD to check it out!  Here is the beautiful entrance, so far so…

Hanoi home cooking class- delicious!

We spent our last day in Vietnam at the Hanoi Home Cooking class, to learn more about the local cuisine in a hands-on way. We were greeted at our hotel and taken to the class by our host, Lily.   The…

Hoa Lo Prison, A.K.A., the “Hanoi Hilton”

We spent the last two days of our Vietnam trip in Hanoi. After checking into our hotel, (this was a seven-different-hotels-in-nine-nights kind of a trip), we set off on foot to find the notorious Hoa Lo Prison, otherwise known as…

HaLong Bay, Vietnam- breathtaking!

After a quick flight from DaNang to Hanoi, a driver picked us up for a three hour drive to HaLong Bay. I enjoyed the scenery on the drive, and tried not to pay attention to the crazy Vietnamese driving practices!  Upon arrival at…


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