2 of the 12 giant guardians protecting the temple: Maiyarap and Wirunchambang Welcome to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha in English)–the most sacred Buddhist temple in all of Thailand. Construction began in the late 1700s. Since it’s creation, future dynasties and kings continued to work on this incredible structure, to gain religious…Read More
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historical sites and possible snake bites
Amer Fort, perched atop the hilltops of Amer, Rajasthan, sits one of the most striking places I visited in India. When I went to the Taj Mahal, I knew it’d be great. But this old palace was such an unexpected surprise. In the valley below the old walls sits Maota Lake, reflecting the yellow structure.…Read More
Yes, this city had an insane mayor, but maybe we should know a few other things about it.
Well, this is chilly Toronto, Ontario. About 3 million people call the metropolitan area home, and that population is steadily on the rise. Believe it or not, it’s also a multicultural hub. Over half of the residents were born somewhere else. In fact, over 180 languages are spoken here. Along with a vast array of…Read More
The Eagle’s Nest of the French Mediterranean
And now, the final stop on my tour of the South of France: Èze. But first I’d like to mention what a pleasure driving has been. The country roads are just as fun as exploring the towns along the way: from vineyards to lavender fields to intensely blue waters. Èze, referred to as the eagle’s…Read More
The City of Museums
Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia! It also happens to be the largest city in the country. Like much of Croatia, the city dates back to Roman times. The remains of Andautonia, the Roman settlement during the Middle Ages, were discovered in the 1900s, revealing a sewer system, streets, and city walls. Now, the…Read More
Split was so incredible, I had to post about it twice.
Good morning from an ancient city. If you like sunrises, this is the place for you. Split gets over 2,800 hours of sunshine every year. The following images are views from the patio of the Airbnb where I stayed in Split. Terra cotta shingles are an iconic part of Croatian architecture. These brilliant red tiles…Read More
Visit a place you’ve never heard of before. Maybe Split?
Sometimes, you have the rare occasion to sleep somewhere incredible. Platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo have opened a whole new set of locations. Like the Cube House I stayed in back in 2016, the barrel hut on an Icelandic farm, or this incredible one room cabin overlooking a glacier fed lake in Norway. After arriving…Read More
Exploring One of North America’s Most Livable Cities (pssst…it’s in Canada)
When I visited Calgary back in 2016, I shared my experience with you guys. After revisiting a few years later, I found it even more charming than the first go round. Calgary sits at the junction of the Bow and Elbow River, in the transition zone between the Rockies and the Canadian prairies. When you…Read More
Explore this Starbucks and McDonald Free City in Iceland with Me
Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It’s colorful and quirky. There’s a diverse range of architecture and art. Splashes of color highlight the streets. And it’s the jumping off point for most who travel into the country. I spent the day walking around, taking it all in. I loved that there wasn’t…Read More
Strasbourg: The Christmas Market Capitol of the World!
Welcome to Strasbourg, France–the currently one of the jolliest place on planet earth! Right on the eastern boarder between France and Germany, this quaint little town dating back to at least 12BC, still proudly boasts a beautiful range of historic buildings from Medieval to Art Nouveau. Every year from the end of November through the…Read More