Vientiane – The New Capital of Laos – Beauty meets Modern

A modern and upbeat city Vientiane is bustling and busy but has a bit of a laid back quality as well. Some fantastic architecture, bakeries, and yes, silk factories such as Carol Cassidy's Laos Textiles... where I bought another silk wall hanging of exquisite design and work womanship! Our hotel, the treasure Hotel, was brand… Continue reading Vientiane – The New Capital of Laos – Beauty meets Modern

Vang Vieng Town and Vilayvong Guest House

The next stop on our whirlwind tour of this area of Laos was a small town where we stayed in a Guest House called the Vilayvong. Check it out here: Located close to the river there were numerous water sports to participate in around the corner. Waterfalls, swimming, kayaking, and tubing can be purchased… Continue reading Vang Vieng Town and Vilayvong Guest House

The last day on the Mighty Mekong…to Luang Prabang

The slow boat to Luang Prabang was delightful! We passed beautifully carved mountains and even stopped at a Buddhist Temple carved out of the rock where natural caves are located. Interesting and beautiful the many Buddha icons are everywhere!               But, we were in for a wonderful surprise at… Continue reading The last day on the Mighty Mekong…to Luang Prabang

Doi Sutehep Temple (The White Elephant Temple)

Don't be put off visiting this beautiful temple because of the 309 steps...there is a funicular that takes you to the top easily. Our guide explained how the white elephant brought (some)the ashes of the Lord Buddha to this place, circled the top of the mountain three times, trumpeted three times and then fell dead!… Continue reading Doi Sutehep Temple (The White Elephant Temple)

Chiang Mai – The Park Hotel

'The Park Hotel' was very nice! The absolutely beautiful lobby was reminiscent of bygone ages where carving was a life work more than a livelihood! Beautiful painted ceilings, carved wooden doors and furniture, and filigree planters brought me back to the turn of the century...yes the previous one! The Hotel staff were efficient and kind,… Continue reading Chiang Mai – The Park Hotel

Online……off line and so it goes

The internet connections are sporadic at best and getting a strong enough signal for long enough to upload photos is a real special treat! Good internet connection today so I am working like crazy to get the photos sized and uploaded. We are 'taking it easy' at the Hotel this morning after a couple of… Continue reading Online……off line and so it goes

Wat, another wat, and another… Bangkok Temples

Today was an incredible day...we visited the many temples (wats) in Bangkok!  Check it out here: We took a motorcycle taxi  ( to the dock to catch the river ferry to the #9 dock to check out the National Museum. It was an interesting ride and had a wonderful surprise... we got to a dock… Continue reading Wat, another wat, and another… Bangkok Temples

The Sunset Beach Hotel

Another 'feels-like-home' family run hotel, the Sunset Beach Hotel, has been a favorite of ours since we stumbled upon it in 2012. It is one of the best run, most well kept, and beautiful hotels in Greece and just a short drive from Athens. The winding street coming into the small town of Xiropigado gives… Continue reading The Sunset Beach Hotel

SSP – My Review Websites!

I post reviews on a number of review websites, some of which are directly related the service offered as,, and So, the great news is that I now have my own page on and here it is: Also, on Trip Advisor I have now reached 40,000 readers! Here it is:… Continue reading SSP – My Review Websites!

Akrogiali Hotel and the Aegean Blue Doors

There are places in the world where, as soon as you enter, you know you have come home! As we walked tiredly through the Aegean blue front doors into the Akrogiali Hotel we knew we had found another home. Our host Pearsa and her mom Irenei were there to welcome us with open arms and… Continue reading Akrogiali Hotel and the Aegean Blue Doors