Hoi An is a lovely city of lanterns. Yes, and it is not so busy as other cities we have visited, but, there are over 600 (yes, you read that right)...600+ tailor shops in Hoi An. It is simply put the 'capital of the stitches' of Viet Nam. You can literally have anything made in… Continue reading Happy Hoi An – a stitch in time, get suited
Happy 45th Anniversary Mike and Karen and as an old friend used to say, "That's a long time to be married to a strange man" (but it can go both ways). This lovely couple have been married (to each other) for 45 wonderful (depending on who you are talking to at the moment) years! That… Continue reading Long Time to Be Married to a Strange Man
The Cultural - Tour to the Royal Citadel, Tien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb at Dong Khanh at sunset was amazing. We packed a lot into this one day with a motor cycle tour in the morning and the cultural tour in the afternoon. Our guide, Thanh, was exceptional with vast amounts of knowledge about… Continue reading The Long Culture: The Old Imperial Capital of Hue
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
This lovely village of Vang Vieng is located just outside the main town. It took a few minutes to navigate the dirt roads and get to our center village. Our home stay hosts were awaiting us. After some quick introductions we were whisked off to get settled in our rooms and… Continue reading Vang Vieng Home Stay…Yay!
This evening we had the great fortune to have dinner with a local Lao family. The family prepared a traditional meal, gave us luck bracelets which tied us to the family and granted us permission (by the ancestors) to enter the home and be peaceful within. We had a beautiful ceremony with two elders and… Continue reading Evening with a Lao family
This blog is dedicated to all those who travel, either by themselves, with others, or from the comfort of their armchairs. It is intended to inspire, excite, educate, and promote knowledge. It can be a lifeline to the world around us and an outlet for the adventurer. I hope it will chronicle many a cultural… Continue reading Nostalgia …the ‘old’ blog site…
From Thailand to Laos... From Chiang Khong to the Laos boarder was pretty easy drive and an even easier crossing into Laos. Our guides on both sides were wonderful! Gotta love G@Adventures for great planning. The vans were waiting for us to take to the slow river boat down the Mighty Mekong river. A beautiful… Continue reading Down the river with you…the mighty Mekong River!
Met our G Adventures group last night and I must admit I am more than pleasantly enchanted! The meeting was informative and ...well a meeting! Introductions all around led to some interesting people with interesting stories...and I'm sure it will just get better over the next few weeks. Group dinner was awesome! No, I'm not… Continue reading The post that never went anywhere! The guff on the group and a few more items!
Driving through the areas of Sereina, Karaninia and Erathematha we were reminded of our trip quest...to find the places where the labors of heracles took place. Here we were almost at the mountain where Heracles visited the centaur Pholus. Go ahead and read about it here: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/boar.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labours_of_Hercules#Fourth_labour:_Erymanthian_Boar We also followed the trail of the… Continue reading 3rd and 4th Labors of Heracles