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
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
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…
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is always exciting in Bangkok. The street food is legendary but so are the restaurants. Breakfast was usually a buffet served at the hotel (Prime Hotel Centra Station), both hot and cold, western and Asian included. There was something for everyone and it was a delicious way to start the day.… Continue reading Bangkok… a city of temples and food!
Today was an incredible day...we visited the many temples (wats) in Bangkok! Check it out here: http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/10-temples.htm We took a motorcycle taxi (http://www.bangkok.com/information-travel-around/motorbikes.htm) 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
Wow! One of the best sites we have ever visited in Greece! The site is massive with a number of active archaeological digs happening when we were visiting. We walked for quite a while so be sure to bring hats, water and wear good shoes as the ground [as is the case with most ancient… Continue reading Ancient Messene
I post reviews on a number of review websites, some of which are directly related the service offered as booking.com, hotels.com, and tripadvisor.com. So, the great news is that I now have my own page on booking.com and here it is: https://secure.booking.com/reviewtimeline/TravelSpirit9.html Also, on Trip Advisor I have now reached 40,000 readers! Here it is:… Continue reading SSP – My Review Websites!
Once we had finished a lovely breakfast at the Marathon beach Hotel we were off and running...so to speak. The GPS lady took us on a little wild goose chase around some back roads. But, we are so glad she did as we 'found' a wonderful little museum with a fantastic curator, Marileana, who gave… Continue reading Marathon Archaeological Museum
In our week driving the island of Lesvos we saw an amazing array of country side from lush Pine forests to massive olive groves (over 11,000,000 trees), from scrub brush along the storm ravaged shores to the hills covered in wild herbs, from roads too small for a car to goat paths that we constantly… Continue reading Our last day and night on Lesvos
We made a stop in Plomari for a very specific reason...the ouzo museum! The Barvayani factory has been in business for 149 years! The family Bavaryani has owned and run the manufacturing plant and made superb quality ouzo for all those years and is well known on the island of Lesvos and throughout Greece. With… Continue reading Barvayani Ouzo and the Museum…Opa!