Category Archives: Photos

The Mediterranean by Ship

dinner on the cruiseMom & Dad checking out the shipour ship, the Celebrity Solsticeatriummartini barmartini bar on the ship
the Sky Observation Lounge on the shipthe ship dining roomsculpture outside the restaurants on the shipthe Lawn Cluboutdoor poolour stateroom
our stateroom bathroomblogging while cruisingview of the Mediterranean from our balconySorrentoview of Sorrentolemon trees, Sorrento
lemons in Sorrentoolive trees, Sorrentoinfused olive oil in Sorrentofresh mozzarella, Sorrentofresh cheeses and meats at a Sorrento farmSorrento, Italy

Mediterranean Cruise, a set on Flickr.

For a glimpse of the Mediterranean, check out our photos on flickr!

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Incredible India

Gateway to India, Mumbaifamily photoMumbaiMumbai MuseumNick's gone native
?Mumbaiold British taxis in MumbaiMumbaiblessing from a holy mansugar candies from a holy man
Mumbai Central Stationtrain from Mumbai to Goavegetarian thali platter, MumbaiPatnem Beachour bungalow, Patnem Beach
bungalow, Patnem Beachour roomatePatnem by nightdining by candlelight on Patnem Beach

India, a set on Flickr.

View photos from our colorful journey through India on flickr. We suggest you view the photos from the India set in the Asia collection, so you can view them in chronological order. Have fun!

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Beauty Amongst the Trash

“When you change the way you look at the world, the world you look at changes.” – Dalai Lama the 14th

In my opinion, the world has many walls. These walls are built by negative aspects such as bad smells, poverty, pollution, congested traffic, scam artists, unfamiliarity, extreme temperatures, and so forth. These are the things which keep people from visiting specific places; you have to see through all these details to the other side of the wall in order to see the true beauty and wonder of a place. Nowhere does this hold more truth than India and cannot be overstated.

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Cambodia

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Every country has an unique history, and Cambodia is no different. Unfortunately, it is not all celebration and joy: Cambodia’s past is one of the cruelest accounts in human existence. By the numbers it was called genocide, and by percentage it was the largest annihilation of a country’s population that I know of. What makes their history all the more saddening is that Cambodians have one of the kindest and peaceful cultures Rachel and I have experienced so far.  Continue reading

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coffee and passports’ photostream

Pub Street in Siem Reapparticipating in the Khmer New Year festivitiesSiem ReapPhnom PenhTuol Sleng Prison, Phnom PenhTS Prison
TS Prisonphotos of prisonersprison cellcellsskulls of Khmer Rouge victims in the memorial
tree where the Khmer Rouge played music to cover up screamsmass gravesgraves of women & children
bone fragments of victimslistening to the audio tourbone fragmentsgraves

Laos, Cambodia, & Vietnam photos are now on Flickr. Enjoy the journey!

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North Vietnam: Times Have Changed

“Your old road is, rapidly agin’,…For the times they are a-changin’.” – Bob Dylan

A brief history lesson: French relations with Vietnam began in the 17th Century, and the land became part of the French Colonial Empire in 1887. In 1930, the legendary Ho Chi Minh started a nationalist movement which eventually declared Vietnam independent from France after the retreat of the Japanese during World War II. The French did not agree, and both sides fought bitterly. In 1954, after years of taking extensive casualties, the French agreed to a cease-fire. The two sides decided to split the country into two parts: the North controlled by the League for the Independence of Vietnam (Viet Minh), and the South controlled by French supporters. Elections were scheduled to take place 2 years later to determine who would control a unified Vietnam. Elections were never held. Ngo Dinh Diem, who led the American-backed regime of the South, was assassinated and the communist party was gaining power rapidly. Then in 1965, American president Lyndon Johnson deployed the first American troops to Danang, Vietnam. The war with America, which ended officially in 1975, took 58,000 Americans lives and 4 million Vietnamese lives. Given the history, we knew our visit to communist Vietnam was going to be different from any other we have taken.

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Bangkok: The City of Angels

We left the island of Koh Samui and headed to Bangkok which is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning “City of Angels.” As usual it took all day, including a 2 hour ferry and a 10 hour bus ride. Arriving in Bangkok at night we caught a taxi to U-Baan Guesthouse (meaning “at home” in Thai) in the southwestern part of the city called Khlong San. The owner Joy was a very kind knowledgeable host, and the rooms were clean with air-conditioning; a rare luxury we have learned to live without during the majority of our travels. Continue reading

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Photos: Does it really say that?

Here are some photos of sights that made us do a double take or laugh. Enjoy!

Maybe this isn't the best restaurant to take a date. Zambia, Africa

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Southeast Asia and the Land of Smiles

Have you ever listened to a song blasting on your headphones or alone in your car and felt like the music understands your life? Closed your eyes and heard the soundtrack of your future? Has the music ever cleared your mind to the point of absolute happiness? If you love music you know what I’m talking about. It is the feeling I felt the second my foot stepped off the plane from Africa into Southeast Asia; I love it here and it feels like home. There’s not an easier way to explain it. Continue reading

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coffee and passports’ photostream

inside chaletoldest crocodile @ the Croc FarmLivingstone Croc Farmview of the Zambezi RiverRoyal Livingstone Hotelmist from the falls
our chaletbackpackers in Livingstonechill out loungeZambia wins Africa Cup 2012
Zambezi Riverbridge to Zimbabwe

Finally! Argentina & Africa photos are on Flickr. Check ‘em out!

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