The first installment of my SouthEast Asia trip photos is here. Click the photo to see more images from Angkor Wat and Siem Reap.
I knew about Croatia’s Pletvice Lakes the first time I went to the country, in 1998. I read they were site-worthy, but I just didn’t get it. Even though I trust the dependability of UNESCO’s choices, I wasn’t convinced to go out of my way to there, even on my second trip in 2006. But this time? I had to happen. And I’m so glad it did. It’s hard to imagine what I could have been reading that would have left any doubt that this place was worth it. This time I drove down from Slovenia – dragging my trusting family with me. It was more trouble than it would have ever been before, but none of us left with the slightest doubt that it was worth the ride – literally. (Click the photo for a brief slideshow. In progress: details/advice about the journey.)
I’ve had some kind people who follow here ask to see photos from our day at the Olympics, as we were among the lucky few to get tickets to an event – and our favorite event at that! – the women’s team all-around gymnastics final. [*fist pump*] They wonder what the Olympics looks like from a spectator’s view (and as a lifelong Olympics fan, I always wondered the same thing.) So on that note, I’ve come to share some details and images.
First off, as soon as we stepped off the tube, we began to get excited. We were 3 hours early for our event, but it was immediately clear that would pass in a flash. For starters, we’d never even been to the O2 Arena (originally the Millenium Dome; for the Olympics called the North Greenwich Arena to please the Branding Police.), which I must admit is stunning. I always thought it was kind of ugly, but you get up close and you just can’t help but love it. So that was a good start to our wonderment. Continue Reading
Feast your eyes on this buffet. Ankle deep in a raging Philippine waterfall, visitors at the Villa Escudero Plantation can take their time filling their tummies from grass-skirted buffet tables while indulging their need to cooling off.
I saw this in a magazine somewhere and knew I had to add it to my “Call Me Crazy but I’m so Going There for This Random Reason” list. At just under and hour and a half drive south of Manila, it sounds like one of my more reasonable obsessions. Continue Reading
If you think of museums and picture stodgy glass-filled cases, then the new Titanic Belfast is the definitive place to change all that. Set to join the ranks of an elite group of world class museums that are architectural icons in and of themselves, Titanic Belfast may very well top that list. But it goes beyond that. Its promise is practically that of an amusement park attraction (and I mean that in a good way). It’s not a place you go to look at information. It’s sleek, gorgeous, interactive, and visceral. And unique. Don’t forget unique. Continue Reading