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some of the highlights of my travel in Asia
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Cầu Thê Húc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
The Huc bridge of Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the center of Hanoi. My travel buddy Jen and I had been traveling for several weeks in Vietnam and were getting ready to leave for the airport to head back to the States. We had grabbed a bite to eat...
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Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
Petra Jordan is one of those places that you have to put on any bucket list. I went a decade ago and then dragged my husband there last year because "you can't miss this one" I told him. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade fans will recognize the...
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Southern Asia
nearly everywhere we go we try to make a visit to a local school. the children are usually interested in us and to the extent they study English want to practice on willing travelers. we always carry an inflatable (beach ball style) globe to help...
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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Although I admit I did not taste them they certainly looked CRUNCHY - LOL. These lovely ladies were offering some snacks for those visiting Kuthodaw Pagoda a temple surrounded by hundreds of stupas in Mandalay, Burma. Perhaps those less faint of...
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Southern Asia
the Taj Mahal beckons- as do the Ghats in Varanasi on the Holy Ganges River, and the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur... any first trip to India should include these landmark sites (many of them UNESCO World Heritage sites) along with exploration of...
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Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
With over 200 million Muslims in India, the country has no shortage of mosques. Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, was commissioned by Shah Jahan, the same emperor who built the iconic Taj Mahal for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal....
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หมู่ 9 Tambon Damnoen Saduak, Amphoe Damnoen Saduak, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
Even though I have been to Bangkok close to a dozen times, I never tire of the Floating market in Damnoen Saduak. Yes it is touristy but it is also a photographer's dream location- color, shapes, food, people, handicrafts. It has it all! Make sure...
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Rajasthan, India
It was wash day for people at the village well. We were headed from Jaipur toward Ranthambore Park (in hope of seeing an elusive tiger) near a junction on the Grand Trunk Road we came upon the village well. Full of activity, some were washing,...
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Ashok Nagar, Shahganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282010, India
Although I seemed to only see locals at the street side barbershops, I found the idea fascinating. It couldn't be easier to accomplish the task of a haircut or a shave when the nearest barber was only steps away. This "shop" was located on the...
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Thimphu, Bhutan
Mr Ganga had a cousin who was having a special annual blessing ceremony at his home temple. So he asked us if we would like to go to be a part of it. We were unsure of what to expect as we climbed the steep stairs into the home. Mr Ganga...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
In my opinion the temples of Myanmar are the most outstanding in the world. Shewdagon in Yangon, the plains of Bagan, Mt. Popa the home of the nats, and the side temple at Shwe Yaungwe Monastery near Inle Lake just scratch the surface of the...
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57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
While the art of puppetry is common throughout much of Asia, Vietnam has the unique discipline of water puppetry. These puppets are carved from wood and then lacquered to protect them from the water. The stage for a show is a pool of water, with...
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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Join throngs of locals on the five-minute ferry ride across Victoria Harbour between the Tsim Sha Tsui cruise pier in Kowloon, on the mainland side, and the Central Pier on Hong Kong Island (a slightly longer ride goes to Wan Chai on Hong Kong...
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Harha, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
The aarti ceremony (the offering of the light) is held on the banks of the Holy Ganges River in Varanasi India as the sun goes down. The chanting and prayers are held along the ghats (steps that go all the way down into the river.) The best place...
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Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
The national sport of Bhutan is archery. Serious archery. These gentlemen (the Prince was a competitor before he became King) are so good they hit targets we couldn't even see from the competitors end of the grounds. When they did well they would...
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Mt Everest
The most exciting plane landing ever is in Paro, Bhutan - an approach through tight mountain passes to the only flat spot in Bhutan large enough to accomodate a runway. But just when you think you had won the "best flight ever" lottery - the trip...
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cnr Th Sisavangvong & Th Kitsarat, Luang Prabang, Laos
Aimed primarily at tourists, the Night Market sets up each evening along a few blocks of Thanon Sisavangvong. Lining both sides of the street, with a section down the middle, stalls offer a plethora of souvenirs, from cotton shopping bags and...
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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
to make the sunset at the famous U Bein bridge near Mandalay got us there just in time. And boy was it worth the effort. Not only this beauty but a fabulous temple on the river nearby was lit in brilliant shades of gold and orange. Literally...
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Take a side trip from the much-traveled Bagan and take a quiet afternoon to dodge the monkeys and relax at the temple atop Mount Popa.
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Huế, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam is the home of the Forbidden Purple City - the Citadel, bombed out in the Tet Offensive during the war, there has been much rebuilding. Take a ride up river to a peaceful monastery, some imperial tombs, and craft villages where...
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Indochina
Inle Lake in Burma offers many choices for visitors to the area. A floating market, floating vegetable gardens and the famous one legged rowing fishermen are among the most frequent activities but dig a bit deeper and find some additional gems....
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Tetsugaku-no-michi, Jōdoji Ishibashichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8406, Japan
When we arrived in Kyoto in mid-April, most of the cherry blossoms were no longer coloring the trees but sprinkled on the ground. We got lucky, though, spotting a few along the Philosopher’s Path (Tetsugaku no michi) still afluff with pink...
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Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
the lovely Gao- was the most recent of elephant rides. She ferried us on a lovely short ride through the forest outside of Luang Prabang. Four other rides in Thailand, Cambodia, and India have taught us much about the lives of these gentle giants...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Haw Gone Qtr, Taunggyi, Myanmar (Burma)
As we were making our transfer to Inle Lake in Myanmar in 2005 we drove by an obvious vineyard on a hillside. we asked the driver to turn around and drive up to the winery to see if they would let us do a tasting. the people were very friendly and...
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Japan, 〒100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9, 千代田区丸の内1丁目9−1
of our US vending machines - we first experienced cell phone payments for vending during a trip to Japan in 2004. most interestingly you could procure many goods from the machines - not just the seemingly endless variety of tea and coffee shown at...
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Paro Archery Grounds, Paro, Bhutan
I LOVE this photo because it is the essence of Bhutan! Watching some of the world's best archers at the Archery Grounds in Paro is amazing- we could barely SEE the target from the end where the archers stood, but they hit is dead center time after...
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Mỹ Hoà, Tx. Bình Minh, Vĩnh Long, Vietnam
A day spent on the Mekong River outside of HCMC Vietnam brought us to floating markets and numerous "factory" stops along the way. Among other things, we saw brick making, "popcorn" treats and this home where rice wrappers were made and dried on...
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1 Phường, Phường 1, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Phường 1 Thành phố Đà Lạt Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
Dalat in Vietnam is a food producing area for the country, with many greenhouses and small farms where vegetables are grown. A visit to the Central Market is a highlight. This two story building has everything for your home and kitchen. Here a...
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Our trip to Kyoto made me want to create the same beauty and perfection in my garden as we saw at each and every temple we visited. The harmonious lines and intense colors of this temple drew me immediately. Oh to have room for a teahouse on our...
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a place that had no television until a decade ago, where the last king abdicated to pray and meditate full time as a monk and the measure of success of the government is not GDP but gross national happiness. this is as close to heaven on earth as...
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Japan, 〒104-0045 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Tsukiji, 5 Chome−2−1
The Tsukiji Market is the world's largest seafood market, with more than 2,000 tons of seafood moving through it daily. There are two parts to the operation: the inner market, or jonai, accessible after 10 a.m., and the outer market, or jogai,...
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Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Hong Kong CN-91, Central, Hong Kong
My good fortune in having a job that created lots of hotel points for my husband and I to use brought us to some "free" nights in Hong Kong. We checked in on Christmas Day late in the day, and when we finally figured out how to work the remotely...
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Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
we had just arrived in Luang Prabang and were "starving" from an early morning flight from Hanoi. we got to the Art House cafe and were served an incredibly tasty meal that started with this salad and went on to perhaps the best herbed omlette I...
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Bông Trang, Thạnh Đức, Gò Dầu, Tây Ninh, Vietnam
my travel buddy and I had been to the Cu Chi tunnels near Ben Dinh where she bravely toured the system of tunnels below the surface that I (luckily) was too wide to manuver my way through. as we were exiting the site, we passed several vendors of...