Collected by Victoria Sterling
some of the highlights of my travel in Asia
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...
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...
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...
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...
Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
About to ascend the steps of the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, I am forced to shelter when a sudden storm breaks over Old Delhi. An elderly Indian and I look out at the mosque from the safety of a nearby shop.
หมู่9 ตำบล ดำเนินสะดวก อำเภอ ดำเนินสะดวก ราชบุรี 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...
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,...
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...
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...
57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
For years when traveling I looked for dolls for my neices' collections. Markets all over the world (even the touristy ones) were that much more interesting because I was on a quest for "that special memento" for my little gals... so whatever you...
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...
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...
Luang Prabang, Laos
Chances are, if you're headed to Luany Prabang, the night market is probably on your list. If not, be sure to check out the local handicrafts and artisans that set up shop in the afternoon and go well into the night. For the best pictures, go...
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...
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...
Tetsugaku-no-michi, Jōdoji Ishibashichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8406, Japan
Summers in Kyoto can be hot and humid. But one easy way to beat the heat is to have a shave ice. Many unusal flavors are on offer but we typically chose the cherry or green tea. You can find the vendors outside all the most popular temples. And...
Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
I wanted to get as far away from "civilization" as possible. I thought riding an elephant in the jungle of Laos might appease that sentiment. Our safety briefing: "You ride with her, jump on back, ride in river. Water is wet." Uh...OK. They...
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
To be standing in the Angkor Wat complex was a dream of mine. I couldn't believe how old it really was and that it was still there! It was amazing to be able to walk inside and see all the reliefs but, what really made this a special experience...
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...
1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-0005, Japan
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...
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...
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...
5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0045, Japan
Fresh, frozen, and living, Tsukiji fish market pushes around 4,500 lbs of seafood a day. At 3:00am, while you’re out clubbing, 400 different types of seafood from tiny sardines to 600-lb tuna arrive by ship, truck, and plane from all over...
88 Queensway, Admiralty, 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...
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...
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...
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