We did it!

The last two weeks have been wonderful,  full of challenges, emotions, and surprises. It will take a few days (weeks) to sort through all the pictures, and write up the details of not just the trek itself but the delights of Lima and Cusco, two beautiful cities. For now, though, here are a few highlight…

Packing for Peru

After seven months of planning, hundreds of miles of walking, and countless YouTube video research sessions, we are finally heading to Peru in the morning. Are we ready? We’ll find out. Almost as daunting as the prospect of the hike itself was the packing. Let me start by saying I’m a list-maker. I actually have…

Training for the Trek

We never planned to hike to Machu Picchu. Really. We’ve been talking about going for several years now, and in fact we sort of had it in mind to do as our 20th anniversary trip, which is next year. And when we talked about it, we most certainly put aside the idea of “trekking” there….

The next adventure…

“Where to next?” Inevitably, when we run into family or friends we haven’t seen in a while, that’s the first (or one of the first) things they ask. “Where’s the next trip?” We don’t mind, because we really are always planning the next trip, and usually the one after that. Sometimes even the one after…

Anticipation=happiness

Studies have shown that anticipation of a vacation is at least as enjoyable as the vacation itself, and I know this to be true.  The months leading up to any trip are thoroughly enjoyable for us, as we research, seek out videos and blogs, read books and watch movies to immerse ourselves in a destination long before…

Elephants & Lanterns

Once again, I am woefully behind in keeping up with posting about our travels. In my defense, a couple of local trips with family & friends intervened. But now, back to Thailand… A couple of months ago, I wrote about our first few days in Bangkok, where we stayed in Chinatown, a section of that city we…

#TBT: Gumbo Ya Ya

You can take the girl out of New Orleans… We had a fantastic vacation last week with my brother- and sister-in-law, introducing them to some of our favorite restaurants and places for music. We also discovered some wonderful new places, too–I am still dreaming about the barbecue I had at The Joint. But after returning, I…

BBQ, music and sunshine

For our last full day together in New Orleans, we decided to bring Ron and Kristan up into the Bywater, a residential neighborhood northeast of the Marigny.  On a previous visit we discovered the lovely painted houses and sleepy atmosphere, as well as a hidden gem: Bacchanal, a wine store where you can take your…

Po'boys, tacos, and a (famous) dive bar

Day three of this food lovers tour of New Orleans started with a classic: beignets and chicory coffee. While we’re not big on sweets, we had to bring Ron and Kristan to the famous Café du Monde to see what all the hoopla is about. And to be fair, that first bite into a hot, crispy…

Chinatown life

More scenes from our stay in Bangkok’s Chinatown, Yaowarat Road.

A grand day in Bangkok

The Grand Palace, the quintessential Thai massage, and grazing street food in Chinatown