Slapping of the belly, pounding of the legs and throwing of the salt at Tokyo’s Honbasho Opening Day. The extreme symbolism of sumo wrestling.

I’m glad we visited Japan during the winter. Yes, we missed the amazing cherry blossom season by picking to visit the Land of the Rising Sun during a cold January in 2011, but we were rewarded, among other things, with the Opening Day of the first Honbasho of the year. The fascinating sumo wrestling world awaited! Every year there are six honbasho (official sumo tournaments) … Continue reading Slapping of the belly, pounding of the legs and throwing of the salt at Tokyo’s Honbasho Opening Day. The extreme symbolism of sumo wrestling.

The lifestyles of the not so rich nor famous in the playground of the really rich and famous. Monaco with kids?

The glamorous and glittering setting of Monaco, at the time familiar to us from movies only, is where the rich and famous come to R&R from their ‘hectic’ lives or to play with their equally rich and famous friends. The resort of choice for royalty. It is that nice and that fancy. So, why go with kids? In 2005, during our south of France wanderings, … Continue reading The lifestyles of the not so rich nor famous in the playground of the really rich and famous. Monaco with kids?

“Until you reach the Great Wall, you’re no hero.” -Chairman Mao. The majestic Great Wall of China and the Imperial Tombs of the Ming Dynasty.

I remember hearing about the Great Wall of China when I was a little girl and I also used to think China was so far away there was no way one could ever go there. I would read about the iconic wall in books, see it in cartoons, magazines, newspapers, etc., and I was fascinated by it. Little did I know that no picture, no … Continue reading “Until you reach the Great Wall, you’re no hero.” -Chairman Mao. The majestic Great Wall of China and the Imperial Tombs of the Ming Dynasty.

The most frequently asked question for and from people that travel on a budget. The elusive low airfare.

All my friends and family know that we travel on a budget. Living on one income is no reason to give up the dream of traveling with your children. It is doable but it requires you to really want it, to be extremely disciplined and to make it a priority. Every time I post on social media that I’m about to go somewhere, I get … Continue reading The most frequently asked question for and from people that travel on a budget. The elusive low airfare.