Magical, mystical Nepal and the Top of The World: Mount Everest.

Kathmandu is now one of my favorite cities in the world. Super chaotic, super rustic, so super charismatic, that I’m in love!😍 A wonderful walk in the area surrounding Durbar Square, distinguished by its narrow alleys crowded with various shops and vendors. Dozens of temples and shrines pepper the area. The ‘architecture’ if you can call it that, is like nothing we’ve ever seen anywhere … Continue reading Magical, mystical Nepal and the Top of The World: Mount Everest.

The Golden Triangle of Incredible India!

The Four Whitneys arrived in Jaipur, India late Friday night after a rather choppy flight from Singapore in an aircraft full of crying/screaming toddlers with mothers that were unfazed by it. 😒 I’m extetmely thankful for firefighter rated earplugs! Welcome to India! Jaipur, the famous “Pink City” (for the color of the old city buildings), is the capital of the Rajasthan State. Yesterday we started … Continue reading The Golden Triangle of Incredible India!

Singapore, Tiger Nation, Garden of the World.

As with many big cities in Asia, Singapore was first ruled by Siam until the Portuguese arrived to use it as a port and then the Dutch but it was the British who settled the city as a trading post for the East India Company. Later to be occupied by Japan during WWII and finally gaining independence in the 1960’s, today, Singapore ranks very high … Continue reading Singapore, Tiger Nation, Garden of the World.

FACEBOOK JOURNAL OF OUR RECENT UAE AND OMAN TRIP. PART 4: Oman Road Trip- Muscat, Muttrah and the Al Dakhiliyah region.

We arrived in Muscat, Oman. We picked up our rental car and we are off to explore. Oman too, has oil but Sultan Qaboos decided to preserve the country’s authenticity so there are no skyscrapers. The whole city of Muscat is more like a seaside resort type. Muttrah is the harbour district. Their architecture is very specific, very cool. Every building is painted white or … Continue reading FACEBOOK JOURNAL OF OUR RECENT UAE AND OMAN TRIP. PART 4: Oman Road Trip- Muscat, Muttrah and the Al Dakhiliyah region.

Paris, the City of Lights, the City of Love and also, the city where the ‘3 second rule’ does NOT apply.

Ah! The City of Lights, the City of Love. Paris in the Spring is probably in everybody’s bucket list. I just highly doubt it includes two toddlers but since we are the crazy traveling family, with toddlers we went. We spent almost a month in France in 2005 and to ease the jet lag (we were novices at this…) we rented an apartment in Paris … Continue reading Paris, the City of Lights, the City of Love and also, the city where the ‘3 second rule’ does NOT apply.

“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.

A Pope resigns. A palace and a cave. Enlightened by reality at the Vatican and Jerusalem.

Pope Benedict XVI resigned or ‘stepped down from Peter’s chair’ in February 2013. Just a month earlier we were traveling through Israel. When the Pope announced his retirement, I had one of those moments where you understand, one more time, the importance of traveling to, walking through and reading about historical sites. It is well known that you should not speak about politics or religion … Continue reading A Pope resigns. A palace and a cave. Enlightened by reality at the Vatican and Jerusalem.

Frozen by the beauty of the Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe.

During our tour of Switzerland in 2008 we wanted to see the breathtaking panoramas of the Alps and conquer it’s highest peak. The Jungfrau (German for maiden/virgin) is one of the main summits in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. Together with the Eiger and Mönch, the Jungfrau forms a massive wall overlooking the Bernese Oberland and is considered one of the most emblematic sights of … Continue reading Frozen by the beauty of the Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe.

The very elegant and quiet Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or just plain Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe. French, German, and Luxembourgish are the official languajes and proficiency in all three languages is required for graduation from secondary school. The city of Luxembourg itself is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, on account of the historical importance of its fortifications. We visited Luxembourg in 2007. The city is perched … Continue reading The very elegant and quiet Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Chichen Itza. Visiting our ancestors’ stomping grounds.

Our second trip to the Yucatan Peninsula (November 2007). Vincent was almost 7 and Dante was 6. My favorite moment in the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza: Dante running through a 1300 year old market. It’s a hot day today. It’s always hot in the Yucatan peninsula. In the car, our way to Chichen Itzá, I lecture the boys about the rituals, culture, legends and every … Continue reading Chichen Itza. Visiting our ancestors’ stomping grounds.