Category Archives: Travel

Grateful

Finishing up in Perth, walking one more time around the city, From Northbridge down near Yanan Square, following King Street to the Rio Tinto Building, over bridges to Elizabeth Quay, then over to Barrack Square,  back through London Court, taking … Continue reading

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More Gardens, More Parks

One of the delights of Perth is coming across private homes with stunning gardens.  Marvelous is the word that comes to my mind looking at the stunning colors and the detailed planning and cultivation. Here are highlights of our last … Continue reading

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Perth: What’s not to Love

Two weeks in our neighborhood discovering.  Every walk is an adventure. We stay in a converted brewery that is a 20 min walk to Hyde Park.  Other directions take us to Stuart Street Reserve, Ivy Park, or Russell Square. The … Continue reading

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Catching up in Perth

We flew to Australia from Singapore on Scoot Airlines. We caught up with Daughter who arrived in Perth from Cairns a few hours before us. It is the third time for us in Perth so I’m searching for the unique … Continue reading

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Singapore Lights

After Kuala Lumpur, we spent 24 hours in Singapore. The contrasts with my first visit in 1981 (Gosh, almost 40 years ago) are stunning.  We stayed in the Geylang district which prides itself in retaining and refurbishing many of the … Continue reading

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Kuala Lumpur Recovery

During our short stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I captured a few new views. The first two are views from Genting Highlands, a casino, hotel, and entertainment complex North of Kuala Lumpur.       One of the places we … Continue reading

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The Accidental Vegan

An inspiration for this post comes from noneuclideansofa blog. I enjoy his observations on life and living. An inspiration for the vegan traveler is the Cook the Beans blog: Ubud on a Scooter and Punkin Soup are recent posts. I … Continue reading

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Kandy is Sweet, Back to Mount Lavinia

I can’t resist the title for the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka.  We see many of new places, but in Kandy I had a new experience. We went walking in the Udawatta Kele Forest Sanctuary.  See the photo of the … Continue reading

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Leaving Tunis – Arriving Colombo

We left Tunis on a rainy day.  It started with me standing on the main street corner trying to hail a taxi.  One let out riders just across from me.  I zipped over, confirmed he would take me to airport, … Continue reading

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Tunis turnaround

After Cairo, we continued on west along Northern Africa to Tunisia.  We stayed within a few blocks of the Tunis medina, the old city with its markets.  One day, we took an hour train ride up the coast to the … Continue reading

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Cairo: Coffee with Cardamon

After Amman, Jordan we continued on to Egypt to see the pyramids.  Booking a hotel for three days in Giza with a view of the pyramids included free airport pickup.   Giza city on the eastern side of the Pyramid … Continue reading

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Stairways to Amman

From Ankara, we flew Pegasus Low Cost Airline to Amman, Jordan.  It was a bit chaotic getting checked in.  The agent was very efficient once he saw just one bag to check and all our papers in order. Amman streets … Continue reading

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On to Ankara

We spent the first week of September in Ankara, capital of Turkey.  With a lot of planning and organizing to do, there was only one day for serious exploring.  It was a clear day, so we headed to Ankara Castle.  … Continue reading

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Moda Days, Back from Baku

We returned to the Asia side of Istanbul on returning from Baku, Azerbaijan.  This time we stayed in the heart of the upmarket neighborhood of Moda in the Kadıköy district. Cats are popular here, too.  Here are some that try … Continue reading

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Baku Photos

I’m experimenting with posting more photos, trying to show unique perspectives of our travels.  So look out for a post a day until I catch up with my camera roll.   What’s your favorite Zoroastrian reference: Freddy Mercury Amahl and … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s Lavash

Our first days in Baku we wandered around the old city.  I tried my hand at balancing teacups.  Looking for new adventures, we wandered around the outskirts of Baku taking a local bus out to the Fire Temple.  Originally, a … Continue reading

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Reincarnated in Şişli

After our time in Mongolia, we continued west for another go round in Istanbul.  This must make seven times we have visited, but the first time to spend time in summer. Walking the streets and snapping photos of cats put … Continue reading

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Finding our Nomadic Roots

“We’re Mongolian. We adapt anywhere.” Our friend in Ulaanbaatar explained how she and her family had no problems moving to Washington, DC and then back to Mongolia. After four years wandering the road, there are no roots to find but … Continue reading

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RGN-PEK-ULN (Travel notes)

We flew from Yangon in Myanmar to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia with a 36 hour stopover in Beijing as both flights were in the middle of the night.  Three times in the past three years, we have flown over this part … Continue reading

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From Burma to Myanmar and back

In 1981, I flew from Bangkok to Rangoon on Biman Bangladeshi Airlines.  In May, we flew Air Asia from Bangkok to Mandalay. The first time, only one week visas were issued.  I just stayed in Rangoon as it took a … Continue reading

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