We skip town on Pan-American Day weekend to break on through to the other side…of Amatique Bay…to visit the funky and incredibly charming seaside town of Livingston, Guatemala, including a side trip to beautiful Playa Blanca.
We arrived in Kolkata, our first stop in India, under the cloak of darkness in the wee hours. Two days later we found ourselves bed-ridden and 10 lbs. lighter with six weeks left in India!
We head to Old Town Lijiang. Surrounded by lush green hills and sheer jade peaks, this incredibly enchanting and well preserved mountain town (and UNESCO world heritage site) is a must visit.
Despite Xi’an being a virtually unrecognizable shadow of its former glorious self, it is nonetheless a modern and very agreeable city, not to mention host to a very old and famous subterranean army.
Pingyao is a world in itself, frozen in time somewhere in the middle of the last two Dynasties. If we had to choose one place in China to spend almost a week of our trip, we certainly could have done a lot worse.
Suzhou has long been known for its incredible gardens. This post covers three of the best: The huge Humble Administrator’s Garden, the old Master of the Nets garden, and the ancient Panmen complex.
Stepping out in the evening onto Pingjiang Road after an excruciatingly hot summer day is magical — the entire length of the ancient canal towpath comes alive with townspeople, tourists and merchants of all kinds.
We arrived in Suzhou hoping to beat the July heat, but to no avail. The good news is that Old Town Suzhou seems made for slow strolling with plenty of cool shops, tea houses and cafes when the heat becomes too much.
One of our final items of business in Quito was to explore the neighborhood of Guapulo, not exactly an easy feet on foot from Old Town, but undoubtedly worth it. Lonely Planet had this to say about Guapulo: If you […]
The Equator is an endless source of fascination for those of us who grew up in the northern (or southern) latitudes, particularly here in Oregon where a short drive from Portland to Eugene takes you across the 45th Parallel — the […]
Man, do I love cities like Quito — sprawling messes and masses of millions with a cultural ecosystem all their own — brimming with a palpable tension between old and new — between deep traditional roots and the energy of youth seizing the present. Some of […]
The largest Neo-Gothic basilica in the Western Hemisphere, Quito’s gigantic Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basilica of the National Vow) is also definitely the coolest church I’ve ever set foot in. Longer AND TALLER than a football field, this mammoth structure is completely […]
Arriving in Quito was the culmination of a six week journey beginning in Lima and covering some 2,000 miles (mostly overland, with the help of a 600 mile flight from Lima to Iquitos on the edge of the Amazon rainforest). Ecuador […]