Post-Cover (2016-03-16) The Beach

The Beach

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Before we ever had a plan for this round-the-world trip… before we ever had an itinerary… before we had booked the first flight… I knew that I wanted to visit El Nido on the island of Palawan in the Philippines.  I had heard that it is “the most beautiful place in the world” from several sources.  I’d visited the Philippines …

Post-Cover (2016-02-08) Thai Massage

That Time I Got A Thai Massage

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So somehow I found myself heading into a dark back room at 6:30 pm on a random Monday night in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Why you may ask?  It was to get a Thai Massage.  <- – – Click this little footnote. Lauren loved Thailand on her first trip here in 2012 and was anxious for me to experience all of her favorite things …

Post-Cover (2015-12-07) Cinque Terre-ific

Cinque Terre-iffic

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While my wife Lauren redhead roamed back to the states for the Thanksgiving holiday, I convinced my mother to meet me in Europe – her first trip abroad.  Despite my love for Paris, London, and a host of other potential European locations… I’ve always believed that Italy makes the best “first” European trip for any traveler. The diverse options offered by Italy …

Post-Cover (2015-11-15) Wadi Rum-azing

Wadi Rum-azing

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“Best day ever.”  That’s a high bar to set.  Other than my wedding day of course, that title would previously have gone to either our “Great Wall of China” day on this trip, or to the day that Lauren and I visited Iguazu Falls on the Argentina/Brazil border in 2011. But now… I think we have a new winner: Wadi …

Post-Cover (2015-11-09) Morocc-No

More like Morocc-No

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Ok.  Close your eyes. Actually, wait, open them and look at this picture first: That beautiful setting is our lovely, relaxing, traditional Riad in Marrakesh, Morocco. Ok, so now close your eyes. You are in that courtyard.  It’s a cool, calm, oasis and you can actually hear small songbirds chirping from the roof.  Oh wait, they are actually at your table. …