Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh

The cab driver who took me to my hotel in Hanoi proclaimed the city had “4 million people and 3 million motorcycles”. Indeed, I could plainly see that the motorcycles & mopeds certainly outnumbered cars by what seemed 100-to-one. Motorcycle city: Hanoi Everyone was motoring on two wheels. There were toddlers standing on scooter floors […]

Ruins of Civilization: 5 Lost Cities

The Roman historical sites we visited in both Rome and Pompei got me thinking about just how many ruins I’ve seen in my travels. Many times I’ve sought them out. There’s something fascinating about walking through the remnants of a society and contemplating how and why the place was abandoned. Here are five of the […]

Temples & Tragedy: Angkor & Phnom Penh

I was on my way from Saigon to see the famed temples of Angkor. It was a long, hot, bumpy ride to Phnom Penh. There were miles of rice paddies and many, many water buffalo wading through the watery ditches and fields. Once we crossed the border into Cambodia, almost everyone we passed waved at our van – both […]

Classical Ruins in Turkey

Turkey is a paradise for lovers of Greco-Roman history. In fact, it’s been said that there are more Greek and Roman ruins in Turkey than there are in Greece or Italy. We managed to see quite a few during our travels around Western and Central Turkey, and each one offered something unique. Ephesus Even though […]

Beauty & Bullet Holes in Croatia

The scenery in Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National park was breathtaking. It was what I imagine the Garden of Eden must have been like, and it was one of the most beautiful sites I saw in Croatia. There were hundreds of waterfalls and cascades of all different sizes connecting a network of 16 beautiful turquoise lakes. The colour of the […]

Cuba: Cocktails, Culture & Communism

Cuba is famous for its rum cocktails, and rightly so. It is, after all, the birthplace of Bacardi. There’s the Cuba Libre – simply rum, coke and lime – one of which I enjoyed in the hotel bar just a few short hours after touching down in Havana. Next we have the mojito, and it didn’t […]

Peru: The Inca Trail Hiking Experience

Trekking the Inca Trail was both physically and mentally challenging, and the 4-day hiking experience definitely involved some roughing it. Was it worth the effort? Here’s how it all went down …and up … and down … and up. Day 1: uphill all the way Our group of 15 hikers knew we were in for about […]

Romancing the Sandstone: Hiking Petra in Jordan

My day hiking Petra, Jordan’s ancient red rose city: 1500 steps, 25 kms of walking over 9 hours, 600 m of elevation change, 28 degrees Celsius, 2.3 L of water and two lemon mints gulped down, one twisted ankle, 92 photos, one magnificent ancient carved sandstone city, and a whole bunch of stunning views. The Treasury by […]