We don’t celebrate Christmas but Christmas markets in Europe have this magical feeling that I have been wanting to experience. It’s tricky because the most famous Christmas markets are in France, Germany, Austria…countries that we have been to and also a higher risk of terrorist attacks. Jason is very well risk-averse that even the beautiful… Read More Long Weekend at Tallinn, Estonia where I had gotten the best upgrade ever at Hotel Telegraaf
Our last lottery attempt, we were thinking the night before if we won the lottery, it’ll be totally worth to change our flight and everything. Well that didn’t happened 🙁 The 5th try was 30 applications with only 63 people (half the number when we first arrived) so the chance was over 15%! We were… Read More Utah 2018 Day 4 – Valley of the Fire
Before the crack of dawn, we left Monument Valley to get back to Kanab by 8:45 AM to enter the lottery again. We passed through Page, Arizona on the way just before sunrise so we decided to make a short stop at the Horseshoe Bend. It was already a lot of people there early in… Read More Utah 2018 Day 3 – Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Toadstool Hoodoos
Day 2 in Utah, it became a daily routine of wake up, quick breakfast, then to the BLM Kanab Visitor Center for The Wave walk-in lottery. What was different today was that we checked out of the hotel since we’ll be heading straight to Monument Valley right after the lottery. On our 3rd entry, we… Read More Utah 2018 Day 2 – Monument Valley
Last year’s Veteran’s Day weekend, we went to Bryce and Zion National Parks. While at Zion, we drove over to Kanab, Utah to try our luck at the lottery to get in the 10 slots to hike the most hard to get into hiking trail – The Wave. Of course we failed to win two… Read More Utah 2018 Day 1 – The Incredible White Pocket
Wow, just got an email from Explore NZ by Go Rentals in New Zealand that I was named one of the 19 Best Travel Bloggers in the USA! I don’t enter travel blogger contest (except being nominated by my readers) or pay any fees to those travel bloggers’ society, groups, organization, etc. so it was… Read More Explore NZ – 19 Best Travel Bloggers in the USA and I am one of them!
The last day of my long weekend birthday family trip to Paris, I planned to visit places that I didn’t get to visit on my last Paris trip. First, we purchased the one day Mobilis ticket for unlimited travel in central Paris for €7.50 per person, what a good deal and so convenient to use.… Read More One Autumn Day in Paris
With limited daylight hours in October, we got up way before the sunrise (8:30 AM) to start our 4-hours journey back to Paris. It was very foggy and dark when we left Mont Saint-Michel. As the sun slowly raised, the fogs got cleared and we arrived at Chantilly just at lunchtime. There was plenty of… Read More Château de Chantilly and Notre Dame Light Show
Happy New Year everyone! A look back at my travel in 2018 – 11 countries scratched off my map in 7 trips; another record-breaking year! I have traveled to 41 countries so far, will I hit 50th in 2019? I know, I am still catching up with the trip reports on the last 3 trips… Read More 11 Countries Added in 2018, What’s Your New Year Resolution?
Have you ever dreamed about something or somewhere and found out that it actually existed in the world? Years ago, I had a dream where I was at a shore looking out. Then, once the mist cleared out, I saw this castle raised up in the middle of the sea. I usually don’t remember my… Read More Mont-Saint-Michel, My Dream Finally Came True