Posts with tag: "Travel"
Magical Morocco
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Last week I got home from an incredible ten-day trip to Morocco.  My husband and I went for our sixth anniversary and had an unforgettable time.  

We started out in Fez, a gorgeous ancient city that was also at the time hosting the annual Fez Festival of World Sacred Music

We drove over the Middle Atlas Mountains, where we visited a cedar forest and met some wild but friendly Barbary Apes. 

Then we drove down to the Sahara.  We did the obligatory camel riding, but we also visited some towns along the border of the desert and camped out under the stars near the biggest dunes in the world. 

We got up before dawn to catch the sunrise over the dunes.  Totally worth it! 


Then we drove back up to Marrakech and spent one very frenetic day seeing all the sights.  

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This winter, I spent the first days of the new year in Mexico. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit some of the spectacular Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza and Coba. Now that I've been there, I see why Chichen Itza is considered one of the seven wonders of the world! I also paid a brief visit to the beautiful city of Valladolid, with its picturesque streets and gorgeous cathedral. And of course, I did the obligatory pilgrimage to the beach!

First, Chichen Itza: 

A brief visit to Valladolid: 

On to Coba. This WAS the parking lot, before a particularly wet winter: 

Everyone goes to Coba to climb the pyramid. It was a steep climb, but totally worth it for the views at the top!

Meanwhile, back at the beach... 

Summer Hiking
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Right now it feels like summer is a million years away, and we may never be warm again. So to remind everyone that the cold won't last forever, here are a few pictures from last summer's hiking trip at a gorgeous park in upstate New York. 

Southeast Asia Trip: Thailand
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After a brief hiatus, I'm back with the last installment of the Southeast Asia series. The last stop on my trip was Thailand. I spent ten days in Chiang Mai and a week in Koh Tao. I had some major adventures along the way, including tigers and suba diving! I also spent a magical five days at a meditation retreat run by the International Buddhism Center at the temple of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. 

This is me with a tiger!

Southeast Asia Trip: Laos
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Luang Prabang, Laos is a magical little city. Because it was colonized by the French, the city is a mix of ancient Lao temples and charming French bakeries. It is small, safe, and a wonderfully relaxing place to be after the frenetic pace of life in Hanoi. 

One of the most beautiful aspects about Luang Prabang is the huge population of Buddhist monks who live there. The city has something like thirty temples within one square mile, and all of them house schools for young monks. Every morning at dawn, the monks go out on the streets of the town for the alms ceremony, where the townspeople give them food. It was an incredibly beautiful ceremony. I also loved hearing the chanting from the temples every evening, and stopped by several times to listen. 


The city is set on the peninsula between the Mekong and Khan rivers. We took a boat ride on the famous Mekong River, and also saw local fishermen bringing in their catches at sunset. 


But by far the best part of being in Luang Prabang was the incredible people. One of the best nights was when I went to the city's night market and photographed all the vendors in their stalls. It was family time, and everyone seemed to be having so much fun. 


Basically, this is how I felt for the week we spent in Luang Prabang: