Photo of the Week: Lit Up

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Nuit Blanche is a contemporary all-night art festival that happens in many major cities across the world.  My visit to Canada for a friend’s wedding happened to coincide with this event, so I was excited to bundle up and wander the cold streets of Toronto checking out the public art installations. I was surprised and overwhelmed by the amount of people that poured into the downtown core area all with the same idea.  The streets were alive with light, sound, and people creating a festive atmosphere.

This photo was taken in front of an H&M store on Queen Street whose facade was lit up as part of an art exhibit. The mesmerizing glow drew in people. I decided to try the technique of taking a picture within a picture, using my cellphone.  Check back next week for a more posts from Toronto.

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New Orleans: Garden District

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We are New Yorkers; we walk everywhere.  Since we don’t have a car, we get a lot of mileage out of our legs.  So when we go to a new city, our inclination is to figure out how to explore that city on foot.  Touring a city on foot is the easiest and best way to get a feel for a new area and get in some exercise to work off the extra vacation food.  When we got to New Orleans, I was excited to walk around and see the historical cemeteries and beautiful garden district. Continue reading

Cheap Flight Alert: NYC to Hong Kong

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Overlooking Victoria harbor from Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong

It’s that time of year again when people are looking to do their mileage run to build up their status for the following year. We did this last year by flying to Japan and South Korea on the Thanksgiving weekend. When you are doing something like this, you want to look for long flights, preferably to Asia or Africa with low airfares. Basically getting the most miles for your money. Continue reading

Eating in New Orleans

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Where do I start?  It was our first time in Louisiana and we made the most of it by hitting up local eateries and trying out some authentic Southern fare.  It’s safe to say that there is no city quite like New Orleans and it’s food is a reflection of that. The dishes are a mix of traditional Southern style heavily influenced by French and Cajun flavors. Their use of ingredients indigenous to the area really makes eating in New Orleans a unique experience. We ate at upscale and hole-in-the-wall places to get a feel for all the different food that The Big Easy has to offer.  Here are the highlights of all the food we tried:

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Photo of the Week: Illuminated

IMG_3838Paris, France

This photo was taken at the Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris, perhaps in the world. While we were there, we decided that it was a good idea to go up to the top of the tower.  Even though the line was long, we were not deterred, that is, until a few hours in.  Four hours later, we FINALLY made it to the observation deck.  The view was amazing, but I am not sure it was worth the wait.  

The line down was almost just as long and we didn’t make it down until midnight.  At this point we were starving because we hadn’t had dinner, so we decided to spread out a scarf and have a picnic on the grass right at the base of the Eiffel Tower.  A guy came by and try to sell us a 5 Euro bottle of champagne.  Again, for some reason we thought this was a good idea.  It was not.  

It was a long night full of bad decisions, but it was memorable.  We will never forget the night we had dinner under the Eiffel tower with a cheap bottle of champagne.

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Trip Report: Peru

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It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 2 months since our trip to South America.  Time flies! This trip report summarizes all the posts related to our trip to Peru and provide a break down of the cost.

  • Time Cost
    • Total Days In Peru: 8 day  –  1 days in Lima, 2 days in Cusco, 1 day in Sacred Valley, 4 days in the mountain
    • Total Days Off From Work: 4 days (we went over July 4th weekend).

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Peru: Machu Picchu

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Getting ready for the Inca trek

Finally, after all the preparation and anticipation, we made it to the day of the trek. Starting off from Ollantaytambo, we packed our bags, said goodbye to civilization and got on the bus taking us to the km marker 82, the official start of our Inca trail. As we wound our way along the Urubamba river, the bus driver was blasting music, pumping us up for the adventure ahead. Sitting at the back of the bus, staring out at the Andes mountains I contemplated if I really wanted to go through with it and if there was time to turn back when I heard the lyric “everything that kills me makes me feel alive”.  I think that’s a sign.

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Photo of the Week: Mosaic

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Volubilis, Morocco

This photo was taken at Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Morocco.  This ancient Roman city is located a short distance from the bustling city of Fes.  Scattered throughout the ruins you will find many well preserved mosaics.  This particular mosaic depicts the goddess Diana bathing with her attendants. Growing up I was fascinated with Greek/Roman mythology, so having the opportunity to see the myths come alive in these colorful mosaics was priceless.

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Nostalgia

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I was digging through a box of memories when I found these “books”.  Long before I started blogging, I was writing about my travel stories in these picture books I made.  Each was made of photos that I’d taken or postcards that I bought along the way and held together by binder rings.  

What started as a great idea was forgotten over time and hidden away.  I am glad I found them not only so I can walk down memory lane and re-live those trips, but because they provide me a new source of inspiration to keep on writing and taking more pictures.  After the adventure is over, all we’ll have left is our photos, stories, and memories.