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Spectacle Bridge Nagasaki

Don’t Skip: Nagasaki, Japan

Intro to Nagasaki Fishing village to busy port Modern visitors to Nagasaki may not realize there’s a lot more to the city’s history than its sad title as one of…

Young Monk at Pre Rup

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Pre Rup temple is located just south of the Eastern Reservoir within the Angkor Wat Archaeological Complex in Cambodia.  The temples are a symbol of the country and a source of pride for…

Mandir ed

A Hindu Temple in Atlanta: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

A Hindu temple in Lilburn?  We’d never heard of one until this weekend, but sure enough, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is right there on Rockbridge Road at Lawrenceville Highway in…

Temple statue in Khajuraho illuminated by a single square of reflected sunlight.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Illumination has many interpretations, from the simple brightening with light, to a deeper spiritual or intellectual enlightenment.  In India, both of these concepts seemed to constantly be at play.  Major…

Varanasi Laundry

Varanasi: Living on the Edge…of the Ganga

Travel engages all five senses, sometimes six, and we experience destinations through all of them. Sight is obvious, but hear a certain drumbeat, and it reminds me of sitting around…


Jogja On My Mind

No trip to Indonesia would be complete without a visit to the island of Java: not just to sample the coffee but to see how a true Indonesian city feels….


Kyoto Yes, Kyoto Noh

An early start helped us beat the crowds to a special spot called Fushimi Inari. The shrines were originally dedicated to the gods of rice and sake, and later expanded…



Kamakura was the capital of Japan from 1185 to 1333. It was a time of great battles and feuds, but eventually a leader called Yoritomo set up his base at…

Plaza de Armas

Cuzco: Heart of the Inca Empire

Cuzco History Heart of the ancient Inca empire, Cuzco is located in the heart of the Andes at about 11,000 feet.  We’d recently been in Puno, and this was a…


Santa Catalina Convent

The convent of Santa Catalina is like a city within a city.  It takes up around five acres.  It was built in 1580 and later expanded.  Nuns lived in the…