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I loved when they had this colorful wall up at XVA Cafe! I’m a lover of pattern and bold colors so this was beautiful!! I always wondered what it would be like staying in this little gem😊😊
Dining area in XVA Cafe. Not captured is the resident cat that can be spotted lounging around the courtyard😊 It’s so relaxing here and you can sit or wander around to look at the various art installations.
If you’re looking for a place to explore and have a yummy bite to eat while in Dubai head to VXA!! It’s tucked away in Al Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai. This little Inn has a rolling display of art and a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free Mediterranean inspired dishes. While there walk around the rest of Al Fahidi Fort and see what else you can find.
If your in Dubai, looking for something fun to do and like shopping check out Global Village!! Found my favorite honey of all time here, ate some yummy food, met some nice folks and loved seeing all the different products from around the world. I could walk around this place for hours!! 😄😄 It’s only open during certain months so check timings.
I didn’t take advantage of the personal hot tubs, but I did sit to enjoy the sunset on the hotel rooftop. I love rooftops-overlooking the city below, seeing all the sites and landmarks, and noticing all the different restaurants and bars from above. The beautiful sunset is also a perk!!
I loved this statue down near the Old Historical site. I normally don’t describe art well but in this statue you immediately see the passion and at the same time a struggle. It represents the rescue of the district of Ballaja. The young women is the district, the figure with the claw is the old man shown as a predator bird and the young man is rescuing the women and represents the new spirit of a young generation. It was such a beautiful day too-sun, cool breeze and the smell of the ocean near by!
You can walk around the streets of Old San Juan and find something new around each corner or up every little alley. The fresh colors and Spanish colonial architecture make for brightly colored and lively streets!! From the food, artists, history and fun times, it really is a happy place!!!
Today is a great day to look back at my time in San Juan! I know there are recovery efforts going on for some parts of the island but happy to hear others are up and running. The people, food, sounds, colors and architectural were a welcome sensory overload! I encourage you all to visit as this place was such a welcome and fun getaway!!!
I love the windows in the tea factory. Maybe it’s the blue paint color or the mountains behind. Or maybe it’s the simplicity of them.
Local residents teaching someone how to pick/harvest tea leaves. Visiting Glenloch tea factory was a tranquil and enjoyable afternoon. Seeing the process of producing tea and roaming around the endless fields was literally a breath of fresh air😊
Nine Arch Bridge in Ella, Sri Lanka was a beautiful walk out in nature! Along the way you might see some local residents bathing in a little stream or share a tuk tuk up the hill with one of the neighbor elders😊 It’s a great view down to the valley below!!!
This is a modern day mosque at Luxor Temple. The brown square in the middle was the actual entrance before they unearthed the temple ruins below. I think sites like this amaze me as I don’t live where there’s layers of history to be discovered like this!!!
Despite the gloomy day we were still able to see some of the Chinese New Year parade!!
Luxor Temple at night is the best time to explore this temple!! Just across the street from the hustle and bustle of the modern downtown area, the temple glows with the lights and under moon. As you enter, you walk into a large courtyard surrounded by rows of stately columns which you’re in awe of. In this temple you see evidence of Greek influence as well.
As you walk through the gates of Temple of Karnak you soon enter a space that is filled with rows and rows of massive columns. It’s amazing to think that locals used to live right amongst this area until recently. Seeing these columns still standing with all their mass and inscriptions is breathtaking. And to hear the history of how society lived here is incredibly interesting. Luxor you did not disappoint!!!
Valley of the Kings in Luxor, all I can say is wow!! Someone told me I had to go to Luxor, even if just for a day trip and I’m so glad I did! Seeing the tombs, hieroglyphics covering the walls and paintings that are pretty well in tact was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen! Put it on your list too!!!
No filter needed for tonight’s sunset over NYC. In the background is the 432 Park building-the tall slender one. Currently the tallest residential building in the world and second tallest in NYC.
Continuing with the love of Moroccan architecture, who would not love walking into this courtyard everyday!!! There was a sense of tranquility, beauty and romance amongst the craziness of the median right outside.
I am absolutely in love with the architectural details throughout Morocco! The intricacy of the patterns, the colorful mosaics, beautiful carved wood ceilings!! And I was lucky to stay at a riad that completely filled my all my designer dreams.
The history of Gremi is just one of many interesting facts and locations in Georgia. This old church, built around 1565, is an example of traditional Georgian masonry. When you walk in you can visibly see the age and toll that time has taken, you can feel the history and stories of the grounds and yet it’s peaceful and warm. Definitely an interesting stop along the way!!
I’m imagining myself sitting in the hammock and listening to the river flowing. Watching the locals float down in their boats, strategically balancing on them as they do.
I love how the glowing light of the moon makes the city shine at night. Staying on the Buda side you get great views walking down the hills!!
This little boy stole me heart. He was so precious and calm, sitting there with his fish food and fresh catch of the day. I felt like we were the kids on this boat ride as we were wide-eyed, taking in all there was to see and hear along the river. To this little guy it’s his normal mode of transportation.
The last few weeks I’ve been going back to many of the mindfulness skills I’ve learned throughout my travels. Especially this moment which was my last day at my wellness retreat in Bali. In the fire ceremony you give away the thoughts in your mind that are clouding it, making room for the intentions you want to move forward with. It’s a reminder that we are what we think.
While I’ve had fabulous international travels, there’s still certain cities back home that have my heart. San Francisco happens to be one of them. The laid back, eclectic and unique vibe is always a welcome get away. Not to mention precious family time, amazing food, endless adventures, and exploring galore!!! If you have a chance, go down to the water and watch the light show.
Not the most exciting photo but it says it all, I love Tbilisi!!! The food, the wine and wineries, the cha cha, sites, history, did I mention the food?!?!
For those that have visited Petra you can understand the utter amazement you experience when you first see the Treasury as you’re walking through the the siq-basically a gorge carved out of warm rose colored rock which created beautiful waves patterns along the walls. The history of the Nabataeans when they occupied this area is just as unique as the site itself. Even more interesting is how the locals lived in various caves until recent decades when the government built them housing outside the site. Put it on your list and prepare for a little workout along the way-lots of walking😊.
One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying the local food-snacks, traditional meals, deserts, baked goods and even beverages!! There’s nothing better than sitting outside a cafe on a sunny day, enjoying a cold beer with some savory treats and watching people go about their day-it really doesn’t get better than that!!
One of the greatest joys to come from traveling is being able to experience events of different regions/cultures. I was both honored and humbled to be invited as a guest to a friend’s wedding in Romania. They welcomed us into their home to meet their family and share in their wedding traditions. It was truly an event to remember, not just as I experienced something new but also because Romanians really know how to throw a party!!! 😄🎉
You can wander for hours through all the little alleys in Mutrah Souk. In this little shop there were so many pieces to look at! The saying, “my eyes don’t know where to focus” was an understatement here😁 I love wandering through souks, but I love bargaining with the vendors even more!!! 😂😂😂
The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a site to see. If you are able to make the afternoon tour you may be lucky to catch a beautiful sunset. The mosque itself is massive with a modern twist mixed with traditional and local details. Be prepared to have to be covered, but if you don’t have your own there’s no worries as they supply items for you. Truly a breathtaking and mesmerizing place.
The detail on these figures is incredible! The Grand Palace in Bangkok as a whole is incredible!! So much gold, bejeweled and enameling all around.
The Mekong Delta was considered the main market for all the little islands. Instead of going to a store down the street you would hop in your boat and buy your fresh produce off various other boats/suppliers. While the photo appears that the market is busy and packed, the market vendors are quickly dwindling off-it’s about a quarter of what it used to be. The younger generations are more interested in going to bigger cities for jobs versus working on the land. Going along the Delta you get first hand view of how the times are changing for the culture here.