Category Archives: Asia

On A Quest For The Perfect Georgian Souvenir

On the Quest for the Perfect Souvenir in the Republic of Georgia

I’ve completely outgrown buying souvenirs every place I go. Now don’t get me wrong, I love seeing all the locally handmade items, especially textiles and sometimes it takes a very strong will to say no. But I do say no, because I really want to be a minimalist. Why? To be honest I hate to dust. […]

Lurching, Dodging, and Screeching, Driving the Military Road in Georgia

Lurching, Dodging, and Screeching, Driving the Military Road in Georgia

The road-trippers that we are, one of the things we wanted to do while in Georgia was to drive the famous “military road” with a length of 212 kilometers that spans the entire country of Georgia. It has been a popular highway in some form or another for thousands of years due to its strategic and economic […]

Exploring Tbilisi: Our Top Ten List

Exploring Tbilisi: Our Top Ten List

I have to admit, when Corinne first came up with the idea of going to Georgia I was a bit hesitant. I don’t know what it was but for some reason I just wasn’t comfortable with the safety and security issues in the region. There had been a civil war in the country in the […]

A Pasha’s Palace in a Land Far, Far Away

A Pasha's Palace in a Land Far, Far Away

Close to the Iraqi Border, İshak Paşa Sarayı is Truly on the Edge Pashas, sultans, belly dancers, Scheherazade, and visions of 1001 Arabian Nights danced in my head as we headed to this palace in the farthest reaches of Eastern Turkey. The İshak Paşa Sarayı is just not a place many people go. It’s located tucked up […]

Visiting the Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kyoto

The Whimsical Otagi Nenbutsu Temple, Kyoto

“Another temple?!” Everyone groaned. It seemed that if we weren’t eating, we were visiting temples. We loved Kyoto, but we were almost templed out. There are so many to see, all unique, all wonderful. There are just too many. Even I was a little leary that the Otagi wasn’t going to live up to my expectations. […]

A Visit to Kizkalesi Castle and Beach

Soaking Up Some Sun in Kizkalesi

Kizkalesi – A Mediterranean Paradise! One of our favorite places in Turkey is a small Mediterranean town called Kizkalesi. We have been several times, in summer and fall, and we’re always amazed with the weather. In the summer it isn’t too hot and in the fall it isn’t too cool. The water temperature always feels perfect!

Armenia Road Trip Part 4 – The Rules of the Road

Armenia Driving - Tips and Hints for the Road

You can visit some amazing sites in the small country of Armenia, like this park filled with Armenian script letters, but getting to them can be a little difficult. We found the best way to visit this amazing country was by car. This is our final installation on our Armenia Road Trip series. This last […]

Armenia World Heritage Site – Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin Monastery - Armenia Road Trip

After our Geghard and Garni jaunt, and just a couple of hours up the road, we were hoping to find a good place for lunch and then make a decision whether or not to continue on to Tbilisi or spend the night. We drove into the small city of Sevan and it was pretty deserted. […]

Trip to Armenia – Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery

Armenia Road Trip Part 2 - Geghard and Garni, A Monastery and a Temple

Our road trip was going smoothly. We had enjoyed Yerevan, and now we were on our way to some big sights, the Geghard Monastery and Garni Temple. Both exceeded our expectations, and the fact that the pastel blossoms of spring popped, we were definitely in our element.  Visiting Geghard Monastery Unfortunately we just didn’t have […]

Armenia Road Trip Part 1 – Battle with Potholes All The Way to Yerevan

Armenia - Road Trip

“Armenia is at war!” These are the words we heard when picking up our rental car from the only agency we could find that would allow us to drive across the border from Georgia. “But you will be fine as long as you don’t take the first border crossing. Also, you can call me if […]

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