Destination: Pompeii, Italy

Inside the ruins of Pompeii (July 2006). Once a thriving city, Pompeii has become a well-preserved ghost town today. It is one of the most-popular sites to visit as a day trip from Naples, offering a fascinating look into the tragic history of its inhabitants over a thousand years ago. All the more fascinating is … Continue reading Destination: Pompeii, Italy

Destination: Florence, Italy

Views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo (July 2006). Firenze or Florence? Ah, the age-old question...It's a subtlety that I had no idea about, and it wasn't until I looked it up that I understood the difference. Essentially, "Firenze" is how the Italians call it, and "Florence" is the English version, derived from "Florentia" in the … Continue reading Destination: Florence, Italy

Destination: Nice & Èze, France

Wandering the streets of Èze (July 2006). Summer is fully here, and although the situation these days (*ahem COVID-19) is still restricting much of international travel, I can feel that things are definitely looking up compared with last year and to expect it to keep going up from here. Until things resume complete normalcy, however, … Continue reading Destination: Nice & Èze, France

Destination: Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua trees at JTNP (June 2020). One of the most-distinctive parks in California, Joshua Tree National Park is both an oasis and an adventure, perfect for roughing it up with desert hikes in the day, only to relax and stargaze at night. Millions of tourists, in-state and out-of-state, visit this national park every year to … Continue reading Destination: Joshua Tree National Park, California

Destination: Suzhou, China

Suzhou (苏州) was the final destination during our visit to China in 2011. It's situated about an hour's drive (100 kilometres) northwest of Shanghai, and it's home to a culturally-aesthetic center, with centuries-old canals, gardens, and pagodas that have become major tourist attractions over the years. Due to its waterfront layout, Suzhou has been dubbed … Continue reading Destination: Suzhou, China