Must Sees in Bali’s Sacred Monkey Forest

For some reason, I have been to a lot of places that have monkeys, hmmmm, just saying. In a previous post I talked about the monkey temple in Jaipur, India and be sure to look for future posts with other monkey adventures! ha! One of those experiences was at the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali,… Continue reading Must Sees in Bali’s Sacred Monkey Forest

Dress Like a Local – Kimono Dressing in Japan

When we lived in Japan on a US military base there were a lot of opportunities to take part in cultural activities, some through military organizations and some through local efforts. The City of Yokosuka sponsored a cultural awareness day several times a year and Sam and I went to one. There were wonderful opportunities… Continue reading Dress Like a Local – Kimono Dressing in Japan

Where You Can Take Home a Diamond for Only $8, Legally!

This past summer when we drove cross country from California to North Carolina we decided to make the most of our road trip and stop at some points of interest. One of Jeff’s must dos was a visit to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. This was actually our second visit to the Park.… Continue reading Where You Can Take Home a Diamond for Only $8, Legally!

What Not to Miss at Edinburgh Castle

No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a tour of Edinburgh Castle, in fact, it is Scotland’s most visited paid attraction. While I had been up to the castle entrance, I had never ventured in. Sam and I went on a bitterly cold, windy Friday a few weeks ago. The Castle was the Scottish royal… Continue reading What Not to Miss at Edinburgh Castle

Exploring Kappabashi, Tokyo’s Kitchen District – and what to buy!

Tokyo is a city with many specialized shopping districts. There is the Nippori textile district where you can buy fabric, there is Akihabara which specializes in electronics, anime and manga, there is Ochanomizu, the musical instrument district, the Asakusa-bashi, or craft district (one of my favorites!), Kanda Ogawa for sports equipment and Jinbocho, a huge… Continue reading Exploring Kappabashi, Tokyo’s Kitchen District – and what to buy!

Walk in Harry Potter’s Footsteps at Durham Cathedral

Durham is a picturesque city in the north west of England full of beautiful bridges that span the River Wear. No trip to Durham, England is complete without a visit to it’s spectacular cathedral. Durham Cathedral was built in 1093 to host St. Cuthbert’s shrine. It was home to a community of Benedictine monks and… Continue reading Walk in Harry Potter’s Footsteps at Durham Cathedral