Deception Island, National Geographic Explorer, Antarctica Expedition

Deception Island: Our First Landfall in Antarctica

 Our Journey to Antartica aboard the National Geographic Explorer – Day 3 We awoke on this day knowing that the infamous Drake Passage was behind us. Thank god! It felt quite a relief to be smooth sailing on a pleasant, calm water again. After breakfast, we crossed the 60th parallel south, the geopolitcal demarcation of... Read more
08-National Geographic Explorer, Antarctica Expedition from Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctica Expedition: Sailing from Ushuaia & Crossing the Drake Passage

Our Journey to Antartica aboard National Geographic Explorer – Day 1 to 2  We hope you enjoyed the preview of our journey to Antarctica.  As promised, here’s the first installment of the day-to-day detail of our expedition. We were surprised to have received so many questions about our experience on this trip  – How did you get there? Did you get sick?... Read more
Antarctica Ciera Cove Glaciered Mountain

Our Journey To Antarctica: A Preview

We just concluded our biggest adventure by far –- an amazing expedition to Antarctica with National Geographic Expeditions. We were deeply moved by the pristine beauty of the White Continent and were in awe of its rich wildlife. We hiked in glaciered mountains, walked on sea ice, cruised and kayaked on breathtaking bays and harbors.... Read more
The Visvanath Temple, Khajuraho, India

The Temples of Khajuraho

They are exquisite temples with some of the finest temples arts in the world. They are built as a place where Gods love to play. They are well-admired for their intricately carved statues of  Hindu gods, deities, mythological beings and ordinary humans, but it is for their erotic sculptures that they are more famous for. Erotism in... Read more
Women praying in Ganges River, Varanasi India

Varanasi: Morning Rituals on the Ganges River

It was a chilly November pre-dawn in Varanasi when we made our way back to the Ganges River to witness the morning rituals in this holiest city of India. We found the evening rituals very spiritual, poignant and fascinating and looked forward to witnessing the morning observance. It turned out even more fascinating. Our morning boat ride... Read more
Aarti Ceremony, Varanasi, India

Varanasi: Evening Rituals on the Ganges River

Some people have asked us where the most fascinating place we have ever traveled. There are way too many.  But one that tops the list is the city of Varanasi, the holiest city in India. Situated along the bank of the sacred Ganges River, Varanasi is a place where Hindus aim to visit once in a... Read more
Jumbo Floating Restaurant at night, Hong Kong

Remembering Hong Kong

Occupy Central, Umbrella Revolution – whatever you call it; Hong Kong’s huge protest for universal suffrage is all over the news. We couldn’t help but be sentimental about our last visit in this vibrant city 3 years ago and wonder if that would be our last visit of Hong Kong as a democratic region. We certainly hope... Read more
Vineyards in Tuscany, Italy

A Day in Chianti: Wine and Beyond

Known for its undulating hills blanketed with picturesque vineyards, Tuscany’s popular wine region of Chianti makes an easy day trip from Florence.   Even if you’re not into wine, the region is worth a visit for its scenic landscape and for its charming, historic hamlets. Read more
Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Florence At Leisure

“Been there, done that.”  Why go again? It’s actually very rewarding to revisit a city that boasts a long list of must-sees and -dos,  where your first visit was spent running around making sure you didn’t miss anything from the list.  It can be so hectic and stressful! But on the return visit, it can be more leisurely,... Read more