Antarctica Ciera Cove Glaciered Mountain

Our Journey To Antarctica

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
Towers in San Gimigniano, Tuscany, Italy

Jewels of Tuscany: Siena and San Gimignano

After we  said our bittersweet goodbye to the Etruscan Coast of Tuscany, where its lesser known hamlets enthralled us,  we headed into the Central Tuscany to revisit towns that captivated us on previous visit more than a decade ago. These towns are more touristed, but absolutely for good reasons. They are both UNESCO World Heritage sites and the... Read more
Castanegto Carducci, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany: Charming Hamlets in The Etruscan Coast

“Come see us at my in-laws’ summer place in Castagneto Carducci, it’s on the Tuscan coast, around Bolgheri area, where the Super Tuscan wines are produced…..,” replied our beautiful friend Lynn, who just then moved to Italy from NYC with her Italian husband, when we e-mailed her about our plan to visit Italy. The idea of seeing Lynn and visiting part of... Read more