CULTURE

malacca trishaw

Visiting Malacca’s points of interest in a psychedelic trishaw

By Janice and George | May 24, 2015

We’re rockin’-and-rollin’ in a psychedelic trishaw in Malacca, Malaysia. Ruby red, it sports plastic roses and waving pink feathers. (Subliminal message – “Hire me!”)

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Yangon travel tips

21 quirky and useful things to know about Yangon, Myanmar

By Janice and George | May 12, 2015

Some cities create lasting impressions. Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar struck us big time. It’s bustling with people. Streets are clogged with traffic. And oh the roses!

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VanDusen Botanical Garden - spring rhododendrons

Getting our spring flower fix at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden

By Janice and George | April 28, 2015

Visiting VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, we learned about widow-maker trees that sprout 2.5 kilo pine cones and stuck our noses inside carnivore pitcher plants.

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Turkish hammams in Istanbul - Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Ahhh… These Turkish hammams in Istanbul cleanse both body and soul

By Janice and George | January 26, 2015

Steam, scrub, soap suds and a silky massage. Ahhhh… Few bathing rituals are as decadent as a Turkish hammam experience.

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colonial cities of Mexico guide

Colonial Cities of Mexico Guide: A luxury travel resource

By Janice and George | January 19, 2015

See Mexico’s colonial cities in style! Discover fine museums, magical rooftop bars and luxury inns in our colonial cities of Mexico guide.

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Top tourist attractions in Morelia, Mexico

By Janice and George | December 22, 2014

Colonial buildings. A candy market (true!). And a butterfly sanctuary. These are just some of the top tourist attractions in Morelia, a UNESCO-listed colonial Mexican city.

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temples of ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian temples and tombs honor the gods

By Janice and George | December 11, 2014

Cruise the Nile, and you see incredulous ancient Egyptian temples (sacred sites of worship, learning, healing and love) honoring the gods.

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Soaking up history at the ancient Philippi ruins

By Janice and George | December 5, 2014

History whispers around every corner at the ancient Philippi ruins. It was named after Philip of Macedonia, Alexander the Great’s father.

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visit San Miguel de Allende

Visit San Miguel de Allende: A fairytale colonial city (Part 2)

By Janice and George | November 28, 2014

A mask museum? Botanical gardens? Yummy restaurants? Visit San Miguel de Allende for more than just art galleries and colonial architecture.

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Why travel to San Miguel de Allende? It’s a fairytale colonial city! (Part 1)

By Janice and George | November 24, 2014

Why travel to San Miguel de Allende? To enjoy its colonial center, fascinating museums (even one on toys!), thriving arts scene and magical rooftop bars. 

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Athens: Worth visiting for both its ancient treasures and modern delights

By Janice and George | November 3, 2014

Athens – the birthplace of democracy, western philosophy, and classical art and architecture. But though home to beautiful ruins and ancient treasures, it doesn’t live in the past.

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Sanctuary of Atotonilco

The Sanctuary of Atotonilco: Mexico’s Sistine Chapel

By Janice and George | October 27, 2014

Dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico,” the remarkable Sanctuary of Atotonilco is a riot of color, decorated with oil paintings, poems, sculptures and frescoes.

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toy museum in San Miguel de Allende

Feel playful at the Mexican toy museum in San Miguel de Allende

By Janice and George | September 9, 2014

We bet Santa would love to get his hands on the toys at the whimsical Toy Museum in San Miguel de Allende (La Esquina) – 2,000+ hand-crafted Mexican toys!

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petra

Ancient Petra: The rose-red city of wonder

By Janice and George | August 5, 2014

Gazing up at the jaw-dropping monuments in ancient Petra – your feet sinking into soft red sand – you’ll be amazed by the genius of its Nabatean builders. They chiseled a whole city of tombs and houses out of pink rock.

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