A few last things before I go

Upon making plans to leave Hong Kong, I knew there were a few things I’d like to do before departing. One was visit the Peak again to get night shots of the city, and another was to ride the Star Ferry once more. Otherwise, I just wanted to spend time on the Island, enjoying the…

The Singapore Sling

Spring Break 2018 – Singapore and its gems In addition to the major neighborhoods of Singapore, there are plenty of other little gems in the city if visiting during peak tourist season. We explored the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which are a must if you love orchids and exotic plants and flowers. Even in the heat,…

Singapore’s Neighborhoods

Spring Break 2018 – Singapore’s popular neighborhoods A short flight from Hong Kong is the city it is most often compared with – Singapore. Well, city-state, that is. It’s a city, a state, and everything in between. For such a small space, it packs a good punch in terms of things to do and see….

Eat, Pray, Repeat

A week in Bali for October holiday There’s something to be said for a holiday where the most difficult choices I have to make are pool vs. beach and this cafe or that cafe. We were wondering if this holiday was going to happen, as the tumultuous Mount Agung was roaring to life in the…

Some really old books and a few foamy pints

In Dublin’s fair city – Days 7 & 8 – Dublin Castle, Chester Beatty Library & Guinness Storehouse Visits to Dublin Castle and the Chester A. Beatty Library were also in order – like I said in a previous post, there is no rest for the weary when I’m in charge of a trip. We will…

Foxy friars, dented knights, and a sermon about sleeping in church

In Dublin’s fair city – Days 5 & 7 – Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patricks Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral was difficult to miss. Halfway between the west part of Dublin at the Liberties and the city centre of Temple Bar, it dominated the skyline from the main road and key city bus lines. Upon booking…

Ah, put a Cork in it.

In Dublin’s Fair City – Day 6 – Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, and Cork An now for something completely different from my last post – something a lot lighter in tone. It was another day and another early morning start to catch a tour bus out of the city. We had to meet at 6:30…

A terrible beauty is born

In Dublin’s fair city – Days 3 and 4 – Kilmainham Gaol and going in search of history “If you strike us down now we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland; you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom then…

The jewels of the Emerald Isle

In Dublin’s fair city – Day 2 – a trip to Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, and Glendalough  We were in Dublin for a day when we had a side-trip planned – this time out to Kilkenny, Wicklow, and the ancient monastery at Glendalough. At Kilkenny, we piled out of the bus at the castle – where…

In Dublin’s fair city

“In Dublin’s fair city Where the girls are so pretty I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone As she wheeled her wheelbarrow Through the streets broad and narrow Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh” Alive, alive, oh Alive, alive, oh Crying “cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh” – “Molly Malone” In Dublin’s…

What to do if you think you’ve seen it all (in London)

London Redux – 1 week in the capital – Things to do that are not the Tower, Big Ben, or a museum With my family off to see the Tower of London, I embarked on a mystery photography tour of London’s old city conducted by Hairy Goat Photography Tours and Adventure. As a budding digital…

Imparting a love of the dreaming spires

London Redux – 1 week in the capital – A train trip to Oxford If anything, I had to help my family understand why I loved Oxford. We took a train from Paddington Station out to the City of Dreaming Spires, and I started our tour with a walk through Cornmarket Street to St. Aldate’s and…