Tag Archive: History

Milan, Italy

  For as many times as I’ve been in Italy, I’ve somehow never made it to Milan. And when I finally decide to go, I’m told there isn’t much to see, that I… Continue reading

Feria de San Telmo

If you’re ever in Buenos Aires on a Sunday, you might consider enjoying the “good air” and making your way over to a lively outdoor market in San Telmo. Part art fair and… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: Cementerio de la Recoleta

  On a gray day in Buenos Aires, we find ourselves exploring an elaborate stone city in search of a crypt – that of la familia Duarte. Why, you ask? Duarte was the family name of… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Exploring the city of Buenos Aires in far-off Argentina, our fearless heroine discovered an enchanted place called El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Paperback and hardcover, glossy and matte, histories and romances, genres galore, the booklovers’ haven… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: Casa Rosada

  At the edge of Plaza de Mayo sits the seat of the Argentine government. In a distinct shade of pink. Don’t cry for me, Argenti-naaahhh. No seriously, don’t. Because I’m having such… Continue reading

Machu Picchu

Quick Recap: In the previous post, we hopped of the train at a station-less KM 104 to hike a part of the Inca Trail towards Machu Picchu. It felt like we’d gone rogue.… Continue reading

Cusco and the (Short) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

“Machu Picchu, here we come!” How hard can it be, right? I mean, we’re already in Peru. Now we just have to hop a flight from Lima to Cusco….     Whoa, Nelly!… Continue reading

Hope lives in Pompeii, Italy

In the southern Italian region of Campania, the remnants of an ancient city yet stand. Withstanding the direct path of destruction during the tragic Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79AD, its ruins continue to provide… Continue reading

NASA: Kennedy Space Center

“Space: the final frontier.” Ok, so this isn’t an episode of Star Trek, but it is still about dreams of lunar landscapes and Martian colonies, of boldly going where no man has gone… Continue reading

Washington, DC

Washington, DC. The Nation’s Capital. The Federal City. The American Rome (Don’t ask; I didn’t make up the nickname). Where, during your short workout, your hotel might have suddenly been overrun with Secret Service… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Library of Congress

Are we in the United States, or in Europe? The façade of this building makes me do a double take for a second. Just a split-second.     In this split-second, the façade… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Capitol Building & Botanic Gardens

Is that the Capitol Building? Oh let’s do pay a visit. We are, after all, in the nation’s capital; it’s only appropriate we see where legislation is passed, and where transformative history has… Continue reading

Ephesus: The Temple of Artemis & The House of Mary

Fun Fact: Did you know the Turkish province of Izmir was home to Homer (of Iliad and Odyssey fame)? Actually, many cities have claimed Homer’s citizenship, but evidence favors Smyrna – what we… Continue reading

Ephesus, Turkey: Details of an Ancient City

Marble streets. The third largest library in the ancient world. The most well-preserved Greco-Roman amphitheater today. These are just some of the treasures you’ll find in the ancient city of Ephesus.    … Continue reading

Ephesus, Turkey: Walking an Ancient City

You’ve probably heard the expression “streets of gold,” but have you ever heard “streets of marble?” I have. I’ve seen them too. In the ancient city of Efes Örenyeri (the Ephesus Archaeological Site),… Continue reading

Pamukkale, Turkey & its Hierapolis

Pamukkale   /puh-moo-kuh-lay/ City in Turkey’s Denizli Province. Translates into English as “Cotton Castle,” from the Turkish portmanteau of pamuk (cotton) + kale (castle) Pamukkale is one of those under-the-radar destinations that isn’t… Continue reading

Cappadocia, Turkey: Göreme Open Air Museum

Be honest: Do you think “Göreme Open Air Museum” is a bit of a bland name for an archaeologically significant piece of history on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Yes, it is actually an… Continue reading

Cappadocia, Turkey: Kaymaklı & Göreme

This crisp, rainy, Anatolian morning, we’ll have to stoop down to get through cave tunnels carved into the subterranean rock of Kaymaklı Yeraltı Şehri – Kaymaklı Underground City. Watch your head! I just… Continue reading

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque & Basilica Cistern

Say “Istanbul” to a group of travelers, and they’ll often reminisce about vastly different experiences. One person might marvel at a city residing on two continents: Europe to the west and Asia to… Continue reading

Istanbul: Topkapı Palace and Its Harem

Istanbul may not have nearly as many palaces as Germany has along the Rhine, but you can still ramble about the city and inadvertently stumble upon a royal residence. A palace in the… Continue reading

Willis Tower

Ever seen Chicago from 1,353 feet above ground? To see the city from different perspectives, you can walk the Pedway underground, surface in the Chicago Cultural Center for interiors, pop over to Millennium… Continue reading

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, also known as “The People’s Palace,” is one of the city’s most popular attractions. This building boasts an ornate interior of mosaic and Favrile – a type of glass… Continue reading

Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton

The winding road up Mount Hamilton is not for those with acrophobia, aeroacrophobia, or any fear related to high, narrow roads with no guardrails. The ride is full of twists and turns; the… Continue reading

Costa Rica’s Museo del Oro

The Gold Museum, or what most people refer to as Museo del Oro, is actually a collection of interconnected museums called Museos Banco Central de Costa Rica. The Museo del Oro Precolombino (Pre-Columbian… Continue reading

San José, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica is a city full of parks and wall murals, old locales and even older churches, traditional customs, museums, and pleasant surprises. Oddly enough, it’s a surreal mix of the… Continue reading

San José Art City Tour

People don’t exactly come to Costa Rica for museums, but since I’m currently in the capital city of San José and I happen to like museums, there are a few of them on… Continue reading

Into a WWII Bomber Plane

Mountain View is probably better known for being the home of Google Headquarters, a.k.a. The Googleplex. The city also has, however, a former naval station called Moffett Field, which now belongs to the… Continue reading

Corregidor

Welcome to Corregidor.   A gentle breeze blows through your hair as you step foot off the ferry and onto the boardwalk. Looking down, you see straight through the clear blue-green waters to… Continue reading

Resort Report: Las Casas

  Yes, it’s a resort…but Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, or simply Las Casas, isn’t what you’d typically think of when you hear “resort.” It’s a blast from the past, with a mixed… Continue reading