New Zealand: Day 8 – Exploring the Queenstown Area

The cloud bank over the mountain range to the right lifted in the night. The fresh snow is beautiful. This place is remarkably, no, shockingly beautiful. After breakfast we hiked down to the dock and walked along the lake’s coastline. The views of the sun-drenched mountain were definitely picture-worthy. I shot a time lapse of the shadows changing on the… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Seven – Traveling Home

Today the long journey home begins—in about 45 minutes. Amazingly, the couple in the bungalow next door here at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An are from Atlanta, Georgia! In fact, they live in Morningside. Can we say: small world! Click here for a list of all of the posts from my trip to Vietnam.… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Six – Eco-Friendly Beach Cleaning at Sunrise

Every morning in Manhattan Beach, a large truck pulls a huge raking mechanism along the beach to pick up all of the trash* the tide and beach goers left behind. In the past I’ve actually posted a picture of what that looks like. This morning I got up early to photograph the sunrise. The thick layer of fog over the… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Six – Rest and Relax in Hoi An

Today is a chill out day before the long trek home begins tomorrow via Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Nothing specific is planned. I do hope to catch up on all of the blogging and post some pictures. Even now the computer is importing photos from the camera’s flash card. I’ve probably shot over 10,000 photos this trip, but… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Four – Driving

Driving in Vietnam is just dangerous, absolutely very, very dangerous! Today I drove from Dalong Bay to the Hanoi airport (about 3 hours). Flew from Hanoi to Da Nang, and drove from Da Nang to Hoi An (about 30 minutes). Before leaving the US, my doctor told me I would more likely be injured in a car accident or hit… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Three – Halong Bay

Today I drove from Hanoi to Halong Bay. The drive was interesting. You can see a picture of the person riding the water buffalo we saw along the side of the road in the rice patties. Apparently this road was frequently heavily bombed by the US during the Vietnam war as it was used to transport munitions within the country.… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Two – My Life Is Quirky That Way…

Back in July of 2006, I escaped the craziness of the hustle, bustle, and heat of Atlanta, Georgia, to head for the Arctic Circle, to walk on a glacier in Trømso, Norway. During my first meal that far north on our planet, I heard Ray Charles singing, “Georgia On My Mind.” I was horrified. I had travelled thousands of miles… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day Two – Hanoi

The bustle of this city goes beyond that of NYC and Paris. In many ways, it exceeds Rome. I’ve simply never seen so many scooters flitting about, so many people on bicycles, so many cars and pedestrians scrunching into such cramped quarters. The horns blow nonstop, not in a rude, NYC sort of way, but in a “Don’t squash me.… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day One – Dinner

Tonight, for dinner, I went to the traditional Vietnamese restaurant here at the Sofitel Metropole by Lake Hoan Kiem in central Hanoi. I decided to live on the edge and ordered a 7 course meal of traditional dishes. I have no idea what I ate. The names were all in Vietnamese. What I do know: this was the tastiest, most… Continue reading

Vietnam: Day One

Well, today I flew from Bangkok to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a couple of days. Thank goodness a driver and English-speaking guide picked me up at the airport. Some poor English-speaking chap at baggage claim asked how to get to the city, which is an hour’s drive from the airport. I had no idea. I feel sorry for him! Before we… Continue reading