As a reader and as a reading specialist I am always inspired by photos of beautiful libraries and bookstores. My trip to Portugal was inspired by a photo of the dining room at The Literary Man Hotel. I decided to focus of Óbidos, Lisbon, and Porto. Óbidos The Literary Man hotel has over 5,000 books… Continue reading A Literary Tour Through Portugal
1st 1/2 Day Check in to The Literary Man Hotel- marvel at the floor to ceiling books around every turn Walk the tourist loop inside the walls Visit book stores! I’m on the hunt for The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Portuguese Eat lunch in the garden at The History Man (the vegetable tostada is amazing)… Continue reading 2 days in Obidos
Things that make me nostalgic for Istanbul: Caí staff in every business ( post office, bank, nail salon, etc) delivering tea & coffee Framed photos of Ataturk in every shop- sometimes 2 or more Ferry rides between two continents with the wind in your hair and the lights of Istanbul all around Menemen- deliciousness that… Continue reading A Walk Down Memory Lane
My parents and I spent 5 days exploring Kyoto and the surrounding area. Here are some of the highlights! Day 2 Ginkaku-Ji Temple (silver pavilion) Path of Philosophy A lovely temple full of Camellias Eikando Temple Omlette rice at a Mom & Pop restaurant for lunch Nanzenji Temple Green Tea and Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream… Continue reading Edu-Ventures in Kyoto
Let me count the ways… 1. Passport photos- Realize you need passport photos at 9pm the night before your flight? 7-11 can print them for 200¥ (about $2) 2. Bill Pay- Need to pay your gas and electric bill on a Sunday night ? 7-11 can do that 3. Tools – Need a tiny Phillips… Continue reading Japanese Convenience Stores How I love 💕 thee!
I fell in love with Vietnam from the beginning. The amazing level of service at my hotel, the friendly people, and the delicious food won me over. I’m already thinking of all the places I want to see on my 2nd trip to Vietnam! Things that surprised me: -There a ton of tourists from all… Continue reading Eduventures in Vietnam 🇻🇳
I read several “top” lists of Tokyo’s Winter Illuminations before embarking on my own quest to see as many as possible. I have given the 2018/2019 illuminations my own ranking… keep reading to see my very favorite! #3. Omotesando – I love this street of white lights, but can’t seem to find my photos