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To be continued…

Sorry for the delay in posts but life got in my way. I will get back to it soon!

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Beauty and the Beast

Yesterday was a full day of traveling on three trains and a ferry ride to arrive at Miyajima Island. It is a magical place with a rich history and a peace and serenity we have been fortunate to experience in … Continue reading

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Switching Gears…

From Vietnam to Japan was not only a journey of some distance but cultural shock as well. While leaving behind the chaos, heat, spontaneity of one we enter into the order, mild climate and formality of the other. Both have … Continue reading

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Imperial Citadel and World Heritage Sites

I haven’t mentioned that I developed a cold and cough almost immediately from the beginning of the trip. The pollution and the alternating from hot humid atmosphere to air-conditioned buildings took it toll on me with some days being worse … Continue reading

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Traveling with Friends

It seems impossible that the last time we traveled with our friends Ron and Linda it was nine years ago! We traveled to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. It was an extraordinary trip and again we share a transforming … Continue reading

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Travel Days

Last night we attended mass at St. Joseph cathedral in Hanoi where the local people really know how celebrate with non-stop singing. The church was full and the sound was soothing and yet inspiring. A rather long mass but one … Continue reading

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More pictures of the countryside 

Do you see the elephant in this photo??

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Traveling to the Mountains

Our day was spent traveling to the mountain town of Sapa, a beautiful town that resembles more a European village at first sight, but that evolves into quite the tourist destination. The way was filled with splendid rice fields which … Continue reading

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Rested and Ready

Nine hours of sleep last night after an exhausting travel day and we were ready to go sight seeing. We took a drive out to Tinh Hung Yen to visit a local family, have a cooking lesson and have a … Continue reading

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Vietnam, really?

Yes, here we are in Vietnam! At first sight from the airplane I thought this cannot be the place our country spent over a decade bombing and devastating and attempting to rescue from the hands of communism. It looked lush, … Continue reading

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