Siem Reap

We were lucky enough to visit Cambodia after two amazing weeks in Thailand. We flew to Siem Reap on a short, easy, and inexpensive flight from Bangkok. Upon arriving in Siem Reap, we made our way to our hotel, the Golden Temple Hotel. This small boutique hotel had the friendliest staff, very clean and cozy rooms with wood floors, a fantastic restaurant, a refreshing pool and an excellent spa. Every visitor received a complimentary massage during their stay, and every time we arrived back at our hotel from the day’s journey, we were greeted with a traditional tea, a cold glass of water and cooling towels. Best of all, the hotel was in a perfect location, only 3-5 minutes walk from the old town and market area. Siem Reap’s main attractions are the Temple of Angkor Wat and the ancient city of  Angkor Thom, which are part of the Angkor Archaeological Park. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. Read More ›

Hiking the Inca Trail

The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu was without a doubt the most difficult and challenging thing either of us has ever done, and we’re glad we checked it off our bucket list. We booked Info Cusco as our tour group and did the traditional Inca Trail hike for 4 days and 3 nights. They were not the cheapest option or the most expensive, but overall we loved our experience with them and would highly recommend them. We arrived to Cusco three days before the start of our Inca Trail hike with the plan to acclimate to the elevation and explore the city. Although we flew overnight and barely got any sleep on the plane, we were eager to explore so we dropped off our bags at the Encantada Casa Boutique Spa Hotel and headed into town! Cusco definitely had its charm and beautiful architecture, but it didn’t take us long to realize that it was a tourist city. Around every corner there were souvenir shops and street sellers. Read More ›

Marché Raspail

The first and largest of Paris’ organic markets, Marché Raspail is the perfect place for people watching. Centered around a love of food you’ll find some of the most delicious (and most expensive) food in Paris here. The fromagier who we approached supplied us with the best organic Normandy butter I’ve ever tasted as well as demi crème milk that smelled green and fresh and tasted sweet and light. In addition to your staple supplies you can find scarves, face creams, tea blends, and even organic Cider. Walk the aisle admiring the beauty and bounty, and then make some delicious decisions about dinner. Read More ›

Magical Morocco

Ever since I was a little girl, I’d dreamed about the magic of the desert. This past February, the dream finally became a reality during a trip to Morocco. And while riding camels into the Sahara was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I was just as impressed by how much variety Morocco had to offer. I walked through the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, navigated the endless labyrinth of the Fes medina, explored the bohemian seaside town of Essaouira, and gazed up in awe at one of the world’s largest mosques in Casablanca. Simply put, Morocco will easily take the most well-traveled jet-setter’s breath away. Read More ›

Safari in Tanzania

In July 2011, my husband and I traveled to Arusha, Tanzania to attend a wedding. Obviously, given the amazing location, we wanted to extend our visit so we would have time to fulfill the lifelong dream of going on a safari! July was a great time to visit Tanzania as it is the middle of winter and we found the temperatures to be perfect for exploring and hiking (about 60 degrees during the day), though a bit chilly at night. We are fortunate to have family in Arusha, so we had a wonderful place to stay and all of our meals (when we were at “home”) were prepared for us. Our family also happens to own a Safari/Adventure company, Simba Safaris (simba means lion in Swahili) so we had access to any Safari of our choice and expert guides! Read More ›