Made it to Kyoto, one of the most amazing cities we have traveled to. The first hotel in Okayama provided eye warmers which heated up for about 10 minutes after they were opened.
Wake up early to catch the sunrise, but instead of setting up in front of the pool near the entrance with the rest of the people, just walk in and start exploring. You will have the place to yourselves for an hour or two while everyone else gathers out front to get the iconic photograph. Go ahead and skip that (there are tons of examples of that photo already out there) and see what you can find inside. Plus it won’t be so hot that early in the morning so you can climb around without turning into a soggy mess.
We had a chance to visit the terra cotta warriors in Xi’an this weekend. Amazing place!
We took a quick four day trip took Hainan, the Hawaii of China. Lots of time by the pool and on the beach. Very relaxing.
Had a great time in Thailand.
Started off in the North in Chiang Mai where we spent some time with Elephants and took a cooking class (love Thia food!!!). Then we traveled to Phuket and spent the remainder of our time relaxing on the beach. Though we did go out on a boat tour one day, saw James Bond Island, and had a BBQ lunch on a beach. What a great trip, can’t wait to go back.
For the October Holiday week this year, we decided to go to Bali. We went via Singapore and added a short stay there (just 2 nights). Singapore was a great place, with an interesting mix of culture. It is a tiny country with significant
Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, and British influences. We spent most of one day at the zoo, which was by far the best zoo we have ever been to.