La Boqueria Barcelona Food Market is one of the top foodie stops in the city. Plan your visit to one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets. Enjoy exploring food markets when you travel? Be sure to visit these posts: Mercado San Miguel Food Market Rialto Market Venice San Francisco Ferry Building Asiatique Night … Continue reading La Boqueria Barcelona Food Market
The beautifully restored, historic Madrid food market is just steps from Plaza Mayor. A tapas treat and feast for the eyes, visit Mercado San Miguel Madrid!
During our time in Paris, I made sure to book the best tour of Versailles with kids I could find. For our family, that was not a cattle-herded shuffle through the palace and back home – that was a Fat Tire Bike Tour of Versailles. After all, kids and teens are much happier biking the … Continue reading Versailles: Picnic, Biking, & Food Market with Kids
Asiatique Night Market Bangkok offers food, shopping, and Bangkok history. Plan a trip to this famous night market in Bangkok during your visit!
The San Francisco Ferry Building history is wrapped up in the history of the great city itself. Today, tourists and locals alike flock to the building seeking the raved about San Francisco Ferry Building restaurants, the Farmers Market, or the yummy wares of the artisan shops that line central nave of the beautiful building. By … Continue reading San Francisco Ferry Building History & Marketplace
The Rialto Market Venice is the most historic and extensive foodie stop in the beautiful city. You will definitely want to visit, whether it is to grab a snack, dinner ingredients, or just a feast for your camera. If you like to see markets from around the world, check out my other posts: Mercado San … Continue reading Rialto Market Venice
We had set sail, and then anchored off the coast of Koh Mak last evening. Just the memory of watching the sun, and the sunrise, from the deck of a sailboat will be enough to get me back on a sailing vacation sooner rather than later. Since it was our last night on the boat, … Continue reading Koh Mak Morning & Market
Looking for some Venice secret places? Before visiting St. Mark’s Square I researched any Venice hidden gems, and found some right in plain sight! Read on to know what to look for as you explore Venice’s most famous piazza.
Here’s your master list of things to do in Nuremberg old town, from Castle Nuremberg to Weiβgerbergasse, to the short trip to the Nazi Party Rally Grounds.
Nancy France is a beautiful and historic city easily reached by train from Paris, or Strasbourg. The city is worth the trip whether you are interested in the stunning Place Stanislas, medieval old town, UNESCO world heritage sights, or the gorgeous art nouveau and stained glass of the Charles III area. A Nancy France map … Continue reading Things To Do in Nancy France – Map Included!
Day trips from Strasbourg, France give you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Alsace region. Even better is the train system that makes it wonderfully convenient to hop all over the area. So, grab your camera, buy your tickets, and enjoy these scenic day trips from Strasbourg. . Strasbourg: The Ideal Home Base My home … Continue reading Beautiful and Easy Day Trips from Strasbourg France
Flying in to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport offers a gateway to exploring the rest of Europe. For me, train is always the transportation of choice if possible, and the Paris airport train station connects the Paris airport to a stunning number of locations across Europe. Knowing how to get from your incoming flight … Continue reading Step-by-Step Guide to Paris CDG Train Station
One of the best things about the travel blogger community, are the adventurous, fun people writing other blogs that we get to know. Even better, sometimes we get to work together to develop a more complete or varied or funny blog post sharing all of our experiences. So here are a few blogger friends I … Continue reading Collaborations
The Reclining Buddha behind us, and one of the oldest temple complexes in Thailand is laid out around us. The colors, the details, and the architecture are not at all western at all, which is, of course, exactly as it should be. But it’s also a little disorienting to me. Usually when traveling I love exploring markets and historic sights like Asiatique, Bangkok’s Night Market and Chatuchak, the world’s largest weekend market. It’s a little different exploring a temple complex. I don’t know what the customs are. What are the private areas or things going on that I should be extra careful not to intrude on? Is it ok to talk and laugh with my friend and our girls? What is appropriate? I want to be respectful and inoffensive – but I also want to watch the people offering prayers. And a picture of the particularly serene looking woman. The picture seems intrusive, and I let the opportunity pass.
I’m not sure which places are ok to just wander in to, and how far it’s ok to wander into them. There are some boundaries that are easy to deduce – I can go in to the pavilion with the Phra Ubosot. But I’m pretty sure that walking up around it is a no-no. Of course, all I have to go on is that no one else is doing it. For all I know, I missed a great photo opportunity.
Even with a touch of nagging hesitation about where exactly it’s ok for me to go, and where it’s not, I’m ready to set off with the camera. A picture of a fountain, the very eastern detailing, the colors and shapes call to me. The complex was founded in the 17th century, and renovation was started soon after the founding of our home country… it’s a little hard to wrap my mind around.
Within moments I can see that glazed look and tense shoulders settle in on hubby, and at least one daughter already starting to wilt with the prospect of architecture exploring. But, one daughter is with me, camera in hand! Thankfully, a splitting of the parties was quickly negotiated, and some of the group went off to do whatever it is people without cameras do at these locations. Our group headed off in another direction and had a great time, free to patiently wait for the crowd to pass or thin enough for the shot, or go for just one more angle…
When King Rama I began the renovation, he also began a project to bring images of Buddha from other sites in Thailand to Wat Pho. Today there are over 1000 images of Buddha here.
There are over 90 chedis on the grounds of Wat Pho. Some were built to hold the ashes of royalty, but others no one knows the purpose.
There are statue guardians stationed inside the gates.
And I’m not sure, but I think this is a dragon-dog. He seemed really dog-like to us, which caused us to take a closer look, and, I kid you not… he’s carrying free-rolling ball in his mouth. All of these that we saw had the ball. That became a favorite thing for the kids.
Wat Pho is a ‘must see’ on every travel guide for Bangkok – but it is for good reason. I took more pictures than are fair to subject you to, and there were no indications that I made any major faux pas in the process. So we’ll just add on a few more favorites, and let you all get on with your day.
Loving Bangkok? Check out these posts:
- Asiatique: Bangkok Night Market
- Chatachuk: The world’s largest weekend Market
If you want to check out more of my usual content, take a look at these posts on Europe and the food markets I love to visit!
Strasbourg shopping has something for everyone in the Grand île historic area. Explore 3 best areas for shopping in Strasbourg and find what you need!
Looking for some non touristy things to do in Madrid? A way to get off the tourist sprint from Must See to Must See? How about taking a step back and really seeing not just the sights, but the city and the Madrilenos living in the city? Give our list of 10 non touristy things … Continue reading 10 Non Touristy Things To Do in Madrid
When choosing a hotel in San Francisco, I was looking for something that would provide a home base more interesting than the basics for myself and my teen daughter. When I stumbled across the Hotel Zephyr San Francisco, I loved the quirky photos of the colorful interior, and the communal areas that seemed so inviting. … Continue reading Hotel Zephyr San Francisco Review
Headed to San Francisco with kids and trying to figure out how to make it an enjoyable time for everyone? Completely understand. I’ve wanted to go to San Francisco for years and was eager to finally get to go recently. But, since my daughter was going to be going with me, I started being my … Continue reading 8 Things To Do in San Francisco with Kids
Quebec City guide to shopping for artisan souvenirs: information, photos & locations for shops that provide unique souvenirs made in Quebec and Canada.
Being more wise in the ways of sailing trips than our family, our hosts had strongly recommended, and searched out, a resort stay for a few days after leaving the boat. We now had three days of long, hot showers, food at the ready, and lounging at the beach. For this, we stayed at the … Continue reading Koh Chang: Mercure Hideaway