Guatemala Travel Guide

I recently spent 10 days in Guatemala, a beautiful country in Central America. I found the country to be overall safe, the people very friendly, and the infrastructure good for travelers. Guatemala (and Bolivia) have the highest percentage of indigenous people in Latin America; Mayan languages are spoken in most villages. These are three main areas […]

Riding the California Zephyr Train San Francisco to Chicago

I recently decided to abandon temporarily the sardine-canned airplane travel experience and take the train from San Francisco to Chicago.  The California Zephyr train, which departs daily from Emeryville, CA near Oakland (San Francisco has no Amtrak station, but a bus shuttle is provided from the SF Ferry Building to Emeryville), is truly one of […]

Top 7 Favorite Regions in the World

Here are our top 7 favorite regions in the world. These are the place we go back to again and again: Sud Tirol: Italian food and hospitality with German punctuality. Sounds like a perfect match. This region in Northern Italy is a paradise for winter skiing, summer hiking and cycling, with excellent food and hospitality. […]

Kyoto shopping recommendations 2015

Just back from Japan with the latest Kyoto shopping recommendations! Here’s where to shop in Kyoto for Imabari towels, makeup brushes, organic skin care,  tea, incense and room wear. (1) Iori for Imabari towels Once you have used Imabari towels, you’ll never go back to your old towels. I was converted to the famous towels […]

Isan Thai Food in Bangkok

Bangkok is currently experiencing a revival of traditional regional food, rather than only chasing after the latest international trends.  In my opinion, the best Thai food comes from the Northeast region called Isan.  Isan Thai Food is famous for being very spicy and pungent, seasoned with fresh herbs and fermented fish (plah rah), featuring some […]

Cradle Mountain Overland Track in Tasmania

The Cradle Mountain Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk. It’s a 65 kilometer, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The stunning scenery and the physical challenge of the Overland Track have assured it a national and international reputation […]

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Chile

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs is a Japanese-style onsen in Chile about an hour’s drive from the village of Pucon in the lake district. It is one of our favorite places in Chile because of the unique design that blends with the stunning surroundings. The Architecture blog, Arch Daily recently published an article about the hot springs.