Owens Valley and Sierra Fishing

Following the father/daughter trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, my dad and I spent a week the following summer fishing in the Owens Valley and Sierras. Even though I was born and raised there, I still had not explored nearly enough of the area. There are unlimited “secret” getaways that the mountains and valley have to offer, but it…

Peruvian Milky Way

I’m in a time machine going back through my favorite moments and photographs from the past few years. Many of my posts include large galleries, so I’m going through and pulling out a few to feature and recount more in depth. There are some trips where I come back with thousands of shots…it’s easy for…

Sick in Hanoi

Day 14, Day 15– According to the itinerary: Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Tuan Chau quay. After disembarking from the Emeraude, board your touring coach and drive back to Hanoi. After lunch at a local restaurant, the afternoon is at leisure to shop, stroll, and enjoy the…

Halong Bay & Emeraude Cruise

Day 13– After breakfast, drive from Hanoi to Halong. Stop en route at Hong Ngoc handicraft village. My dad got me a beautiful ring here and I wear it everyday. This amazing bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is dotted with thousands of limestone karsts and isles. Local legend has it that long ago, when the…

Da Nang & Hanoi

Day 12– Transfer to the airport this morning for the short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. Hanoi’s rich history is closely tied to French colonialism as well as the Chinese era, both evident in the city’s architecture, cuisine, and culture. You will have lunch at KOTO (Know One…

Hoi An Sunset

The sunset did  not disappoint on our last day in Hoi An. This was shot from the beach, steps from the resort on Day 11.

Champa Kingdom

Day 11– Part 2: My Son, Champa Kingdom I’m so glad we signed up for this optional excursion (why wouldn’t we go?). Enjoy an optional half day trip to visit the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An in a lush green valley, are dozens of…

Hoi An

Day 11– Part 1: Hoi An Central Market + Phuoc Kien Pagoda + Japanese Covered Bridge This was one of my favorite days. The markets in Hoi An are full of color and energy that bring life to the streets. There are tons of fresh produce, noodles and fish, not to mention many foods I’ve never seen before. It’s…

Hue & Hoi An

Day 10– Thank you Friendly Planet for doing the heavy lifting with the descriptions. I’m going to continue to chime in, in bold. The rest is all you: This morning, visit the walled Citadel containing the Imperial City, modeled on the Forbidden City of Beijing, and the Purple Forbidden City within, former home of the…

Hue at Night

View from our hotel room balcony in Hue. The morning light reveals a different tone– it will be the first image in the next post.

Da Nang, Hue & The Perfume River

Day 9– You will notice a break in the description below, with my casual thoughts included in bold. The rest of the description came from the Friendly Planet itinerary. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Da Nang on the coast of the South China Sea. I threw up on the plane…

Mekong Delta

Day 8- Part 2 Friendly Planet Itinerary: Continue to Cai Be and embark on a private cruise to the colorful Cai Be floating market. Transfer to smaller boats for a ride through the beautiful canals of Tan Phong island, and then enjoy lunch at Anh Kiet ancient house. Continue by boat to visit a handicraft…