24 Hours in Monte Carlo, Monaco

In early April I ventured to the small and beautiful but mighty and certainly wealthy city-State on the French Riviera: Monaco. The setting of two 007 James Bond films, the most famous Formula 1 Race, and home to the Monaco Royal Family, perhaps most famously associated with American Actress Grace Kelly who married into the…

Half-Day in Ghent, Belgium and 1898 The Post Hotel

As part of my three-day weekend over Martin Luther King day, I ventured to Beligum. I spent the first half in the Northwest city of Bruges. I then spent the next half in Ghent, which is right in between Bruges and Brussels. One of the only things I knew about Ghent before coming is that…

24 Hours in Bruges, Belgium and Hotel Van Cleef

Hello, Finally catching up on some blogging after slacking for a couple of months. Over Martin Luther King Day three-day weekend, I ventured back to Belgium to explore the country’s famed and relatively untouched medieval gothic cities. Over the three day weekend I visited both Bruges and Ghent. Bruges stole my heart, it is beautiful,…

Review: Six Senses Duxton, Singapore

I just returned from another whirlwind around the world journey through Asia. This time the trip included stops in cities I had not been back to in years including Tokyo and Singapore. For my one-night stop in Singapore, I chose to stay the the brand new Six Senses Duxton. Located on Duxton Road occupying a…

24 Hours in St. Lucia: Boucon by Hotel Chocolate Review

On the last weekend of September I flew down to the West Indies island nation of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. I have always wanted to visit this island with the picturesque Piton mountains and the world famous Jade Mountain Resort, the internet famous resort where each open-air room has an infinity pool overlooking the…

Review: Toberua Island Resort, Fiji

Bula! Fiji Bula, the ubiquitous greeting and Fijian word for Hello, yet it seemingly embodies more than just a simple “hi, how are you?” It is the spirit of the South Pacific archipelago island nation of Fiji. Bula is a robust and burly word yet it also so soft, mellow and welcoming and that is…

Review: Rosewood Luang Prabang

Hello! This is part of my Asia Trip Spring 2018. This is a bit of a detailed hotel review so if you’d rather not read and just look at pictures, in short:  Only 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from downtown. Stunning design and landscape, wonderful management and friendly staff, delicious food curated…

Review: Avani+ (formerly Azerai) Luang Prabang

Good Day, This is a post that is part of my larger Spring 2018 Trip across Asia. I am playing catch up now on the posts per the outline below as the trip ended up being quite packed near the end and I spent about a week recovering and organizing photos. Introduction: Asia Trip Spring…

Christmas Weekend in Vienna, Austria & Bratislava, Slovakia

[Weekend Trip Series] Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! For my three day Christmas holiday I chose to venture to Vienna, Austria as well as a half-day side trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. There are few nonstop flights from Vienna to the United States, which is actually a nice thing in my humble opinion because there definitely…

Weekend in Panama City, Panama

[Weekend Trip Series] I just returned from a nice, albiet short, weekend trip to Panama City, Panama. I had never been to Panama before but in 2011 when I sailed with Semester at Sea, our voyage crossed the Panama Canal, and it was a surreal once-in-a-lifetime experience. This time I got a chance to explore…

Weekend in Amsterdam, Netherlands

[Weekend trip series] Last weekend my mom and I ventured off to Amsterdam, Netherlands for the weekend. It was the first time for the both of us and I was quite excited despite the rainy and slightly windy weather that greeted us and stayed with us. Amsterdam is a very charming and sophisticated city. Being…

Weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[Weekend Trip Series] Two weekends ago, I visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was my first time in Rio and in Brazil. For many countries a visa is required to visit Brazil, a requirement that was waived during the Olympics. For U.S. Citizens the hefty visa fee pays off as the visa lasts ten years,…