The Hagia Sophia

After our tours of the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market this morning, we make our way towards the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. We arrived in Istanbul with no plan and only a map from the hotel, so we have to follow a few signs and other tourists to get to the right spot….

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Nessebar – The Pearl of the Black Sea

Nessebar might be the most adorable town in Bulgaria. To me, it’s the Cape Cod of the Black Sea. It has a ton of charm, lots of cute little shops and is infinitely photographable. As such, this post is heavy on the pictures, light on the words. The town of Nessebar is over 3000 years…

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The Rila Monastery

The Rila Monastery is located about 70 miles south of Sofia, in the Rila Mountains. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get there on my own easily, so I join a tour leaving from the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral early in the morning. I can’t resist one more picture of the cathedral in…

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Ski Dubai – Skiing in the Desert

Have I convinced you that Dubai is one of the weirdest cities yet? No? What if I tell you about the time I went skiing – in the middle of the desert? Cuz let me tell you, that was weird (and cool!). Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of the Emirates. Walking through a mall,…

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The Burj Khalifa

I love being up high. As a kid, I was always climbing trees. When I was maybe 12 years old, I fell out of one from about 15ft up. Thankfully, some branches slowed me down and I only had the wind knocked out of me. For my 18th birthday, I convinced my dad to take…

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The Red Fort and Chandni Chowk

This is it. We’re at the end of my India story. I’m kind of sad, but also excited to move on to the next trip. But first, Meike and I have one more day in Delhi before flying home. After our tiger safari, we spent the following day driving several hours back to Delhi. Throughout…

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Tiger Safari in Ranthambhore NP

Our last stop on our Rajasthan tour was a tiger safari in Ranthambhore National Park. The park is located about equal distance between Jaipur and Agra, south of New Delhi and is one of the best places in India to see tigers in their natural habitat. The best months to see them are May and…

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Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar

Confession time – I’m not a big fan of guided tours. Day trips are usually fine, but trips that last longer than that can be frustrating for me. I don’t like not being in control of where I’m going and what I’m doing, and usually I feel like I can do it cheaper on my own,…

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Innovation in the Amer Fort

Our first stop in Jaipur was the Amer (pronounced Amber) Fort just outside the city in the small town of Amer. The fort (or palace, as it really is) is located high up on a hill which offered protection from invading armies. A lot of people choose to ride elephants up the hill, much like…

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Humayan’s Tomb

All too soon, our mini vacation in Kerala came to an end and we flew back to Delhi for the last wedding ceremony. In the morning, Maggie and I wanted to check out another Delhi site, Humayan’s Tomb, and everyone wanted to go shopping before the reception that night, so we got a really early…

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The Taj Mahal: Is It Wonder-Worthy?

I’m a sucker for a good list. I am that person who will add something I’ve already done to a list, just so I can cross it off. I love making them, I love reading them. One of my favorite lists is the 7 Wonders of the World, and by extension, the New 7 Wonders of…

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Delhi and the Qutub Minar

It took me 27 hours to fly from Seattle, through Germany to New Delhi. And unfortunately for me, I landed at 9am. I met Maggie at our hotel, as well as Nitish, the groom and Maggie’s former roommate from their days in Spain. We immediately left for a salon to get a bit of pampering…

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