Review: Afar Magazine

October 29, 2009

Not too long ago, I was forlornly searching the travel magazine section at Barnes & Noble for something new and different. I was expecting to find the same old titles, but this time I actually did spy something novel. I spotted the premier issue of Afar magazine. I usually don’t expect too much from a […]

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Winner of Print from Bay Images

October 19, 2009

Congratulations to Rebecca, who is the winner of a 10×15 print from Bay Images. Rebecca chose an image of Canyon De Chelly in Arizona, pictured above. Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I really wanted to give prints to everyone, but Stephen (husband and photographer) would kill me. I will definitely have more […]

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Giveaway: Fine Art Print of the Winner’s Choice from Bay Images

October 12, 2009

To introduce more people to Bay Leaves, I am having a giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a free 10×15 inch fine art print from my husband’s travel and nature photography website Bay Images. It has a retail value of $100, and I will pay for shipping. Here’s all you have to do to enter: […]

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My Travel Playlist

October 11, 2009

Since the launch of iTunes, I have permanently set my radio dial to NPR and turned to browsing the internet to find new music. My iPod is overflowing with tunes to listen to on long flights (not to mention episodes of This American Life – the best radio show ever). Here’s a small selection of […]

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Review: Village Tours & Treks, Bhutan

October 11, 2009

We didn’t do a lot of research when we selected Village Tours & Treks to arrange our trip to Bhutan. The May/June 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine listed them in their 50 Tours of a Lifetime article. Despite, the lack of research, our decision to book our trip to Bhutan through Village Tours […]

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Bhutan 2009 Day Eleven – Paro to Bangkok

October 9, 2009

I woke up at about 5:00 am to the sound of rain falling, and I wanted to cry. If we can’t get out of Paro today, we’ll have to deal with changing our hotel, changing our United Flights, notifying our car service picking us up at SFO and letting the dog sitter know we’ll need […]

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Bhutan 2009 Day Ten – Taktsang Monastery – Tiger’s Nest

October 8, 2009

When we woke up this morning, it was still raining. At breakfast, we sat with an older couple from London that we met the evening before at dinner. They were also hoping to hike to Tiger’s Nest today. By the time breakfast was over, the rain had stopped. We went ahead and got ready for […]

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Bhutan 2009 Day Nine – Paro Dzong, National Museum, Drukgyel ruins

October 7, 2009

It rained all last night, and this morning it was still raining. Our first stop was the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. The rain was fairly light so we were able to walk around the ruins. The dzong was built in 1649, but destroyed by fire in 1951. They plan to renovate it, but that would […]

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Bhutan 2009 Day Eight – Wangdue to Paro

October 6, 2009

We left at 8:30 this morning to drive back to Paro. Pema had a plan to break up the drive a bit so that I wouldn’t get carsick. Our first stop was at Dochu La Pass, about one and a half hours after we left Wangdue. I walked around a bit, not really nauseated, but […]

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Bhutan 2009 Day Seven – Phobjikha to Wangdue

October 5, 2009

We had breakfast with the French ladies today, and had an interesting conversation regarding religion, including Mormonism and Scientology. We left at 8:30 am to hike the Gangte Nature Trail up to the Gangte Goemba (temple). It was beautiful hike, most of which was flat, except for climbing up to the temple itself. Because they […]

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