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PHOTO: National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara) in Kuala Lumpur

I was hot, tired, and sweaty after a day of exploring the Colonial Walk along the Gombak River in central Kuala Lumpur. I could have hopped on the Metro, but the city’s historic Railway Station, with its lacy onion domes and turrets, was on the way to my hotel, so I set off on foot. The main road I was following, Jalan Kinabalu, suddenly became flooded with hundreds of men walking in the opposite direction. I dodged and wove through the oncoming masses, wondering what on earth was... The post PH...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cultural Travel, Metro, Railway Station, National Mosque of Malaysia Masjid Negara, Gombak River


There’s More to Kuala Lumpur than Petronas Towers and Shopping

Kuala Lumpur, capital of the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, has always been a “pass-through” destination for me. Either I never made it out of the airport during long layovers, or my time was limited to an overnight stay. I’d made the obligatory trek to see famous twin Petronas Towers, once the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and walk around the lovely lake and park at the foot of the towers. I’d had dinner in the Brickyards neighborhood more commonly known as Little India. And I’d spent...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Petronas Towers, Southeast Asian, River Of Life, Brickyards


My Favorite Reads of 2018

If you read about my literary journey in 2017, you might not expect that this year could top it, but 2018 was a great year of reads for me. The number of books I read is my second all-time high score with a whopping 95 books. (The highest number of books I read was 101 books and that was well over 25 years ago.) It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ― Oscar WildeClick To Tweet This was my 7th year completing the GoodReads Rea...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Japan, Usa, England, New York, London, Minnesota, Greece, Molly, Russia, US, Earth, Best, Features


Away Vegetarian Resort – A Whole New World for Traveling Vegetarians

It wasn’t easy to be a vegetarian when I began traveling the world in 1997. At best it was difficult to find food without meat; at times it was downright impossible. Thankfully, the vegetarian/vegan trend has taken off over the past few years. Rarely do I have problems finding my kind of food these days, regardless of where I travel. Recently, however, I discovered Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which takes vegetarian travel to a whole new level. Away, which is located ju...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Thailand, Vegetarian, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Chiang Mai Thailand, Away Chiang Mai, Thapae Resort


All About Man Mo Temple of Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple is a smoky, atmospheric, magical delight of a temple located in Hong Kong.  Built in 1847 during the Qing Dynasty, it is considered one of the oldest temples in the city and is famous for its saturated hues of gold and red coils of incense. About Man Mo Temple Man  Mo Temple […] Read the original post All About Man Mo Temple of Hong Kong on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, China, Cultural Travel, Hong Kong Built


The Origins of Thailand’s Loy Krathong Festival are Shrouded in Mystery

The full moon’s reflection splintered into bronze ripples on the surface of the Mae Ping River. On the shore, worshipers lit tea candles and launched them into the river on handmade boats known as krathong. Like thousands of glittering sparks cast off from the moon itself, they floated down the gently undulating river. On this final day of the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai, I had joined thousands of Thais to pay my respects to the river goddess. The event is named for the Thai word “loy,”....
Tags: Travel, Culture, Thailand, Festivals, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Asia Travel, Loy Krathong, Loy Krathong Festival, Mae Ping River


A “Suite” Experience at Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

My bed said it all. Using pieces carved from dried palm leaves, the housekeepers at Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort and Spa had meticulously spelled out “Ia ora na” across my king-size mattress. They added a dash of color with fresh flowers plucked from the garden and sweetened the offering with two bars of exfoliating soap made especially for the resort, using sand from its black beach. “Ia ora na” was a phrase I would hear repeatedly during my visit to Tahiti. Though technically it means “good morni...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Culture, Cultural Travel, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, South Pacific travel


Tattooed from Head to Toe in the Marquesas Islands

The seaman was a shock at first. I’d stepped through the bulkhead door and into a dim interior passageway on board the Aranui 5 cruise ship. When my eyes finally adjusted from the brilliant sunshine outside, I found myself staring into the face of a sailor who was tattooed from head to foot. After my initial shock, I gathered my wits and asked permission to take his photo. He stared back, perhaps as curious about me as I was about him, but then nodded once. Over the next... The post Tattooed fro...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Tattoos, Cultural Travel, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, Marquesas, South Pacific travel


VIDEO: Delivering Freight in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia

Perhaps the best way to see French Polynesia is to take a cruise on the Aranui 5, a combination cruise ship and freighter. The ship visits three of the island groups in the French territory and delivers freight to all six of the inhabited islands in the Marquesas Archipelago. In this video, I interview Tino, head of freight operations for Aranui, who has been with the company for 35 years. He reminisces about the early days aboard Aranui 1 and 2, when many of the islands did not... The post VIDE...
Tags: Travel, Videos, Culture, Islands, Cultural Travel, Marquesas Islands, Polynesia, French Polynesia, Aranui, Marquesas, Tino, South Pacific travel, Marquesas Archipelago


Loy Krathong and Yi Peng – A Guide to The Lantern Festivals of Chiang Mai

One of the most beautiful celebrations in Thailand is definitely Loy Krathong (also spelled Loi Krathong) in Chiang Mai. It takes place at the same time as the extremely photogenic Yi Peng Festival. (Yee Peng) What is Loy Krathong and Yi Peng? People often confuse Loy Krathong for another festival known as Yi Peng. We […] Read the original post Loy Krathong and Yi Peng – A Guide to The Lantern Festivals of Chiang Mai on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Thailand, Cultural Travel, Chiang Mai, Yi Peng, Yee Peng, Loy Krathong, Loi Krathong


The Kindness of a Stranger Makes Memories in the Marquesas Islands

I sometimes wonder what makes a trip memorable. I’ve traveled around 97 countries and six territories and, honestly, there are times when I can’t remember what country I am in, much less which city. My memories of destinations are sometimes indistinct. I can see the houses, the streets, the people, and even recall specific situations, but for the life of me, I can’t remember where they occurred. On the other hand, some places are indelibly etched into my psyche. The ancient Incan city of Machu P...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Machu Picchu, Cultural Travel, Tahiti, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, Marquesas, South Pacific travel, Umu Hei


Sailing Around French Polynesia with Aranui 5, a Combo Cruise Ship and Freighter

One thing I know for sure. Not all cruises are created equal. I have long eschewed voyages on behemoth cruise ships that carry up to 6,000 passengers and offer on-board amenities like water slides, rock-climbing walls, and miniature golf. Likewise, I have no interest in glitzy ports where the focus is on shopping, or on shore excursions that offer bungee jumping or zip lining. As a traveler who thrives on cultural immersion, I want to learn about the history of a destination, sample authentic cu...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Cultural Travel, Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Aranui, Marquesas, South Pacific travel


PHOTO: Snowqualmie Falls, Generating Power for 100+ Years in Washington State

In the late 1890’s, Charles Hinckley Baker was employed as a civil engineer for the Seattle, LakeShore & Eastern Railroad, which operated a rail line that passed Snowqualmie Falls in the State of Washington. From the moment he saw the waterfall, Baker realized its potential for power generation. He convinced his father to lend him money to purchase the land around the falls and began designing a plant to provide power to the fast growing Seattle metropolitan area. Construction of the plant ...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Usa, Washington, Culture, Washington State, Seattle, Cultural Travel, Charles Hinckley Baker, Seattle LakeShore Eastern Railroad, Snowqualmie Falls


PHOTO: Snoqualmie Falls, Generating Power for 100+ Years in Washington State

In the late 1890’s, Charles Hinckley Baker was employed as a civil engineer for the Seattle, LakeShore & Eastern Railroad, which operated a rail line that passed Snoqualmie Falls in the State of Washington. From the moment he saw the waterfall, Baker realized its potential for power generation. He convinced his father to lend him money to purchase the land around the falls and began designing a plant to provide power to the fast growing Seattle metropolitan area. Construction of the plant w...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Usa, Washington, Culture, Washington State, Seattle, Cultural Travel, Snoqualmie Falls, Snoqualmie, Snowqualmie, Charles Hinckley Baker, Seattle LakeShore Eastern Railroad, Snoqualmie Falls Generating Power


Mille Miglia – Stirling Moss

I’ve been taking photo’s of the 2017 and the 2018 Mille Miglia editions without publishing anything yet. As an intro to what I will publish the story of Stirling Moss with some mercedes participants. In 1955 Moss won Italy’s thousand-mile Mille Miglia road race, an achievement Doug Nye described as the “most iconic single day’s drive in motor racing history.” Motor Trend headlined it as “The Most Epic Drive. Ever.” Moss, then 25 years old, drove one of four factory-entered Mercedes-B...
Tags: Hotels, Rome, Cologne, Munich, Ferrari, Italy, Mercedes, Stuttgart, Cultural Travel, Moss, Adriatic, Mercedes Benz, Padua, Fitch, Stirling Moss, Brescia


The Hariphunchai Kingdom – Before Thailand Was Thailand

Before there was a Thailand, there was the Mon-speaking Dvaravati culture, which migrated from what is today Myanmar. The Dvaravati occupied present-day central and northern Thailand, and their seat of power was the central city of of Nakhon Pathom. One of the earliest cultures to reside in Southeast Asia, it lasted from around the 6th to the 11th century. Dvaravati was not so much a civilization as a collection of disparate moated cities. They became the basis for some of the earliest civi...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, History, Culture, Thailand, Myanmar, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Lanna, Hariphunchai, Hariphunchai Kingdom, Dvaravati, Hariphunchai Kingdom Before Thailand


PHOTO: Scarlet Passion Flower Vine Climbs a Tree in Lamphun, Thailand

My jaw dropped when I discovered this brilliant red bloom on a tree in Lamphun, Thailand. It was the most astonishingly weird flower I’ve ever seen. “Alien” flashed through my mind. The pistil and anthers protruding from the lacy white center petals looked like eyes. I almost expected them to raise their spotted red and green heads to scan me with some otherworldly laser ray. I snapped a few photos, thinking I’d figure out what it was later. Identifying it turned out to be a monumental unde...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Thailand, Flowers, Cultural Travel, Lamphun, Lamphun Thailand


My Favorite Ikebana Arrangements in 2018 – January through June

My Favorite Ikebana Arrangements in 2018 – January through June Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a dream of opening up my own flower shop. My love for nature’s beauty has always been with me, and it was always encouraged by my mother and grandmother, both of whom were masters in their own right when it came to flowers. I decided to showcase the first half of my 2018 ikebana arrangements by dividing the year up into two parts. Although I’ve created well over one hundred arrangements in the pa...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Features, Canada, Japanese culture, Cultural Travel, Carrie Kellenberger, Expat Life, Flower Festivals, Art Therapy, Buddhist, Auguste Rodin, Ottawa Ontario Canada, Asian art, Flower Arrangements, artists in Taiwan


The Welsh Dragon, Symbol of Wales Since Time Immemorial

The Welsh love their symbols. The leek has been a national symbol of Wales since Saint David ordered Welsh soldiers to wear a leek on their helmets to identify themselves. The tradition ostensibly hails from a battle with Saxons that occurred in a field of leeks. The daffodil, also known as “Peter’s Leek,” apparently became the national flower of Wales when David Lloyd George, the only Welshman to serve as Prime Minister of Britain, decided it was a more attractive symbol than the stinky le...
Tags: Travel, UK, Wales, David, Culture, Britain, Cardiff, Europe Travel, Cultural Travel, Peter, David Lloyd George, Time Immemorial


Culloden Battlefield, Scotland: An Immersive Tribute to an Epic Battle

For those interested in experiencing a slight deviation from Scotland’s brilliant scenery, a trip to the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil would not go amiss. The history-steeped Culloden Battlefield is a somber site that overlooks the city of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Culloden Battlefield It’s in many ways […] Read the original post Culloden Battlefield, Scotland: An Immersive Tribute to an Epic Battle on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Scotland, History, Guest Posts, Culture, United Kingdom, Cultural Travel, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield, Jacobites, Culloden Battlefield Scotland, Scottish Highlands Culloden Battlefield


PHOTO: Cardiff Bay in Cardiff, Wales – From Wasteland to Tourist Mecca

The city center of Cardiff, Wales, with its spectacular castle, may be the number one tourist destination in the Welsh capital, but Cardiff Bay runs a close second. The popular waterfront area owes its existence to abundant coal and iron deposits that were discovered in Wales during the 1700’s. Both commodities were in great demand as the industrial age dawned at the beginning of the 19th century. During the 1830’s, docks were constructed along the bay to facilitate the export of iron and c...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, UK, Wales, Culture, Cardiff, Cultural Travel, Cardiff Wales, Cardiff Bay


PHOTO: Cardiff Castle, a Must-See for any Visitor to Cardiff, Wales

With more than 2,000 years of history enclosed within its walls, Cardiff Castle is a popular destination for history buffs who visit the capital city of Wales. The earliest fortifications on the site were likely built by the Romans around A.D. 50. Today, all that remains of the Roman era is a small section of the surrounding wall, from which this photo was taken. After their conquest in the 11th century, Normans built the castle keep (above center). After Medieval times, the Cardiff Castle ...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, UK, Wales, Culture, Cardiff, Cultural Travel, Cardiff Wales, Cardiff Castle, Castles


Monumental Cemetery in Milan, Italy – An Open Air Sculpture Museum

When I prepared my Last Will and Testament some years ago, I included specific provisions that I wish to be cremated. I promised my sisters that if they put me in the cold, hard ground, I’d come back to haunt them. But a recent visit to the Monumental Cemetery in Milan, Italy, had me reconsidering that view. In 1838, the city of Milan announced a competition for the design of a new cemetery that would be open to citizens of “all forms and all fortunes” and become a... The post Monumental Ce...
Tags: Travel, Milan, Culture, Italy, Europe Travel, Cultural Travel, Milan Italy


PHOTO: Arch of Peace in Milan, Italy, Ridicules Napoleon Bonaparte’s France

On March 17, 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte’s armies conquered northern Italy. Two months later, Napoleon had himself crowned at the Duomo di Milano, taking the title “Emperor of the French and King of Italy.” To commemorate his victory, Napoleon ordered a grand Arco delle Vittorie (Arch of Victory) to be built at the point on the famous Simplon Road where his troops had entered the city. Construction began in 1806 but was discontinued when Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo in 1815. By that point...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Milan, France, Culture, Italy, Napoleon Bonaparte, Waterloo, Napoleon, Cultural Travel, Milan Italy, Arco, Ridicules Napoleon Bonaparte, Simplon Road


Chisinau, Moldova, One of Europe’s Friendliest and Least Touristy Capital Cities

My guide for the day, Valery Brady, began my tour of Chisinau, Moldova, at the Pushkin Museum. Alexander Pushkin, considered to be Russia’s greatest poet and the founder of modern literature, angered Emperor Alexander I with his poem, “Ode to Liberty,” which was critical of the regime. As a result, in May of 1820 he was banned from St. Petersburg for six years. Initially he traveled around the Caucasus and Crimea, but the Russian regime eventually exiled him to Chisinau, where he lived for ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Russia, Culture, Crimea, Moldova, St Petersburg, Europe Travel, Cultural Travel, Alexander, CHISINAU Moldova, Caucasus, Chișinău, Alexander Pushkin, Pushkin Museum, Least Touristy Capital Cities


PHOTO: Subterranean Wine Tasting Room at Cricova Winery in Chisinau, Moldova

“When you think of Moldova, you must think of Moldovan wine,” my tour guide said. I’d come to this Eastern European country with no research and little knowledge; it was just one of four countries in Europe I’d not yet visited and I was curious. Whenever I mentioned the name of the country to anyone, I received a blank stare in return. No one, absolutely no one, had heard of Moldova. My guide explained that grapes have been grown in Moldova for thousands of years. The low rolling... The pos...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Moldova, Winery, Cultural Travel, CHISINAU Moldova, Chișinău, Cricova Winery


I’m a Fat House by Erwin Wurm

I’m posting this for various reasons today: It is well past an anniversary of Happy Hotelier. I must learn again to post more and lighter stuff. Stay tuned! The post I’m a Fat House by Erwin Wurm appeared first on Happy Hotelier.
Tags: Art, Hotels, Austria, Cultural Travel, Erwin Wurm, 101 Happy Hotelier, Fat House


PHOTO: Volcano Caldera in Santorini, Greece, A Study in Blue and White

The volcano caldera in Santorini is a study in blue, and white, with the ominous black volcano cone squatting in the center of the lagoon. Since the beginning of the Christian Era, the volcano has had eight eruption episodes, in 46-47, 726, 1570-1573, 1707-1711, 1866-1870, 1925-1928, 1939-1941, and 1950. Though the average number of years between eruptions is 272, there is an alarming trend that points to an acceleration of eruptions. The interval between the first and second events was 679...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Greece, Culture, Santorini, Cultural Travel, Santorini Greece, Volcano Caldera


What is it with Bathrooms in the US? (they’re strange)

It might seem strange to have a post on bathrooms when visiting a Western country like the USA, but, there are a few things about bathrooms in American to be aware of. When I say bathroom, I mean the place where you actually have a bath, and also the place where you eliminate waste. First rule is to call the area that houses toilets restrooms or bathrooms. Some Americans, particularly in the south get a bit funny when you call it a toilet! I know. I know. Some weird  etiquette thing. One thing I...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Australia, China, US, America, Rome, Einstein, Craig, Culture Shock, Cultural Travel, Raleigh, Don, Bert, America Unplugged, USA travel tips


PHOTO: The Beautiful Cave Architecture of Oia, Santorini

This is the iconic photo that every visitor to Santorini wants to capture, the blue domes and whitewashed houses in the village of Oia, Santorini. While I found the scenery visually captivating, I was more curious about the history of the cave architecture of Santorini – how it came about and why it evolved in the way it did. Before the days when tourism became the economic mainstay on the island, Santorini residents predominantly earned a living through fishing, winemaking, and seafaring t...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Greece, Culture, Santorini, Cultural Travel, Oia, Oia Santorini