Tag Archives: Islands

MUST READ: “Love with a Chance of Drowning”

28 Jul


“Love with a Chance of Drowning” by Torre DeRoche is the true story of DeRoche’s adventures in meeting a guy in a bar and months later spending about a year (I believe) traveling in a sailboat with him from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas to the Pacific Islands.  DeRoche goes on this adventure despite her fear of deep water.  This book really makes you believe that life is about the adventures in life and that fears can be overcome.  It also makes you believe in love.   I loved this book and highly recommend it.  It made for a great beach read.

A Couple Days in Venice

17 Jan

Matt and I spent a couple days in Venice in November 2012.  Venice is a MUST DO sometime in your life.  It is incredible.  Venice is made up of 144 islands.  We spent our two days there just walking, walking and walking.  We tried to explore as many islands as possible.  Below are some of our recommendations:

  • Eat, eat and eat!  We loved dinner at Hosteria Al Vecio Bragosso (see picture below).


  • Take a ride in a gondola.  MUST MUST MUST.  


  • Visit the Venetian/Jewish Ghetto.  There is a very interesting history that can be read about here.


  • Drink Prosecco and eat tiramisu near Piazza San Marco.  It is totally touristy and over priced, but the area is so romantic and iconic.


Have a great trip to Venice!

Please post your recommendations in the comments section below.

Two Weeks in Thailand

3 Apr

In 2007 my mother and I traveled to Thailand for two weeks.  We booked a tour throughout the country with Gate 1 Travel.  I stopped by a Gate 1 booth at the Travel & Adventure Expo and was able to find part of our itinerary (it has been a bit tweeked since 2007).  The following is a sample Thailand itinerary:

Day 1:  Leave the USA

Day 2:  Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand.

Day 3:  (Bangkok)  City tour.  Visit temples including Wat Pho (with the giant reclining Buddha), Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw.

Day 4:  (Bangkok) Visit the floating market.

Day 5:  Travel to Chiang Mai.

Day 6: (Chiang Mai)  Spend day at Mae Sa Elephant Camp.  Visit markets.

Day 7: (Chiang Mai) Visit tribes including Mae Salong Hill tribe.

Day 8: (Chiang Rai)  Visit Sukhothai Historical Park.

Day 9: (Chiang Rai)  Visit Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle.  You are able to see Cambodia and Burma.  Also, visit Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple).

Day 10: Travel to Phuket.

Day 11: (Phuket) Take a boat to Phang Nga Bay, Lawa Island, Koh Pannyi Sea Gypsy Island (a village built on stilts in the middle of the ocean – AMAZING), and Koh Ping Kan (“James Bond Island” – “The Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed there).

Day 12: (Phuket)  Take a speedboat to Phi Phi & Khai Islands (have you seen “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio?  It was filmed there.  Absolutely AMAZING).

Day 13: (Phuket)  Spend day on beach. Rent some jet skis, shop, have fun and relax.

Day 14:  Return to Bangkok and then to USA.

Some other notes for Thailand travelers:

  • Shop!  The markets and malls are amazing!
  • Go to a nightclub.  The nightclubs in Bangkok were the best I have ever been to.
  • Eat lots and lots of Thai food.
  • Get Thai massages.  They are cheap and amazing.
  • Bring respectful clothing if you plan to visit temples.  In other words, bring pants or long skirts, shirts that cover your shoulders, scarfs, etc.
  • Ride in a Tuk Tuk (taxi).

Enjoy Thailand!  It is one of my favorite countries I have ever been to and I HIGHLY recommend it.