The island of Bali is a magical place brimming with a unique culture that is at once traditional and modern. It is the perfect destination for a first time visitor to Asia (us!) due to its robust tourism infrastructure. Yet with its varied regions, vibrant local community, and strong Hindu belief system, the Balinese experience is anything but a cookie cutter island get-away.
One of the newer countries in the world, Montenegro had fascinated me since it gained independence from Serbia in 2006. Coincidentally, this is the same year Casino Royale (with it’s famous Montenegro casino scene) came out, likely contributing greatly to Montenegro tourism. So before we set off for Asia, we decided to hop on a [...]
After experiencing the spectacular beauty of Slovenia, Croatia was the 2nd stop on our family road trip through the Balkans. The last time I was in Croatia was 8 years ago. I remember it quite fondly, and naturally, I had high hopes for this visit as well. While this time around, the trip was quite different (most likely due to no longer having the energy of a 23 year old) it was still a relaxing 9 days filled with beach time, a lot of family dinners, and plenty of relaxation...
If Italy was all about la dolce vita, then our time in France can similarly be described as full of joie de vivre: the French expression referring to the cheerful enjoyment of life through whatever means one prefers. Henri Matisse, one of a generation of artists who made the Côte d’Azur their home, once said “When I realized that each morning I would see this light again, I could not believe my luck.” And so we followed his lead….making this gorgeous strip of land our home for two weeks.