Is it possible to be smitten with an entire country? I think I might be a just a little bit smitten with Italy. The food, the wine, the scenery, the cities, the countryside, every little bit of it is amazing. We only spent a very brief two weeks in Italy, where we had a couple of days in Rome, a couple of days in the Cinque Terre and 7 days on a yoga retreat in a villa just outside of Lucca in Tuscany. It was really only a taste tester of what Italy has to offer and I can’t wait to get back there.
Here are a few of my favourite pics from the trip:
The famous Trevi Fountain
Gelato! Chocolate and lemon. Yum!
Riomaggiore, where we stayed in Cinque Terre
Our own private Tuscan villa.
If you want to see more you can check out my photos on Flickr.
The yoga retreat was absolutely amazing and deserves its own dedicated blog post, so stay tuned for that.
Vietnam is an absolutely stunning country, from the busy heaving cities to the laid back coastal towns and islands. Here are a couple of my favourite photos from our trip there.
Cyclo drivers in Hoi An
Ben Thanh Market in Saigon
A Phu Quoc island sunset fit for a marriage proposal :)
Ending the trip in style on Phu Quoc Island
Check out the rest of the photos over here.
Luang Prabang, located in the North of Laos on the Mekong River, was a nice change of pace after the craziness of Cambodia. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site so there are no big trucks or buses and very few cars, just a whole lot of motorbike traffic.
The place is definitely geared towards tourism, and it felt a bit like the number of tourists outweighed the locals, not to mention it was one of the more expensive places we visited by South East Asian standards. Despite that, I have to say I definitely fell in love with Luang Prabang, it’s charm and pace were incredibly endearing and compared to the rest of South East Asia it’s very laid-back and a lot slower, making it the perfect place to spend a week or two.
Wat Xieng Thong
Fermenting rice wine
Buddha statues in the Pak Ou Caves
Buddhist Monks lined up for the early morning Alms Giving Ceremony
Kuang Si Falls
You can see the rest of my Luang Prabang photos over on my Flickr account.
We left Cambodia almost two weeks ago now, so these are a long time coming but here are a few of the photos I took while we were there.
Temples of Angkor: Banteay Kdei
Cranky Monkey at Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat at Sunrise
Snake and Scorpion Whiskey
You can see more of my photos from Cambodia over on Flickr.