Wandering The Globe…

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Have fun. Be active. Ride a Bike….~Dan Buettner

Family time. Live. Love. Laugh.

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Travel’s Food Amor…

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Eat Well. Travel Often

Chef Daniel Boulud reinterprets the classic Parisian bistro while sharing the energy and style of his acclaimed db Bistro Moderne in Midtown Manhattan. In addition to the slew of Parisan bistro favourites and New York-style burgers that have found pride of place on the menu.

Travel. Our Destination Is Never A Place…

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Phuket Authentic Elephant Village, The True Elephant Santuary Thailand

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things. ~Henry Miller

This summer my children and I traveled afar. We experienced Thailand, its cultures and a new way of seeing things as in their favorite the elephant.

The Thai elephant is the official national animal of Thailand. The elephant found in Thailand is the Indian elephant a subspecies of the Asian elephant. In the early-1900s there were an estimated 100,000 domesticated or captive elephants in Thailand.

Such a tthrilling experience!

Travel. Explore. Excite!

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Viking Cave Phi Phi Ley

Viking Cave is one of the most notable sites on Koh Phi Phi Ley. Located at the bottom of a tall limestone cliff on the northeastern side of the island, it takes roughly 30 minutes to get there by long-tail boat from Tonsai Bay (the main pier in Phi Phi Islands). Known as Tham Phaya Nak in Thai, Viking Cave owes its name to the paintings found on the eastern southern walls of the cave: they represent various types of boats, including what resembles a Scandinavian drakkar. These paintings are certainly quite recent, and were possibly realised by sailors taking shelter in the cave during a storm. Visiting Viking Cave also allows you to discover one of the most profitable local industries: the hunting/harvesting of swiftlet birds’ nests. Particularly prized in Chinese culture, these edible nests are believed to promote good health and to be specifically good for the skin. A local legend says that long time ago, sailors lost their boat during a storm and got stuck without food on one of the limestone islands lying in the mouth of the Phang Nga Bay. A cave located on this island was home to a colony of swiftlet, and the men could survive by eating their nests which gave them enough power to wait for rescue. The harvest of bird’s nests is rather a risky job: scaffolds are built with bamboo on which the hunters climb in the darkness to collect these precious items. Bird’s nests are sold, on average, for US $2500 per kilo.

 

Explore. To Travel Is To Learn…

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Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha

The temple is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. It houses a school of Thai medicine, and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai 🇹🇭massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.