Travel Georgia: Vardzia Cave City

  The Mtkvari river carves its way through the lush and dramatic cliffs of Georgia.  Its course runs like a tour through Georgian history.  Ancient fortresses and castles loom over the river, and ancient trading sites attest to Georgia’s rich history as a crossroads between Europe and Asia.  Eventually, the river’s meandering course passes by the hidden tunnels leading to one of Georgia’s most remarkable sites: the cave city of Vardzia. It doesn’t look like a city or a monastery Continue Reading →

Photo Moment: The Misty Mountains of Halong Bay, Vietnam

This photo was taken just before sunset in Halong Bay, Vietnam.  We had just dropped anchor for the evening to spend our first night on a traditional junk boat.  Obviously, I’ve had a bit of photo-processing fun with this image.  I’ve inverted some of the colors to make it look more like a painting.  What do you think?

Hang Song Sot Cave Exploring in Northern Vietnam

A magical travel moment:  A pure beam of white light appeared before our eyes in the dim darkness of Hang Sung Sot, a vast mountain cave that winds its way through a few immense chambers before exiting out onto a narrow walkway that lends an unprecedented view of Halong Bay. Hang Song Sot (Surprising Cave) in Halong Bay, Vietnam lives up to its name of being the biggest, the most popular and most beautiful cave system to wander through in Continue Reading →

Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnel System

One special area just outside of Ho Chi Minh City played an extraordinary part in Vietnamese history just over 35 years ago. John and I are both interested in the history of the Vietnam War, so a visit to Cu Chi Tunnel system, Ben Duoc Tunnel has been on both our bucket lists for some time now. Located 70km North-West of Ho Chi Minh City, this unique architectural structure forms a system of underground tunnels spanning over 200km in length. Continue Reading →