• Bangkok, Thailand
    Bangkok,  Thailand

    Dear Bangkok

    Dear Bangkok, Thank you for…The sunshine. The fried chicken aromas while walking your streets. The markets (oh the never-ending markets)! The grit. The gratefulness for our lives after a tuk tuk ride. The hidden food gems you revealed to us. The rooftop champagne. And especially for the people always quick to smile, to say hello. It’s been a wonder. Truly. xo Many people I spoke to told me not to really bother with Bangkok – that it smells and it’s crowded. These points are true, but Andrew and I loved being welcomed to Thailand by Bangkok! Living in Chicago definitely helps…we’re accustomed to traffic, people congestion and funky smells.☺ That said,…

  • Chiang Mai Streets
    Chiang Mai,  Thailand

    Dear Chiang Mai…

    Dear Chiang Mai, Walking your streets was like reading a great book where the story gets better with each page turn – each one brought a new delight. The gorgeous temples everywhere, the adorable cafes tucked into alleys, the Riverwalk…I could go on and on. Thank you for being so lovely every step of the way. xo Of the places I’ve been in the world, Chiang Mai is one of my absolute favorites. Along with hosting one of the top 3 days of my entire life in the form of the Elephant Nature Park, the city opens itself up to you in the most beautiful way the more you explore…

  • Bangkok,  Thailand

    The Grand Palace

    Thailand is filled to the brim with temples, and we knew we would make the effort to see at least one. I know there are travelers that would say we’re missing out by not visiting more, but we didn’t really care to see EVERY famous temple; therefore, we decided our primary temple visit would be to The Grand Palace. While definitely stunning, full disclosure, the throngs of people hoarding around the grounds were quite a turnoff. See what I mean? Stating the obvious here, it’s HOT! Silly me thought that there would be air-con somewhere – at the ticket office perhaps; maybe they upgraded one of the temples – I…