Monthly Archives: March 2015

Travels with Francesca

Travels with Francesca

Traveling with a baby does pose this problem: We’re generally too busy traveling with the baby to write about traveling with the baby. Every day that the baby gets fed, changed, washed, played with, and coaxed to sleep a couple of times feels like a victory. If we also manage to see some sights, post… Read More

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

During the Vietnam War, Americans tried unsuccessfully to win over the “hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people. They might have fared better if they’d traveled with 10-month-old Francesca Ferraro. Read More

Vietnamese New Year in Hanoi

Vietnamese New Year in Hanoi

We landed in Vietnam on Tet, the first day of the new year according to this country’s lunar calendar. That wasn’t our plan, but airfares were especially cheap that day (like flying on Christmas Day back home). Tet resembles an American Thanksgiving in that people travel far to spend time with their families Read More

Gallery: Chiang Mai Temples

Gallery: Chiang Mai Temples

Some of the most interesting things to see in the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand are the beautiful Buddhist temples and monasteries (called wats) that appear every few blocks in the old quarter. They’re peaceful places of carved and gilded wood, sweeping tile roofs, gold-leaved or emerald-green Buddhas, and every style of religious… Read More

Gallery: Misc. Chiang Mai Scenes

Gallery: Misc. Chiang Mai Scenes

Random scenes from around Chiang Mai, including street art, Thais’ penchant for odd little figurines, a very Western-looking mall (with some key differences), street food, people hanging out or heading home from their labors, and some very strange examples of English. Read More

Gallery: Chiang Mai Cafes & Selfie Spots

Gallery: Chiang Mai Cafes & Selfie Spots

The neighborhood where we stayed in Chiang Mai, Nimmanhaemin Road, is full of trendy cafes and shops crowded with local university students and Asian tourists. One thing they all love doing is taking pictures of themselves with the many silly statues that are set up in front of shops and restaurants to lure the selfie crowd. For… Read More

Gallery: Chiang Mai Flower Festival & Market

Gallery: Chiang Mai Flower Festival & Market

Our time in Chiang Mai coincided with the city’s yearly flower festival, which featured parade floats made of flowers and pretty orchid displays in a local park. After enjoying the blossoms, we strolled though the Saturday night street market, held in what was (and still is) the silversmiths’ district just south of the old city. Read More

Chiang Mai: The Bad, the Good, and the Silly

Chiang Mai: The Bad, the Good, and the Silly

Before we post about Vietnam, where we are now, we want to finish some posts about Thailand, where we were last. The northern city of Chiang Mai is billed as one of the top tourist attractions in Thailand. Frankly, we’re not sure why. It makes a useful jumping-off point for treks into the nearby mountains,… Read More