Bellissimo Travels

Bellissimo Travels

Cambodia, November 13-30
Cambodia, November 13-30
Having spent a month in Vietnam, and with the end in sight, we wanted to mix tourist attractions with the right amount of beach time before heading home. We began in the middle of Cambodia in Siem Reap and Battambang seeing ancient temples of Angkor Wat and the floating villages and bat caves. Then back to the beach for a week before wrapping up our two month SE Asian adventure in Phnom Penh.
Central and South Vietnam Oct 23rd - Nov 12th
Central and South Vietnam Oct 23rd - Nov 12th
In our search for the perfect place to relax, Heidi and I both shared a similar vision that it be like Rincon de Guayabitos, Mexico. We have so many fond memories of the place from year after year returning with our kids for our mid-winter escape to the sun. What we loved was that it was a fishing village that doubled as a resort town, authentic Mexico. We found “Guayabitos” in Vietnam at a little place called Bai Xep.
Laos and Northern Vietnam: Oct 11-23
Laos and Northern Vietnam: Oct 11-23
We weighed the option of going the overland route from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang against the short flight. We had heard and read about the bus trip and slow boat option up the Mekong River as being an extraordinary experience, but this would have taken an extra three days and a long bus trip and would have meant navigating the Laos & Thai border on foot.
Thailand: North to South (September 25 - October 10)
Thailand: North to South (September 25 - October 10)
After a long day of travel, four hours getting from Cambridge to Heathrow through London and a 12 hour flight, we were exhausted upon arrival. The heat and humidity hit us like a hot wet blanket stepping out of the airport in Bangkok and we thanked our lucky stars for the air conditioned airport transfer the hotel had arranged for us.
Coast to Coast Walk Across England - Part Two (September 10-20)
Coast to Coast Walk Across England - Part Two (September 10-20)
After a nice rest day in Kirkby Stephens we were raring to go but had a few misgivings due to the reports of treacherous bogs on the moors beyond 9 Standards Rigg. This range called the Pennines is referred to as the backbone of Britain as the river flow east or west depending on the side of the ridge you on.
Coast to Coast Walk across England, Part One Sept 2nd-9th
Coast to Coast Walk across England, Part One Sept 2nd-9th
After dipping our toe in the Irish Sea, we grabbed our rock from the beach which like us was destined for the North Sea on the east coast at St Robins Bay. We climbed St Bees Head which rises 100 meters from the ocean and stretches for miles north toward Whitehaven. The trail followed the edges of the cliffs offering spectacular views, unfortunately impaired by first drizzle and then all out rain.
Itinerary, What Itinerary? Tallinn to St. Bees August 20-31
Itinerary, What Itinerary? Tallinn to St. Bees August 20-31
This article will highlight the need to be flexible when planning long travel. We consider ourselves intelligent and experienced travellers but we learned a valuable lesson: forums and blogs are a great source of information when planning, but they are not THE DEFINITIVE SOURCE OF THE TRUTH. Having planned a bike and hike trip for six months in Europe we made some assumptions that came back to bite us. Here is our story.
Eastern Baltics: Part 3 - Tallinn Aug 19-21
Eastern Baltics: Part 3 - Tallinn Aug 19-21
Our trip to Tallinn was short and semi-sweet: we arrived together, Art stayed 2 hours and left for Stockholm and I stayed the night in a hostel and left the next day. Tallinn is beautiful certainly. It is a perfectly preserved walled medieval town, narrow cobblestoned streets lined with fine old buildings.
Eastern Baltics: Part 2 - St Petersburg Aug 15-19
Eastern Baltics: Part 2 - St Petersburg Aug 15-19
St Petersburg via Ferry . We found not all ferries are alike and the trip to and from St Petersburg could have ruined it for some people but Heidi and I were able to put the negative experience behind us and enjoyed the city and all it had to offer.
Eastern Baltics: Part 1- Helsinki Aug 10-15
Eastern Baltics: Part 1- Helsinki Aug 10-15
We visited Helsinki, St Petersburg & Tallinn by ferry and were struck by some of the similarities we noticed. The architecture in Helsinki was influenced by the Russians when rebuilding the city in the 1700's. St Petersburg was built by the Russian aristocrosy in the 1800's fashoined after some of the great cities of Europe such as Venice and Amsterdam. Tallinn still show the remnants of the Russian occupation after WW2 but manintains its charm from pre-Russian times.
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