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  • Day4

    Aveiro Day Trip

    September 17, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A quick train ride to Aveiro from Porto to check out the colourful canal city on the east coast. Our culinary tour tour to us to a Michelin restaurant where Andrea had the best cod ever! We had a relaxing time on our private canal tour around the city. We had our first epic fail of the tour with the trying of the Ovos Moles known to be famous in Aveiro. The pasty made up of egg yoke and sugar wrapped in rice paper and sprinkled with sugar was just about as disgusting as the sesame seed donuts from Vietnam 🤢.Read more

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  • Day3

    Porto 2 of 2

    September 16, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Our exploration and culinary tour of Porto continued. We tried Porto’s famous Francesinha - which was truly delicious 👌🏼 and the local custard tarts known as Nata. We took in the famous church of Sao Francisco which was astonishing the amount of detail and gold flake that was used to create the main cathedral (no pictures allowed). Next up was the stock exchange aka Palácio da Bolsa. The chandeliers weight 1.5 tons each... that could put a hole in the floor!?!Read more

  • Day2

    Porto 1 of 2

    September 15, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Jardin’s first time to Europe and both our first time to Portugal - we were both amazed 😳. We had no problems getting our 10k steps in here and especially on the “stairway to hell” (as Jardin liked to call it) which were needed especially after the Portuguese chicken and Jardin’s favorite...gelato! We enjoyed a glass a wine down near the Duoro River and the famous Ponte de Dom Luis bridge.Read more

  • Day13

    Hoi Ann

    February 13, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Couple day stop over in Hoi An to check our the city and sights and get fitted for some new jackets and suits. Can’t beat Vietnam custom pricing and the speed they work at! Nothing like celebrating Valentine’s Day 💑 with a good bottle of wine... something hard to come by in Asia! Jardin decided to get a beard trim and experienced not only his first straight blade trim but also his first ear cleaning by a barber...who knew when he strapped on a head lamp and rolled out his tools on Jardin’s chest 🤷🏼‍♂️Read more

  • Day11

    Hue to Hoi An and everything inbetween

    February 11, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    First stop on drive from Hue to Hoi An was a photo op of Lan Co beach but no beach time 🏖 today. Next stop was Ba Na Hills and the mystic Golden Bridge constructed in the ancient 2018 period with the rocklike hands made of the finest steel mesh and high quality fiberglass. The pork skewer and the Vietnamese donut was something else at the park as Jardin had a rough night 🤮💩. The ride on the world’s longest gondola was pretty cool and the views from above the jungle were amazing! Next and last stop was Marble Mountain in Da Nang with amazing Buddhas and dragons carved out of the mountain.Read more

  • Day9

    Hue - Our Self Food Tour

    February 9, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    When in Rome...or rather Vietnam you try the local food. Sometimes it’s not so appetizing such as the Banh Beo - savory steamed rice cakes (tastes like nothing) or Banh Bat Loc - cake make of tapioca and shrimp (not sure how you can call this cake 🤢) or Bun bo Hue - rice vermicelli noodles and beef soup or Bun Bo - Hue beef noodle soup and Nem Lui - pork lemongrass skewers at the local market. I think the favorite was the salt coffee ☕️ and local Huda beer 🍻Read more

  • Day7

    Phong Nha - Cave Tour

    February 7, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    We had a relaxing quiet farm stay that overlooked the surrounding rice fields and the Phong Nha National Park. What beautiful mountains and jungle... but it was the caves that were even more magical! Paradise Cave - known as the most beautiful cave was found in 2005 and opened to the public in 2010. It was formed over 350 million years ago and is 1.4km in length and is 60-70m in height.Read more

  • Day6

    Con Dao...the former Prision Island

    February 6, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    While beautiful there is a haunting feeling, being the former prison island which the French established in 1861 to house political prisoners which became infamous for its brutal treatment of prisoners and notorious “tiger cages”. In the tiger cages the guards would toss lye on the prisoners from above as a form of torture. In 1954 it was handed over to the Vietnamese government and used for the same purposes. Today just the eerie feeling remains.Read more

  • Day5

    Happy New Year... Chinese Lunar that is!

    February 5, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    It’s the year of the Pig! 🐷 The locals celebrated with a carnival in the streets with performances, games, flowers and street meat. Andrea couldn’t resist not trying chicken feet 🤢. We woke to the beating of a drum and cymbals clanging at 2am - we later saw the next morning it was the dragon lion dance the locals were performing to bring prosperity to various homes and businesses.Read more

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