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North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City April 17th 2016

Here is a bike tour ( I signed up for: Bike through the biggest and oldest urban park of Mexico City at a soft rhythm, see the places where history meets with the modern city, museums areas and parks, go trough some of the traditional and commercial neighborhoods with cafes, book stores, and restaurants you can later visit for dinner. Learn about history, landscape and city environment. It is a four hour bike tour, starting at Cicloestacion Lomas. Sundays, the main avenue, Reforma, is closed to automobile traffic. So, peace and tranquility reign from 7am to 2pm every Sunday. I wish more cities did this. Wouldn't Las Vegas Boulevard be great on a Sunday morning in May or October? Or the Mag Mile in Chicago, 5th Avenue in NYC, the Ginza in Tokyo, or Nevsky Prospekt ... read more
repair station
Sunday bike day

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City April 16th 2016

Mexico City is the new foodie haven. This is what they say now about my destination: Mexico City is having a moment. All of a sudden, it seems, the largest city in the Americas has absolutely captivated international tastemakers, and gallons of ink have been spilled in glossy magazines extolling its historic architecture, booming gastronomy, and cutting-edge cultural scene. The capital is Mexico’s undisputed center of gravity, with the country’s best and brightest being drawn to the sprawling megalopolis like the river to the sea. As a result, Mexico City’s name is now uttered in the same breath along with Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York. On top of that, it is certainly less expensive than Paris, Tokyo, and NYC. I was able to find 5 star hotels in good areas for around $200 or less! ... read more
For salsa??
I need more!!!!

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City April 16th 2016

The Mexican capital won an impressive number of categories among Latin-American cities: culture, shopping, and cuisine. And while plenty of readers come here, no doubt, to visit the Zócalo, or Plaza de la Constitución (it gets about 85 million visitors per year), a few restaurants are destinations in themselves. One is Pujol, featuring chef Enrique Olvera's forward-looking takes on authentic cuisine, like a suckling-pig taco with chickpea puree, coriander, and red jalapeño. Voters commented on the city's New York City-style fast pace, but they also raved about its parks. One not to miss: the ancient, waterfall-filled Chapultepec Park, which provided a relaxing green space for the ancient Aztecs. Mercado de Medellín In Colonia Roma sits a little gem, el Mercado de Medellín. Much like other markets, all types of fruits, vegetables ... read more

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City April 15th 2016

Heading south of the border today. Was there a song with that phrase in it?? I have been to Mexico several times, but only to touristy places like Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Tijuana. Friends in the know say Mexico City is a hidden gem, though it is hardly small. What do we really know about it? In my case, very little. So, I embark with little expectation, but as always, great anticipation. These may or may not be some things you know or even car about in Mexico City. I certainly would not, unless I planned on visiting this huge and interesting city. 1. The World's Richest Man Carlos Slim of Telcel, Mexico's largest phone provider with 70% of the market, was the richest man in the world for four years. Bill Gates overtook him this ... read more
Botannical Garden

Fooled you? Yosemite National Park is literally in my back yard, less than an hour away by car. I encourage you to visit us, and we will take a short drive up to one of the most magnificent natural wonders in the world. Our friend from Japan is here, and we drove up to YNP today. Some of the better known sites include: El Capitan, Half Done, Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite Falls, along with great hiking and biking trails, water sports, camping, and just plain sightseeing, which we plan to do. Plus, the Park is great to visit any time of year. In the winter, like right now, I just try to avoid the snow and heavy rain. Snow is expected tomorrow afternoon. Today was sunny, clear, and beautiful. I cannot remember the very first time I ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 21st 2015

We are both tired and missing home and our loved ones. I think two weeks is about the maximum time for a trip like this, especially for two old country boys. We flew from Inle Lake back to Rangoon, then on to Bangkok for the night. We both have early Thursday morning flights back home. Mike flies through Haneda in Tokyo, then onto SFO. I fly to Narita in Tokyo, then to LAX, before setting foot in Fresno. I am jealous, since Mike has a decent layover at Haneda. They have recreated a beautiful Edo period village in the international portion of Haneda. I have to run to catch a connection from JAL to American Airlines. I hope you take note that I am weaning myself OFF of United. I do wish I could spend a ... read more
5 Day Market Goods
Tobacco Rolling "Factory"

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 19th 2015

Myanmar is officially the fastest-growing tourism segment in the world. Just consider these numbers: In 2007, Myanmar had 300,000 tourists. This year, the country is preparing to accommodate more than 5 million. That’s a remarkable jump in such a short amount of time — and one that’s already changing the way the country presents itself to the world. Southeast Asia is a traditionally very affordable destination across the board, and Myanmar still falls under the budget category compared to many other destinations. But on a recent trip, I discovered some surprises between what’s cheap and what’s not for the region in the country. Here’s a look at what you can expect: What’s Cheap Food: The best bargain in all of Myanmar probably takes the form of its eats. As long as you go to local restaurants ... read more
Mosquito netting in my room
Famous leg rower

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 19th 2015

What would a visit to Burma be without a stop at Inle Lake? Not being temple or stupa guys, we decided to give this venue a shot. This shallow 13.5 mile freshwater lake is on the tentative UNESCO Heritage list. And much like the klongs in Bangkok, there are no sidewalks or roads, only one person wide boats with outboard propellers. Do you see now, why I find this more culturally intriguing that bouncing around Europe? As we pass both one and two story houses built on stilts, we also dodge the fishermen using a one-legged paddling technique unique to rowing a boat. They stand and row so they can see over the reeds and floating plants for navigation. And can you believe they have been using hydroponics for growing tomatoes since the Sixties? Overlay that ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 16th 2015

The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most famous pagodas in the world and it is certainly the main attraction of Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city. Locally known as Shwedagon Zedi Daw The, it sits atop of a hill and is 99 meters high. It can be seen from most places of Yangon day and night as the golden roof illuminates the city. According to some, the pagoda is 2,600 years old, making Shwedagon the oldest pagoda in the world. It sits atop Singuttara Hill, to the west of Kandawgyi Lake. According to most religious experts, Shwedagon Pagoda is among the holiest sites in the land. It is said to contain the relics of four previous Buddhas. People come from far and near to worship here. They say the pagoda is worth more than the Bank of ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 16th 2015

I don't care who named it, or what you want to call it. But Rangoon is one of those city names that stays and stays, at least in my mind. I would compare it's intriguing name with cities like Addis Ababa, Rio de Janeiro, Cartagena, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Wimbledon, and Reims. It certainly sounds more charming than Reno, Denver, London, or Madrid. But this is an old, disheveled work in progress, multi-ethnic, interesting, and even picturesque. The city border to the south and west is the Yangon River, also called the Hlaing River. To the east is Pazundaung Chaung (Canal),which flows into the Yangon River. To the north, the city pens up, spreading along long avenues. The northern end is where most businesses and hotels are located. The two most important townships outside of the ... read more
Young people enjoying the evening
Burmese noodles, one of the best meals on the entire trip
My first Myanmar Beer

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