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February 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

by Chris on January 31, 2012

February 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper of snow monkeys at Jigokudani monkey park in the Japanese Alps.
February 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

This is the latest in our 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper series. Get your free February 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  Pictured are snow monkeys soaking in the baths at Jigokudani monkey park in the Japanese Alps.  Choose the size that best fits your screen resolution. 1024×768 | 1280×800 | 1280×1024 | 1440×900 | 1600×1200 1680×1050 | 1920×1200 | iPad | iPhone 4 Next wallpaper coming February 29! Like this photo?  Friend […]

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Japan in Jan: The Art of Paper Cutting

by Chris on January 18, 2012

The gorgeous art of paper cutting in Japan, as revealed by a young female artist in Shuzenji.
Example of paper cutting, Japan

I’m bad at crafts. As in famously bad. And it turns out I’m particularly bad at traditional Japanese arts that require full attention to detail, such as paper cutting. On my 12-day trip to Japan, our group made several attempts at traditional craftwork. At Hoshinoya Kyoto, we put together small incense bowls. Our teacher was […]

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Japan in Jan: Post-3/11 Tourism

by Chris on January 17, 2012

A look at tourism in Japan, which has been affected by radiation fears from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese lanterns, Kyoto

Just as 9/11 changed many aspects of American life, so, too, has 3/11 – also called March 11, the date that the tsunami decimated the Sendai coast, affected Japan.   In Tokyo, more locals, particularly young women and couples, have been seeking out places with “healing powers,” such as the Calico cat café, where people […]

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Japan in Jan: Snow Monkeys

by Chris on January 12, 2012

All my life, I’ve wanted to see a snow monkey. The saga of how we found them, in the mountains near Nagano, Japan.
snow monkey in a pool, Japan

Every once in a while, you come upon something in your travels that goes beyond the ordinary, something that makes you grab your camera and thank whatever deity you believe in for the life that you get to live. For me, that moment came in Jigokudani monkey park in the Japanese Alps, when I stood […]

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Photo of Angkor Thom Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with pool relection.
Angkor Thom Temple - Siem Reap, Cambodia

 This week’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos on Twitter) theme is REFLECTIONS.  In late October 2007, Chris and I traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia to see Angkor Wat and many of the other temples nearby.  Pictured above is Angkor Thom Temple, with its reflection in the pool.

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Cambodia trip report

by Chris on December 26, 2009

Trip report on visit to Cambodia, including information on Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap in Siem Reap.
Outside Tonle Sap, Cambodia

My husband and I went to southeast Asia on our three-week honeymoon back in October 2007, so the report is a bit older – and longer – than others. We spent three full days in Siem Reap and visited Angkor Wat (touring with a guide), visited a school supported by the Ponheary Ly Foundation and […]

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Thailand Trip Report

by Chris on October 6, 2009

Trip report on honeymoon to Thailand, including stops in Bangkok, Chiang Dao and Phuket.
Thai soldiers, the Grand Palace

My husband and I went to southeast Asia on our three-week honeymoon back in October 2007, so the report is a bit older – and longer – than others. Our trip took us to Bangkok, Chiang Dao in the north and Phuket in the south. To read the report, click here.

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