DANCING PANDAS

Journaling The Journey

Matera

We arrived in Matera quite late – due to the robbery in Taranto we were quite exhausted and demoralized.  The robbers even took our toothbrushes, so we scrambled before the stores closed to try to find the basics.  Our amazing host Roberta at our Airbnb in Matera was seriously amazing.  Not only did she wait […]

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Best Places to See on the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Best Places To See

Every time I visit this magical coast I see something new, feel a new emotion or find an even more memorable spot to swoon over.  We have frequented these enchanting parts numerous times.  Each time I fall in love deeper and harder with the gems that we discover .  At this point I think that […]

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Western Calabria

Taking the short car ferry from Sicily across the Strait of Messina to Calabria was a lot easier than finding the location of the ferry (Googlemaps did not have the correct location – the location on the link is correct).   Calabria is such a delight with its history, art, architecture, incredible vistas, sandy beaches and […]

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Sicily

Thankfully our almost 10 hour ferry ride from Malta to Catania Sicily was cancelled due to strong winds (we heard that the journey is pretty treacherous even without the wind).  We grabbed a cheap flight right into Catania and arrived just in time to rent a car and hit the road.   The Priority Pass lounge […]

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Gozo and Comino (Malta)

Malta is an archipelago comprised of 3 islands.  The main island is the largest and is the one that we landed on.  We grabbed a bus (which ended up being 2 hours long – to avoid our headache check the schedules and routes so that you don’t make the same mistake we did) to the […]

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Koh Tao Our Favorite Island in Thailand

Koh Tao the Best Island in Thailand

Thailand has a very special place in our hearts.  And Koh Tao is our favorite island there.   So needless to say we love, Koh Tao.  The name means “Turtle Island” and true to it’s moniker there are still some giant turtles living around the coves of the island.  “Discovered” in the early 1980’s this oasis […]

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Koh Samui

We flew on Air Bangkok from Phuket to Koh Samui and took a Grab from the airport to the Sheraton Samui.  We booked a basic room knowing that with our Platinum SPG status we would get a nice upgrade and we did!  We paid for the stay with the Citi Prestige card which automatically deducts […]

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Phuket

Flying in to Phuket from Penang was a very quick 1 hour flight on FireFly – and very inexpensive ($90 with a carry-on bag and back pack  including taxes per person).  Upon arrival we grabbed a Grab which is the ride sharing program for Asia – what we should have done is hailed a taxi […]

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Penang, Malaysia

Our flight from Singapore to Penang was slightly delayed but the pilot made up the time in the air and we arrived to hot and sunny Penang on time.  Our Uber driver ended up being a food and beverage manager of one of the large hotels in Penang and was incredibly helpful.  I usually try […]

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Singapore

We flew on Cathay Pacific business from Hong Kong to Singapore – it was a really pleasant 4 hour flight.  Singapore felt even muggier than Hong Kong and the air conditioning of our uber ride was very much appreciated.  Our hotel was the Wanderlust design hotel which is an SPG partner located in the middle […]

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