Things to Do

Seattle Public Library

Who goes to a library on vacation?

Well, me, for one, but that’s neither here nor there.

And if every library was as cool as the central branch of the Seattle Public Library  maybe more people would. Nestled in the middle of downtown Seattle, the 11-story steel-and-glass behemoth sits on the same block where the Emerald City’s first central library opened in 1905.… Continue Reading →

National Museum of Natural History

natural history museum

See the Hope Diamond and a Tyrannosaurus Rex and so Much More!

The Smithsonian Institution was founded in honor of a man who never came to America or lived to see it built. In fact, it is because of his death, and the subsequent death of  his nephew, that the museum was funded in the first place.… Continue Reading →

Lincoln Memorial

lincoln memorial

“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the public immediately called for a memorial to honor the man that preserved the Union. First, there was a statue put up in 1868 in front of city hall, but that was just not enough.… Continue Reading →

Cargo Imports

Lanterns at Cargo, Portland

 A Magical Mystery Import Store

Stepping into Cargo in Portland’s Pearl District is like entering Alibaba’s cave. Filled to the rafters with lacquered furniture, silk lanterns, beads, party favors and everything in-between, this shopping mecca is a must-see for the decorating maximalist.


Everything in the store is unique and hand-picked by the owner, who possesses an idiosyncratic mind obsessed by beauty and color.… Continue Reading →

Powell’s City of Books

Powell's City of Books, Portland

An Entire City Block Filled With New & Used Books

Amazon & your Kindle may be convenient, but there’s just no substitute for the pleasure that browsing in a great bookstore can bring, and Powell’s is definitely a great bookstore. With over a million books in stock, the depth and breadth of the selection is breathtaking.… Continue Reading →

Stumptown Coffee (Downtown)

Latte at Stumptown Portland

Get your coffee fix, PDX style

Stumptown Coffee is a legend, and for good reason, in a city obsessed with coffee, it’s hands down the best place to score your caffeine fix. There are no drip machines behind the counter – each airpot of coffee is filled from french presses; and each latte is lovingly crafted by the baristas.… Continue Reading →

Philosopher’s Path

The Philosophers Path, Kyoto

Stroll Along The Canal on the east side of Kyoto


The best way to reach the Silver Pavilion is to follow the Philopher’s Path. This two-kilometer long footpath hugs the Higashiyama mountains that make up the eastern border of Kyoto. The path follows the Lake Biwa Canal from Nanzen-ji Temple, past Eikan-do Temple to Ginkaku-ji Temple.… Continue Reading →

Ginkaku-ji

silver pavilion

Silver Pavilion Buddhist Temple

In the 15th century, the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement home in the foothills of the mountains in eastern Kyoto. He modeled the building after the retirement home of his grandfather, which would become the Golden Pavilion. When he died in 1490, the home became a Buddhist temple in accordance with his will.… Continue Reading →

Heian Shrine

heian shrine

Kyoto’s Most Popular Shinto Shrine and Gardens

Although only a little over 100 years old, the Heian Shrine is very popular among visitors and residents. Built in 1895, to celebrate Kyoto’s 1100th anniversery and dedicated to Emperor Kammu who made Kyoto the capital of Japan in the 8th century (Kyoto remained the capital for next 1000 years, until the Meiji Restoration);  the shrine was built to be a 5/8 replica of the Heian Palace, the original imperial palace in Kyoto.… Continue Reading →

Things to Do in Amsterdam

I Amsterdam Museumplein Here is a list of the best things to do in Amsterdam. We've personally visited each and every attraction to find the most engaging places for you to visit. From world-class museums to beautiful parks, Amsterdam has a lot to offer every visitor.