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21 free toddler activities in atlanta

Library storytime Amara at the Children's Museum Amara at 16 months

Amara at Dunwoody library, Children's Museum of Atlanta, and posing at a garden

We've been doing a lot of local activities over the last few months, mainly because we've had a slew of events at home and Chewy hasn't been feeling all that well.  While we're trying to get a handle on Chewy's health, I've been exploring Atlanta with Amara. It's amazing to me how much this city offers and especially the number of free or very cheap things to do with toddlers or young kids.

So, you can imagine my surprise when two different newcomers to the city complained to me about how there's nothing free to do with toddlers here.  I started reeling off some of our favorite activities --- most things they had never heard about --- when it occurred to me that this should be a post on its own. 

Here you go, Atlanta parents.  21 Free or Cheap (Under $10) Things to Do in Atlanta With Toddlers or Young Kids:


1.  Watch the horses run at Chastain Horse Park.  Free

2.  Visit a mini aquarium at Chamblee's The Fish Store, the largest fish store in the Southeast.  Free (though you'll probably want to buy something here).

3.  Run with the dogs at Piedmont Park's Dog Park (though careful of the occasional aggressive dog).  Free.

4.  Feed the ducks at Lullwater Park at Emory University.  Free; stroller accessible.

5.  Cuddle the adorable miniature animals at Tanglewood Farms$10 per person and they have picnic tables where you can bring your lunch.

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6.  Splash in fountains and swing in the futuristic playground at Old Fourth Ward's park. Free

7.  Go all out on slides, splashpads, and tubes at Browns Mill Family Aquatic CenterRates vary depending on residency but are all under $12 per person.  You could easily spend the whole day here.

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8.  Roam around in Cozy Coupes and other riding toys at Decatur's Toy ParkFree.

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9.  Get messy at Herbert Taylor Park's beach, which is one of our favorite spots for a family outing, with dogs and toddler in tow. Not stroller accessible.  Free.

10.  Go fishing or meander through a gorgeous pine grove at Henderson Park.  Not stroller accessible.  Free

11.  Get into the Atlanta spirit with a walk on the Beltline.  Free.

12.  Take a guided Tyke Hike at Red Top State Mountain Park on Lake Allatoona, about 1 1/2 hour's northwest of the city.  $5 parking. 




13.  Play in the tents at IKEA.  Free (though you'll probably be sucked into buying something because it is IKEA, after all).

14.  Marvel in the masses of produce and giant lobster tanks at Your Dekalb Farmer's MarketFree (though you'll probably end up buying your week's groceries there).  This place is always packed on the weekends so we prefer to go on the less busy weekdays.

15.  Watch the trains zoom by under the bridge at Westside Provisions District. Free.  There are several great kid-friendly restaurants right here, including Osteria del Figo, Taqueria del Sol, Flipburger, and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.  Amara loves getting ice cream, sitting on the benches, and watching the trains.


16.  Sing, play, and romp at Jump Start Gym's free Moving Monkeys class, which starts at 3 months until the child is able to toddle.  Free, except that you need to pay an annual $35 registration fee.

17.  Get your toddler on the balance bar and doing jump kicks at Peachtree Gymnastics' free class for 16 to 24 month olds.  The Buckhead and East Cobb locations both offer free classes.  Free, but early registration is necessary.  We love this class for young toddlers who are full of energy!


18.  Make friends at one of Dekalb County's fantastic storytimes, targeted toward different age groups.  All of the storytimes incorporate physical play, nursery rhymes and songs, and a short independent or group reading session.  Toddlers will particularly enjoy: Musical Mother Goose for ages 12 to 24 months at the Dunwoody and Decatur libraries; Building Blocks for ages 0 to 24 months at all of the libraries; and Tales for 2s at the Decatur and Dunwoody libraries for ages 2 to 3 years.  Free.

19.  Find a new book at Little Shop of Stories, Decatur's cutest indie children's bookstore, which holds weekly storytimes.  They also have cool author visits and signings, and other fun events, like a bring-your-dog-to-storytime annual event.  Free.

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20.  Go crazy at Hippo Hopp, our favorite indoor playground in the city.  Toddlers from age 1 to 3 cost $5.00, but if you charge a HippoCard, you get a 25% discount, meaning that admission is only $3.75.

21.  Have a blast at the Children's Museum of Atlanta, especially on free Target Tuesdays, held on the second Tuesday of every month.  Free, but parking nearby costs $10.

I have lots more free suggestions for toddlers but my toddler is calling, so I'll have to wrap it up here and save the rest for another post.  Have fun with your little one in this great city!

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Travel comes suddenly.  The city hustles us through each spot, each meal, each person.  Each moment changes and we are lost in the novelty and craziness infecting our lives in that out-of-the-ordinary spot.

Time brings stillness.  We have the luxury to reflect on the place we visited and what we did there.  We can erase the rough edges of a place with the lighter golden haze of our memories.  Sometimes, I like the after of traveling more than the during

It is that way with Vienna for me.  Neither Patrick nor I were particularly impressed with the city --- it was too old fashioned, too slow, too ancient.  It didn't have the energy or the vibe of Budapest or Prague.  It was more mundane.  We told friends that Vienna was for our parents; Prague was for the young.

But, now, I enjoy reminiscing about the quiet moments we spent walking through the lovely gardens at Schonbrunn Palace, drinking coffee at Viennese coffee houses (more coming on that soon), and admiring the city's 17th century glamour.  When we return (for we probably will someday), I'll leave my rose tinted glasses on.

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09/05/2014 21:38
Totally agree with you guys about not being impressed with Vienna. We found it to be a cold and impersonal city. We had a good time, but it just doesn't inspire in the same way as other cities in Europe.
09/09/2014 16:03
I have got to agree with this one. I just didn't seem to gel with Vienna and that was disappointing but looking back, its a beautiful place. Well written article and great pics
09/18/2014 09:42
Disappointing that you didn't enjoy the city but great for sharing with us your perspectives.Great written piece.
09/21/2014 06:49
yeah it's probably true that it's more for the parents than for the young. It still has some "underground" places where you can party till the next morning if you want so. It's just a bit more hidden than other cities like Prague or Berlin.
10/17/2014 18:49
I very much enjoy your writing!! I was pulled in even though it was short. I have never traveled much accept by car and that wouldn't really work to get to Europe, ha! But I think I would like to. I'm a country girl and I like kind, down to earth people and the slower lifestyle. Enjoying a gorgeous view while sipping on a cappuccino with my love or friends is where it's at. With that Vienna is a no for me?
12/14/2014 02:28
The pictures that you have made from Vienna are extremely beautiful and I honestly can't deny the fact that this city is one of the most beautiful (and cleanest) cities in the world.

However, during the time I lived there I was faced with a lot of unfriendly people and more bureaucratic problems than I have ever been faced with in Germany.

There is a saying about Vienna: The city would be so beautiful if the inhabitants would be different.

In my experience this is true.
01/13/2015 00:59
Wow! Just by looking at those images, I feel I'm actually been there at Vienna. I wonder which camera you have used to capture this magnificent view? :)

I'm so impressed with the architectural design of those buildings.

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Upiliappan Temple Upiliappan Temple

Kumbakonam Adi Kumbeswara and Upiliappan temple interior

"What should we see in Kumbakonam?"  I asked my cousin, as we planned our family excursion through South India.  There would be 13 of us traveling, ranging in age from my 94-year-old grandfather to Amara, our not yet 1 year old, packed in a mini-bus to see the best of Puducherry, Kumbakonam, and Tanjore in one week.   

"Temples, of course," he responded.  Kumbakonam is a town of temples so his answer was no surprise.  Almost 200 temples are packed into this 25 square mile town at the intersection of the Kaveri and Arasalar Rivers, deep in Tamil Nadu, the most southern portion of India. 

Adi Kumbeswara Temple

Detailing on the gopuram of the Adi Kumbeswara Temple

My cousin reeled off the names of temples, each with both historical and religious significance.  But, there was one I found in my Internet research that he never mentioned.  "What about Airavatesvara Temple?" I said, stumbling over the long word. 

"I don't know it," he responded.  He paused for a second and said, "It must not be very important.  It is named for Indra's white elephant --- the steed that carried the Lord of the Devas."  My grandmother whose earliest childhood memories are swimming in the Kaveri River and going to school in Kumbakonam, didn't know the Airavatesvara Temple.  No one in my extended family --- most of whom visit South Indian temples on their holidays --- had heard of Airavatesvara, either.

But, I insisted that we go and visit.  It was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Wikipedia page made it sound interesting and, after all, it was only a few miles away from our hotel.

Adi Kumbeswara Temple

Elephant blessing at Adi Kumbeswara Elephant blessing me and Amara

Elephant blessing at the Adi Kumbeswara Temple

We reached Airavatesvara after a long day visiting temples, temples, and more temples, each blending into the other.  Amara was tired and annoyed and both Patrick and I were pretty unimpressed by that point. 

There's a difference, you see, between visiting temples for their religious value and visiting, as we did, for purely the aesthetic and archaeological interest. 

Airavateswara Temple sunset

Airavateswara Temple sunset

My extended family is religious in a way that I will never be.  It's something that I think comes with growing up in India whereas growing up in the United States.  Religion in India is not optional.  There is no delineation between church (or temple) and state.  Religion is integral and integrated into every part of every day life in India.

Tanjore Temple
Tanjore Big Temple Tanjore Big Temple
Tanjore Big Temple Tanjore Big Temple

Tanjore Brihadisvara Temple

In Chennai, we woke in the morning to the sound of bells clanging at the temple.  Our auto rickshaw drivers had small pictures of Vishnu, Lakshmi, or Shiva on their dashboards.  Every store has a small shrine in it, as does every home have a puja or prayer room set aside.  My extended family avoids garlic and onions on certain days of the week and avoids meat altogether.  Muslims are equally devout at their mosques as are the Christians at their churches.  It is a country where religion pervades every moment of every day.

And, Indians are passionate about their temples.  At the busier and more important temples, such as the Tanjore Brihadisvara Temple, the packed crowds suffocate me.  One of my earliest memories of India is a frantic devotee pushing my seven year old self to the ground inside the Mysore Chamundi Temple so that she could get a closer glimpse of the Goddess.  Even now, as an adult, though I use my elbows to mark my own space, the press of unwashed, undeodoranted people in the stifling interiors nauseates me.  And for what?  The crowds come together for a momentary glimpse of a tiny statue or figure in semi-darkness.

Amara at the Tanjore Big temple Amara at the Tanjore Temple
Patrick and Amara at the Tanjore temple Patrick and Amara at the Tanjore temple

Patrick and Amara at the Tanjore Temple

Devoutness to the point of fanaticism does not appeal to me, which is perhaps why I have never truly appreciated the large South Indian temples.  I can admire the gopuram, the intricately carved exterior pillar at the top of the temple, and the exterior painting.  But, in most temples, the interior has been built on the original structure, over and over again, so that the ancient beauty of the temple is lost in expansions of cement and ceramic tile.  Others are rarely cleaned, leaving grease marks at the bottom of my feet as I walk through their interiors.

Airavatesvara Temple Airavatesvara Temple
Airavatesvara Temple Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara Temple

But, then, we arrived at the Airavatesvara Temple.  It flew in the face of everything I've ever known --- or thought I've known --- about South Indian temples.  It was built in the 12th century by the powerful Chola empire, who ruled much of present day India and many of the surrounding islands from their headquarters in present day Tamil Nadu.  The Chola empire might hold the record for the longest dynasty in history: this family ruled southern India for almost 1,500 years, beginning in the 3rd century BCE until the late 13th century AD.

The Cholas believed in building, trading, and the proliferation of art and music.  Much of the Hindu art and belief in Southeast Asia, including the adoption of the Ramayana by the Thai, was due to the efforts of traders, artisans, and teachers during the Chola empire.  But, empires crumble and temples disappear.

Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara gopuram

There are three --- only three --- of the great Chola temples still standing and without remodel, reconstruction, or alteration since the days of the Chola kings.  The three temples have been listed together as the "Great Living Chola Temples" as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and include the Tanjore Brihadisvara Temple, the Airavatesvara Temple, and the temple at Gangaikondacholapuram (yes, that's a mouthful) near the Ganges River.  (This has a great list of the Chola temples found in Bangalore though all of these temples have been renovated, refurbished, or repainted, so it is difficult to differentiate what was original versus modern.) 

Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara Temple

The steps at the Airavatesvara Temple

The Airavatesvara Temple is the smallest and least important of the three.  Legend has it that a sage cursed Airavata, the white elephant who was steed to the king of the gods, turning Airavata black and mottled.  Airavata bathed in the sacred waters here and prayed to Lord Shiva, who turned the elephant's skin white again.  Unlike the Brihadiswara Temple which was built to celebrate the Chola Empire's communion with Lord Shiva, the Airawatesvata Temple was meant to relate to the populace.

Airavatesvara Temple pillar Airavatesvara Temple

Pillars at the Airavateswara Temple

Pillars Pillars at Airavadesvara Temple

Airavatesvara Temple Pillars

We climbed up the staircase written in ancient Tamil script, flanked by carved elephants and horse-drawn chariots on each side, with the elephant's trunk acting as the bannister.  We stood in a hall of pillars, each pillar carved with scenes of daily life at the time of the Chola Empire.  One pillar showed crowds of people arriving, throwing flowers, and dancing near the king sitting on a bull.  Many of the figures on the stone are no bigger than my thumbnail and the priest inside acts also as our guide, pointing out the intricate details in the temple.  He was clearly proud of this strange, small temple.

Bull and horse in Airavatesvara Temple

Bull and elephant in one figure at Airavatesvara Temple

And, rightly so.  We walked outside and soon fell into conversation with one of Tamil Nadu's archaeological experts, who has been spending a significant amount of time excavating and analyzing the grounds near the temple.  He showed us this beautiful spot where, from one angle, the figure looks like a bull, reaching his head above another animal, and from the other angle, looks like an elephant laying her head on her baby's back, with her trunk spread out before her.

 Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara Temple back

We exclaimed in delight and he showed us more of the temple's features, eager to share his discoveries with others.  Once, he complained slightly under his breath that nobody sees these things.

I got that.  In the hour we spent there, we had the place to ourselves.  Once, we saw a tour group of Westerners who dashed in and out of this place, checking it off their list of India's World Heritage Sites.  There were no devotees pushing, shoving, or clamoring to see the God.  This place was quiet and empty, a rarity (impossibility?) in bustling India, and waiting since the days of the Chola kings for people to appreciate it. 


The Great Living Chola Temples are located around the cities of Kumbakonam and Tanjore (also known as Tanjavur), about 275 kilometers south of Chennai.  Most go directly to see the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore which is, admittedly, gorgeous and immense.  But, I think that the Airavatesvara Temple should not be missed, especially for the lover of arts, architecture, and antiquities.

We stayed at Paradise Resort in Kumbakonam which is a cute hotel geared toward tourists and tour groups.  Guests can take a traditional bullock cart (or the much faster golf cart) to get to and from their rooms and there are onsite artisans who produce certain goods, as well as a menagerie of farm animals.  While the rooms were nice, the reason I would recommend this hotel is for the food.  If you want to try authentic home cooked Tamil fare, this is a great place to get your fill.  Their lunchtime thalis were especially good.  Every single person in my group --- most of whom are very critical when it comes to South Indian food --- liked the food here.

08/09/2014 01:52
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08/09/2014 15:07
Gorgeous! I'm with you on doing anything to avoid the crowds. We recently went to Cambodia and Burma. In Cambodia, since I'd seen the Ankor Wat temples several times now, I did not revisit. Instead, we went 2 hours North and saw several small ruins around Koh ker temple where we were the only people at each.
In Burma, because it was low season, we were the only visitors to many of the temples we saw.
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08/28/2014 15:33
Gorgeous photos! I loved the photo of the little one in front of the temple! :) This post makes me want to venture to South India. Breathtaking.
09/04/2014 10:43
Thank you! South India is an amazing place.
12/13/2014 23:31
Lovely pictures. I was in Kumbakonam and Tanjore a couple of years back, but missed Airavateshwara, although I did get a chance to visit Brihadeeshwara and Gangaikondacholapuram (with my then toddler). Have you visited the temples in Karnataka - Somanathapura, in particular is not so crowded and is stunning and I'm sure many of your readers will love it. [No I'm not getting paid by the tourism authorities, although I wish I were].
12/22/2014 15:33
We haven't visited the temples in Karnataka --- that's the next trip! Lots of places to see in India and so many temples. I'll put these on the list.
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Picnic at the Presidio

It sounded too good to be true: good food and drinks, stunning views overlookign the Golden Gate Bridge, baby friendly, and completely free.  But, Off the Grid's Picnic at the Presidio in San Francisco met all our expectations and more.  In fact, it was one of the best foodie events we have been to this year.

Off the Grid ups the game for the food truck lover.  They organize and work with hundreds of food trucks and food vendors across San Francisco to organize and coordinate food trucks at different locations.  They've got a brilliant constantly updated map that shows the location of food truck vendors across the city.  And, they run special weekly events throughout the year, including a twilight event at the Presidio and a Friday weekly market at Fort Mason Center.

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Picnic at the Presidio
Picnic at the Presidio Picnic at the Presidio

Views of Picnic at the Presidio, including the bar and Bubbly Bar

We headed to Picnic at the Presidio on a glorious Sunday afternoon, sun and warmth replacing San Francisco's usual buffeting wind and fog.  We flung aside our fleeces and meandered through the Presidio's Main Lawn, unsure of which of the thirty vendors we should visit.  People sipped on champagne and mimosas, purchased from the Bubbly Bar, and beer and wine from the main bar in the center of the lawn. 

Amara trying pierogis Amara trying pierogis
Pierogi truck at the Picnic at the Presidio Pierogis at the Old World Food Truck
Creme Brulee cart Creme Brulee Cart
Amara trying creme brulee Patrick and Amara at the Picnic at the Presidio

Picnic at the Presidio

Behind me, a group of food lovers debated the respective merits of Napa Valley Merlots and Rieslings, while we tasted and judged our own food.  Funny thing is that we're definitely raising a foodie.  This kid will clamp her lips shut if you try to give her frozen fish nuggets but will happily devour an adult's portion of $12 per pound North Georgia smoked trout.  And, truth be told, most of her food choices are the exact ones that we would have picked.

Her winners at the Picnic at the Presidio were our winners, as well.  Amara was so delighted with Patrick's pierogis from the Old World Food Truck --- creamy, soft, and delicately spiced potato dumplings --- that we barely got bites. She wasn't impressed with my lemongrass tofu on a vermicelli salad from the Little Green Cyclo Vietnamese truck and I agreed that the flavors were bland and uninspired, lacking in punch and spice.  We rounded out our meals with vanilla and nutella and strawberry creme brulees from the Creme Brulee Cart and all of us preferred the cleaner and lighter vanilla option.  The fresh strawberries in the nutella creme brulee muddied the texture and flavor of that creme brulee.

But, honestly, those are just nitpicks.  I would suggest Picnic at the Presidio even if the food wasn't good, and, for the most part, it was good.  It was one of those lovely events --- full of good food, drinks, pups, babes, and happy people in the bright sunshine --- that I wish every city had.


Picnic at the Presidio

Off The Grid's Picnic at the Presidio is located at the Main Lawn on the Presidio.  It is a seasonal event, running from April until Octoberish.  Food trucks line one side of the lawn and food vendors, primarily from local restaurants, line the other side.  The main bar and bubbly bar are located in the middle of the lawn.  There is also a truck that provides dog supplies and a tent that has picnicking gear.

The food is a bit pricey, but most meals are under $12. Picnicking supplies are very expensive so I would suggest bringing your own.

The views of the bay are beautiful and, if you walk a bit to the end of the Presidio, you get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's cold at the Presidio, so bring a jacket or blanket.  But, on sunny days, the sun hits hard and there's no shade, so bring sunscreen and possibly a pop up tent to keep out the sun.  As with all weather in San Francisco, prepare for every season in one day.

The grass is nice and lush, perfect for baby feet and dogs.  This is a very kid-friendly event .  We brought Amara in a stroller, which was convenient since we were able to keep her a bit shaded and also put food on her stroller tray.  If possible, I suggest bringing a small bottle of bubbles with you for the kiddos because the breeze is perfect for bubbles.  The picnicking station sells bubbles for $10 for a bottle (!) which we thought to be ridiculous.  Many people bring games, such as bocce balls and such, up to the picnic.

This is a great dog-friendly event and we saw many adorable dogs around.  Dogs must be on leash but there is lots of space to spread out so if your dog is a little shy, you can still find a bit of space for him to spread out.


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08/13/2014 08:14
Food gatherings are the best!!! It reminds me of Smorgasburg in Brooklyn (go if you ever get to NYC!). I'm headed to San Fran in a few weeks and i will be sure to check this out!
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April 20, 2012

truffle tutorial
in tuscany
April 19, 2012

wake up to the olive trees
in radicondoli
April 17, 2012

budapest: the low-down
a wrap up
April 13, 2012

understanding hungarian wine
tokaji and more
April 12, 2012

opulent opera house
in budapest
April 10, 2012

budapest great market hall in b&w
gray shaded market
April 6, 2012

eat budapest
goulash, paprika, and more
April 5, 2012

let me fall in love
with budapest
April 3, 2012

March 2012

croatia: the low-down
a wrap up
March 30, 2012

tuscany with color
at motovun
March 29, 2012

the undefeated dolac market
in zagreb
March 27, 2012

plitvice national park in the winter
March 23, 2012

ummm croatian food?
between two cultures
March 22, 2012

where everyone speaks your language
in zagreb
March 20, 2012

hundred shades of gray
in county clare
March 16, 2012

off-season istria
chilly beauty
March 15, 2012

sledding in switzerland
winter fun
March 13, 2012

spain: the low-down
a wrap up
March 6, 2012

mercat de la boqueria
at the market
March 2, 2012

gaudi's personal cathedral
stunning sagrada familia
March 1, 2012

February 2012

cook and taste cooking class
paella and tortilla espanol
February 28, 2012

brilliant fonta magica
in barcelona
February 24, 2012

casa batllo
gaudi's genius
February 23, 2012

scenes from parc guell
in barcelona
February 17, 2012

eat espana
February 16, 2012

changing perceptions in madrid
between ages 19 to 32
February 13, 2012

england: the low-down
a wrap up
February 10, 2012

emerald peak district
green, green, green
February 9, 2012

a week of good eats in london
from high tea to iraqi
February 7, 2012

changing of the guards
at buckingham palace
February 3, 2012

museum hopping with context london
on history and future
February 1, 2012

January 2012

london at night
motion in light
January 27, 2012

yuki's kitchen sushi class
January 24, 2012

harrods' sparkling winter
in london
January 20, 2012

chewy at the leaning tower of pisa
January 6, 2012

December 2011

costa rican cuisine
creating a pais marco
December 22, 2011

hummingbirds flutter
near poas volcano
December 16, 2011

unexpected san jose
heartbeat of a nation
December 15, 2011

from farm to table: doka estate coffee
December 13, 2011

skirts swirl
at mirador ram luna
December 9, 2011

finding pura vida
in tortuguero
December 8, 2011

the magic of stonehenge
prehistoric secrets
December 6, 2011

the famous cornish gardens
trewithen, eden project, and heligan
December 2, 2011

November 2011

a conversation with uk customs
sheer ridiculousness
November 30, 2011

on the moors
dartmoor and bodmin moor
November 25, 2011

painswick rococo gardens
in the cotswolds
November 18, 2011

not a rose by any other name
stratford upon avon
November 17, 2011

essential cotswolds
a little bit of perfect
November 15, 2011

beautiful bath
in photos
November 11, 2011

an ode to cream tea
in devon & cornwall
November 8, 2011

rainbow cotswolds
colors in the country
November 2, 2011

October 2011

how to ship your car to europe
logistics and chaos
October 27, 2011

changing lifestyles
in the cotswolds
October 21, 2011

queen mary 2 kitchens
galleys and chefs
October 17, 2011

dining on the queen mary 2
good eats
October 7, 2011

September 2011

lions wake
in video
September 23, 2011

weekly photo: bonaventure cemetery
in savannah
September 16, 2011

a history of luxury
on the queen mary 2
September 15, 2011

unmitigated luxury
at couples san souci
September 13, 2011

savoring zambia
a cooking class
September 6, 2011

biltmore festival of flowers
in asheville
September 2, 2011

August 2011

three perspectives of victoria falls
in zambia, zimbabwe, and livingstone island
August 30, 2011

elizabeth on 37th
upscale in savannah
August 26, 2011

moving on
south africa in video
August 23, 2011

south africa: the low-down
a wrap up
August 17, 2011

penguins at boulders
on the cape drive
August 12, 2011

lunch at la colombe
at constantia uitsig
August 12, 2011

views from table mountain
in cape town
August 9, 2011

the ethics of shark diving
in gansbaii
August 8, 2011

in the trees at tsitsikamma
on the garden route
August 4, 2011

July 2011

finding relaxation on the wild coast
at cintsa
July 26, 2011

kirstenbosch gardens
blooming colors
July 11, 2011

fig charleston
new south cuisine
July 1, 2011

June 2011

surprising addo
elephants and dung beetles
June 30, 2011

waffle house south africa
unexpected yum
June 27, 2011

food unites
south african cuisine
June 6, 2011

April 2011

savannah southern food smackdown
paula v. wilkes
April 27, 2011

brown skin, white skin
travel as an interracial couple
April 20, 2011

kruger itineraries and lodges
inside the park
April 14, 2011

mabel francis potter's cupcake emporium
in savannah
April 1, 2011

March 2011

how to plan a trip to kruger national park
the basics
March 31, 2011

the pride of new zealand: blog4nz
March 22, 2011

sprightly irish love
in the connemara
March 16, 2011

February 2011

the mug shots
at kruger
February 23, 2011

the butt shot
at kruger
February 16, 2011

January 2011

africa-in-focus overland: the low-down
a wrap up
January 31, 2011

yawning hippos
at chobe
January 27, 2011

really into the wild
the okavango delta
January 20, 2011

an elephant family
at etosha
January 18, 2011

25 lions, 24 hours
in etosha
January 13, 2011

down by the watering hole
at etosha
January 10, 2011

cheetahs are awesome
January 6, 2011

the first wildlife
coast of namibia
January 4, 2011

December 2010

mountains of sand
namib desert
December 22, 2010

day in the life overlanding
fish river canyon
December 17, 2010

overlanding 101
nuts and bolts
December 14, 2010

china: the low-down
a wrap up
December 8, 2010

November 2010

chinese cuisine
diversity in deliciousness
November 19, 2010

unbelievably beautiful
huang shan mountains
November 15, 2010

crazy politicians
the terracotta army
November 10, 2010

October 2010

when travel sucks
datong to hohhot
October 29, 2010

the great firewall of china
circumventing censorship
October 19, 2010

lost in translation
a bit of chinglish
October 12, 2010

progress hungers
yungang grottoes and datong
October 7, 2010

the aliens have landed
October 5, 2010

September 2010

favorite world expo pavilions
surprising beauty
September 07, 2010

how to do world expo 2010
in shanghai
September 03, 2010

August 2010

arts and crafts
in beijing
August 31, 2010

1.3 billion people
and beijing
August 27, 2010

rainbow beijing
colors in a city
August 24, 2010

the locals' route
at the great wall
August 20, 2010

the absurdity of the dmz
in north korea
August 17, 2010

transnational fast food theorem
in south korea
August 13, 2010

south korea in a whirlwind
1 week around
August 10, 2010

japan: the low-down
a wrap up
August 6, 2010

turning japanese
at the end
August 2, 2010

July 2010

japanese desserts
sweet and squishy
July 30, 2010

is a japan rail pass worth it?
transportation on a budget
July 28, 2010

paper cranes and peace
July 23, 2010

splurge japanese cuisine
so worth it
July 20, 2010

buddha deer
July 18, 2010

hot tub monkey machine
July 15, 2010

budget japanese cuisine
many ways to eat
July 8, 2010

12 hours in nikko
day trippin'
July 1, 2010

June 2010

the perfect vista
June 25, 2010

kyoto for free
japan on a budget
June 22, 2010

kyoto in photos
streets and gardens
June 15, 2010

powered by tofu
in kyoto
June 11, 2010

rainy days
in tokyo
June 8, 2010

that alternate universe
June 5, 2010

May 2010

cambodia: the low-down
a wrap up
May 24, 2010

4 countries, 40 hours
the journey back
May 18, 2010

ugly sihanoukville
the first place we've hated
May 4, 2010

April 2010

on the bamboo train
in battambang
April 26, 2010

unexceptional wonder
kompong chhnang
April 20, 2010

silky stylings
artisans d'angkor
April 16, 2010

how to avoid temple fatigue
in 5 easy steps
April 14, 2010

the color of resiliency
the people of Cambodia
April 9, 2010

March 2010

art of man, power of nature
at angkor
March 31, 2010

the currency of kindness
at angkor
March 26, 2010

thailand: the low-down
a wrap up
March 23, 2010

breaking hearts
March 18, 2010

the scuba saga
koh tao
March 15, 2010

just another city
March 9, 2010

February 2010

the importance of doing nothing
in mae sot
February 24, 2010

sukhothai in sepia
filtered ruins
February 19, 2010

lovely lampang
undiscovered charm
February 16, 2010

trained by elephants
at patara elephant farm
February 12, 2010

elephant beauty
at patara elephant farm
February 4, 2010

January 2010

thai feast
asia scenic cooking class
January 29, 2010

unexpected funeral
at wat chedi luang
January 26, 2010

at mahabalipuram
January 22, 2010

the low-down
a wrap up
January 11, 2010

hangi in rotorua
geothermal steam and mud baths
January 5, 2010

December 2009

hobbit hunting
across new zealand
December 29, 2009

jaded in hokitika
power tools and jewelry
December 21, 2009

marlborough wines
why did we leave?
December 18, 2009

canyon swinging
queenstown adrenaline junkies
December 4, 2009

milford sound
and the fury
December 2, 2009

November 2009

the low-down
a wrap up
November 15, 2009

the great ocean road
not just the 12 apostles
November 10, 2009

barossa valley
wined and dined
November 1, 2009

October 2009

the red centre
shadows and movement
October 29, 2009

koala lovin'
on magnetic island
October 14, 2009

the whitsunday magic
October 13, 2009

wordless whitsundays
stunning islands
October 7, 2009

sydney by foot, part 2
circular quay to darling harbour
October 3, 2009

sydney by foot
hyde park to circular quay
October 2, 2009

September 2009

cheap sydney eats
mamak, fish market, and more
September 30, 2009

the low-down
a wrap up
September 11, 2009

this is Hawaii
September 02, 2009

August 2009

west maui
the easy way . . . or the hard way
August 27, 2009

the low-down
a wrap up
August 21, 2009

feeling good
August 13, 2009

glowing in luminescence
August 5, 2009

san juan
kite-flying in the old city
August 4, 2009

July 2009

walking in sunshine
July 16, 2009

the vino, the vino
July 6, 2009

June 2009

happy stomachs
June 28, 2009

moving forward
June 21, 2009

ready to go
June 9, 2009

the duomo
June 6, 2009

June 3, 2009

when the sun goes down
June 1, 2009