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Lisbon, Portugal

November 26, 2016

Lisbon, a historical city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history blend perfectly with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation.
The capital and largest city of Portugal, Lisbon is the home of ~2.7 million people, making it the 11th most populous city in the EU.
This global city of tourism, international trade, art, media, finance, and commerce is the the 7th most visited city in Southern Europe,
after Istanbul, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Athens and Milan (posts on the remainder cities are to come, stay tuned!).

I was overwhelmed by Lisbon's beauty.
Above all, I had the Most much fun exploring and navigating the endless activities and sites around the city.
While there is no real central district, Praça do Comércio is a great place to start.
You might try climbing up the Cristo Rei, with spectacular view across the entire city.
Explore the Belém district, where you can find works by Picasso, Warhol, Dali, and Magritte.
Alfama, with its Roman and Jewish past, where past and present intersect in perfect harmony, get your camera ready! 
Lisbon is a very hilly city, so be sure to check out the numerous miradouros (viewpoints) -
 São Pedro de Alcântara, da Nossa Senhora do Monte, Portas do Sol, da Graça, Santa Luzia...
Lastly, remember to wear comfy shoes.

Enjoy this precious gem!

Phang-Nga Bay, Phuket

November 14, 2016

Phuket (pronounced puu get), is Thailand's largest and most well known island attracting tourists from all over the world year round.
While there, I got a chance to explore Phang-Nga Bay, Gulf of Phuket, it was the most tranquil and magical experience!
During the day, we kayaked around the bay, admiring the dramatic limestone jut vertically out of the emerald-green water.
James Bond Island and Koh Panyee are just two of the many famous landmarks we visited.
Ending off our trip, we hand made our own flower Kratong which we sent into a glistening limestone cave lit up by dinoflagellates (bioluminescent plankon).