Temples, Massages, Tours, Markets and Food. Without a doubt, these are the five best things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A trip to Chiang Mai wouldn’t be complete without these essential experiences, plain and simple.
However, when planning what to see in Chiang Mai – choosing which temples to visit, where to get a massage, how many tours to take, what markets to go to and where to get the best food to eat – it can start to feel a bit overwhelming.… Read the rest
On our first trip to Chiang Mai, I couldn’t wait to get a real Thai massage. Shops offering massages line the streets of the Old City. Advertisements show masseuses twisting clients into strange, pretzel-like positions. For whatever reason (perhaps it had something to do with four straight months of lugging around a too-heavy-backpack), a vigorous Chiang Mai massage completely appealed to me.… Read the rest
When we signed up for a Chiang Mai trekking tour, we were uncertain what to expect. The brochure for the full day trip from Chiang Mai, Thailand promised an array of activities – everything from elephants to rafting to hill tribes and waterfalls – all at a budget price.… Read the rest
An amazing array of Chiang Mai temples dot the landscape of the historic city. It is nearly impossible to be in the Old Town and not have at least one temple in sight. With dozens of temples in Chiang Mai Old City, how do you choose which ones to visit?… Read the rest
Lecce, Italy is quintessentially Italian. The historically preserved, walled city is situated in the Puglia region…better known as the Heel of Italy’s Boot. Buried in the twisting cobblestone lanes of the old city center are hidden gems – like Baroque churches, half-revealed Roman ruins, family-run restaurants and artist studios.
The city, rich in tradition, still abides by local customs; all the shops close mid-afternoon and re-open for the time-old tradition of the evening stroll.… Read the rest
There is so much to love about Lecce, Italy – the unearthed Roman ruins, the extravagant Baroque architecture and, of course, the incredibly delectable local cuisine. We spent a month in Lecce sampling everything from traditional fare to aperitivo to scrumptious sandwiches.… Read the rest
We didn’t have high expectations for the bars in Lecce, Italy. It is a small, historic town that markets its architecture more than its nightlife. Being in the middle of a lesser-known wine region, we’d certainly see wine bars, but we were unsure what we would find in the way of craft beer and cocktails.… Read the rest
Lecce is home to an astounding number of churches; there are 22 churches in Lecce, Italy listed on the local tourist map of the historic city center. Found tucked down quiet cobblestone lanes and featured on spacious squares, Lecce churches were designed to impress.… Read the rest
We rarely visit museums – but in Lecce, Italy we made an exception. The city features numerous museums that exhibit details of the ancient past and focus on the city’s incredible art history. During our stay in the city (that saw a string of rainy days), we visited 6 Lecce museums.… Read the rest
The historic Piazza del Duomo in Lecce, Italy is the most beautiful square in the city! Acting as the religious center of town, The Lecce Piazza Duomo is home to some of the most ornately decorated Baroque buildings in Lecce. Unlike most European city squares, the Lecce Piazza del Duomo is enclosed on three sides.… Read the rest