Chicago skyline from Navy Pier

Chicago

Traveled to Chicago for the Guidewire annual services conference. Chicago is my favorite big city within the USA. I worked there (Merchandise Mart for Banker’s Life and Casualty) for almost 2 years. Great city. I enjoy a stroll up along the beach, walking around town…

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

The Lund C rail platform was when we first stepped onto Swedish territory. En-route, Copenhagen to Stockholm, Lund C is where we changed from a local service to our overnight sleeper train. The sleeper train pros are obvious – cut one night of hotel costs…

Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

The 21:58 has just departed Ørestad station en-route to Lund C where we change trains to a Stockholm bound sleeper train. But let’s rewind and recap the beautiful city of Copenhagen before describing the train ride here. We adored Copenhagen. Arguably, it was the prettiest…

The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world

Rome, Italy

Rome was a whirlwind trip. We had just two nights and three full days to visit. But in our standard fashion, we made the best of a fantastic city and experienced the history and culture that Rome offers. The highlights– -The Roman collesium and the…

Punting, Cambridge, UK

Cambridge, UK

Did a daytrip to Cambridge today visiting with Akiko, Jonathan and JoJo. Vivi adores JoJo and the two of them get along great. It was Ningning’s parents first visit to Cambridge. Driving wasn’t so bad – about 1hr 45 each way using the Dartmoth crossing/bridge….

Erechtheum - a temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon, Acr

Athens & Delphi, Greece

Athens was beautiful yet dirty, historic yet modern, and sprawling yet you are left wanting to only explore the centre. My wife put it best when she said Athens today looked like Shanghai 20 years ago. That gives this bankrupt city some promise. Viewing the…

Areopagus where Paul gave his famous sermon, Athens, Greece

Areopagus (Mars Hill)

Partway climbing the Acropolis, Ningning asked if Athens was mentioned in scripture. We researched and saw Paul’s famous Christian sermon was given on top of Areopagus. We kept seeking the ‘big rock’ or ‘Mars rock’ until we found it on our descent! Standing on the…

The sun sets on Santorini Island, Greece. Views from Imerovigli.

Santorini Island, Greece

We’ve now experienced the Greek Island of Santorini. Lovely days full of sun (very hot!), a luxurious Starwood property and amazing sites are recapped below. Scroll down for photos and panorama’s. Santorini was one stop along our summer of European holiday with just Ningning and…

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Amsterdam

Canals. Cheese. Cafés. Concerts. Coffee house cafés. The collective sum describes Amsterdam. Both quirky and quaint, we found the city attractive and adorable on our first visit.  Ningning’s parents traveled over (Shanghai) and watched Vivian allowing us to take this trip by ourselves. It kicked…

Sissinghurst Garden and Castle

Weald of Kent

One can drive to the vast Kent-countryside in less than 2 hours from our home. We decided it was time to explore Kent – the Weald of Kent to be exact – over 3 days. Per Wikipedia, weald is “Old English in origin, signifies woodland,…