Seychelles is made up of various islands and there is no lack of beautiful beaches. While spending a few days on the island of Praslin (the “s” is silent, fyi) we went to Anse Lazio in the north. The drive there was filled was twisting coastline views and clear, blue water as far as the eye could see.

Once we arrived at Lazio beach, we could tell this was a “hotspot” because there were actually other people on the beach – even a professional modeling shoot. In the previous few days in Seychelles, we had many beaches to ourselves so this was quite a change for us. Our taxi driver, Vincent, recommended that we walk all the way down to the far end of the beach to check out the Honesty Bar.

Anse Lazio Beach, The Seychelles

 

The owner of some property on the beach set up a bar and when he’s not around, he leaves the price list on the table. The idea is that people take their drink of choice, leave the correct amount, and go back down to the beach to enjoy their drink! Honestly, what a GREAT idea!

Honesty Bar Welcome sign

My husband went to check out the bar and ended up having a 30-minute conversation with the owner of the bar. Originally Seychellois, Mr. Alwyn P. Talma, not only thought of this fun bar concept, but he has prime property on one of the most beautiful beaches – and he owns more than 100+ acres of it. He told us a little about how the government has taken him to court a few times because it’s almost unheard of that a private citizen owns so much glorious coastline. A simple man who was eating a baguette and butter sandwich when we met – he walks his two dogs every morning, takes care of guests who stay at the few rooms he’s set up, and is always meeting interesting foreigners.

When in Praslin, go check out the Honesty Bar and try to catch Mr. Talma – he’s such a humble but interesting man.

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Great Wall of China – CHECK!

by Vitra on May 15, 2014 · 0 comments

In hindsight, I didn’t realize the sheer magnitude of The Great Wall and it’s massive scale. Yes, I realize that sounds crazy, but it’s hard to grasp how long this wall is  – until I was standing at the height of one of it’s stairs and saw the faint speckle of it meeting the horizon.

It was truly a blessing to be able to walk along part of the Wall, at Mutianyu. I had one of those flashbacks of ancient warriors forming a chain and guarding both sides – ready to forge into a war should anyone dare to make a dent.

Here are just a few shots from my time there:

 

Up we go

Yes, there’s been some modernization. Visitors take cable cars up to the point of entry, and there’s a toboggan ride down.

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A man and his dog – great way to spend the weekend!

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Hubby posing – what a superstar.

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Dadong Peking Duck – Foodie Photos

May 1, 2014

Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant is ranked #19 out of 9,354 restaurants in Beijing. I’ll take those odds any day of getting a satisfying and memorable culinary experience. Before deciding to try Peking Duck at Dadong, I read many articles referencing the duck as a favorite of westerners primarily because of the duck’s leanness. There are […]

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Face-ing Reality in Seoul

April 24, 2014

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my day trip in Seoul. A friend from Singapore told me to stock up on face masks in Korea, because it’s much cheaper than Singapore. I’m not really the face mask type of girl (a scrub a few times a week, daily showers, and moisturizer are as far […]

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Hot Pink Sunset

April 10, 2014

A few weeks ago, I posted some pics of sunset in Langkawi from my iPad. I have never really liked the image quality from iPad (and never understand why people would use their iPad as the primary means of picture-taking while on vacation. But I digress.) With the images from my camera now on my […]

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My Day Tour in Seoul, Korea

April 1, 2014

Recently, I spent two and a half days in Seoul, Korea and I fell in love with the city. And what a huge city it is, with a population of ten million. I traveled to Seoul after a 5 day stint in Beijing. Seoul was like a yoga retreat compared to the intensity of Beijing. […]

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