Tai Koo Hui -- Still awesome the second time around. With Xiaonin, we decided to take Pengfei and my mom here to see something different from our everyday view of Guangzhou. During my first visit to TaiKooHui I was extremely in awe at how Guangzhou has drastically progressed over time. Flashy branded boutiques. Xiaonin took Nill and I here last April. I could still remember the taste of xiao long bao! :) When mom saw this last month, she felt the same high I felt. The grandeur of the mall was amaaaazing. You gotta experience it before you could actually get the full picture of what I'm trying to say. It's like an indoor Champs-Élysées except that it's in Guangzhou.
I was giving iMovie in iPad a shot so I decided to put this together to remind me of my Hot Air Balloon Memories that should never be forgotten! :) Enjoy! =)
Ephesus is the Home and the city of the Blessed Virgin Mary after Jesus Christ died. Checkout the gorgeous ruins that can definitely leave one in awe!
Living the Dream. Life's checklist to ride my first and probably last hot air balloon... CHECK! :) Early early morning in the beautiful Flintstone's aged city of Cappadocia! :D We had to wake up at 4 am! But we all found it such an experience to be up there with such breath-taking unique view of rock formations! We were up in the sky for 60 minutes. We stood the whole time inside the basket. The temperature was close to zero. We were loads of feet above the ground. While on air, 60 other balloons joined us up there. Our ride ended up toasting to champagne and getting certified. King, Kay, and I plus our tourmates had such a wonderful time!
We touched down Troy in Canakkale, Turkey. Studied all these back in college under Sir Dave's class. It's just amazing to see all the remains and evidences right before me! We even watched Troy while on the bus to relive all the greek-trojan battles as they fought for Helen. There was a wooden horse that was recreated on site -- the so called gift given by the Greeks which caused firing up the entire city of Troy.
It's amazing how a person can be in both Europe and Asia at the same time! Turkey is Europe's biggest. :) We cruised the Bosphorus during on our first day. This is the body of water which separates Europe from Asia. The winds were intense. Good thing we had real good apple tea to save us from the cold. We appreciated the vastness of the sea as well as the architectural structures! I included a snapshot of the gorgeous Blue Mosque. Majority of the folks are Muslims. They don't cover themselves though, since one of their heads, Ataturk believed in equality of rights for the women. I need to highlight how Turkey's Ice Cream is extremely good. Rich chewy yum because of the goat's milk ingredient. One would need to use a knife to cut through the ice cream. Magnum was addicting as well. :) We averaged feasting on 1 per day. Yikes! Good bye diet. :)
We sure didn't let the Tornado Signals affect our weekend getaway! 10 of us took an ultimate roadtrip to Hocking Hills State Park! We all had a wonderful time! See for yourself! Pictures say it all!
We started at Edjan's Mansion! Hit off a quick breakfast brunch at Wendy's!
Then took the ultimate road trip to Hocking Hills! We went from Old Man's Cave to Logan Lake. We had good lunch buffet at Old Dutch that was ubber affordable! 8 bucks! Headed back and passed by breath-taking Cedar Falls. Fun and excitement didn't end there. We headed for Jefferson's for Outlet shopping.
10 of us went home tired but ubber happy! :)
All about the traveling Queen who wanted to share with the world the little and great discoveries that have brought her joy.