For a chance to forget that you are in Central Texas for a minute and think that you are in a lush mossy-green hidden garden, visit Westcave Preserve and Grotto, located 45 minutes west of downtown Austin. For parents, it promises an excellent adventurous and educational day out with kids. The Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center has a very uplifting history. Attracted by a natural cave, … Continue reading Visit Westcave Preserve and Grotto in Austin
Even with little planning and research, Acadia National Park in Maine, U.S. left us enthralled. A trip to Acadia National Park would require some amount of driving to get there and depending on where are you are starting from, this could be between a few hours to a very long drive. Thus parents with young kids might wonder, “It it worth it?” And take my word … Continue reading More beauty in Acadia National Park, Maine
Recently, I had a chance to visit Carlsbad, a city about 45 minutes away from San Diego in southern California. As this was a work trip, I was only able to use a few hours on the last morning there to capture images of the beach and the Pacific Ocean. Once I reached Carlsbad I figured that the city is very popular with family travelers as … Continue reading Images from Carlsbad, California
We climbed a mountain! We actually climbed a mountain, with our three year old! Okay, in the spirit of full disclosure, we drove to a mountain summit with our three year old properly harnessed in her car seat, but still, as any parent would attest, the fact that we toured a bonafide US National Park and managed to see the views from Cadillac Mountain with … Continue reading Cadillac Mountain, and our first National Park visit with a toddler.
“This is going to be great”, I thought with giddy relief as we stepped out of the airport into the beautiful Bermuda sunshine, on December 24. The sunny weather, hovering around 75F/ 24C, was nothing short of glorious and a perfect escape from the blistering cold of New York. There was a good chance that in late December, we would have encountered cold, rainy and … Continue reading Why you should visit Bermuda in December
On the Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend, I thought (quite naively, in hindsight) that it might be a great idea to see the Christmas display in the National Botanic Gardens. I was totally enticed by the description of tiny trains passing through many miniature twinkling lighthouses in an artificially created fog, amidst landscape created in amazing detail solely with plants. We could not have chosen … Continue reading Washington D.C. continued – Gardens, Archives and more.
Where do you stand with hop-on hop-off bus tours? Yay on the convenience of not having to take public transport or taxis to navigate between the important sites, and nay on being stuck in traffic? Unfortunately, once we “hop on”, we don’t easily “hop-off”. This held true when we once took a long mind-numbing long loop tour of Paris, not sure when to click pictures, … Continue reading Washington D.C. at leisure
Until I visited the islands of Maui and Oahu, I thought I could collectively refer to (and dismiss) all the Hawaiian islands as simply Hawaii. Oh, but that is the view of the uninformed! The reason is that each of the separate islands has so much to offer. I only experienced one tenth of the tip of an iceberg containing beaches, national parks, rocky coastlines … Continue reading 10 Things about Hawaii