After our amazing time in Luang Prabang, we made our way to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital and, due to economic growth in recent times, it has now become the economic center of Laos.
Bee in DC’s second guest blogger post, from the lovely and fabulous Meg. My dear travel buddy.
The Bee asked me to write this guest post last week and I hesitantly committed – I’m not a blogger, but I couldn’t refuse one of my besties… I agonized over what I could possibly say about Luang Prabang. I had total writer’s block, but a classmate of mine helped inspire me. I grabbed beers with classmates on Saturday when, somewhat fortuitously, the topic turned to travel. Someone asked me what my favorite place I’ve ever traveled to was. My answer was automatic. Laos. I didn’t even have to think about it – there was no hesitation or second guessing. After that, I knew I could write this post. [Read more…]
1. Tommy and I finally went to the new Hank’s Oyster Bar on the Hill for dinner with a couple of friends on Saturday night. I have been a longtime fan of the original Hank’s in Dupont Circle and I was very excited to hear that it was expanding again to Capitol Hill. (There is also a Hank’s in Old Town Alexandria). It was packed that night, which may explain the slower service, but the food didn’t disappoint! [Read more…]
So as you know I will be heading out West the last weekend of this month to celebrate my best friend’s 30th birthday. My how time flies.
Always the planner, I have started making notes and thinking about what to pack. It is not my first time to LA, but I haven’t been there in 3 years or so. I’m also usually with my parents and brother visiting extended family. So since I’ll be with a group of people my age on this trip, I figure we might be doing slightly different things. [Read more…]
It is no secret – I love to eat. In fact, one of my most favorite things about living in D.C. is being able to try (and re-try) all of the great restaurants this city has to offer. In order to keep my pocketbook and waistband in check, I try very hard to adhere to my rule of eating out only on the weekends. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.
The following restaurants are places I have never been to and desperately want to try. I will put the disclaimer out there now – some of these places have not graced Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide or made The Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants. All the places on my list are there because they have had amazing reviews from friends and co-workers and/or because I have a particular affinity for the cuisine. [Read more…]
In the summer of 2009 four of my friends and I decided to take a vacation to Indonesia to visit my parents and brother Marshall. While I had been there the previous Christmas, exploring this wonderful, vibrant, and interesting country was a first for my friends! [Read more…]
1. I think the worst of Sandy has passed. We were very fortunate – everyone is safe and we didn’t lose power. I hope everyone managed to stay dry and safe last night! My heart goes out to the people in New York and New Jersey. [Read more…]