Bagan – the Best for Last

Most every advertisement I see for Myanmar features the stunning temple complex in Bagan and there is good reason! Over two thousand temples and stupas (also known) remain of an estimated 10,000 that were constructed when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, between the 9th and 13th centuries. There are lacquerware workshops and a museum to visit in Bagan. It is fascinating to see the artisans at work and many places will … Continue reading Bagan – the Best for Last

Mingalaba Myanmar – Part II – Mandalay and Rolling on the River

Mandalay may be the most recognized place in Myanmar, thanks to Rudyard Kipling, Amitav Ghosh and others, however much of its former charm has been destroyed and I would not recommend spending too much time there. (In fact, if you have constraints, cross it off your list.) That being said, the people are as lovely as elsewhere, there is a phenomenal Buddhist monastery/university and it … Continue reading Mingalaba Myanmar – Part II – Mandalay and Rolling on the River

Mingalaba Myanmar – Part I – Inle Lake

Myanmar is at the top of my “re-visit” list.  The people are extremely friendly, the food is delicious and scenery is beyond compare.  Now is the time to plan a trip to Myanmar as November – March has the best weather (at least for those of us who dislike heat, humidity and monsoons).  There are many wonderful spots, but I highly recommend a night or … Continue reading Mingalaba Myanmar – Part I – Inle Lake

To Travel is to Live

Those of you paying very close attention might have noticed my new tagline: to travel is to live – a quote from Hans Christian Andersen that I first saw at Torvehallerne an outstanding food hall in Copenhagen (click here to see photo and read more about it). I wholeheartedly concur with Mr. Andersen’s sentiment – and I couldn’t have said it better.  I love almost everything about travel … Continue reading To Travel is to Live

Hello World!

To know me is to know I love to travel, eat and take photos, although not always in that order.  I love sharing my experiences and pictures.  In the past two years, I have had the extreme good fortune to travel to some amazing places.  travelmagnolia  will feature images of the people and places along with my personal impressions and recommendations. This watermelon vendor was … Continue reading Hello World!