Amuse-Bouche July 12


An amuse-bouche is a little taste prior to a meal to waken up the appetite and get your mouth prepared for the goodness that is headed your way. This weekly series is focused on bringing you bite-sized pieces of food news (and events) to tempt you just enough to explore for more. Bon appetit! Le […]

Travel Makes Me Sparkle – #SparkleWithDASANI

Travel Makes Me Sparkle – #SparkleWithDASANI

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DASANI® Sparkling Water. I definitely (definitely!) write a lot about food here!  But the reality is, travel drives my entire being. Travel is the thing that makes me sparkle. I could not imagine my life without exploration.  Luckily I have a life partner that […]

Kyoto in Black and White

Kyoto in Black and White

Similar to the Paris in HDR post I did last September, I thought I would share a series of Kyoto photos Mr. Misadventures and I took in black and white, because sometimes an image just begs to be presented that way! All these photos are from various temples we visited during our week-long stay.  There […]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #210 – Kyoto Colors

Kyoto Colors

There was so much red everywhere when I was in Kyoto, from time to time it was refreshing to see a pop of another color!  Granted, I know there is red in this photo, but I love the blue! How about you? What’s your favorite color to “see?”

Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

On our last day in Kyoto before heading to Osaka, Mr. Misadventures and I visited Fushimi Inari Shrine. It’s located on the outskirts of Kyoto but is super easy to get to as the entrance is just outside the JR (train) Nara Line Inari Station, literally a 5-minute ride from Kyoto Station. The shrine is […]

Kyoto – Temple Talk

Kyoto from Yasaka Shrine

One thing you will quickly learn about visiting Kyoto is that there are thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.  To me it is very much like the chateaus in France, particularly in the Loire Valley.  After awhile it can be overwhelming and they all blend together.  A few days into our trip to Kyoto […]

Carry On July 6

Joie de Vivre’s Hawaii Carfree Vacation

Now boarding! You’ve got a first class seat to the latest travel news.   There are plenty of news sites and travel blogs dedicated to the latest and greatest guides, trips and articles,I’m not trying to compete with those great resource sites. For me (and my readers) I’ve just collected interesting stories that have come to […]

Amuse-Bouche July 5


Hungry? I’ve got the latest food-focused news that have whet my appetite this past week. Summer time means festivals and there are plenty of them on the horizon. They are a great way to explore different types of food and celebrate local artisans and chefs. Make sure to check out food (and wine) festivals in […]

Kyoto – Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

We didn’t realize when we decided to go to one of the most popular temples in Japan, that is was the most popular temples in Japan.  Particularly during the autumn leaf changing season.  And right smack dab in the middle of night festival celebrations as well.  So our first attempt to get to the temple, […]

Totally Awesome $1000 Giveaway


I know, another month with TWO giveaways ($500 one from yesterday) and today! I want you to have double the options to win summer cash.  And double we are, as one very lucky reader the chance to win a whopping $1000 cash prize! Come back every day to enter and earn bonus entries by sharing […]



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