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Europe

Cambridge, UK

Did a daytrip to Cambridge today visiting with Akiko, Jonathan and JoJo. Vivi adores JoJo and the two of them get along great. It was Ningning’s parents first visit to Cambridge. Driving wasn’t so bad – about 1hr 45 each way using the Dartmoth crossing/bridge. The collage and flickr album below recaps the day as...Read More

Athens & Delphi, Greece

Athens was beautiful yet dirty, historic yet modern, and sprawling yet you are left wanting to only explore the centre. My wife put it best when she said Athens today looked like Shanghai 20 years ago. That gives this bankrupt city some promise. Viewing the Acropolis site and especially the Parthenon has been on my...Read More

Areopagus (Mars Hill)

Partway climbing the Acropolis, Ningning asked if Athens was mentioned in scripture. We researched and saw Paul’s famous Christian sermon was given on top of Areopagus. We kept seeking the ‘big rock’ or ‘Mars rock’ until we found it on our descent! Standing on the rock was by far the highlight of the Acropolis visit....Read More

Santorini Island, Greece

We’ve now experienced the Greek Island of Santorini. Lovely days full of sun (very hot!), a luxurious Starwood property and amazing sites are recapped below. Scroll down for photos and panorama’s. Santorini was one stop along our summer of European holiday with just Ningning and myself. After Santorini, we traveled to Athens. Our resort of...Read More

Amsterdam

Canals. Cheese. Cafés. Concerts. Coffee house cafés. The collective sum describes Amsterdam. Both quirky and quaint, we found the city attractive and adorable on our first visit.  Ningning’s parents traveled over (Shanghai) and watched Vivian allowing us to take this trip by ourselves. It kicked off a summer of European holiday with just Ningning and...Read More

Weald of Kent

One can drive to the vast Kent-countryside in less than 2 hours from our home. We decided it was time to explore Kent – the Weald of Kent to be exact – over 3 days. Per Wikipedia, weald is “Old English in origin, signifies woodland, and still applies today: scattered farms and villages [portray] the...Read More
Surrey Lavender Fields

Surrey Lavender Fields

Updated for 2014! We’ve been going to the Mayfield Lavender farm every year since moving to Surrey/South London. The farm kindly allows you to picnic and wonder the fields. And beautiful they are. Our first visit was when Ningning was pregnant with Vivian. This year Vivi wondered all over rubbing the lavender onto her hands...Read More