Yekaterinburg, Vladimir, Russia, Travel in Russia, Trans Siberian, Trans Mongolian Railway, Trans Siberian Railway, Stops along the Trans Siberian, where to stop on the trans siberian, travel, backpacking, travel photography, Golden Ring, Eastern Orthodox Churches,

YEKATERINBURG TO VLADIMIR PHOTO GALLERY

On our journey westward on the Trans-Mongolian (Trans-Siberian) Railway we made quick stops in the towns of Yekaterinburg and Vladimir to break up the long train rides. There we explored some wonderful and...
Khuzhir, Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Travel, Backpacking, Russia, Trans Mongolian Railway, Irkutsk, Epiphany Cathedral, Church, Beach, Shaman Rock,

IRKUTSK & LAKE BAIKAL PHOTO GALLERY

Images from our first stop along the Trans-Mongolian Railway in eastern Russia-- Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. After one night in the city, we spent three nights on Olkhon Island; if it looks like we sat around in...
Naadam Festival, Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Huushuur, Trans Mongolian Railway, Trans Mongolian, Trans-Mongolian, Mongolia, Travel Photography, Travel, Backpacking, Explore, Around the World Trip, Canon G15, Canon 5D Mark III, Travel Photographer,

MONGOLIA PHOTO GALLERY

A quick stop over in Mongolia while traveling on the Trans Mongolian Railway allowed us to witness some of the Naadam Festival, see the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and eat...
Tiananmen Square, Travel, Backpacking, The Great Wall of China, China, Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Smog in Beijing, Travel Photography, Photography,

BEIJING PHOTO GALLERY

A short but eventful visit to Beijing that included stops at the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and a wonderful hike along the steep steps of the Great Wall of China. The Forbidden City, Beijing,...
Xi'an, Xian, China, travel, backpacking, tourist, tour, terra cotta army, terra cotta warriors, history, dynasty, muslim quarter,

XI’AN PHOTO GALLERY

A stop in Xi'an, China, where we rode bikes around the ancient Xi'an City Wall, visited the Terra Cotta Army and ate so much good food in the Muslim quarter. Visiting the the ancient Xi'an City Wall,...
Leshan Giant Buddha, Chengdu, Leshan, China, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, China

CHENGDU PHOTO GALLERY

  Photos from our visit to Chengdu which included a visit to the pandas, the Leshan Giant Buddha and some wonderful street food. Photos from our visit to Chengdu which included a visit to the...
Driving in China, Yangshuo, China, Travel, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Rock Climbing in China, Moon Hill, Karst Peaks, Limestone, Guilin,

YANGSHUO PHOTO GALLERY

An adventurous stop in Yangshuo where we hiked to Moon Hill, rock climbed at Twin Gates Mountain, rented bicycles to ride to nearby villages and braved the Chinese traffic on a scooter. An adventurous stop...
Zhangjiajie, Tianmen Mountain, China, Travel, Backpacking, Hiking, Avatar, Landscape, Photography,

ZHANGJIAJIE PHOTO GALLERY

This is one of those destinations that I feel I completely failed in capturing in this gallery. The grandness of the natural wonders of Zhangjiajie just can't be captured in pictures! Visiting the natural...
Koyasan, Japan

KOYASAN & HIROSHIMA PHOTO GALLERY

My favorite stop of all in Japan was the beautiful mountaintop town of Koyasan. We attended morning prayers with Buddhist monks, slept in a capsule hotel and visited our first onsen. Then we caught the bullet...
Visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine in historic Kyoto, Japan.

KYOTO PHOTO GALLERY

Kyoto was incredible! We enjoyed the great company of fellow tourists and explored some of Japan's most stunning historic sites. However, the best highlight of all might have been the find of an amazing little...
Tourists explore old town Takayama.

TAKAYAMA PHOTO GALLERY

After the rush of Tokyo, our next stop in Japan was the historic mountain town of Takayama. After exploring Higashiyama-teramachi, we took a tour to Shirakawa-go, a historic rural community in a deep valley...
Back at Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century in Asakusa, Tokyo.

TOKYO PHOTO GALLERY

Our first stop in our round-the-world trip was one of the most incredible cities in the world: Tokyo, Japan! Over the course of three days, we barely had time to recover from the jet lag as we celebrated our...