Bon voyage Brigitte & Alex!
Alex thanks for blogging!
May I share with you the only advice my adviser gave me when I left to do anthropological fieldwork? He said: “Eat everything!”
Big hug Brigitte!
Thanks! I have been eating everything so far and it’s all been very yummy! 🙂
Have a great time. We’ll miss you guys.
Good luck guys! Do everything and try to never sleep… Blaze trails… and other things! NYC ain’t changing don’t miss it.
Bon voyage! We miss you already, but can’t wait to hear the exciting stories you’ll have to share. Love you.
Brigitte & Alex…hope to see you in Zurich…it would be great to host you at our place…Adi&Simo&Darius
i’m so excited for you! yay! yay! yay!
Bye guys, we miss you but are so incredibly excited for this awesome opportunity!!
Ahere your step by step account of whats happening? You are gone 2 days now. I need an update!
McDonovan, shush! We’re busy doing things.. like not working.
WOW! The story and the photos are breathtaking! And this is only day 1! ha! I don’t know if I can handle it 😉 Must go there one day 🙂 Keep it coming 🙂
Safe travels! Conquer the World! xo
this should be painted in oil (or acrylic ) 😉
What is with you and the profile pict! I thought we spoke about this 🙂
Keep up the blogging about the longest honeymoon in history!
Tony and I love reading your updates. Sounds like your first week has been amazing! Where are you off to next?
That’s right Kel, this really isn’t so much for us…. it’s all for you guys! ; )
We had a great time too. We are always ready for bubbles! Have a great trip and see you soon, somewhere around the world!
That looks awesome!
xxx madam j
Love the photo of the windows and colorful shutters…
but WHERE ARE THE KNOCKERS????
Hey, we’re working on the knockers but there are far less of them than shutters..
“Brigitte had a flammekueche!”
that sounds totally inappropriate.
Hope you’re having a blast in Senegal!
wow – so stunning! and rich! imagine getting married there?
eternelle, comme la flemme entre ces 2 amoureux.
moment poetique de fin de journee …vive le weekend!
Vous venez quand?
we’ll probably get your way towards the very end of june or very beginning of july.. and we are taking you up on the dinner party invite. ; )
isn’t this super controversial? like the money spent for it?
yes, highly controversial (as stated in the blog), especially since it was designed and made by North Korea
I’m so jealous!!!
The size is just mind blowing! Can’t imagine! And such poverty elsewhere…
It takes time to take all this in… wow!
You’ll be seeing all this stuff soon enough!! It’s pretty amazing indeed…
What a beautiful way to create art!
What a great writer you are! You definitely paint a great picture of Senegal.
: ) thanks Sara!
LOVE all the photos! The Funicular Train Stop and streets of Evian-les-Bains are sensational!
The photo of the chairs is Fantastic! Lausanne really looks beautiful.
Thanks darling! I took them ;)) xoxo, B-
Alex, you write so well…I feel like I’ve been there too!
Such an exquiste photograph!
Awesome pictures & narrative! Makes me want to go to Senegal… I wish I could have been there with you guys!
Big kiss from NYC.
not too late, we’ve got plenty more ground to cover (although no more in Senegal) and would love to link up!
FYI: typo on slavery here… Only 300 slaves went through the island??
yes, through THIS island relatively few slaves were processed or transported. They mostly went through other ones but most other places have destroyed all evidence so this has become more of a symbolic place. The more important centres for the slave trade from Senegal were north, at Saint-Louis or to the south in the Gambia, at the mouths of major rivers for trade.
What a waste of $$$…
Oooh, Elysa would love that!!
Is this Antoine Lumiere, father of the Lumiere brothers (the inventors of cinema)?
Alex & Brigitte,
This is amazing …I knew you are both talented , Brigitte was always an excellent photographer but I have to say it, Alex , your writting is amazing and Birigitte’s pictures are complementing your writting so well… I can see the desert through your eyes and soul… I can feel the peacefulness and simplicity of life …. beauty is surrounding us everywhere, just have an open mind and an inquisitive eye… Love, mom
Thanks mom! The desert was a special experience and sort of an anomaly – a place that’s so inhospitable to human existence yet so majestic. Glad you’re enjoying the blog. Love, Alex
Beautiful picture! Alex, you are lucky to hold the sun in your hand, make a good use of its light…..(:
Alex: you all are taking some AMAZING pictures. Can’t imagine how beautiful it’s been in real life. Continued safe and memorable travels.
Thanks Ed! the picture taking is primarily attributed to my better half though..
I am loving the blog, Alex, are you doing most of the writing? You are great! And I know that B is behind the gorgeous pictures. I (almost) feel like I am there with you two. Senegal seemed amazing, and I know Tony is jealous of your time with Loic 🙂 Miss you guys, Kelly
Thanks Kel! Brigitte’s the photographer and I write mostly (although she is also a great editor). Glad you and Tony are enjoying it! : )
How did he do that?
Can’t wait to show this picture to Elysa! Elle adore la chanson.
Ahhh, comme c’est beau!
St Emilion looks like that too! You should go!
you are so handsome!
Wow this is amazing! The lighting is so cool and I imagine it was very cold standing there.
Very cool pic
It looks so tranquil and the path seems to go on forever
Truly immense and chauvanistic to boot. HUGE though…
Yum! Beautiful tomoatoes… and not cheap! Guess I’ll stop complaining about the price of our heirloom tomatoes here!
Looks like the rough life over there 😉
Gorgeous! Reminds me of Montalcino or Montepulciano.
Men cooking dinner… that’s what I’m talking about!
All these shots are so beautiful!
chateauneu-du-pape is my favorite wine. My mouth waters just thinking about it. By the way, great pic!
“Tata Brigitte et Tonton Alex” says Elysa
“Tonton Alex il flotte” says Elysa — she thinks you’re floating on the water 🙂
Aw, that’s cute. We miss her very much!
Paradise, for sure!!!
Amazing view! Wow wee.
Sublime pic and the experience must have been extraordinary to be in the presence of such natural beauty.
This reminds me of mom’s paintings. Beautiful!
Did you know that the river Verdon gets its name from its green color (vert) in French?
now I do!
I love lavender too! Great color, great smell!
Great color combination!
This the famed Rocher de la Baume….over the river Durance.
I love them too!
My favorite place!
Memories, memories…my favorite too!
“I couldn’t (and still can’t) wrap my head around how a bunch of protesters actually successfully and unlawfully impeded the routine go about of several tour operators catering to hundreds of tourists (and raking in thousands of euros daily). I was dumbfounded!”
Welcome to France, mon ami! 🙂 It’s like the infamous local story about the sardine that blocked the port of Marseille!
Oooh… The Black Island is a good one too!
Oh, I never knew about the comic strip murals in Brussels – I love street art!
yeah, it’s a very cool touch! and there’s graffiti EVERYWHERE too!
The oldest bridge in Paris, le Pont neuf, elegantly wrapped by artist Christo in 1985.
These love padlocks have been attached recently… a new fad!
That wall of graffiti is crazy beautiful!
ma que bella ragazza!
Beautiful mural! Indeed , nostalgic memories of a beginning…
All the black and white photos are sensational!!
Thank you darling! Glad you are enjoying :)) B-
Oh, too bad I wasn’t there!! 🙁
ok – so there was an old woman who lived in a ….
you found my bike! all this time I thought it was in Austin!
LOVE the comic strips!! So cool.
Looks like fun!
My kind of picture!
What a great photo!!
All the beer photos are making me thirsty!!!
Most famous place…. and great picture!
My God, help me to survive this deadly (mortal) love! (I just translated wht’a written)
Hard to tell it’s the same place I knew!
Nice! Looks like a fashion shoot photo! 🙂
Awesome collage! I would love the JPG for that!
Huh… Reminds me of Paris! I had no idea Berlin looked like this!
Sad little sheep 🙁
Somewhere over the rainbow…
That’s one of the reason why I called you Brigitte, because of the German sound (Briguitte)!
They used to serve cheese at the end of the “experience” along with the beer, “gouda cheese-a” 😉 A wonderful place in summer, sorry to hear it rained so much.
This a spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois (French born) American sculptress. The spider is supposed to represent her mother (who was a weaver) and very possesive too!
cool to know mom.. thanks 🙂
I love this pic. That might seem odd considering all the beautiful pics of architecture you have on here, but I was mesmerized by this pic.
I thought these were cute.. and the red pops nicely! Glad to see you checking out the blog 🙂
How cute is this dog—Does he have a passport?????
hahahah Very cute
Wine geeks 🙂
Ahhh… only in Italy!
Is Dad wearing a Barolo shirt in Barolo?? Ha, ha!
Yes, he is a dork!
C’est la Cote d’Yvoire! Ha, ha! Had to say it…
What a cute picture of the 3 of them!
That’s the most beautiful looking jail I’ve ever seen! At least from the outside…
Here’s a link to the Byron poem if you’re interested: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173098
Elysa has been asking to see this picture over & over: “Tonton Alex et les chevres!”
And this one too! “La chevre mange Tata Brigitte!”
After reading that Byron poem, it’s hard to see that castle in a beautiful light…
Wow, the building itself looks like it’s dancing!
No knockers!? 🙂
Creepy. What was behind it?
We don’t know… looked like a garage door.
Our namesake! 🙂
Like at the Dutch Village in Holland, MI!
Eastern Europe doesn’t have great knockers like France and Italy do.. but I did find a few good ones in Austria.
Are you eating an ice cream sandwich?
No, I was eating just a magnum. Vanilla ice cream on stick covered with chocolate. Why?
Not really blue the Danube…
I know. That was probably the biggest disappointment.. the Danube is a brown muddy looking river. Not enticing!
You look beautiful and happy
Nice! Can’t believe you hiked up there! 😉
Yeah.. this was crazy far and high up there. I was very proud of myself… after I was able to breathe again.
John’s dream room…
What does the fish symbolize there? It’s not on the water is it?
No but there is a small river called Myjava also that runs through it.
That looks like a toy bus!
Wow, very cool that Brigitte was able to trace her roots. Must feel pretty incredible to have that connection with one’s ancestors…
Sophie et sa maman n’ont pas change!
Wow, those look like they require a lot of work, and patience.
Incredible! How original!
Makes me hungry!
Andy…this is my University….nice memories
i hope you guys have enjoyed Cluj.
Cluj is a great city, loved it!
super cool pic!!!!!
What a wonderful idea to commemorate people like this!
And so beautiful too.
Yikes, so many people…
Yes, it was like that when we were driving down the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica! Took us hours to get to our supposedly close destination.
Beautiful. That could be anywhere in southern France.
Like in Italy…
Looks good, but I like the before better 😉
Looks like most of them are bright orange…
Wow, looks like the mountains outside of Marseille!
You both look great!
Cute sarong 😉
On dirait vraiment la Cote d’Azur!
The water-polo pictures and story brought back memories. I remembered asking you over the phone what you want from America and you said that you would love getting a Mikasa water-polo ball. I drove everyone crazy in NYC trying to get you that ball. I take the blame. I could not find the ball, and 25 years later you sucked in goal in Dubrovnik!
Your journey is remarkable and you both look gook in those pictures. Ani and I love you and wish you Bon Voyage!
The end of your Europe tour. So sad… We loved to have you with us. Bon voyage to Turkey and beyond!
Thanks dad! We’re looking forward to what’s to come :))
I was there too in 2007.
Bab al Hayat= la porte de la vie
Wow, that is a HUGE palace!
Worth the wait! Stunning.
Yum, looks good!
That looks really good…
Yeah, I would hate it too! So narrow & low…
Wow… now I would get up early for that too!
Yikes! Must have been hard to breathe up there.
Was fine. You feel no difference but I had sweaty palms for sure… afraid to tip basket if I leaned forward. But then that goes away quickly as you check out the view. Amazing.
Wow, Turkey was always on my “go to” list, but now I really have to go. Cappadocia seems like a magical place. Reminds me a bit of the SW of the US (like New Mexico, Utah) in terms of landscape.
What a fantastic journey this is so far!
Go see it before it turns into complete Disneyland… bet in 10-20 years it’ll be madness here!
So wish we could join you guys on your trip – it looks spectacular, amazing, fantastic!
The painted monasteries are magnificent!!!
Wow! Tourists aside, looks like an amazing place.
A temple for books! John’s kind of place!
Reminds me of the islands of the coast of Paraty, Brazil. We took a similar boat & went to various islands for the day. Fantastic!
great way to spend the day… i’m sure your experience in Brasil was just as amazing.
This is incredible. Powerful as photos it must be unbelievable to see in person!
Alex, I am most jealous of this post. The food must be amazing, $1 pad thai, Mmmmm. I am hoping for a thai food themed night when you guys return. Are you goig to have any suits/shirts made while you’re in Asia? I could see you rocking a red suit, lol. Although I’m sure that Brigitte will be seen with you!
Kel- red suit, hmm! tempting but we are traveling on a budget. no suits for me just a couple of cool t-shirts. the food is really great here, we’ll def do a Thai night when back. glad you’re digging the blog! : )
You ate grasshoppers?! You are the last man on this planet I thought would eat such a thing! I’m impressed!
hey wait a minute, is this a good thing or bad thing? either way i prefer the pad thai. : )
Cute photo! 🙂
So pretty! Reminds me of Italy….
PS. I’m so behind with your blog – sorry – just starting to catch up….
There are 2 moons in France???? haha
it was some weird light reflection with flash but maybe 🙂
Yes this is very much like Cinque Terre! Priceless views!
Another great great shot! Whoa!
Looks like heaven to me 😉
Love this compilation!
The view if incredible! 🙂
B – love the professional runner look on you! see? and you said you’d never run 😉
Wow! You’re petting tigers?! Very cool. I’m beyond jealous!
just like petting a pussy cat, but more surface to cover.. ; )
This is such a great photo of you! You look so happy and relaxed (tiger and all…) and definitely seem to be living the perfect life right now. I’m very happy for you guys!
What an amazing adventure. It is like you guys get to play Tarzan and Jane, from riding Elephants to hugging tigers. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
La belle et la bete…
Love that pix! This baby tiger is sooooooooooo cute…
Are these tamed or what?
tamed as in they are raised with human presence around them most of the time. they also get fed (esp) the big ones before people go in and take their pictures with them. they seem like incredible animals, so beautiful yet so deadly..
Fabulous… my kind of place…
Finally, you will have a normal sized neck.
Forza Inter! How was the Chiang? How come you no answer my questions when I write you on this blog thing?
Hey buddy, thanks for your comments! i do try and respond but it usually takes a little longer than on fb. Chiang Mai was awesome, very chill place – you would love it (some many beautiful Buddhist temples, great places to eat (cheap), and very chill people. Forza Inter R.I.!
You don’t mention the sling shots in the article, whats up with that?
can’t write about everything, would be toooo long..
Oh man, I was just flipping through these photos, and I quote Kelly “that right there (your pigeon) feeding photo is literally my worse nightmare” She’s not a friend of the birds, lol. Crocs, tigers, and elephants…oh my. Seems like Thailand was truly a blast, markedly different than anything you’d experienced before, no? And where the hell did you dig up the old NY Film Academy jersey? Nice!
Someone else said the same about the pigeon pic – haters! Just kidding.. Thailand was amazing, we plan to go back in a couple of weeks (diff part though). As for the soccer jersey, I try to travel in style. : )
Stupendous! I want to go there!
Love all the elephant statues!
Those are the women I was telling you about who are know for their silver jewelry.
Cool head dress!
“Un gros elephant” dit Elysa
Cool! and scary…
That is so awesome… Elysa can’t get enough of these tiger pictures either. “Un bebe tigre. Il est tout mignon,” she says in her cute voice.
Awesome picture. You look so happy!
Yikes! That is one BIG tiger.
Looking like Angelina Jolie in that LV ad she did in Cambodia 🙂
Breakfast looks good!
So cool! I can’t believe you guys got to play with/pet elephants & tigers in the same week! Life is going to seem pretty boring when you come back…
This is the life…
Elysa loves these photos!
Laos looks like a gorgeous country. Adding it to my must-see list!
Wow! I’ve seen a lot of great pics of Cappadocia in travel mags but those balloon shots are simply amazing – bravo! 😉
Thanks! The experience and view from up there was pretty surreal…
The elephant pictures are amazing! What a cool experience that must have been.
Elephants are amazing animals!
Yes, please! That looks awesome.
Yum… I really want some Vietnamese food right now!
A long walk , et toujours aussi belle…
What a lovely journey you guys are having. Alex your prose gets better each stop and Brigitte your pictures are fabulous. We can’t wait to see the next blog…
Thanks James, glad you’re enjoying the journey! We seem to find an abysmal bag of inspiration in each place we visit.
Eeeek! That looks so gross. Ugh!
Beautiful. What I like is the absence of tourists….
we can thank the rain for less tourists. there were def a few smaller groups but we waited them out.
So peaceful… heavenly!
The strange pink ones are dragon fruit (to be found in NYC Chinatown).
Correct! any others you recognize?
What a great experience over your 3 days in Vietnam. Such history! Loved your writing – I always learn something new! Keep those stories coming 🙂
Thanks Yules! Vietnam is amazing. We did about 10 days total there, 3 in HoChi Minh and the rest in Hanoi and Hoi An.
Ah Vietnam! A lovely country and I almost wound up serving there during the war… Interesting moments. This trip of yours just keeps getting more interesting…
Good fortune had you not serving. We loved Vietnam and just couldn’t get enough of the delicious food.
Craig and I were talking about Vietnam yesterday, and how we both want to go there even more now, after reading this post. It seems like a spectacular country!
Hey – glad you guys are finally reading our blog (just kidding), I mean Craig. You guys should definitely do Vietnam. Wish we had more time…
Ha! You weren’t kidding – this opening looks tiny! I don’t know if I would be able to go either…
Hahaha – seems like Ukraine – suicidal!!!
Sounds so delicious! Never had this before.
This is like Tour de France 😉
Just a bit more dangerous!
I’m very curious how many bank notes Alex collected overall on this trip 🙂
will tally them up at the end of the trip..
Does Brigitte like that Dong Bill?
One of the best photos!!! Please email me the original. Bret wants it framed 🙂 Congrats on taking it !!! WHOA!
sure, $20 and it’s all yours!
You know Bret is shaking next to me right now – he wants to be on that kayak bad!
i know, kayaking withdrawal is devastating
Looking good! 🙂
Is it snowy on top? And is it artificially colored? So so pretty!
no snow, just lighter in appearance and the artificially colored lights did make for a cool look.
What a beauty!
Pretty cool – actually surprised Alex is eating all these new foods 😉 nice!!
can’t be picky about food, especially when it’s so good!
Completely agree with James!
I think it’s even more beautiful in the rain 🙂
totally agree! The stone was darker, the vegetation greener and the mist added a nice touch..
Looks like a professional advertising! 😉
why thank you madame… 🙂
That looks delicious! You must make me some one day 😉
AMAZING!!! This Turkish landscape is mesmerizing in photos. It must be unbelievable to see in person.
it WAS amazing! such incredible natural beauty
Such beauty everywhere – love the nature in Laos!
chalk Laos up on your board and add it to your list. it’s awesome
Is Brigitte having Captain & Coke for breakfast?!
Once you get back to America you can pet and play with our pet Brew so you don’t feel bored and detached 😉 You can tell him “sit, down, stay, shake” all in English. You can wash him and brush him. You can’t really ride him but you can “walk” him outside 😉
Everyone is happy at the end 🙂
if Brew keeps growing he’ll be the size of an elephant so maybe i will ride him.. : )
This is such an incredible ritual! Glad you got to contribute and participate 🙂
Was it safe? I can’t believe you are so close to them!
yes, they were enclosed by an electric fence..
No tourists? I love that…
Simply love it!
Soooooooo ….can’t find the words!
Just like Thailand…
Awww, great pic of you guys! I miss you!
Amazing. Stunningly beautiful.
i love this one too!
I think this is your best entry yet! I love that you used the word indolent 🙂
Looks like another amazing leg, I am most jealous. Wish we could have clicked our heels together and joined you guys on the beach.
thanks Kel, we’re taking it very easy here.. kind of tough to get motivated and actually DO things. : )
wish you guys were here too!
Brigitte- this is an amazing image!!
OK, this is completely unbelievable – surreal.
C’est la vie, indeed! Gorgeous.
Brigitte and Alex,
You should write a book upon returning to the US — “Beaches of the world” I’m not sure that one has been done yet! Beautiful pictures…
“Pooling” is cool…
I love the blue shades!
merci! not many can pull it off..
That’s the life!
Brigitte – this is a phenomenal photo!!!
So jealous! I’m dying to see this movie!
you’ll love it!
Wow! What an amazing shot!
The setting was beyond words.. perhaps my favorite temple of all.
Love that “skirt”…
They made everyone wear them, it was how they kept track of who paid.
La belle et la bete, encore et toujours!
Stunning!! Sounds like you guys had a perfect few days of beach time and nothingness 🙂
It was necessary 🙂
Flamboyants bring me back to La Reunion (the island where I grew up)… love them!
Happiness is a beach in the tropics…
Beautiful wrap around… and girl in it…
What is that boat up in the clouds?? A kite?
Yeah.. cool kite they were selling. If only I could bring stuff back like that!
Lovely! Love the Rio sarong too 🙂
Alex, I can see how you’ve gained weight… not! Come on…
Elysa loves the ducks!
So, how was it?? Not sure I’d be willing to pay the extra $$ for an animal to poop my coffee beans out, but when in Rome, or Ubud, why not?
It was good but I’m not a huge coffee fan so hard to say… a bit muddy like a turkish coffee to me. We got it for $6 a pot instead of the $30-60 a cup elsewhere. Just wanted to try it.. but would never pay that much even if it was that amazing.
The tree of life!
“Oh, un bebe singe,” dit Elysa toute contente.
Wow, I want to see that!
Wow! This shot just screams “jungle.” Stunning.
He really does looking like he’s opening his eyes…
Memories… I recognized that place right away!
Yum, yum, yum!!!
Looking good, ladies! And Zoe is sooo cute!
Memories again… 😉
Louise Bourgeois would be happy…
Awww, good ol’ Oz! How I miss that country. I’m beyond jealous of you guys!!!
On another note: it’s your last official month of the trip?! When are you coming home??? You have a date?
We’re loving this place, it’s really beautiful! Yup, last month… our ETA is end of Jan.
Also, that’s great news on your extension – good stuff!!
Yay, that means you’re coming home SOON! That’s great news – we’ve missed you guys!
Can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve walked along the Sydney beaches, and it’s just as breath taking every time. Love-love-love Sydney.
You’re lucky, it’s so beautiful!
Climb the harbor bridge, you’ll never forget the experience! And 60-70 F temps forced you indoors? You mug be spoiled by SE Asia. Would give left nut for 60-70 deg temps right about now!
At about $200 a person, we just couldn’t afford climbing/walking the bridge. For unemployed backpackers it was just too steep… when did you do it? And yeah, I hear you on the temperature.
Gorgeous – I’m very impressed as well !
So festive! Love the colors!
Can’t compliment you enough on the photographs, they keep getting better and better 🙂
Seems like a fun vibrant place.
TinTin!!! hahaha you are yet to learn that we call Brew that 😉
Whoa – this photo is incredible – the colors, contrast and clarity are amazing!
Yet another “picture perfect”
Bondi Beach is awesome. Australia is mine you can have the rest of the world. I am so jealous I could spit.
wait till you see our Great Ocean Road post/pics… sick!
Wow that sculpture is really neat.
I did Movember myself.
nice, got pics?
It is amazing how many places you had seen! Lots of people I spoke with about your trip were envious of you. You both look great, and we can hardly wait to see you in Naples.
Dad, Ani and Sonny
Hi guys ! It’s Naomi (your Aussie friend from the winery tour in the yarra valley). Been looking at your blog and loving all your stories and pics! Can’t wait to read about your thoughts on Australia! Turns out our first stop of our trip will be the U.S. (25 mar – 20 apr). And this time my husband should be with me, not my substitute friend. Would love to hear your thoughts on where we should spend our time ?! Hope you’re enjoying the rest of your time in Melbourne!
Elysa would love that too…
This is a great place, brings back memory when I was pushing Rafael’s stroller down this very beach on our own trip down there in ’99. The place had such an eerie quality… Glad you guys made it there!
back then there was one more apostle, lucky for you guys to have seen them back then.
This is so incredible – way to go guys – and congrats Alex on your 1st dive! 🙂
LOVE the turtle photo!
What happened to the Andy I used to know??? 😉
hey hey now..
Jeez! This is quite intimidating – so much danger everywhere!
we survived though..
I know.. you have the craziest signs in Australia. You could basically die at any moment!
What a view !
lol.. merci 🙂
Whoa! The fish are pretty big! Great photo!
How cool was that! These fish were huge and it was cool to swim with them..
Open wide 😉
Guys you both look awesome!!!
Simply gorgeous 🙂
And don’t use window wipers while signaling 😉
easy to say but tough to not do..
awww – the fuzzy bum-bums 😉
I know!!! How cute is that :))
I agree with B – I want one too 🙂
C’est la vie! I remember that from SXM 🙂
Very pretty — reminds me of the Ireland coast
Awesome photo spies 😉
What a unique beauty ! One of my favorite view too!
Great place to take it all in, and maybe meditate…
awww hahaha this is AWESOME!!!!
Very symbolic inscription – you are on a never ending journey – reaching for the horizon!
the view was pretty cool from up top. really inspiring!
and a lil feminine 😉 ?? hahaha
Love this! What scenery 🙂
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BRIGITTE!
Dad, Ani and Sonny
Happy birthday Brigitte. Thinking of you in distant Evian.
Dad and Samira
Thanks! Thinking of you too..
Looking gorgeous! Hope you had a great birthday. Love you.
Thanks :)) I did!
Elysa loves it!
80s rock! 🙂
So awesome! I’m learning so so much once again through you and your experiences. Seeing Melbourne through a new lens now 🙂
Oh YES! 🙂
Loved learning about the Australian Open!
We did too, our only regret is that we won’t be there for the actual tournament… another time.
What a wonderful way to celebrate your Birthday! Looking Great B! Glad you had fun 🙂
This food compilation looks outstanding! I can only imagine eating this and having that Pinot Noir you were talking about. Mmm…
The food in New Zealand is delish!
Such contrast in architecture! Ha!
Crazy! You are a braver woman than I, not sure I could have done it.
was cool! Hey.. you only live once so I wanted to try it! 🙂
So cool, one of my favorite parts of your trip so far!
So luscious and green, really reminds me of Lord of the Rings…
brew wrote this – oops. i don’t even know where the letter pi is…
Really? She wasn’t complaining????!!!
This is awesome! seems like you are on Kili!
Who is this guy with B?
I will be there one day 🙂
What’s happened to her???
she was happy that we only had about 2- 3 more miles to go..
Breathtaking – so simple yet so beautiful
better yet, I (alex) took this picture
Seems like you went to a different planet.
So cute <3
You guys look great! And I love NZ 🙂
Yep! Different planet!
I wanna be IN IT!
you would melt…
Definitely don’t wanna be in that one.
Andy – your wife is crazy! I’m getting dizzy sitting on our couch just imagining it…..
Awesome! Way to go B! Were you in the same position or were you bouncing around while the ball was going down? Was there any water inside?
Loving NZ so much more now – thanks for all the information and fun 🙂 Wellington was cool but didn’t quite capture me. The country side on the other hand – YES PLEASE 🙂
I like Bula. Sounds better when you say bula bula…
On se la coul’ douce…
welcome home guys! what a fantastic trip! I’ve enjoyed living it through your eyes. you should luanch a travel service for people who want to do what you did….
thanks Rob! it was a LOT of fun.. i like your idea.
just a minute to look at this site and am hooked after Gordes…..magnificent! Thanks and it was great to see you both…hope you’re back for another visit this year.
glad you like the blog! it was a pleasure seeing you and Pat and the happy dogs (of course). we really loved NC and would love to visit again.
Awesome update! Love that you went to give presentation to the kids. I can only imagine their faces… Take it one day at a time, everything will fall into place. Feel free to come visit again soon 🙂
Wow your trip sounds so amazing and these tips are super useful. I wish I had the time and money to do the exact same journey. Having spent time in Capadocia can you recommend any authentic Turkish restaurants in NYC I might try?
Sure, there are a bunch of Turkish restaurants in New York City that offer great quality and here are some of my favorites. Bereket (187 E Houston St Manhattan), and Kestane Kebab (110 Nassau Ave – Greenpoint Brooklyn) are casual spots that offer amazing food at low cost. For finer dining I’m a big fan of My Moon (184 N10th St Williamsburg), great decor and delicious eats with an impressive outdoor space.
Hey Alex & Brigitte! I hope you guys didn’t have too much trouble readjusting to life after your whirlwind journey around the world. It was great to meet you in Fiji! Keep in touch!
Julia & Jim
Hey Julia- so glad you wrote us! I had lost your info but now we’re back in touch. It’s tough being back but we’re readjusting. Hope you and Jim are well!
This is GREAT! I love it! Great imagination of the artist and good photo shot.
this one was harder to find, it was off the beaten track.
Another great grafitti ! I like the people in it!
The car is TRABANT, from a different era
Great one too! You just have to go forward!
love this, thanks for sharing!
we had a lot of fun with it, thanks!
I’ll drink to that!!
Great photos…I feel as though I’ve just visited those places with you.
You know I love it! Sooo many amazing pics! Some look like familiar places, some I smile about and some I really want to know where it is or the story behind them! Hopefully someday soon we can all meet up and chat about great adventures:). Bravo and happy travel anniversary!:)
Hey Candice.. Glad you enjoyed! It so amazing for us to look at these again. A bit bittersweet though. I’m hoping we can meet in St Croix one of these days and share some of these moments with you both!
So many amazing photos I’m sure it’s difficult to pick favorites! I can’t believe it’s already a year since you left on your world journey…
Not poisonous I’m assuming??
They can bite but they’re not deadly.. as far as we were told!
I visited this church last week and I felt so refreshed. Thank You.
I would like to know about the history please.
Thank you for your time.
Great photos. Looks like you had a good time there!
I love that you made it to Sweden! Love the polar suits and the sunny photos! xo
We made it to Sweden too, so you are correct!
I love this picture, it is beautiful…it is art by itself.
Sublime…such a gorgeous setting for a wedding! As usual, Beautiful shots; I feel as though I were there too.
I’m so happy you had a good time! And thanks for posting all these pictures – definitely brings me back to THE BEST day of my life! ♥
Alex, so happy you decided to write about Buenos Aires!
Glad to hear it, thanks Robert!
Pretty spectacular stuff you guys! The pictures are stunning and the prose reflected all of it. I wish I could have been there…
cote rotie at septentrionales and also chateauneuf-du-pape at meridionales ,that’s the best land in rhone,nice tour.
I am from Slovakia(next to Czech republic) and I haevnt known about the artist u mentioned in your text…thanx for that info, cause his work looks interesting…I mean, that I love art and it is fine to find out someting more about people,who do it. I like your pics as well 🙂
Wonderful pictures, wonderful writing, wonderful clan!
I love reading your travel posts!!
Love the flowers. We used to have those in our backyard in Abidjan.
Que d’or! Que d’or!
2 beauties in the sun!
What kind of fruit? Plums?
Lovely story Alex, I didn’t see it till Terry pointed it out. You have really captured the atmosphere. So great to meet you and Olivia and to see B again. If you are ever in our area of Canada, near Niagara Falls, please come and stay with us.
My brother returned from Bamholder and said there was a fruit tree called merrybellium they made jelly from. Can it be grown in America and where can it be found.
Alex, the richness of family and storytelling matches the beauty of the colors in all the photos! I really enjoyed reading this journey!!
Your Chiang mai photos are inspiring Fantastic! Where in Chiang mai was this taken? Me and my partner are heading there in March and would to take in the traditional culture and learn more about the tribes
Thanks for your query. There are several day trips offered outside/around Chiang Mai that will bring you face-to-face with the Karen women of Thailand along with other great cultural experiences. Your hotel should have the info and may be able to arrange it (that’s how we went about doing ours). There are also several tour operators around town that can arrange. Good luck and I hope you have a fantastic trip!
PS – renting bikes and getting around town was a great way to explore the many sites (numerous great temples)
jesus christ! the pilot could have put sun tan lotion on you as he flew by!
looks like a great trip and glad to see the family is doing well!
Beer with a view, ha! Really nice to hear more about your trip and I love the pix. Xxx
As usual, a wonderfully written post and great photos!!! The colors are spectacular!!
Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends.
I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this site.
I am completing book about ancient sites in Southeast Asia and came across your image of Yeay Peau in Cambodia. This is an academic publication with little prospect of profits. I wonder if I could get a one-time use permission from you to us the image? I teach archaeology and historic preservation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Your image fills an important gap in my coverage and would add greatly to the publication. I would give full credit to the photographer.
Hi Will –
Appreciate you reaching out, sounds like an interesting project!
Yes, you may go ahead with a 1-time use of the image.
Please credit abjourney.com for the image.
Good luck with the book!
I love your blog, it has given me new inspiration to wake up every day. I no longer have depression because I have a goal to one day travel to all the places you missed and take pictures with whiskey. I can’t thank you enough, and my dog Gogo will love the view from my hotel room in capetown.
You both captured the beauty we encountered in Mexico so well. It was striking how much the kids embraced their new surroundings in this trip. I’ve never felt so at ease traveling to a new country, Mexico was so welcoming. Thank you for this opportunity to revisit our happy memories together!
Thanks so much Jess, we had so much fun spending the week together!
What a fantastic picture!
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Wow! Brigitte and Alex this is travelogue quality. You could put this on a road show!
Thanks James, maybe one day!
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