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ANGKOR, CAMBODIA

Wednesday September 14, 2016

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Angkor, Cambodia www.bucketlistbums.com

Angkor, Cambodia www.bucketlistbums.com

Angkor, Cambodia www.bucketlistbums.com

Finally, after nine trips to Asia … we finally made it to Cambodia! Our travels to Thailand, Vietnam and Java had taken us to several Tomb Raider-worthy ruins over the years, but Angkor Wat had somehow always eluded us. In the last year or two, I’d been overwhelmed with photos of the UNESCO World Heritage Site appearing in magazines, travel books and on social media feeds. It felt like everyone had been to the ancient wonder (except us), and I decided it was now or never …

LUCCA, ITALY

Tuesday August 23, 2016

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Lucca, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

As we schemed up our next daytrip from the Bagni di Pisa, I was delighted to learn that Lucca was just 20 minutes away from San Giuliano Terme by train. On a map, all these cities and towns in Tuscany looked so spread out; I was certain the commute would be closer to two hours. Sure enough, we pulled out of our little Italian village and within a half hour we were inside Lucca’s soaring Renaissance walls in search of a bicycle shop. Several people had recommended exploring the beautiful old city on two wheels, so we rented two bicycles for €30 for the day. It was money well spent for all the fun we had zipping through the historic city …

FLORENCE, ITALY

Tuesday August 9, 2016

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Florence, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Sometimes the best decisions abroad happen on a whim, and that was the case with our serendipitous trip to Florence. Months ago as I pieced together our Italy itinerary, Florence was high on our “must” list … but with limited time in Tuscany, we opted to visit Siena and Pisa instead. It wasn’t until we were actually in Italy that we realized how convenient the trains were, and that Florence was a mere hour from the lovely Bagni di Pisa, in San Giuliano Terme. So we shuffled our plans a bit to free up a day, and caught a 5 AM train out to Florence to spend a full day immersed in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance …