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Finding Peace at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji in Kyoto, Japan | #kyoto #shrine #temple #statues #japan #travel

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1569207248006{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]On our second morning in Kyoto, we decided to take a train to Arashiyama to see the famous bamboo forest. I had heard that it was likely to be touristy but still needed to see it for myself.   All...

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luxury japanese ryokan in Shuzenji, Japan | #japan #ryokan #travel #hotel

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]We were almost half way through our whirlwind adventure through Japan when it was finally time to spend one blissful night in the much anticipated luxury Japanese ryokan called Yagyu No Sho. After weeks of searching online, we finally found this beautiful Japanese...

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misadventures in Akita, Japan - whole widen world #akita #travel #Japan #japantravel

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1561946812406{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]After a full morning of traipsing around Kakunodate's soggy samurai village, we found ourselves on yet another train toward the town of Akita. We had barely enough time to get comfortable and rest our feet before the train...

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Kakunodate Samurai Village Header

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1545001647410{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]The Shinkansen pulled away with a lurch from Toyko station at 6:00 am. The sky was a deep purple and the sun hadn’t peeked over the horizon. Outside, the streets were mostly vacant, save a few bicyclists making...

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Fjord ride from Bergen to Flam, Norway | Whole Widen World

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Let me tell you about our magical fjord ride in Norway. The journey begins in the early morning fog along the docks in Bergen. The anticipation for the 5 ½ hour ferry ride hangs in the air. As more arrive, people shuffle forward crowding the entrance,...

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Souvenir-shopping-in-ashland-oregon | Whole Widen World #souvenirs #ashland #oregon

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1523236701718{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]The alarm blares at 3:45 AM and Jeremy springs out of bed. I startle awake and lay back down, groaning. He quickly gets dressed and starts gathering the last few things we need for our long journey. I...

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street art in norway

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's always fun to find street art in different places. Seeing the different styles and influences. They act as little easter eggs around every corner. Here's a few we f.ound traveling in Norway and Sweden[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image image="472" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image image="475" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image...

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Winter Cabin Weekend Truckee Getaway: Check out the blanket of downy snow in Truckee during the winter months. All is still and quiet | #truckee #winter #getaway #weekendtrip #wholewidenworld

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The small mountain town of Truckee holds a dear place in our hearts. Not only is it the place where Jeremy proposed, but it lacks the congested streets from tourism that plague it's neighbor city, Lake Tahoe, and keeps the small town charm all...

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Honeymoon in Ireland - Highlights

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1521268389268{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While many newlyweds choose some dreamy beach destination for their honeymoon (which is perfectly fine), we spent 9 glorious days traveling around the perimeter of Ireland.  We had dreamed of this trip for years and were so excited...

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Hiking in Santa Barbara

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Santa Barbara is a perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Whether you like to do some window shopping and bar hopping on state street, lounge by the beach, take a boat ride, or hike in the mountains, you'll have a great time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column...

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Walking downtown New years eve in New York City

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1514479103979{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]When I received an email blast at work offering a house swap with a couple who lived in New York City for New Years Eve, we jumped on the opportunity to cross it off of the bucket list.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column...

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St. Louis in Photos | Whole Widen World #stlouis #explorestlouis #cityscape

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]It's fall in 2013 and Jeremy and I need a break from the everyday life in Chicago. We decide to pack up the car for a weekend getaway to St. Louis.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="50"][vc_column_text] The hotel [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Our friend from college recommended the Moonrise hotel in...