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I have been photographing this little family for the past 3 years (2013 & 2014) and I love seeing them grow; grow up and more in love. The Kuo’s came to Vegas this year and we all got to play in the desert. Apart from running out of snacks to bribe the kids with, sand-eating-incidents, and dramatic tantrum flops, we managed to sneak in a few good ones.

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part three of three

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Istanbul  •  Part 1  •  Part II

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I drew the most joy from Venice during my early morning runs. Passing by rows of sleeping gondolas while hearing the San Marco Campanile chime made me feel like I had the whole city to myself. This place starts its daily hustle fairly early bringing in boat loads of visitors from every corner. While Venice is clearly a huge tourist trap, it is definitely one worth experiencing.

Thank you for reliving all 4 parts of this adventure with Kinjal and me! I did make a conscious effort on this trip to disassociate myself from the camera and truly enjoy the moment.  I also gave myself no guilt in my carb cravings or gelato binges. It was hard to let go of old habits at first- but then it became so freeing. L’amore tutto intorno!

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I loved the extended layover as much as the main destination itself! I’ve been on a handful of adventurous layovers, but Turkey takes the cake. Besides the subway-butt-grabbing snafu, this trip was such an unexpected treat. Kinjal, my lovely traveling buddy, and I convinced ourselves that we didn’t need sleep on our 16 hour stop and opted to experience Istanbul instead. We regret nothing!

Some thing we found helpful:

1. Visa: You’ll need one if you want to leave the airport. You can fill one out online here.
2. Extra luggage space: We wanted to buy more than we can carry. Hello, Grand Bazaar!
3. Seek a local’s opinion: We asked small shop owners where they like to eat. We weren’t disappointed.

A big THANK YOU to friends who gave us recommendations for Istanbul. We printed out your emails, highlighted your suggestions, and referred to them during our trip. To all who suffer from a bad case of wanderlust, you really don’t want to pass up this colorful, culturally rich city!

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This is the hubby who was almost there. Except he wasn’t really. He was basking in the florescent lights in his cubicle.

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