Islands

Seven Thousand Isles

Seven Thousand Isles

♥ ♥ I’ve never seen snow. My city has no trains. It’s always summer where I live. Except on rainy days. And so trains fascinate me; autumn, winter, spring. Cobblestone, padded coats, foggy mountains, glens. I try when I travel to live a different life. But […]

The Sumilon Island Bucket List

The Sumilon Island Bucket List

SGMT | Sumilon Island — Sumilon Island is one of my favorite places in my home province of Cebu. It’s nearly 4 hours away by bus — plus a short boat ride courtesy of the resort that operates the island — but the experience has […]

Sunset at Marimegmeg Beach

Sunset at Marimegmeg Beach

SGMT | Sunset at Marimegmeg Beach —  Do yourself a favor. If you’re going to El Nido, set aside at least one day for beach bumming. Spend a lazy afternoon at Marimegmeg Beach and stick around for the sunset. You won’t regret it. * * […]

Island Hopping in El Nido: Combo Tour A & C

Island Hopping in El Nido: Combo Tour A & C

SGMT —  It was our first time in El Nido, and it wouldn’t be our last — or so our guides assured us. According to both Jack, the tricycle driver we engaged on our arrival in town, and Sam, the boatman who led our island hopping tour the next […]

Unbreakable

Unbreakable

The Batanes group of islands is the northernmost of the Philippines’ 7,107. It is home to the Ivatans, a people whose legendary honesty — you can leave your bicycle anywhere on the islands and no one, no one, would ever think of stealing it — […]

Chateau d’If

Chateau d’If

For the life you’ve always wanted to be so near yet so far must be punishment enough. To know you did not deserve that punishment must be unbearable. (Chateau d’If, Frioul Archipelago, Marseille, France, 2011)   “Chateau d’If” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town […]

A day at the beach is for everyone

A day at the beach is for everyone

It’s low tide in Boracay, and this little puppy is having quite the beach adventure. (Boracay Island, Philippines, 2011)   © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Cebu

It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Cebu

Island hopping is a popular pasttime in Cebu and Pandanon island is one of the most popular stops. (Cebu, Philippines, 2010)   © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

1,000 Words: Marseille, France

1,000 Words: Marseille, France

Taken on the ferry from If to Ratonneau, both part of the Frioul archipelago. (Marseille, France, 2011) © Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

I stumbled upon the Frioul islands on my first visit to Europe in 2011. I was traveling with my sister, and we had boarded the ferry from Marseille to Frioul with heavy hearts: we’d learned earlier in the day that our grandfather had been admitted to the Intensive Care […]