Our second annual Art & Spirit BHUTAN Tour has returned!  O, what wonders did we see, what adventures had we!  From the quite sublime — especially renowned Chef David Thompson’s exquisite classical Thai cuisine at Restaurant nahm in Bangkok — to the rather ridiculous, when Kay tripped and broke her nose walking into — not out of! — a bar…not to mention an accidental attack by a fruit bat.  We toured Muscat, Oman’s Grand Mosque and ancient souk (marketplace) in old (but progressive) Arabia.  We saw the palaces and canals of Bangkok and toured Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam, and sat with one of Thailand’s true Buddhist masters.  Then we spent two weeks visiting Bhutan’s most luminous temples, IMG_2096 IMG_2165 IMG_2206 IMG_2234 IMG_7066 IMG_7069 IMG_7070 IMG_7077 IMG_7121 IMG_7126 IMG_7145 IMG_7172 IMG_2278 IMG_7176 IMG_7177 IMG_2292 IMG_2305 IMG_2324 IMG_2355 IMG_2430 IMG_2499 IMG_2524 IMG_2565 IMG_2636 IMG_2644 IMG_7187 IMG_7188 IMG_7210 IMG_7213 IMG_2676 IMG_2702 IMG_2759 IMG_2766 IMG_2798 IMG_2829 IMG_2878 IMG_2931 IMG_2938 IMG_2947 IMG_2953 IMG_3015 IMG_3042 IMG_3048 IMG_3067 IMG_7244 IMG_3094 IMG_3100 IMG_3102 IMG_3108 IMG_3119 IMG_3124 IMG_3149 IMG_3164 IMG_3208 IMG_3218 IMG_3279 IMG_3282 IMG_3312 IMG_3343 IMG_3366 IMG_3414 IMG_3428 IMG_7308 IMG_7390 IMG_7399 hiking its lowlands and highlands, bird and monkey watching,  visiting handicrafts schools, sampling Bhutanese red rice and redder chilies!, and sitting with one of the country’s most luminous Buddhist masters, Rev. Ngwang Tenzin Rinpoche of the Paro Valley where we happened to meet American Buddhist luminary Robert Thurman who merrily chatted away with Rev. Tenzin in Tibetan. Follow our tour in pictures here.  And join us for our Art & Spirit BHUTAN 2015 Tour!   –Your Devoted Art & Spirit Tour leader, Jessica