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Swimming the Streets of the New China

Posted on January 18, 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim upstream with a school of fish? Just replace those fish in your mind with cars, buses, bikes, ...

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Experiencing the Marches Provençal

Posted on January 2, 2017

One of the best ways you can experience a place is to visit the local market, to get your hands on the local produce, to have your eyes take in the ...

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Off Season Travel Should Be On Your Radar

Posted on December 1, 2016

I am hooked on off-season travel. A whirlwind trip to Paris over Thanksgiving weekend in 1994 convinced me of the charm of an uncrowded Louvre muse ...

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Did I hear someone say cheese?

Posted on November 9, 2016

A recent trip to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, offered several wonderful surprises. These surprises came in form of tasty cheese samples le ...

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Nameless in Namibia

Posted on September 7, 2016

I find that being nameless is the oddest thing. I grew up in a country that named even the smallest hill. We had one named Brown Gilly and another ...

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A Visit to a Foreign Land Changed My Mind About Group Travel

Posted on July 18, 2016

Make no bones about it: I am not a person who likes to travel with a group of strangers. Partly because my spouse and I have traveled all over the ...

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The Curious Openness in China’s Censorship

Posted on July 7, 2016

Ok, found myself wide awake at 3:00am the first night in Beijing after a flight over the Pacific. Great. Jet lag? Of course, or at least that is wh ...

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Island Gem in South Australia’s Backyard Wilderness

Posted on May 12, 2016

Where would you go if you had two weeks to spend down under in Oz? Many travelers would settle on an itinerary like this:

Uncovering the True Aloha Spirit

Posted on March 1, 2016

The best way to dig into a culture is to spend time with the locals – exploring, asking questions, and listening. In Hawaii, the answers usually ...

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