Asia Pacific

Cambodia: Ankgor Wat

Ankgor Wat

Ankgor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is indeed a fabulous destination for those who love archaeology. The angular designs of the buildings and the high relief depictions of sensuous Hindu goddesses are unlike those of any other place in the world. And they are to be found in the most verdant, lush…
China: Beijing

China: Beijing and The Great Wall

My most poignant memory of China is my first glimpse of the Great Wall. I felt chills run up my spine as I gazed upon the endless chain of bricks extending as far as the eye could see, across the peaks of the mountains. No wonder it was visible from the moon! I was totally unprepared for the…
China: Hong Kong

China: Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a shopper's paradise with the world's finest hotels and a glorious array of fine restaurants serving all types of Asian and European cuisine. It is the crossroads of Asia - half way around the world - Hong Kong is at the southern tip of China on the Pearl River that flows into the…

China: Shanghai

Shanghai is a study of opposites. Here you can see the most modern and futuristic buildings, the top technology abounds, restaurants and nightspots are extremely popular,.yet there is one neighborhood that time has forgotten, that has remained unchanged for generations or even centuries. When you…
China: Yantze River & the Dam

China: Yangtze River and Dam

The Yangtze River offers a different perspective of China to visitors. We loved the small boat cruise in the Three Gorge area of the river, which gave us more of a bird's eye view of the gorge. But the new dam took top honors, as we were given a guided tour, from a miniature model, to a hillside…
French Polynesia: Tahiti

French Polynesia: Tahiti - Moorea - Bora Bora - Papeete

The mere name Tahiti conjures up images of lush tropical growth and intense blue water. Palm trees, white sand beaches, and beautifully tanned bodies gently swaying to the sound of Margaritaville (well, maybe Blue Hawaii)! Pina colada in hand, hammock, snorkeling gear, iPod, and an exciting…
India

India: Delhi - Jaipur - Udaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Mumbai

Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Mumbai. India is a shock to the senses. I have never been anywhere else where I felt as if every single one of my senses was engaged simultaneously at all times! In the streets, there are people everywhere! And elephant and cows and dogs and monkeys and…
Thailand

Thailand: Bangkok

Bangkok Food Ceremony The Buddhist monks are responsible for procuring their own food. They appear in certain places early in the morning, usually before daybreak, in hope of finding fellow Buddhists or others who will bring them food for the day. They also have ceremonies of food dedication in…
Thailand Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Thailand: Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are perfect destinations for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary. This trip promises to be educational and is filled with new experiences and wonder. As you ride elephants through the jungle and take wooden flat rafts down the river, you will come…
Vietnam: Mekong Delta

Vietnam: Mekong Delta

Our journey began as we boarded the beautiful Mekong Queen, a motorized wooden boat, to explore life along the Mekong River in Vietnam which flows from Tibet to the South China Sea. The first stop is the bustling Cai Be floating market filled with any number of boats bursting with fruits,…
Vietnam: Countryside

Vietnam: Countryside

First impressions of Vietnam early in the morning as we leave the Seabourn Pride are of the river banks and the small boats floating close to the small dock that we are approaching. On closer inspection, we see people on the tiny decks, as well as laundry hung to dry, pots and pans, and other…
Vietnam: DaNang, My Son, and Hoi An

Vietnam: Danang/ My Son/ Hoi An

Considered one of the best-preserved Cham centers in Vietnam, My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century. Twenty temples are still standing today, many having succumbed to the bombs aimed at the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and…
Vietnam: Hanoi

Vietnam: Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, we inspected the Temple of Literature, the site of the oldest university in Vietnam where the Mandarins of Vietnam were educated and where 2313 doctors graduated between 1076 - 1779. We also visited the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake (The Lake of the Restored sword ), the site…