Category Archives: Asia

The Different Faces of Bali

Bali is a small island, just east of Java, with a combination of serene beaches, active night life, artisan craftworks, a culture of dance and theatre, rainforests, volcanic mountains, green terraced rice fields, and great cuisine. We stayed on the … Continue reading

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Jogyakarta: Ancient Arts Preserved

Jogyakarta was one of the highlights of our trip to Indonesia. Why? This city is the gateway to two ancient architectural wonders…Prambanan (Hindu) and Borobudur (Buddhist) temples, as well as being an arts center for crafts that could be easily … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s Volcanoes and the Pacific Ring of Fire

While in Indonesia, we were able to see the beautiful mountain peaks wherever we went. These peaks are actually volcanoes as the islands of Indonesia sit on the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, which consists of the mountains, faults, and trenches … Continue reading

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Indonesia: Island Archipeligo Adventure

This was my first visit to Indonesia and it was a wonderful surprise. Indonesia is the world’s largest island archipeligo with more than 17,500 islands, of which 6,000 are inhabited, and only 1000 are permanently settled. Don’t be misled by … Continue reading

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Horses, Camels & Donkeys…Oh MY!

There are a number of ways to get to the carefully hidden ancient city of Petra from the entrance to this magnificent site. After entering, the options for transport are: on foot, on horseback, or by horse drawn carriage along … Continue reading

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Finding the Lost City

There is something truly exhilarating about exploring a hidden city, built and left uninhabited by a lost civilation. Walking the winding path of the Siq, between narrow canyon walls was a trek of building anticipation. Each turn along the canyon … Continue reading

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The Hutongs of Beijing by Pedicab

Beijing reminds me of a beautiful middle aged woman, who as she prepares for the most important date of her life, decides she needs a face lift instead of just make-up. We are doing the pre-Olympic inspection tour and find … Continue reading

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Traveling with Rock Stars, South Korea

Many of you know I am traveling with 14 family members on this trip. And we are definitely noticed. First of all there are not that many Americans touring Korea. Second, people know we are family, and third, we are … Continue reading

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South Korea and the DMZ

Flourishing…that’s how I would describe South Korea. From its culture and industry, to its technology and people, South Korea is clearly an advanced nation. And green. I have been completely surprised by the forested mountains, complete with evergreens and leafy … Continue reading

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