Splendor and Elegance in Venice: the Ego Boutique Hotel the Silk Road
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Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water. -Frida Giannini   When our Alilaguna boat reached the Grand Canal and slowly moved forward along the majestic palazzos, I still couldn’t believe we were … Read More

30+ Best European Destinations in Summer
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I don’t know who Jenny Han really is. But it doesn’t matter. I like this quote and I totally agree with what she says about the months between June and August. Or perhaps, I am biased since I was born … Read More

Visiting Xi’an: A Journey through Chinese History
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As our bullet train approached the outskirts of Xi’an, we sped past hundreds of modern high-rise buildings still under construction. Lined up like gigantic dominos, identical in height and design, these skyscrapers reminded us of towering Tetris tiles.   At … Read More

Exploring London’s East End
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  It was raining cats and dogs outside when I told Kerstin that we should spend our Twixmas in London. She was standing behind me, so I couldn’t see her eyes. But I was almost sure that she was rolling … Read More

Free Things to do in Phoenix, Arizona
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  Arizona, especially Phoenix, Page and Sedona, has been on our bucket list for many years. So when my nephew asked me to attend his graduation ceremony in Phoenix last May, I immediately booked a last minute flight even if I … Read More

Turpan and the Bezeklik Caves
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  Legend has it that it never rains in Turpan in summertime. And yet, the courtyard of hotel the Silk Road Lodges was sodden when we left our oriental-style room.   Oh yes! Finally, a few drops to cool down … Read More

Unforgettable Experiences in Bolivia
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  Not so long ago, as we were putting together our itinerary for Peru, I received an email from Kerstin’s great aunt. The lady is in her 70s, but keeps roaming the world despite the many illnesses she has. And … Read More

Traveling along the Tea Horse Road in Yunnan
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  “In Yunnan, girls wear flowers in all four seasons. And toes are exposed all year round.” These are two of the famous Eighteen Oddities of Yunnan Province. Located in southwestern China at an average altitude of 1,900 meters above sea … Read More

Peace and Quiet at Orval Abbey, Belgium
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It’s very typical in Belgium: the road splits in two and there’s no sign where each path leads to. Kerstin slowed down her car. Which way? she asked. The one on the left would take us back to where we … Read More

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