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Time-Traveling back to Paradise at Maulbronn Monastery, Germany
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Mei parks our crimson crossover. Now what? I ask. Now we get out of the car. She says it with a smile. Clearly, she knows what’s waiting for us on the other side of the parapet walls topped with ruby … Read More

The Toledo Train Station – Or Where Time Stands Still
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  Train stations. A passage. People come, people go. I never liked train stations when I was a kid. Crowded places, random faces, pickpockets, always gusty, too windy in winter, too sticky in summer, these huge halls used to make … Read More

Hiking the Dragon’s Backbone in Longsheng
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  It’ll be raining again today, what a shame! It never rains in Longsheng around this time of year, says Ling. We rarely trust the weather forecast. But if a local guide says it’s going to rain, it will be raining. … Read More

Enchanting Gardens of the Grand Château d’Ansembourg
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  When you have to wait for over a decade to marry the person you love, you owe it to yourself to find the perfect venue to celebrate your long-awaited union. As we were anxiously waiting for the law to … Read More

Remembering the Past at the 9/11 Memorial Pools in New York City
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Moments that shape the world shape you too. 9/11 has shaped generations. And we all have our own story to tell…   On September 11, 2001, I was in Paris with Kerstin. It was her first time in the French … Read More

The Convento do Carmo in Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon. 9 am. The air is crisp and clear. We walk down the Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo, and there it is: the ruins of the Convento do Carmo.   With naked arches and piers pointing loose to the sky, … Read More

Lantau Island: away from crowded Hong Kong
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Not far from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon lies a green oasis: Lantau Island, one of the largest islands in Hong Kong.   We saw it from afar the day we landed. Through a misted … Read More

From Strongili to Santorini: A little gem among the Cyclades islands
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  It took the ferry eight hours to bring us to Santorini from Athens. As we docked at the ferry port of Santorini, we gazed at a 300m high steep cliff. The view is impressive from afar, but is even … Read More

The Mysterious Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
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It was pouring as if the world was about to end. We had to cover half a mile to reach the Guilin pier to board a boat to Yangshuo. The whole place was flooded. With dripping pants and soaked shoes … Read More

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