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Exploring the BALTIC STATES

By Michael Webb | August 15, 2018

Michael Webb takes a 12 day tour of the Baltic States.   Having explored most of Europe, I left the three Baltic States–Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania–till last, hoping they would offer as authentic a taste of the pre-war era as Romania. I arrived too late–the three glorious capitals have been swamped by mass tourism and…

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Driving around POLAND

By Michael Webb | August 7, 2018

Michael Webb embarks on a 10 day road trip around Poland. Resilience is the greatest asset of the Poles, who retained their pride and sense of nationhood during two centuries of foreign occupation. Twenty years of independence between the world wars were succeeded by the brutal onslaught of the Nazis and the Red Army, devastation…

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Singapore’s Best Architecture and Food

By Michael Webb | May 30, 2018

Michael Webb visits Singapore to explore its culture, food and architecture.  In its fifty plus years of independence, the city-state of Singapore has transformed itself into an Asian version of Switzerland: prosperous, clean, and meticulously organized. But the vibrant street life of its multi-cultural enclaves–Chinese, Islamic and Indian–still flourishes amid the gleaming towers. Taxis and Uber…

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A Family Friendly Road Trip through France

By Kristina Foster | April 5, 2018

Kristina Foster embarks with her family on a voyage through France from the capital to the coastal south.   I wasn’t sure what to expect on a fortnight long, winter road trip with the kids. Cooped up childhood memories of backseat battles with stinky brothers, side of the road toilet stops and barf bags came flooding…

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PARIS IN WINTER

By Michael Webb | March 21, 2018

Michael Webb explores the City of Lights in winter, finding a new love and appreciation for its abundance of museums.  For lovers, Paris is heaven year round; in winter it’s equally compelling for lovers of museums. The chilly gray days make the boulevards and outdoor cafés less enticing, and prompt you to explore treasures you…

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MYANMAR: On the River from Mandalay

By Jane Adams | February 11, 2018

‘Can’t you ‘ear their paddles chunkin’ from Rangoon to Mandalay? On the road to Mandalay, Where the flyin’-fishes play, An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay! -RUDYARD KIPLING Any list of the world’s great rivers includes the mighty Irrawaddy (aka Ayeyarwady), the backbone and lifeline of the embracing troubled land…

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Dutch Treat: Haarlem, Utrecht and the countryside

By Michael Webb | February 3, 2018

From Amsterdam to Haarlem, Michael Webb explores the busy city life to the quiet countryside in the Netherlands.  Nearly every trip to the Netherlands begins in Amsterdam even though it has become one of the most expensive and touristy cities in Europe. It’s a short train ride from Schiphol, the country’s major airport, but you can…

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Enjoy the Modern Architecture of MILAN

By Michael Webb | January 11, 2018

From apartment buildings to museums, learn why Michael Webb keeps returning to Milan over Italy’s many other cities.  Milan is my favorite Italian city (with Turin running a close second) for the way it reveals its treasures slowly. It has a few of the attractions that lure tour groups, including Leonardo’s over-restored Last Supper and a spiky…

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Revealing Nature in Izu, JAPAN

By Kristina Foster | December 13, 2017

Kristina Foster slips out of the city stress and bares it all with the family on a journey to the nature filled landscapes of the Izu Peninsula. The Izu peninsula is a resort area popular for hot springs, statuesque coastlines, and scenic mountains. Located about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo and just two hours by fast…

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Hamburg

Old Meets New in HAMBURG

By Michael Webb | August 6, 2017

Hamburg never gets old – it is a feast for lovers of vintage and contemporary architecture, music, and everything maritime. This Hanseatic city continues to renew itself with the development of new quarters like HafenCity making it an exciting stop-over on any European tour.

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Shibuya, Tokyo

Big and Little in JAPAN: Why Tokyo is Good for Kids

By Kristina Foster | July 10, 2017

From cute hedgehog cafes to the giant Pokémon headquarters and the city’s most urban shrine, little travelers can see curious places that are big in Japan.

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E&O, George Town, Penang

George Town, PENANG: Heritage Hotel Capital

By Jane Adams | June 9, 2017

Penang has been named as the premier 2017 Asian ‘Must See’ destination, singled out its street food and art scene. Jane Adams gives her vote to the island’s capital George Town, for its wonderfully preserved heritage hotel.

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