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Asia & South Asia

A Calm Pose in INDIA

By Elina Fuhrman | Feb 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

On a high all of her own, in the foothills of the Himalayas, Elina Fuhrman discovers peace despite India’s hustle and bustle. “Close your eyes, we will chant a prayer for you,” says Simi, my Ayurvedic therapist as soon as I step inside my treatment room at Ananda, a five-star destination spa, burrowed in the…

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BALI Wellness Retreat

By Terena Thyne Eisner | Jan 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Set on the ancient Ayung River surrounded by terraced rice fields, the newly redone Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan offers the ultimate rejuvenation retreat with three days of yoga, meditation, and spa treatments.

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Revealing Nature in Izu, JAPAN

By Kristina Foster | Jan 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

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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Unplugged in Ubud, BALI

By Kristina Foster | Jan 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

The verdant rice fields, temples and spiritual village life of Ubud, Bali offers a back-to-nature family break away from tech driven tantrums.

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Fusing Old and New in CHINA

By Michael Webb | Aug 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

In China, historic landmarks alternate with a few spectacular new buildings by top Western architects, which mark a sharp break with the past. On one side is the Forbidden City and the gardens of Suzhou, with their still ponds and moon gates; on the other are towers that twist and swoop as though they were…

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Putting on the RAJ

By Jane Adams | Apr 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Rajasthani desert flat lands of the ancient Hindu Rajput warriors were once defended by imposing strategic forts that still loom from the surrounding plains where subsistence farming families toil in defiant bright saris and turbans. This vast region of contrasts stretches from Jaipur to Jodhpur to Udaipur (and beyond to Jaisalmer), a triangle (or…

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OMAN- Not a Thousand and One Nights

By Jane Adams | Mar 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lawrence of Arabia would be delighted if he flipped through this year’s travel magazines that all seem to point to the Arabian Peninsula’s politically neutral sultanate of Oman. It’s one of 2019’s hot destinations and Jane Adams has journeyed from its azure Arabian Sea coast through red desert sands to jagged mountain peaks. No camels…

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JAIPUR or Bust!

By Jane Adams | Feb 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Review your bucket list. Does it include Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan? This is one list entry considered mandatory by Jane Adams, a recent delegate at the world’s largest writers’ festival held every year in the ‘Pink City’of the Rajputs. It was the sci-fi writer Stephen King who wrote, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” The…

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TOKYO Translated

By Jane Adams | Dec 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

The world’s most populous metropolis that sprawls across 23 city wards, islands and other towns and villages, boasting 9.26 million citizens can seem daunting but only from the outside. Gently peel off its layers, and every day will deliver the unexpected, treasured moments and memories, from shochu shared with sumo wrestlers to retired military-uniformed soldiers…

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Sybaritic SRI LANKA

By Michael Webb | Dec 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Michael Webb enjoys the more luxurious side of the cities of Sri Lanka.  My first visit to Sri Lanka, many years ago, was a frugal adventure, bumping around in crowded buses from one ancient site to another, exploring the historic city of Kandy, and staying in a vintage guest house in the hill country of…

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