Asia

A video by Jules & Effin Older     Jules Older: PhD, psychologist, medical educator, writer, editor, app creator, videographer, ePublisher. Big awards, big adventures, big fun. His ebook on hilarious travel disasters is DEATH BY TARTAR SAUCE: A Travel Writer Encounters Gargantuan Gators, Irksome Offspring, Murderous Mayonnaise & True

By Steve Jermanok Bangkok is a sprawling, congested city and even when you arrive at the major sights like the Royal Palace and Wat Arun, they tend to be overcrowded. That’s why you need to take it slow, not place too many items on your itinerary, and stay at a

By Gary Walther Day 1: Monday, March 25, Sydney It’s been overcast and intermittently rainy, perfect weather for holing up on the Europa 2 and recovering from the very long flight: New York-Munich-Doha-Sydney. At one point I had to look at my watch to know what day it was. My

By Monique Burns Great capitals go in and out of fashion.  Take Nanjing.   For decades, the city has been eclipsed by Beijing,  China’s political capital, 600 miles north.   Shanghai, China’s ultramodern business capital, 200 miles east, has stolen the spotlight, too, with 21st-century skyscrapers and 19th-century European landmarks along its

By Monique Burns   With super–tall skyscrapers and a booming economy, Shanghai is Asia’s answer to the 23rd century. But China’s high–tech showcase hasn’t forgotten its roots.  Take Yuyuan Garden with pavilions and plantings based on centuries–old landscape designs. Or the riverside Bund with elegant buildings from the 1920s and 1930s

By Ruth J. Katz I knew it would be a special birthday celebration: I (along with Jack Benny, in spirit) was celebrating yet another anniversary of my 39th natal day and I would be spending it in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with colleagues (they, corporeal). Angkor Wat (“Capital Temple”), long a

By Monique Burns Part 3: Holland America Asia Cruise We’ve sailed seven days aboard Holland America’s ms Volendam, and with another seven to go, my fellow passengers and I are halfway through our 14-day cruise to China, South Korea and Japan.  We’ve crossed Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour aboard a traditional

By Monique Burns Part 2:  Cruising Asia with Holland America En route to Shanghai, on our 14-day Holland America cruise through China, South Korea and Japan, we  leave the great Chinese port of Hong Kong and spend the next two days sailing northeast through the South China Sea and the

By Monique Burns              Part 1: Aboard the Good Ship Volendam Cruising Asia’s sun-dappled seas and moonlit straits on a 14-day journey aboard Holland America, my fellow passengers and I explore the great cities of China, South Korea and Japan.  In Hong Kong, we view Victoria Harbour’s modern skyline from

Story & photos by Cathie Arquilla My son asked, “So, how was India?” I knew I had about two minutes to describe my trip, he was wolfing down Cheerios, about to be late for school.  “It was a hot mess,” I said. Explaining further, it’s super busy and chaotic.  Everyone