Exploring Tuscany; Podere Il Casale Organic Farm

October 14, 2017
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Right outside Pienza is a working farm with a small restaurant called Podere Il Casale. This place puts all others claiming “farm-to-table” to shame and is what true “farm-to-table” is all about. The farm raises goats and sheep for milk and makes their own cheese (several kinds). They raise bees for honey and grapes for wine. […]

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Old City Shanghai

July 15, 2017
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In among all the skyscrapers and apartment buildings, a tiny part of “Old Shanghai” remains. In it there are remnants of the old city wall dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1553) as well as pavilions, temples, and markets. On one of our days in Shanghai, we had the opportunity to explore a small part […]

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People’s Square, the Marriage Market, and Museums in Shanghai

July 3, 2017
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Our hotel, the Le Royal Meridian Shanghai, overlooked the Shanghai People’s square, a large area containing several museums, a theater, a major metro hub and a huge park. We found ourselves walking through or around it several times a day. Every Saturday and Sunday the park hosts a Marriage Market. This is where parents come to […]

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Walking the French Concession in Shanghai

June 19, 2017
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  During our days in Shanghai, we visited the neighborhood known as the French Concession twice. It’s a lovely neighborhood which has a few streets that still retain some of the “old Shanghai” charm which is rapidly being replaced with high rises and highways. Oddly enough, the area was never really populated by the French, but […]

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Qibao Water Town, Near Shanghai

April 1, 2017
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Question: What’s the Disney version of a Chinese water town? Answer: Qibao We’d wanted to do a day trip from Shanghai, either to one of the Duplitecture towns (towns created to look like Paris, or Venice, or Holland, down to the buildings, canals and faux Eiffel tower) or to one of the nearby “quaint water […]

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Tips For Planning a Trip to Paris

February 27, 2017
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In the last year, at least half a dozen people we know have gone to Paris and asked me for advice before their trip. Our last trip to Paris was for a full week in March of 2016, and while I have not written about that here yet (coming soon), we’ve been to Paris many […]

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Shanghai Food

February 9, 2017
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We were in Shanghai for four days and we ate very, very well. From crazy cheap and delicious street food to fancy-dancy cocktails and food with a view. It was all good. This city knows how to get its grub on. Below is a selection of just some of what we consumed in our time […]

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Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

January 2, 2017
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After our overnight train from Hong Kong, we arrived at the Shaghai main train station and took the metro the the closest stop to our hotel, the Le Meridien Shanghai. We were to spend four nights in this hotel, with mother and I spending SPG points to each cover two nights. The first impression was […]

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