Sightseeing

Exploring Pienza Italy; Restaurants and Sightseeing

October 5, 2017
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The first four days of our trip were spent in Tuscany, where we stayed in the tiny hilltop town of Pienza. Our hotel, La Bandita Townhouse, was right in the center of things and we loved every minute there. It gave us plenty of time to explore the village, where many tourists visit on day trips, […]

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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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Hong Kong’s Lantau Island Tai O Fishing Village

November 14, 2016
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From the Tian Tan Buddha and the monastery, we took bus #21 to Tai O fishing village for about 6 HK$. The ride took about 40 minutes. We explored the narrow alleyways for about an hour or so. Unlike the monastery, there were a lot of cats here. And a lot of dried fish. Perhaps […]

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Hong Kong’s Lantau Island; The Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

October 28, 2016
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Early on a Monday morning we found ourselves on the MTR Pink line to the Orange line out to end out to Lantau Island. Outside the MTR station is a French inspired pastry shop called Saint Honore. GO THERE. Two pastries, fresh and hot from oven, one with peaches, one with sweetened cheese for all of 17 […]

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Hong Kong’s Central District; Star Ferry, Dim Sum and Markets

October 9, 2016
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On our first full day in Hong Kong, unsurprisingly, I woke up at 3am. Thank you jet lag. The first stop of the day was to buy Hong Kong transportation cards called Octopus Cards; 150 HK$ for me, and 70 HK$ for mom (senior rate).  Built into those costs is a 50 HK$ deposit which we got […]

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