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Book Review: A Tourist Free Coast

When winter rolls in, the pace of the coast slows as the summer tourists leave the beaches, the ice chokes the harbors, and the towns are left for those who enjoy the solitude. Matthew Stone reviews Off Season, a travel book by Ken McAlpine. Continue reading

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The nonsense of divorce-cation

Divorce-cations, mancations, and other new words from the world of travel. Continue reading

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Weekly Travel Quote

Perhaps it was the solitude, perhaps it was the views from my windows or the sound of the surf, but I slept for long hours every night and woke to wonder at the dazzling perfection of this quiet world. Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Shanghai

Apartments ready to be torn down for development in Shanghai. Continue reading

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Book Review: China Before Steroids

A book review of Colin Thubron’s Behind the Wall, a traveler’s journey through mid-1980’s China (before Shanghai looked like Chicago on steroids). Continue reading

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Dyslexic Shanghai: A Pnik Experience

When PINK becomes PNIK, you know you’re in China. Continue reading

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Weekly Travel Quote

Place is memory. All our lives tell us so. Why is it we remember forever not what we were wearing or doing or feeling, but where we were at the most crucial moments? There is a wider sense of place–planted in our memories by people we have never known or met. Continue reading

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Journey of a Hotel Pen

Recounting the journey of a hotel pen. Continue reading

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Weekly Travel Quote

“Water cities have a way of seducing us,though it’s always difficult to know why, and explanations vary with each city.” Continue reading

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Checklist for China Visitors

Here is a checklist that every visitor must see on travels to China.  It has nothing to do with the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, or the Terra Cotta Warriors at Xi’an.  Here is the true list of things not to miss … Continue reading

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