Ronghui Hotsprings in Chongqing, China

Hot Pot and Hotsprings – 24 Hours in Chongqing, China

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VII: Hot Pot and Hotsprings – 24 Hours in Chongqing, China   Chongqing is a huge city. Many in China claim it is the world’s largest city. If you count all of the rural areas inside the government’s administrative boundaries, they are right. The administrative area of Chongqing has an estimated population of just over 30 million.  The urban area of Chongqing, however,[…]

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Hein Nhon Gate in Ancient Hue, Vietnam

Vietnam: Three Things I Loved about Hue

Three Things I Loved About Hue (that have nothing to do with history) In addition to the architectural remnants of the city’s rich (and tragic) history Hue has a fun and casual vibe and some of the best food in Vietnam. When you visit Hue, take a trip on the Perfume River, explore the Dong Ba Market, try to catch some traditional Vietnamese music, and don’t forget to try all of the food. Here are[…]

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The Hiển Nhơn Gate in Ancient Hue, Vietnam

Vietnam: Impressions of Hue

Hue Impressions of a City in Four Moments   I. Like Water Over the Bridge I don’t mind the rain. It isn’t cold, and the light drops lightly kiss my hair and forehead. When I lived just outside of Seattle, we called this kind of rain “winter’s sacrament.” My traveling companions aren’t so charitable to the Hue’s drizzle. bundled up in heavy jackets and wielding umbrellas they rush along the narrow sidewalk, eager to get[…]

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From Hoi An to Hue by Motorbike

Vietnam: Hoi An to Hue by Motorbike

Hoi An to Hue by Motorbike   “You pay for entrance fee, Marble Mountain. You pay lunch.” The woman behind the desk at Mr. Hoa’s Easy Riders office clarified again as we made the booking. Clarification is good. There fewer surprises – especially in Vietnam where “surprises” is travelers’ code for “you pay more now, OK?”. There are several “Easy Rider” companies in Hoi An. As with most tourism in Vietnam, when a concept gains[…]

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Photogallery: Macau in Pictures

Macau in Pictures The history of Macau is the history of China’s relationship with Europe. Portuguese merchants first arrived in Macau in the 16th century and the city has been a meeting place for European and Chinese Culture ever since. The oldest parts of the city are dotted with both churches and temples, with European architecture and with Chinese. Even the food in Macau shows an affinity for both European and Chinese Tastes. Today, Macau[…]

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La Patisserie in Shekou, China

La Patisserie, Shekou

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Sunday, 29 November, 2015 La Patisserie (Gongye 2nd Road and Taizi, Shekou) La Patisserie   It was the large, Lavazza sign on the fence just outside an otherwise very ordinary looking apartment block that first caught my eye.  Lavazza coffee is not always easy to find here, and seeing a shop advertise my favorite of the Italian coffee brands is a great way to get me in the door. So when I[…]

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Eno, Durango

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Durango) Thursday, 6 August 2015 Eno (723 E 2nd Ave – map)   Eno “Any segment of land – the moon, for example – can be interesting of itself, but its greater significance must always lie in the life it sustains.” – Centennial: A Novel by James a Michener   Eno {Wines, Coffee, Tapas} is a little little wine and coffee bar on 2nd ave, just one block from the heart of[…]

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