I hope you know the lengths I go to sometimes to get ...
The main thing I love about Context Travel tours is that they ...
It’s hard to get perspective on the Three Gorges Dam itself without ...
The light was sort of dull right after dawn on the Yangtse, ...
So I went up on the rooftop of the Shangri-La Hotel in ...
I hope you know the lengths I go to sometimes to get the best photo possible. Like this one. I’d been to the Peristyle area of Diocletian’s Palace three times in our two days here in Split. I went both evening and day, trying to get the right shot. But there were always people, or […]
The main thing I love about Context Travel tours is that they often take us to places we’d never get to on our own, and when we do get there, show us stuff we often didn’t even know existed. Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in Rome. We’ve visited here at least […]
If you just pass through Beijing for a couple days to visit the major tourist sites, you might miss a fascinating story unfolding in this city, the story of transformation and change. The old neighborhoods and alleyways, called hutongs, display the city’s deep history, expose pieces of the evolving communities, and reveal Beijing’s quick run […]
It’s hard to get perspective on the Three Gorges Dam itself without taking a helicopter ride. We saw photos from such vantage points and they were spectacular. But on this overcast day, our only option was to take some escalators up the mountain above and look down on the side of the dam which features […]
The light was sort of dull right after dawn on the Yangtse, but the sun got high enough and peeked out from behind a cloud just long enough to sidelight the gorge walls and throw a nice halo on the water as we sailed into the eastern morning. Thanks to Viking River Cruises for waking […]
So I went up on the rooftop of the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, hoping to get a nice shot of the Potala Palace at sunset. I was sitting on a couch in the lounge when a friend said, “Have you seen the rainbow?” I couldn’t see it from where I was sitting, so it was […]
I realize now that trekking the ‘W’ in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park was something I should have been better prepared for. So when I heard recently that World Expeditions was looking for #BestMountainTrek stories and personal experiences in Patagonia, these memories of our haphazard planning and some of the surprises we encountered came […]
I was prepared not to like the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian. Despite the fact that everyone has already seen images of the thousands of clay figures, I was more than slightly skeptical as to whether seeing them would be worth the effort it takes to get to Xian from Beijing. We got up very […]
Taipei, I hardly knew ya. We traveled to Taipei for one week–sandwiched between Hong Kong and Seoul–and the challenge was to take it easy so I could recover from a knee injury, but still visit the top sites and get to know a corner of the city. The taking it easy part was the hardest. […]
One of the coolest things about this pavilion in the Temple of Heaven complex, other than the spectacular painting of course, was the fact that these galleries wound around the park in various directions, and every 10 meters or so, there was a group of old men or old women just chatting away. Of course, […]