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Asia: Travel Tales

Asia: Travel Tales
Fascinating, exotic, vibrant and exciting… Asia! It is a land of soaring mountains, sheer valleys, sun-drenched beaches and mist-shrouded jungles. Asia is a stunningly beautiful land where past, present and future blend harmoniously together. We traveled throughout Asia from March 10-May 20, 2010, touring ancient ruins, dazzling temples, untamed wilderness and ultra-modern skyscrapers. Below... 
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Tokyo: Exploring Edo

Tokyo: Exploring Edo
Tokyo is a city of historical contrast.  The verdant  forests of  Yoyiogi surrounding the Meiji Shrine and the ruins of Edo Castle’s bold walls lay immortal beneath the skyscrapers and neon lights of an economic global heavyweight.  And Tokyo is more than just a single city: it comprises numerous villages and towns, each with its distinct character.  We were fortunate to have family—Lou’s... 
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Tokyo’s Tsukiji: Sashimi Shangri-La

Tokyo’s Tsukiji: Sashimi Shangri-La
Sushi lovers in the hunt for the essential experience would do well to visit to Tsujiki market, a real-world sashimi Shangri-la. Tsukiji Market in Tokyo is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. Licensed wholesale dealers (approximately 900 of them) operate small stalls overflowing with fish as fresh as can be. Tsukiji handles over 2000 metric tons of seafood per day, and business... 

Kyoto: Geishas and Temples in Japan’s Imperial City

Kyoto: Geishas and Temples in Japan’s Imperial City
Great historical cities frequently preserve residues of a culture past that are subtly and slowly absorbed into their modern architecture, art and life. Kyoto has no need to preserve a fabled past, for its history and culture are presently alive and extraordinarily ubiquitous in their present glory. Beyond the nondescript high-rises around Kyoto Station lays the Japan of of epic tales. Geishas glide... 
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Gion Hararyokaku: Historic Kyoto Shichimi Spice Shop

Gion Hararyokaku: Historic Kyoto Shichimi Spice Shop
Gion Hararyokaku is a shinise (historic store or restaurant) is located in Gion (a ward of Kyoto, Japan), just down the street from the gate of Yasaka Shrine on (the north side of Shijo where it crosses Hanami Koji Street). This highly regarded shinise is well-known for its high quality traditional Japanese spices such as shichimi, sansho and ichimi. We were introduced to Gion Hararyokaku, kuro shichimi... 
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Beijing: Forbidden Cities, Great Walls and Skewered Sea Horses

Beijing: Forbidden Cities, Great Walls and Skewered Sea Horses
The Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall With a history of more than 3,000 years, and being the capital for about 850 years, Beijing is an integral part of China infused with history. One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, it was the seat of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors until the formation of a republic in 1911. Today, Beijing is the political, educational and cultural... 
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Climbing the Great Wall: Badaling Bada Boom

Climbing the Great Wall: Badaling Bada Boom
Of all their many enduring and  archetypal  rites of passage, none is more important or regarded than the Chinese belief in ”bú dà Chángchéng fĕi hăo hàn” — which means, essentially, you are not a real man until you have climbed the Great Wall.  We’re not sure about all the technicalities; specifically, whether any credit is bestowed for being carried up it by... 
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Xi’an: The Eternal City

Xi'an: The Eternal City
The Terracotta Warriors are a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Shi Huangdi, the First Emperor of China. Xi’an, the eternal city, records the great changes of the Chinese nation just like a living history book. Called Chang’an in ancient times, Xi’an is one of the birthplaces of the ancient civilization in the Yellow River Basin area of the country. During Xian’s... 
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Hangzhuo: Touring the Ten Scenes

Hangzhuo: Touring the Ten Scenes
Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The city was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 until the Mongol invasion of 1276. During that time the city’s population is estimated to have been as high as one million, making it the then largest city in the world. Marco Polo claimed to have passed through, calling... 
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Shanghai: Scott Plays Exceptional Host

Shanghai: Scott Plays Exceptional Host
Standing on the promenade of the Bund, a once-chaotic river wharf at the very center of this city, you can’t help but think that if the name of the game is erecting the most impressive skyline, then the game in Shanghai has been won.   The horizon towers for 360 degrees. Neon streaks in blue, red, orange, and green punctuate new Pudong. We visited Shanghai on April 27-May 5, 2010.  Our close... 
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