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Postcard from Okunoin Cemetery

A walk through a cemetery is a history lesson, especially in Japan. Feudal lords are interred next to executives, business moguls next to working class citizens.

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Postcard from Manila

Manila, Philippines

  This week I’m in Manila, in the Philippine Islands This is a new country for me to visit, and while I’ve been busy with meetings, site reviews, and only a little bit of touring, I’ve discovered there is plenty to see and do. The food has been amazing, too.

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Merry Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light

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Postcard from the Oasis of the Seas

This week I’m sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. It is a behemoth of a ship, with a capacity of 6,000 passengers and 3,000 crew members. To avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed, the ship is divided into neighborhoods – my favorites are Central Park and the Boardwalk. There are also plenty of […]

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Postcard from Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk

Located adjacent to the entrance to Universal Orlando Resort, Universal CityWalk is a three block dining, shopping, and entertainment district. It’s easily accessible by water taxi from Universal’s on property hotels and resorts. I ate at Vivo (Italian) and Antijito (Mexican), both delicious, and very different in atmosphere. You can pick up souvenirs at the […]

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Postcard from Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is the first stop for many visitors to Hawaii. Some of the sights attracting visitors include:  Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, Waikiki Beach (and many other beaches). This is the view from my hotel balcony (Ala Moana Hotel) yesterday morning. Paradise!

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Postcard from Lake Apopka

Blue Heron at Lake Apopka

Located about 15 miles northwest of Orlando, Lake Apopka’s waterways and wetlands have been reclaimed and are being restored as an eco-preserve. An 11-mile wildlife drive, open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, dawn to dusk, gives visitors a chance to see some of the wildlife living here. On my visit I saw alligators and […]

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Waking up on Kauai

I woke up on Kauai this morning. Very early, before the sun came up. It’s one of my favorite times to sit on my deck and look out at the ocean. It’s quiet and peaceful. The sun slowly slips out from behind the clouds, leaving me to wonder about what the day will be like […]

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Postcard from Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg

Heidelberg was the first stop on the Viking River Cruise. The town deserves its label of romantic and picturesque, and is well known for Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg University and its baroque-style Old Town.

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Postcard from Nintendo World, NYC

Located by Rockefeller Center, the Nintendo World Store is the only store of its kind, offering games and merchandise that are otherwise only available through online purchases. With two floors of interactive games, it’s an assault to the senses – like being a kid in a candy shop.

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Celebrate World Wildlife Day

Today, March 3rd, is UN World Wildlife Day. The UN General Assembly made this proclamation four years ago as a […]

Sail off on a Viking Homelands Cruise

I know that lots of you still haven’t made your big vacation plans for the year. Last year I took […]

A Complicated Update of My World Map

On my most recent trip to China, I also visited Macao and Hong Kong. Politically, both of these destinations are […]

Travel for Library Lovers

If you’re a lover of books and literature, you probably already visit libraries when you travel. Whether it’s stopping off […]