Asia

It’s the world’s largest continent, covering 30% of the Earth’s land area.  It will take me a while to visit the stunning historical sites, taste totally foreign dishes, and meet the local people.  But I’ve made a start…

Shanghai China 12 Reasons Shanghai Became My Favorite City - “You’d better hurry!” said the concierge. We’d just returned to our hotel after a day of sightseeing in Shanghai. We wanted to see the Bund at night, but had just been informed that the lights go out at 10:00 pm. Prompt. With a mere 15 minutes before lights-out, we took a right turn out of […]
Beijing Heading to Beijing? Don’t Miss These 12 Experiences! - Beijing is China’s colossal capital, with a rich and fascinating history dating back 3,000 years. It’s a location with architectural marvels from the ancient dynastic palaces to stunningly unique modern skyscrapers. It’s arguably China’s cultural center, offering a glimpse into the old hutong warrens of the past to the hustling mega metropolis of the inner […]
Viking River Cruise China 20 Reasons to See China with Viking River Cruises - “Aaarrrggghhhh,” I screamed when I felt something crawling on my head. “What is it?” “It’s a giant grasshopper,” said Alison. “Wait a minute, hold still. I want to get a picture.” “Get it off! Now!” I bellowed “No, leave it. It’s good luck,” she insisted. China is full of surprises, from superstitions to fascinating food […]
great wall of china When In China, Take a Left at the Great Wall - Ask a random sampling of people about their bucket list destinations, and virtually all of them will mention the Great Wall of China, probably near or at the top. “He Who Has Never Been to the Great Wall Is Not a True Man” I’m no exception. My two week trip to China was prompted by […]
china 9 Cities in China Tugging at Your Wanderlust - China. Just utter the word at a party and you’ll get an avalanche of responses, each one differing according to that person’s perspective. But there is one common thread…it’s one of the most intriguing places on the planet. Claiming 5,000 years of history and culture, the discoveries of tea, silk, papermaking, printing, the compass, and […]
loveland korea Loveland, Korea: #1 Most Bizarre Park in the World - I already knew South Korea was quirky. After all, how many countries have not one, but two “toilet” museums dedicated to the human digestive and elimination system? Was I prepared for our adventure in Loveland on Jeju Island? Probably not. Jeju is South Korea’s largest island, just off the southwest tip of the mainland. It […]
12 Things to Do in Bali 12 Things to Do in Bali. The Last One is Unbelievable - It’s on everyone’s bucket list.  Everyone.  And for good reason.  Just whisper the seductive word “Bali” at a party and witness the dreamy, faraway look in the hearer’s eyes.  Bali is more than just a destination.  It’s the epitome of an exotic paradise. An Indonesian island known for lush terraced rice paddies, lively beaches, and […]
7 Luwak_patti-morrow Would You Dare Try Bali Jungle Cat Poop Coffee? - The #1 most expensive coffee in the world is made from the #2 of a jungle cat. Kopi Luwak, aka Bali jungle cat poop coffee, is produced mainly on the islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. Agrowisata Abian Kusuma Sari, a coffee plantation in the Tampaksiring region of Bali is one such plantation and the location […]
1 Ceningan_patti-morrow_luggageandlipstick.com Survival Guide to Bali’s Sensational Sister Islands - Bali is well-known to have some of the most beautiful beaches and snorkeling locations in the world. What is less known is that some of the best spots are not on the mainland, but just a short boat trip away, on and around Bali’s three exotic sister islands – Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa […]
geisha kyoto japan My Day as a Geisha in Kyoto, Japan - “No giggling allowed!” I said to Rebecca and Marie, head turned away to hide my own smirk. “We need the right attitude to pull this off.” Shuffling our feet an inch at a time, we painstakingly made our way towards the shrine looming at the end of the cobblestone street, less than a quarter of […]