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Explore India: Guide to the Chaos of Old Delhi Tourist Places

“You can’t just stop in the middle of the street!” he said as he gently tugged me out of the path of the rapidly approaching chaos, i.e. every mode of transportation imaginable, all converging where I was standing. Taking on the traffic in Old Delhi is not for the faint of heart.  And by “taking […]

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Turning Japanese: How I Became a Geisha of Gion

“Stop laughing. You need the right attitude if you want to look like a geisha of Gion!” I said to Rebecca and Marie, head turned away to hide my own smirk.  We shuffled our way towards the shrine looming at the end of the cobblestone street, less than a quarter of a mile away.  The […]

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Timings: India’s Most Luxurious Love Letter

I passed through the elaborate gate at the main entrance – a beautiful construction unto itself – and gasped as I looked through the rounded frame.  There it was… the elaborate, dazzling white marble castle-like structure that inspires so many dreams. The Taj Mahal. Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the purpose […]

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tourist places in west india

Here’s How to Visit Tourist Places in West India

Traveling in India can be daunting for even the savviest travelers.  Infrastructure is lacking, there are hordes of people to contend with, putrid-smelling trash everywhere, sanitary issues with food and water, and the traffic is pure bedlam beyond anything I’ve ever seen, anywhere in the world. You’re probably thinking, “why would I want to go […]

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South Korea

Korea Itinerary: 5 Best Places to Visit in South Korea.

South Korea, most known for sharing a heavily militarized border with its testy neighbor North Korea, is a land of diverse beauty and culture.  From a cosmopolitan capital to flowering green countryside, to ancient Buddhist shrines and 5000-year history, to tropical island paradise, festivals and unique cuisine, this Korea itinerary offers travelers a wide range […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Dubai Now. No. 7 Will Surprise You.

One of my first adventures of 2018 will be Dubai.  Half a world away, there are so many reasons why this fascinating city is magnetically drawing me in. Once considered just a stopover connecting the continents, Dubai is now a destination unto itself.  The contrasts are extreme.  In the same day, you can have fun […]

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Street Food: Don’t Leave China Without Eating This One Thing

“Don’t go to street markets!” warned our Chinese guide from Viking River Cruises. “Dangerous. You get sick.” I get it. Nobody wants tourists to have a bad experience. Viking, in particular, caters to an older, affluent crowd who prefer fine dining and luxury experiences. Enter me, a well-traveled adventure junkie who isn’t good at following […]

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China Cruise: The Three Gorges with Viking River Cruises

China can be a logistical challenge for foreigners, including getting a China visa for American citizens. The country’s recent tourism boom has put this country on many bucket lists, but maneuvering by plane or train is still difficult due to the language barrier and cultural differences. Touring by boat, however, is a different story. Viking […]

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Videos of China Landmarks and Street Markets

China Landmarks and Highlights China landmarks, 5,000 years of history and culture, the discoveries of tea, silk, papermaking, printing, the compass, and gunpowder, Confucianism, through dynastic rule, and on to Communism, Chinese culture has made an impact on the world. The last few decades have seen not just an increase in tourism abroad, but with […]

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Food Markets in Jinzhou China: A Peek Behind the Curtain with an Insider

Danny Tang, 48 years old, has been the Chef de Cuisine for Viking River Cruises’ Imperial Jewels of China tour for 10 years. It’s a plum job. China’s flourishing inbound tourism has led it to becoming the world’s second largest travel and tourism economy. The Asian country has sustained its international fascination, particularly in America, […]

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