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A Quiet Refuge in Vancouver’s Chinatown

In the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown lies a peaceful garden reflecting characteristics found during the Ming Dynasty. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a tranquil retreat in the core of a downtown commercial district. For an admission price … Continue reading

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A Taste of Autumn in Boston’s Public Garden and Gibson House Museum

  It was my first New England fall, something I have wanted to experience for years, to see the vibrant, rich colors of a New England autumn. Living in Houston, we have a few cold days but the trees are … Continue reading

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A Tasty Touch of Elegance in Copenhagen

Eating out in Denmark (and Scandinavia in general) is expensive and when I am traveling, I like to eat where the locals eat. As a rule, Copenhagen can be pricey but a local food market, Torvehallerne KBH, is a find. … Continue reading

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The Buck Stops in Independence, Missouri

The town of Independence, Missouri immediately conjures images of former President Harry S. Truman. On a quiet, residential street, visitors can experience the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site including a visit to the Truman home. Harry Truman was an … Continue reading

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Mingling with Musk Ox in Palmer, Alaska

I happen to be in Alaska fairly regularly for my job and was lucky enough to visit this year in the summer. For visitors to the Anchorage area, a special experience with wildlife up close is a trip to the … Continue reading

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Roadside Art in North Dakota

I wasn’t expecting this. Near Exit 72 on Interstate 94 near Dickinson, North Dakota, drivers will see metal signs asking visitors to “Hop, Hop, Hop to the Enchanted Highway”. Starting with a sculpture, “Geese in Flight” on the interstate, visitors … Continue reading

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A Secret Garden in Chicago

Chicago’s Millennium Park is a huge draw for tourists. With sights like the public sculpture Cloud Gate, (affectionately known as “The Bean”), free classical concerts in the summer at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and a view of Chicago’s magnificent skyline, … Continue reading

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A Church in Suomenlinna, Finland

Fifteen minutes by ferry from Helsinki’s Market Square and a world away lies the sea fortress of Suomenlinna. The islands comprising this fortress are home to roughly 850 residents who mingle with the daily tourists arriving from Helsinki. Suomenlinna is … Continue reading

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In Prison in Helsinki, Finland

No, it’s not what you are thinking. I usually do not write about hotels in this blog but sometimes a hotel, itself, is a special tourist attraction worth a post. In Helsinki, in the shadows of the Uspenski Cathedral, the … Continue reading

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Hidden Cakes Near London’s British Museum

It’s no secret that I love sweets and I am always looking for bakeries and dessert shops when I travel. In London, just around the corner from the British Museum, is a small cake shop filled with delicacies. Located through … Continue reading

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