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top things to do in bali

Why all the buzz? The top things to do in Bali are as special as ever

By Janice and George

Beaches and surfing? Check. Luxury spas? You bet. Art, meditation, dance and colorful festivals? Absolutely! (Cheeky monkeys too!) The top things to do in Bali are as special as ever.

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national museum of anthropology

The grand-daddy of Mexico City museums? National Museum of Anthropology

By Janice and George

The grand-daddy of Mexico City’s 150+ museums? The National Museum of Anthropology. Visit the Teotihuacan, Maya and Aztec exhibits – don’t miss the 24-ton Aztec Calendar or “Sun Stone”!

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photos of San Francisco

Travel photos of San Francisco neighborhoods

By Janice and George

Already visited crooked Lombard Street, Chinatown and hoity-toity Nob Hill in San Francisco? Why not climb the Filbert Street steps, past pretty Victorian houses, to Coit Tower, then stop for coffee in North Beach?

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

A tropical Eden: Visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens and orchids

By Janice and George

Green thumb or not, you’ll love visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens! See Swan Lake, over 60,000 beautiful orchids and strange carnivorous plants. Bonus: no more crocodiles today.

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Bonn

See Beethoven’s house – and other things to do in Bonn, Germany

By Janice and George

Beethoven was born in charming Bonn, Germany. You can visit his old house (see his pianos). But there are more things to do in Bonn too, like taking a short river cruise to Drachenberg Castle.

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Stanley Theatre in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Stanley Theatre is a lovely grand dame!

By Janice and George

Dear Stanley Theatre, we want to tell you what a classy lady you are. A picture house in 1930, you fell on hard times. But now you’ve had a facelift and are a beloved live performing venue.

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dresden attractions

Dresden Attractions: All that glitters might be green

By Janice and George

Gilded goblets, bejeweled swords and the world’s most exquisite green diamond (a whopping 41 carats). There’s serious bling to be eyeballed in the Green Vault!

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Shwesandaw Pagoda

Snapshot Story #16: Myanmar’s Shwesandaw Pagoda is bigger than the Shwedagon!

By Janice and George

The glittering gold Shwesandaw Pagoda in Pyay, Myanmar, is even bigger than Yangon’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda. It’s less touristy too.

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pinang peranakan mansion

You’ll love the serious bling at the Pinang Peranakan Mansion

By Janice and George

The jade-green color popped, catching our eye. We just had to take a closer peek. It looked like a museum – an interesting one. Maybe it would be air-conditioned inside?

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malacca trishaw

Hitting Malacca’s points of interest in a psychedelic trishaw

By Janice and George

We’re rockin’-and-rollin’ in a psychedelic trishaw in Malacca, Malaysia. Ruby red, it sports plastic roses and waving pink feathers. (Subliminal message – “Hire me!”)

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Yangon travel tips

21 quirky and useful things to know about Yangon, Myanmar

By Janice and George

Some cities create lasting impressions. Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar struck us big time. It’s bustling with people. Streets are clogged with traffic. And oh the roses!

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VanDusen Botanical Garden - spring rhododendrons

Getting our spring flower fix at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden

By Janice and George

Visiting VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, we learned about widow-maker trees that sprout 2.5 kilo pine cones and stuck our noses inside carnivore pitcher plants.

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Turkish hammams in Istanbul - Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Ahhh… These Turkish hammams in Istanbul cleanse both body and soul

By Janice and George

Steam, scrub, soap suds and a silky massage. Ahhhh… Few bathing rituals are as decadent as a Turkish hammam experience.

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colonial cities of Mexico guide

Colonial Cities of Mexico Guide: A luxury travel resource

By Janice and George

See Mexico’s colonial cities in style! Discover fine museums, magical rooftop bars and luxury inns in our colonial cities of Mexico guide.

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