Maximizing Luxury Travel


There are thousands of uber-ornate doors in China. Here I focus on doors with people. Because after all, isn’t that what doors are for – to enter.

I love the way these photo challenges make me look at my photos differently. This one was taken at a market in Fengdu, China a few years ago.

Hong Kong. It’s bustling and surprisingly clean for a city this size. Well-dressed business people walk rapidly along the elevated sidewalks through the transit stations and ride the Central Pedestrian Escalator – right along with nannies pushing red-haired babies, students and tourists of all ages. It’s about 7 minutes (and $2.50 HKD) to take the Star Ferry between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. In the past, we’d seen the iconic sites of… Read More

We have very quickly abandoned our plans for going to Macau tonight and have decided, instead, to relax and enjoy the beautiful Peninsula Hotel. The need for rest is paramount, particularly for the one who never sleeps on the plane (and that would not be me, who can, unfortunately, sleep in any moving vehicle). It was a smart move to have the hotel pick us up. I knew that would mean a… Read More

We left China a week ago for a brief visit to NYC before returning home. It’s been time enough to recover from some jet lag and a bit of a cold that hit the last day of the trip. And time for a little reflection about our incredible experience. China is an amazing country – it’s huge, with so many people, and there are so many contrasts it’s hard to reconcile them… Read More

We are closing in on the end of our fabulous trip.  Today we beat the rain one last time as we headed for the top of Victoria Peak – it was a very cloudy view of the Harbour, but beautiful nonetheless. We saw the many monuments to success that drive the thriving Hong Kong financial community located on Hong Kong Island, as well as a few other famous streets and landmarks. Port… Read More

Victoria Harbour skyline view of Hong Kong Island, just before the 8PM light show.

I forgot to mention we finally had rain last night.  But our bartender at the hotel had given his word it would not rain during the day – and fortunately his forecast was right-on.  It stayed cloudy, but warmed up a bit and it was a great day for continuing our sightseeing in Shanghai. Earlier in the trip, I talked about the smells of Beijing, but there is also a fairly pervasive,… Read More

Shanghai is an absolutely beautiful city, but sometimes it seems almost too perfect.  I have a feeling in the back of my mind this is some sort of utopian Sci-Fi city, a movie set, Disneyesque – or even the fictional “Capital” of the country of Panem in The Hunger Games. Basically, it’s a city that has been built from the ground up in the last 20 years.  So everything is new, and… Read More

We began this day with a 1 AM call from our daughter back in NYC – telling us there had been an earthquake in Chengdu.  We are a few hours away from there and thankfully have not been impacted by this deadly quake.  Chengdu is where the famous Chinese Panda Preserve is located, and a popular spot to visit.  News reports indicate the Pandas are OK; it was only about five years… Read More

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