Shanghai Part II: Quirky Boats, Quaint Gardens & A Quest for Pearl Earrings

Shanghai Part II: Quirky Boats, Quaint Gardens & A Quest for Pearl Earrings

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in China | No Comments

They appeared like little spaceships from the future, floating along the Huangpu River, lighting the night sky. We watched in wonder and puzzlement from our table in the Crystal Symphony Dining Room. Was there a holiday we didn’t know about, or were these decked-out vessels a routine sighting on a Friday night in Shanghai? The […]

Shanghai Part I: Overnight to Xi’an & The Terra-Cotta Warriors

Shanghai Part I: Overnight to Xi’an & The Terra-Cotta Warriors

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in China | No Comments

It’s a two-hour flight from coastal Shanghai to Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi Province. With plans to be docked in Shanghai Harbor for three days, my husband and I had enough time for an overnight trip to see Xi’an’s famous Terra-Cotta Warriors and still do some sightseeing in Shanghai. The Crystal Symphony’s excursion to […]

Dalian, China: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time Touring

Dalian, China: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time Touring

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in China | 4 Comments

Our cruise on the Crystal Symphony from Hong Kong to Beijing was packed with famous and fascinating places – a trip of a lifetime, as people often say. The final stop before disembarking in Beijing, however, was a bit of a mystery. Dalian, China – a financial center and seaport in northeastern Liaoning Province and […]

Taking A Break: Tea & Coffee Shops Around the World

Taking A Break: Tea & Coffee Shops Around the World

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in China, Denmark, Estonia, France | 4 Comments

“Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?” ~J.M. Barrie, The Adventures of Peter Pan Finding a special café for taking a break between sightseeing outings is a great way to discover some local flavor while getting ready for the next stop. Sometimes it’s a place that I simply […]