Thursday, October 28, 2010

More from Texas

While I was in Texas in August, two of my friends and I happened to stumble across a secluded, quiet little beach.  We stopped and waded with the kids for a few minutes until it started raining.  Later, we went back and took my sister, after having told her and my parents about it.  (my parents stopped by while I was away)

We all agreed its best to keep the location of this little beach a secret.  If word gets out, it won't be so quiet and secluded anymore.

Here are a couple of pictures, just to keep you wondering....

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

On the Way Back....

I'm on my way back to Shanghai today from Guilin.  This is my first trip to this stunning part of China.

Be watching for updates here when I get the photos together for posting on Tai Shan.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Perfect Time of Year

This is my favorite time of year in Shanghai.  It is cool but not cold, and the light comes in at fantastic angles all day long.

Over the weekend, I had a little time to take a bike ride around the southwestern part of the city.  The day was perfect, and there were lots of serious cyclists out on the roads with the rest of us.  It was a great way to spend an autumn morning.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Texas has its beauty too

I wrote a lot here about Alaska after my trip to the US in August, but didn't have much to say about Texas. It's not because there's nothing to see there, but because Alaska was new and exciting and beautiful.  But Texas can have its moments too.

Here's a brief one.  These pictures were taken from the window of  a moving car, so they're a little blurry.  But they give an idea of how spectacular the sunsets can be along the Texas gulf coast, with all that flat land.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

In Two Days: Singapore

I am often approached with this question: “I’ll be in [fill in the city] for two days. What should I see while I am there?”

In response, I feature 2-day itineraries to a variety of cities here at Peregrine Online (cities in China are covered at Tai Shan).  Once each month, a new post introduces the main sites to visit in a city if you only have two days there.

Today we’ll see how to hit the highlights in Singapore in a 2-day timeframe.

Day 1
Singapore Flyer - Esplanade / Merlion Park - walk on the river through Boat Quay and up to Chinatown for some shopping
Night:  dinner at Clark Quay

Day 2
Night:  leave Sentosa for dinner at Vivo City

Alternate sites:  shopping at Orchard Road, a culture tour through Chinatown - Little India - Geylang Serai, or a climb up Bukit Timah Hill

If you have a 3rd day:  Orchard Road, Little India, Geylang Serai

For kids:  Singapore Science Center

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Quote from Travels in Alaska

I took a good long time to finish up John Muir's Travels in Alaska (I think he'd understand — there's just too much to see in Alaska to spend a lot of time reading on the trip!)  In the reading, I highlighted lots of things that I wanted to keep in mind after I'd finished reading.

I think this might have been one of my favorites of all:

"Most people who travel look only at what they are directed to look at.  Great is the power of the guidebook-maker, however ignorant."

And there you have it — never trust your travel guide book 100%.

(Not even if it's Suzhou Basics.)

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Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Bridges of Taishun

It's the October holiday, and I am away in Taishun, a village near Wenzhou.  The village is a little off the beaten track, but is interesting for the bridges that fill the landscape around the little town.  Unlike the typical stone bridges all over the Jiangsu area, the bridges in Taishun are more typical of those in the north of China.  It's odd that they are found here in the south, and only in this one tiny area, but somehow or another, here they are...

I'll post pictures soon of the wooden bridges, so keep an eye out for an idea of what the bridges of Taishun are like.

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