Mystical, Magical Yangon

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I have to admit I am enjoying the pace set by Viking River Cruises on this 15-day Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour. Rather than trying to cram too much into the schedule, this has to be one of the more balanced river cruise tours I’ve taken […]

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Burmese Days

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Today, I woke up bright and early in my room at the Shangri-La Bangkok. I showered, shaved, and went downstairs to enjoy a relaxing (included) breakfast in the River Café. I made the mistake of reading the International New York Times, which came off sounding more like the Doomsday […]

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One Night In Bangkok

Friday, November 20, 2015

My alarm went off all too soon this morning in my room at the gorgeous Shangri-La Bangkok. I’d turned in at about 3am this morning after having arrived late from North America, and 7:30 a.m. rolled around with surprising speed. But I was greeted with a gorgeous […]

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Travelling to Bangkok for Viking’s Myanmar Explorer River Cruise

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Let’s be honest: it’s a long-haul to get from North America to Southeast Asia. I arrived at the Shangri-La Bangkok at about 2:30 a.m. this morning, delayed by long lines at Thailand immigration and a flight that took off nearly two […]

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Stepping Back In Time in Quebec City

When most people think of Quebec City, they inevitably picture the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. From its lofty vantage point overlooking Quebec’s Old Quarter, it has become an icon of Quebec City. But just down the hill, in the heart of Vieux Quebec – a UNESCO World Heritage Site […]

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Montreal’s Ritz-Carlton Is Très Bien

The only real problem with the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, as I see it, is that you may have a hard time leaving. Actually, replace “may” with “will”, and you’ll begin to understand why it took me until well after noon to leave the hotel today to go and explore […]

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Quebec: The Place So Nice, We Went There Twice

If you’ve read this blog for longer than half a second, you’ll know that it takes a lot for me to go on a non-cruise trip. In the past, I’ve done a handful of “land cruises” when the opportunity has come up, including a visit to […]

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Sailing Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper in the Caribbean

When most of us picture the Caribbean, we envision a row of mega-liners docked side-by-side in ports of call like St. Thomas or Philipsburg. To believe a few of the mainstream cruise lines, you’d think the average person is terrified of the ocean and is incapable […]

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Today is an important day in the history of ultra-luxury line Silversea and their forthcoming new flagship, the 596-guest Silver Muse. Today, bookings opened to the general public for her maiden season that will begin in the Spring of 2017.

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman, remarked that, “We are creating the ultimate boutique […]

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I haven’t written a lot here lately, for the simple reason that I’m spending an unusually lengthy amount of time researching my upcoming cruise with Viking River Cruises that will take me through the heart of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Unlike a lot of countries I’ve travelled to, I’m starting with a […]

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