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Traveling with Kids: Cherbourg and the Cité de la Mer


I had already visited Cherbourg for work a few times (more on that in a moment), but had never brought the family up to the edge of the Cotentin in Normandy to this port-town known as a one-time marine port … Continue reading

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Japanese Menu for My Week in Japan


                A few months back, I had intended to start a series of blogs about food in various countries, but I only got around to talking about Japanese food. I need to take … Continue reading

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Random Sightings during a week in Beijing


Beijing is a city that moves so fast that literally, you blink and something changed. Entire neighborhoods have sprung into being in less than 10 years. It is astounding. And then there are other things that never change – Tian … Continue reading

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Sights in Beijing: The Summer Palace – the greatest stroll in the capital?


On my arrival in Beijing, I slept for a few hours and then headed out to the Summer Palace on the clear opposite side of town. I took the Line 1 and then the Line 4 metro out – it … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Mercure Downtown Beijing – avoid it if you can


I took a red-eye flight in Economy to Beijing from Paris yesterday and must admit to being totally exhausted right now. A colleague was kind enough to pick me up at the airport and take me to the Mercure Beijing … Continue reading

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Fino’s Guide to (Southeastern) Sicily: Some Highlights


I have taken three vacations in southern Sicily over the last four years. Two of them have been in Marina di Ragusa and one in the Club Med Village at nearby Kamarina – the latter barely counts because, as I … Continue reading

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Chasing the Cachelot: The New Bedford Whaling Museum


I can’t quite explain my current mania for whaling museums. I find whaling to be brutish and unnecessary, but perhaps it is due to my long-standing admiration for Moby Dick and my tendency to go super deep in subjects that … Continue reading

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