Final days in Tibet.

We are on our last night in Tibet and although sad to finish it I must be candid. I am looking forward to the luxury of home.  Tibet is not for the faint hearted.  The dilemmas start early morning when it as been -11°C about 20°F and you’re deciding whether to wear one or two […]

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Tibet

We had a long journey to Tibet, staring out at 3.30 am and arriving at 18.00.  To say we were tired was an understatement however we were met charmingly by our guide Tse Wang with white silk scarfs.  I had been warned by someone who was horrified that we were spending 8 days in Tibet […]

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Cruise on The Yangtze River and The Three Gorges Damn.

  We were sad to leave Guilin and Ian our guide who took us to the ‘off track’ places where  as Pat would say, we really got to ‘smell the roses’. When we landed in Chongquin, the biggest city in China with a population of 32 million (and I’ll bet no one who is reading […]

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Guilin, Tai Chi and cobra wine.

On arrival to Guilin there was the most beautiful aroma.  It is Osmanphus and apparently only blooms for one week every year.  Its gorgeous.  Ian is our Guide and he is very easy going and considerate as well.  He’s traveled quite a lot and is very intuitive to to travelers needs.  We decided to skip […]

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Xian, food, warriors and Guilin.

Ah the beauty of having a guide!  It was very late when we arrived in Xian and lovely to be met by Sharon who picked us up and brought us to the hotel. The Terracotta Warriors did not disappoint.  Pictures fail to show the full majesty of it all and I’m not sure what is […]

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The Chinese people

  I think that the Chinese people are amongst the most friendly I’ve ever met.  We’ve been asked a few times to have our photograph taken.  They say its because Pat is so handsome and I am so beautiful. I’ve also read to expect this as that they haven’t seen many tall white people before.. […]

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China and Tibet

Had a good nights sleep following being awake for 24 hours and our guide picked us up at 11. BTW I couldn’t recommend using a travel agent more. David Biltek from The Art of Travel did all the organizing for this and he is wonderful.  We went to Tienanmen Square last night but there s […]

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San Francisco

My first day in San Francisco was more than I expected.   I decided to stroll down to the pier via the famous Lombardi street.  The hills here are incredible and I could feel the effects of all the climbing on my legs Of course first stop was the Garibaldi Square to suss out the […]

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Cinque Terre and Venice…

Well the lads and lady returned from the winery quite the experts. You can imagine what the next meal was like ordering and tasting the wine. We strolled over to Signoria square which is like an amazing open air sculpture museum with David, The Rape of the Sabine women, Perseus holding Medusa’s head and a […]

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