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Seeing the Real Beijing: The Hutongs – the Old Fashioned Way

Posted on 03/14/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelFor the last leg of our Trans-Siberian railway journey, we spent almost three days in Beijing.  There we enjoyed seeing the city’s modern architecture, soaring skyscrapers, colorful shopping districts and first-class hotels. Towards the end of our visit, our guide reminded us that we had one more urban adventure on the agenda – a visit to Beijing’s Hutong district aboard a bicycle rickshaw.  I wasn’t sure what more there was to see in the city, so I looked at him …

Put a Lock In Your Love in Siberia

Posted on 01/11/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Travel1st stop along the Trans-Siberian Railway — Russia! Never in my dreams did I expect to be on a luxury train traveling from Moscow to Beijing!   So when we began our trip, I was delighted to journey into a part of Russia that I only knew from films and stories about the Cold War. I was in Siberia and in Ekaterinburg, one of oldest cities in Russia that is near the crossroads where Asia and Europe meet – wow!  Like …

Bargain like the Grannies: A Guide

Posted on 09/1/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelI travel all over the world and I am known as one of the greatest shoppers ever! No flea market, neighborhood store or thrift shop in any part of the world, is missed by me. I have bargained in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and well ….all over the United States. When you think about it, bargaining has been the way all cultures have been set up for thousands of years. It’s only in modern times with big box stores …

No More Shop til I Drop

Posted on 08/18/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TravelTextiles with strong geometric patterns, stylized jackets representative of ethnicities of countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe and wall art that captures daily life in settings around the globe made up the major items on my travel shopping list for several decades.  But recently things changed. I downsized my living accommodations significantly, precipitating the selling and giving away of some furniture and prized belongings. This so called ‘editing’ process included not just many of the dozens of items …