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5 Bucket List Train Rides
9 places you can make DIY souvenirs
Veggie Places in Northern California and the World
Top Tea Times Around the World
10 purr-fect places every cat lover must visit

Half Moon Cay
     VIDEO--flamingos MARCHING IN to perform
     VIDEO--flamingos are “DISMISSED,” MARCHING OUT
     VIDEO--get in the water and feed the manta rays
     VIDEO--inside a cigar factory
     VIDEO--stone melanger at chocolate factory

10 reasons why Barbados is the most tantalizing Caribbean Island
Here and There
VIDEO--a song in Parliament Square in Bridgetown
VIDEO--colorful parade in Bridgetown
VIDEO--back roads
VIDEO--changing of the Sentry parade
VIDEO--inside Harrison’s Cave
VIDEO--bird raids coffee tray at Hilton Barbados

Something for Everyone in Island Paradise

Churchill--Polar Bear Country (free login required)
Montreal--Here and There
Quebec in Winter + Ice Hotel

Here and There
Easter Island

Best Souvenirs of China
Beijing--Here and There
     VIDEO--climbing up the Great Wall
     VIDEO--climbing down the Great Wall
     VIDEO--humanity pours through a gate in Forbidden City
     VIDEO--Peking Duck carved in Beijing
Chengdu--Here and There
     VIDEO--antique pepper grinder turns dried red peppers into ground pepper
     VIDEO--not many things are cuter than a baby panda
     VIDEO--panda eating bamboo
     VIDEO--pandas doing what pandas do best
     VIDEO--red pandas eating
     VIDEO--Qin Shan Zhai Restaurant performers
Hong Kong--Traveling Solo
Jiuzhaigou Valley--Here and There
     VIDEO--sesame candy pounders in Tibetan village
     VIDEO--travertine pools at Huanglong National Scenic Reserve in China
     VIDEO--waterfall at Jiuzhaigou Valley national park in Sichuan, China
Shanghai--Here and There
     VIDEO--Shanghai Maglev Train boarding and takeoff
     VIDEO--Shanghai Maglev Train accelerates to full speed in real time
     VIDEO--silk cocoons get soaked
     VIDEO--Chinese dancers sing about fresh air
     VIDEO--Chinese kung fu expert demo
     VIDEO--traditional local dance of Wencheng, China
     VIDEO--traditional tai chi
     VIDEO--zany Peking Opera singer
Wenzhou--Here and There
     Why haven’t you heard of this captivating Chinese city of 14 million?
     VIDEO--boat crosses river in Shizhiyan Cliff Scenic Spot
     VIDEO-Chinese rice dough is a lot like play doh
     VIDEO--Dongyuan Printing Village set-up demo
     VIDEO--Nanxi River bamboo rafting-part 1
     VIDEO--Nanxi River bamboo rafting--part 2
     VIDEO--spectacular foggy dessert pudding
     VIDEO--why hand-pulled noodles cost more
Xi’an--Here and There

Kura Hulanda Museum and Hotel

flag-United Arab EmiratesDUBAI
Here and There
VIDEO--aerosol street muralist
VIDEO--singing Arab tea maker

flag-United Kingdom-sml 1ENGLAND
Here and There
Lake District--The Other Potter
West Sussex--Romantic Castle Stay
London--Here and There
     Sleeping Around London:  My favorite London Hotels
     Tea for Two

Here and There
Viti Levu--Here and There
Kula Eco Park--VIDEO--retired TV star Charlie the cockatoo
     VIDEO--Mana Island Resort--arrival
     VIDEO--Radisson Bleu Resort--arrival bula drum
     VIDEO--Radisson Bleu Resort--lighting the tiki torches
     VIDEO--Rony’s voice is truly and instrument of wonder
     VIDEO--Shangri-La Resort--Drum Story pt.1
     VIDEO--Shangri-La Resort--Drum Story pt.2
     VIDEO--Shangri-La Resort--Drum Story pt. 3
     VIDEO--Lawai Village--ladies perform fan dance
     VIDEO--Outrigger--bula! guy says hello
     VIDEO--Outrigger--employees sing good-bye, Fiji farewell song "Isa Lei"
Taveuni Island--Here and There
     Crowing about Fiji
     VIDEO--church choir
     VIDEO--how to grate a coconut
     VIDEO--how to husk a coconut
     VIDEO--how to open a coconut
     VIDEO--how to put foods in a lovo oven
     VIDEO--how to wrap chickens beautifully for the lovo oven
     VIDEO--paved road ramble through the jungle
     VIDEO--paved road ramble along the coast
     VIDEO--Southern Blowhole
     VIDEO--Tavoro Waterfalls--swimming
     VIDEO--Waitavala waterslide--getting to the starting point
     VIDEO--Waitavala waterslide--sliding down the rest
     VIDEO--Vuna Village--kava root presentation to acting chief
Yasawa Island
     VIDEO--just another day in paradise
     VIDEO--smooth landing on grass runway
     VIDEO--smooth takeoff from grass runway
     VIDEO--wiggling kids in church

Paris--Bargain Beds

Here and There
Fairy Tale Road
     VIDEO--Sorbian town in Upper Lusatia
VIDEO--long intro to short Sorbian song
Berlin--Here and There
Dresden--Here and There
     VIDEO--Frauenkirche--choir performance
     VIDEO--Zwinger museum--costumed court procession
Leipzig--Here and There
Munich--Here and There
     VIDEO--festive Munich drinking hall
          VIDEO--inside an Oktoberfest tent
          VIDEO--inside the Oktoberfest HofbrauTent
Regensburg--See a less touristy part of Germany in this ancient city

Here and There

Everything's Coming Up Tulips

Budapest--Gellert Thermal Baths

Reykjavik--Here and There
     VIDEO--Geysir Hot Springs--Litli Geysir
     VIDEO--Geysir Hot Springs--Strokkur Geysir erupts
     VIDEO--Gullfoss/Golden Falls
     VIDEO--Gullfoss/Golden Falls in Iceland, take three
VIDEO--Gullfoss/Golden Falls in Iceland, take two
     VIDEO--”Reactive Wall" interactive art exhibit at art museum
The Northeast--Here and There
     VIDEO--Icelandic horse demonstrates the famous tolt gait
VIDEO--Sunshine Pancakes: tea time in Iceland
     VIDEO--simulated waves with the names of French fisherman

Bali--Here and There
     VIDEO--Batubulan Village--barong creature cavorts in Indonesian dance
     VIDEO--Batubulan Village--women perform exotic Indonesian dance
     VIDEO--Jatiluwih rice terraces--separating out rice from stalks. 1
     VIDEO--Jatiluwih rice terraces--separating out rice from stalks. 2
     VIDEO--Taman Nusa Indonesian cultural park--traditional music & costume of Java
     VIDEO--Vasanti Seminyak Resort Bali--traditional Indonesian music in lobby
Flores Island--Here and There
     VIDEO--Melo Village--men sing and dance
     VIDEO--Melo Village--musical greeting from women
     VIDEO--Melo Village--traditional stick dance
Komodo Island

9+-Day tinerary
Adare--Here and There
Cong--Here and There
     VIDEO--Ashford Castle--arrival
     VIDEO--Ashford Castle--meet Dingle the owl
     VIDEO--Ashford Castle--hawk walk with Inca
     VIDEO--Ashford Castle--how to release a hawk
     VIDEO--Ashford Castle--hawk Inca makes a spectacular return to the glove
Dingle Peninsula--Here and There
     VIDEO--Dingle--Sullivan's Courthouse Pub--traditional Irish music
Dublin--Here and There
     VIDEO--The Merrion hotel--Art Tea
     VIDEO--O'Neill's pub--1st ditty
     VIDEO--O'Neill's pub--2nd ditty
VIDEO--Saint Brigid’s Well


Here and There
     VIDEO--restless sea hitting seawall
VIDEO--souk spice shop sale
Galilee area--Here and There
     VIDEO--bottling kosher wine
     VIDEO--cozy goat barn nursery, no kidding
     VIDEO--goat barn
     VIDEO--making cookies in an Israeli bakery
Jerusalem--Here and There
     VIDEO--Mahane Yehuda market--cheese tasting
     VIDEO--Mount of Olives--Asian pilgrims singing
     VIDEO--Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
VIDEO--Mary's Well--inside Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
Tel Aviv--Here and There

Here and There
VIDEO--Japanese marten fetches dinner in the snow
VIDEO-snow plow at work in snowiest area of the world--Japan!
Nagano Prefecture
VIDEO--noon gongs and bells peal out at Zenkoji Temple's main hall
     VIDEO--snow monkeys grooming beside hot springs and atop webcam
     VIDEO--snow monkeys grooming in natural hot springs
VIDEO--snow monkeys busy grooming at Jigokudani Yaen Koen Snow Monkey Park
     VIDEO--snow monkeys monkeying around the hot springs in Japan
     VIDEO--beautiful snowing scene at Miyagiko Distillery
VIDEO--colorful Japanese fan dance
     VIDEO--female musician wearing kimono performs on the traditional instrument Tsugaru-jamisen
     VIDEO--four female musicians wearing kimono perform on the traditional instrument Tsugaru-jamisen
VIDEO--sleek bullet train arrives at Tokyo station
VIDEO--the long kiss goodbye, or two bullet trains disengage in Japan
     VIDEO--vending machine dispenses miniature dog souvenir in Tokyo

Here and There
Ajijic--Here and There
Copper Canyon--Here and There
Cuernavaca--Here and There
     VIDEO--La Universal restaurant--view of downtown Cuernavaca
Guadalajara--Here and There
     VIDEO--Corona Factory--Drummers brigade
     VIDEO--Tequila Express train--kids band at station
     VIDEO--Tequila Express train--mariachis at train depot
     VIDEO--Tequila Express train--mariachis at Herradura Estate
Guanajuato--Here and There
     VIDEO--Scenic Overlook
Mazatlan--Here and There
Mexico City--Here and There
     VIDEO--Metropolitan Cathedral/Catedral Metropolitana--noon bells
Puerto Vallarta--Here and There
     5 Grand Resorts
     Punta Mita
Riviera Maya--Here and There
     VIDEO--Coba--bumpy ride by bicycle taxi
     VIDEO--Coba--climbing pyramid
     VIDEO--Coba--Maya ball game winner's ceremony
     VIDEO--Coba--Maya performance in dry cenote
     VIDEO--swallows flying in circles in Yucatan cenote
     Playa del Carmen
          VIDEO--Blue Diamond--mariachis lunch performance
          VIDEO--The Royal--why people don't get sick here
          VIDEO--Viceroy--beachfront room
          VIDEO--Xcaret--Mexican drummers in evening folklore show
          VIDEO--Yaxche--flaming Maya coffee
        VIDEO--archaeological site
San Blas--Here and There
San Miguel de Allende--Here and There

flag-New ZealandNEW ZEALAND
Holland American Cruise  (free login required)

Here and There
To Machu Picchu

Here and There

Paradors--Spend the Night in a Museum

Maienfeld--Hike to Heidi's Hut--fairytales can come true

Here and There
8 reasons to fall in love with Taiwan
     VIDEO--Changing of the guards at National Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Yuchi Township
VIDEO--river in Taroko Gorge National Park, Hualien
VIDEO-fountain at Wenwu Temple, Sun Moon Lake
VIDEO--Dageeli Tribe Restaurant, Hualien
VIDEO--Taiwan Lantern Festival
VIDEO--Taiwanese ice cream game at Chun restaurant, Yilan

Here and There
VIDEO--elephant painting and munching
     VIDEO--Thai food vendor mixing green crepe dough
     VIDEO--Thai food vendor making green crepes
Bangkok--Here and There
     Wat Po Temple--Thai massage at traditional school
     VIDEO--Temple of Reclining Buddha--dropping coins in bowls
     VIDEO--Thai kickboxing fight dance
     VIDEO--Thai puppetry show
Chiang Mai--Here and There
     VIDEO--morning market
     VIDEO--novice monks receive morning offering
Phuket--Here and There
     VIDEO--approaching the scene at James Bond Island
     VIDEO--cashew factory
     VIDEO--how to ream a coconut

flag-Trinidad and TobagoTRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
10 reasons to love Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad--Here and There
     VIDEO--Cafe Mariposa--hummingbirds galore
     VIDEO--Cafe Mariposa--hummingbirds share feeder with bee
     VIDEO--Cafe Mariposa--singing chefs serenade diners after lunch
     VIDEO--In Trinidad they drive on the left except when they don't
     VIDEO--Invaders steel pan orchestra performs
     VIDEO--Invaders steel pan orchestra performs "Stand by Me"
     VIDEO--Kwesi Paul plays the pan in Trinidad
     VIDEO--limber limbo dancers cavorting under stick
     VIDEO--amazing limber limbo dancer passes under a burning stick
     VIDEO--limber limbo dancers using bodies as stick
     VIDEO--two drummers entertain
Tobago--Here and There
     VIDEO--Tobago drummers and stick dancers

Three Sights to Savour
Portmeiron--Pretty Gardens, Pottery, and “The Prisoner”

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