Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Hong Kong

Arriving in Hong Kong one can't help but be overwhelmed by the busy pace of the city. It's like NYC with a shot of adrenaline! Unlike NYC (still my favorite city), its clean, orderly and ultra modern.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Beijing, China--shopper's paradise

China is a shopper's paradise! You can get some excellent deals, but they will make you work for it. Once you hone the skill of bartering, you are good to go. If not, take someone with you who knows how to do it well. You can pay a lot more for the items than you have too. Trust me, they learn you are American and assume you are rich. Act like you know and get them down to your price!

China of course has more to offer than the material exploits of cheap labor and outsourcing of American jobs...there is culture aplenty. We did manage to get to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs this trip. Don't get it twisted, we got right back to shopping as soon as the tour driver dropped us back at the hotel.

The city continues to grow and get a makeover in preparation for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games. You can rest assured there will be no bargains once the Games commence!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Red Rocks of Sedona

Sedona, Arizona is where people go to relax and heal. Long treasured by Native Americans, this land is known for its powerful connection to God. Many come to the red rocks for meditation and healing. Though development has stripped some of its natural allure, there are plenty of areas for peace and seclusion.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Brindisi, Italy

On this trip to Italy we stopped in the small town of Brindisi. Much more relaxed than the major cities, Brinidsi holds on to its old world charm and customs. There are not alot of tourists here.