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In a city where eating steaming hot bao, siu mai or shrimp dumplings early in the day is as much of a way of life as having a hot cup of coffee in the morning, I think Ive seen it all, where….

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Boston’s Brasserie JO For Authentic French Food & Wine



Boston isn’t necessarily on the global map for French food or on your average American’s radar for French food, however a great discovery if you love French food for your next trip to Boston is Brasserie JO, located in the Colonnade Hotel on Huntingt….

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Welcome to Sighnaghi, Apparently the Fakest Town in Georgia



I tend to value the opinions of locals more than those of other travelers, but I was conflicted when a man I met on my flight to Tbilisi told me to avoid the small town of Sighnaghi. “It’s incredibly fake,” he explained, then rattled off a list of ot….

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French Canada: Walking Around Historical Quebec City



Quebec City is quaint, intimate and compact. But before we get into the details of what to see and do, consider some quick facts:

The winters here are as you would expect, very cold. But if you can tolerate a bit of a chill, you can enjoy some great….

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The Time Before the Time of Man



The history of the earth can be read in volcanoes and sediments or, on a trek across the Antarctic, in the ice. Especially when viewed from the top of the world. Every minute on the sum….

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The Week Ahead: Disney and Universal schedules for September 22-28, 2014



Planning a theme park visit this week? Here are the operating hours for the week ahead at the most popular theme parks in the United States:

*Universal’s hotel guests get one hour of early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Al….

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A bit of Machiya history



Even in a country as conservative as Japan, the old traditional houses, the machiya (townhouses) and the nka (farm houses), are slowly disappearing. The word machiya….

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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood



We lined up outside the front gates at 6:30 p.m. We exited the last maze at 2:02 a.m. We didn’t stop for anything more than a bathroom break for the nearly seven hours we were inside the park — that’s what it took to finish all seven mazes and Terro….

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Amateur Traveler Interview: The World Heritage Sites of Canada



Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 437

I recently had my 9th appearance on the Amateur ….

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Solitary Wanderer is 5! An Anniversary Giveaway



In 2009, in the small town of El Nido in Palawan, I wrote the first post in what is now the Solitary Wanderer blog.

The post was not about travel per se, but about a movie from Denmark that I’d recently seen.

Called Just Another Love Story, it tell….

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