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BBC Profile: Herve Gourdel

In honor of a kindred spirit. From the BBC. Herve Gourdel, an experienced mountain guide and amateur photographer, was seized in north-east Algeria French tourist Herve Gourdel, who has been beheaded by Algerian militant group Jund al-Khilafa following his abduction … Continue reading

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Last Day in China – The Forbidden City

Written September 12, 2011 There are some trips where you have mentally left the country way before the plane actually takes off. My last day in Beijing was one of those days. I woke to a gray gloomy sky. In … Continue reading

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Back in Beijing, China

Written September 10, 2011 After arriving at the Beijing airport on a rainy Saturday afternoon I took the #3 line shuttle bus to the downtown Beijing train station/International Hotel. Cheaper (16 yuan) and less hassle than waiting in the long … Continue reading

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Le Florimond, Paris – A Truly Fun Dining Experience

You wouldn’t think that my first choice of Paris restaurants would be one that is often filled with American tourists. I’ve complained on more than one occasion about being exiled to the back room reserved for foreigners. Le Florimond, however, … Continue reading

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L’Ardoise Restaurant Chinon, France – Avoiding the Backroom

L’Ardoise is number two on Trip Advisor. Like other highly ranked Trip Advisor restaurants they cater to English speakers. Great if you don’t speak French and have no intention of trying to, not so great if you want pretend you’re … Continue reading

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Abbeys of Fontenay and Vézelay, Burgundy

The first time you visit a place is when it’s the most captivating. Subsequent visits may be great, but you don’t have that same thrill as the first time you stumble on an unexpected and truly magnificent sight. The Cistercian … Continue reading

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Beaune’s Wednesday Market

With the fridge nearly empty – seems impossible with all the food we’ve been buying –we decided to make the effort and check out the Wednesday market in Beaune. Markets generally close by 12 or 1pm, so if you have any … Continue reading

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