Monthly Archives: July 2010

Spotlight on Tokyo, Japan

               Tokyo, Japan, is a true mega-city, with over 23 million people in its metropolitan area, and an economy which is larger than Canada’s. Navigating the streets is extremely difficult, even for locals, because of the unusual address system, … Continue reading

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Gary’s Travel Wisdom – Tip #4

   Tip #4 – Estimate Trip Expenses before You Go — Make a concerted effort to calculate, realistically, the cost of your trip. Tours are easier because the expenses are relatively fixed, and known in advance. But if you are … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Singapore

              Singapore lies at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, and this “Lion City” is world-renowned for its adherence to strict laws. Do not even consider gum-chewing, or littering, or spitting here, because hefty fines are levied for … Continue reading

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Walking Tour of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  Walking Tour of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada   My walk begins at The Lookout at Harbor Center Tower, on West Hastings Street, which provides fantastic views of the city and its environs. It’s a great way to get oriented … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

                  Just across the Strait of Georgia from Victoria is the vibrant city of Vancouver. Vancouver is a thoroughly modern, clean, and prosperous urban center as well as an important Pacific Ocean port. Its setting, between the Pacific Ocean and … Continue reading

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Walking Tour of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

                Walking Tour of Victoria, British Columbia   Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island. The city is equidistant from Seattle, Washington, and the city of Vancouver, on the British Columbia … Continue reading

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Walking Tour of Juneau, Alaska

   Walking Tour of Juneau, Alaska               Exit your cruise ship and turn left on Franklin Street, noticing the Archie Van Winkle Memorial (Alaska’s first Medal of Honor winner) along the way. On the harbor side of the street … Continue reading

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Vancouver & Alaska – Summary & Aftermath, continued

     This will be my final post regarding our trip to Vancouver and Alaska Cruisetour.         Several other wrap-up questions were asked, at the conclusion of our trip, and here are the results:            Favorite park: (available choices … Continue reading

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Vancouver & Alaska – Summary and Aftermath

     Now that we are back, it’s always a good idea to reflect on the trip specifics, before we forget. Therefore, we always do an assessment of the highlights, which I will relate over the next two days.  Here they … Continue reading

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Vancouver & Alaska – Day 14

      Unfortunately, our trip is drawing to a close. However, because we are scheduled to take the red-eye, we had the majority of today to spend in Fairbanks. We decided to take a cab out to the Museum of the … Continue reading

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