Shanghai Lights

Shanghai – eliciting visions of the the most exotic of cities. Now that I am here, I realize that Beijing is like Washington, D.C., the political capital; Xi’an is more… Read more »

Guilin Country

Iconic images when presented in reality sometimes disappoint.  The shape and color of some famous place is so familiar and has been seen in so many manifestations that the actuality… Read more »

Xi’An Old and New

After a rather bumpy 2 hour flight from Beijing, we arrive into Xi’an in North Central China and are amazed, once again, by the amount of development.  Numerous large new… Read more »

Beijing Heaven and Earth

Our tables are set with linen, wine glasses and a centerpiece of white roses which contrasts sharply with their location in a 15th century grey stone watchtower of the Great… Read more »

China Entry 2019

Varya visits China to experience the main tourist cities of this impressive country: Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai. Please join her as she walks through centuries of the past and… Read more »

Essaouria by the Sea

Our last visit as a group is to Essaouria on the sea coast, a North African town masquerading as a French provincial seaport, a favorite resort location for both Moroccans… Read more »

Marrakech Magic

Marrakech Magic at Dusk The great square of Jamma El Famma in the heart of the old Medina of Marrakech is one of the great 10-ring circuses on earth.  Here… Read more »

Camels and Kasbahs

It is now our chance to experience desert life in the Northern Sahara.  We drive past agricultural villages into an ever-increasing stark landscape until we veer off to a dry… Read more »

Mid-Atlas Village Life

Up into the Mid-Atlas Mountain range we climb, driving to the summer playground for the rich and famous in Morocco, the town of Ifrane, built with French chalets and beautiful… Read more »