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Bejing and Beyond: Olympic Games inspire adventure

Hundreds of Chinese in clear slickers speed in unison on their bicycles into a sharp slanting rain along the streets of Beijing. It is the morning rush hour, and I am getting my first glimpse of the Chinese culture. Across the street in the shadow of the Forbidden City is Tiananmen Square. Here I see 40 or so elderly Chinese welcoming the day with the ritual movements of an ancient dance. As I enter the nearby fashionable department store, seven (not ...

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The Other Side of Paris: Fabulous flea markets awaiting discovery

Paris is a city of discovery. Its graceful bridges curve over the sensuous Seine River connecting its vibrant streets to an array of intriguing neighborhoods. Visitors explore this romantic city’s great art, architecture, and historic sites, while savvy dealers from around the globe flock to Paris to search its flea markets for rare and collectible antiques. The flea markets of Paris are a virtual treasure trove for antique dealers. Here is ...

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The Highs of Highlands: The heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains

After dawn broke, there was a mesmerizing violet haze that floated over the Blue Ridge Mountains from the southern crest of the Appalachians. My first glimpse of this violet vision confirmed the dreamy beauty of the North Carolina I had heard so much about. One feels different when riding up these astoundingly beautiful, scenic mountains, weaving in and out of several state lines that cross over the Eastern Continental Divide. With the misty morning ...

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A Yucatan Family Adventure: Plan it on the internet

The exotic Mexican state of Quintana Roo is a land of mystique and adventure. Located on the breathtaking eastern shores of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is only a two-hour plane ride from Houston. A perfect destination for a family vacation, Quintana Roo has it all: unparalleled resorts by a turquoise sea, an ancient history, a colorful culture, and an array of amazing activities for all ages. Jet ski rides through the jungle, riding with the dolphins, ...

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