We got off the cruise ship in Hong Kong, then ate some more

A parade of ducks, half a dozen plucked and ready for roasting, hung from the kitchen ceiling. Beside the ducks hung pigs, butchered and prepared for the high heat of an oven’s glowing charcoal. The roasting of ducks and pigs was the highlight of my Hong Kong Foodie Tasting Tour, a four-hour walking meal in the culinary capital of Asia that continues to grow as a port for starting and/or ending cruises. If you have only one …

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Prague, Europe’s free and easy capital

By Katherine Rodeghier You gotta love a city where beer is cheaper than water. Sitting at an outdoor café on one of Prague’s most popular public squares, my husband and I expected to pay top dollar for our lunch. As we waited for our room to be ready on our first day, we lolled around under the café’s bright umbrella, picture taking and people watching as a constant stream of humanity passed our table. An hour came …

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Returning to Tokyo after 60 years revives old childhood memories

TOYKO – August, the hot month. Seventy years ago this month the world’s worst war ended, 66 years ago I was born and 60 years ago my father, a U.S. Air Force officer, moved his growing family to Japan for four years. So when we had the opportunity to visit Tokyo this month, I naturally thought of my childhood and wondered if we could try to find some of my old haunts. In 1955, my family sailed …

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At the Tokyo Fish Market: mixing culture and tradition in unique culinary ways

TOKYO (DAY TWO OF TWO) — The men look at the huge slab of fresh tuna as if they are about to perform surgery. And they are. The three-plus foot knife comes down precisely and in one cut, the tuna is cut. “Japanese food is our national treasure,” says Masanobu Inaba, the Chef de Cuisine at Kazahana, the Conrad Tokyo’s well-known Japanese restaurant. It is eight in the morning and we are at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish …

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A long flight to Japan – jet lag cured with spa treatment at Conrad Tokyo

TOKYO (DAY ONE OF TWO) — Who knew a spa treatment could help cure jet lag? I’ve just flown from Denver to Tokyo, with a stopover in Seattle, and by the time I arrive at the Conrad Tokyo I don’t even know what day it is – in fact it is as if I’ve been awake for two days as Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of home in Connecticut. The 290 room Conrad Tokyo is not far …

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New Disney parade shines with Fantasyland characters

I am a sucker for a big, colorful parade with lots of music, especially if Disney builds it. On my way to an appointment recently at Disney World near Orlando, I arrived early so I could see the newest of the daily shows in the Magic Kingdom — the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. As usual, the Disney extravaganza was spectacular. Story floats and characters from Fantasyland, with nearly 100 performers in costume — on stilts, swings …

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Australia’s island retreat for lizards and wealthy sailors

Fourth and last in a series from Queensland, Australia Lizard Island, a beachy piece of the 1,200-mile Great Barrier Reef, is named for its primary inhabitants. They are joined, especially in Australia’s winter, by sailors, fishermen, campers, and other world travelers drawn by the reef’s bounty. Most of Lizard Island is a national park. Swimmers and sunbathers head to secluded beaches, divers to the inner and outer reefs. The island’s Cod Hole is a dive site known for …

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From Daintree to Cooktown, Australia’s history and tropical treasures

third in a series from Queensland, Australia Daintree National Park in Queensland, Australia, is a world treasure. Most of the huge park is tropical rainforest, some of which has existed continuously for more than 110 million years. It may be the oldest rainforest on Earth. Some plant and animal species have been found nowhere else on the planet. You can book a ride (or rental car) into Daintree from Port Douglas, north of Cairns, but you won’t get …

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Recovery Day

Luck and some planning means we have a whole day to rest and recover from a ten hour flight and seven hour time change. Today will be devoted to leisure. The Kempinski Barbaros Bay (www.kempinski.com/en/bodrum/hotel) is the ideal spot for that.  This five star property lies in a quiet bay outside of Bodrum.  The view from our room at five thirty am – the joys of jet lag! – is of a gorgeous pink and blue sunrise …

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