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The Past is Present at Mount Vernon in Washington, DC

January 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – In the pursuit of novel experiences, a persistent world traveler will eventually happen upon a sight not only far from home, but seemingly far from the present day. London’s Kensington Palace, with its well-kept gardens and Orangery that serves a Royal Afternoon Tea, is one. Palm… (more)
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  • Sights & Activities

Stunning scenery and imperial whimsy at the Summer Palace

May 27, 2011

BEIJING, CHINA – You need look no further than P. Diddy’s yacht to recognize that when someone wants to show off their heaps of wealth and power, they procure a party boat. Such was the case with the profligate Empress Dowager, who in 1902 pillaged the budget for modernizing the… (more)
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  • Restaurants

Empress worthy eats at Naoki

April 14, 2011

BEJING, CHINA – The drive from the city center to the suburb of Haidian didn’t do much to boost expectations: dull tower block after dull tower block, a couple of rundown markets, and too much traffic. But then, after over an hour on the road, the dusty grey and brown… (more)
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  • Hotels

Pamper your inner empress at Aman at the Summer Palace

July 6, 2010

BEIJING, CHINA – In ancient times, Chinese emperors would board river boats and cruise to pastoral summer accommodations to escape the dust and boiling heat of Beijing summers.  Today, the summers are just as sweltering (if not more so), but add to that the headaches of snarling Beijing traffic and… (more)