Face to Face with Young Cambodians in Siem Reap

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Faces of history in Siem Reap

I went to Siem Reap to see the ancient temples. My friend Marion Mapstone visited in 2012 and came back to show me photos that I couldn’t believe were of a real place. So don’t get me wrong, I loved climbing them, wandering through their aged stone walls, listening to the guide tell the stories [...]

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Malaysian Visit Just in Time for Dinner, Dancing and a Show.

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America is often referred to as a cultural melting pot but I give the Malaysians credit; they’ve got the go-along/get-along thing down to an art. Just like Singapore, their next door neighbor, Malaysians are a mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay. Skin color ranges from dark to light and the three big religions, Christian, Muslim and [...]

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A Walk in the Woods Haitian Style

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The beach was warm and the sea inviting. So I was less than enthusiastic when Jeanroger Dorsainvil and Sala Landemaine, guides with the tour company Touris Lakay, arrived after lunch to take me for a previously scheduled walk to the market. I was staying at Moulin Sur Mer, an 18th Century former sugar plantation turned into a family-friendly [...]

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Wine Tasting on a Bike in Sonoma’s Dry Creek

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Don’t ask me how, but the more wine I had, the more furious I pedaled until by the end of our 20 mile tour of the vineyards of Healdsburg, California, I think I burned off all the calories consumed at the three wineries I visited, including the salted peanut butter cup  and the double chocolate [...]

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Romeo Romances the Traveler with Music

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Romeo Farrington at Nassau's Linden Pindling Airport

If I had I my way, I never would have met Romeo Farrington and that would have certainly been my loss. His daughter Espree was the one who picked me up from the airport in Nassau, drove me to dinner and then back to my hotel for the night. She explained that her dad was [...]

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At Texas Ranch, a Small But Poignant Pecan Pie

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At 56, I am one of the younger Americans with a clear recollection of the day fifty years ago when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The students in Ms. Sherman’s second grade class at Oak Grove Elementary School in Florida were in line waiting to be dismissed for the day when the announcement that [...]

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Passing Affection for a Car, In the Autumn of My Life

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Last week a tow truck pulled up to my house, loaded a 1974 Jensen-Healey sports car on the bed and left. Pulling out of my driveway the autumn leaves swirled a bit before settling back on the street. Seasons come and seasons go and so do cars. The departure of that one was a news-making [...]

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A Journey Into the Unknown World of Fashion Journalism

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When my sister Andrea, called me with her great idea for a newspaper column that would show people how to replicate fashionable designer outfits with less expensive alternatives, I was immediately enthusiastic. It was a brilliant idea. So she recruited Candy Barrie, who was at the time a Washington, D.C. fashion consultant, to put together [...]

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Getaways Without Leaving Home

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I know summer is over. I know talking about vacation is out of season. But the arrival of fall prompts me to go over some of the things I’ve done this past year that made me feel far away without leaving home. Took a class At the tail end of a cold Connecticut winter, my [...]

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Train Trip Through Canada Offers Changing Views of Time

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One does not decide to spend four days on a trip that can be accomplished in 5 hours by air without some weighing of the pros and cons. On the upside, taking the VIA Rail train from Vancouver to Toronto would give me the chance to actually see a part of the country with which [...]

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