Living Like an Empress Dowager at Beijing’s Summer Palace

The Summer Palace lies on the northwest edge of Beijing, China by Kunming Lake, in what used to be countryside.

As the name implies, it was the imperial getaway from summer in the city, but palace only describes a part of this place… CONTINUE READING >>

The Summer Palace lies on the northwest edge of Beijing, China by Kunming Lake, in what used to be countryside.

As the name implies, it was the imperial getaway from summer in the city, but palace only describes a part of this place… CONTINUE READING >>

Riding the Fastest Train in the World

Ever think it might be fun to levitate?

That’s just fantasy stuff, right? The kind of thing we only see in movies, or magic shows. Not true.

There is a place where floating in midair, and doing it at 200 miles per hour, is not only possible, it happens every day… CONTINUE READING >> 

Ever think it might be fun to levitate?

That’s just fantasy stuff, right? The kind of thing we only see in movies, or magic shows. Not true.

There is a place where floating in midair, and doing it at 200 miles per hour, is not only possible, it happens every day… CONTINUE READING >> 

It’s Cherry Blossom Time in Japan!

In another of what seems to be a series of unbelievable bits of good timing we have encountered in our travels, we hit Japan right at the peak of the cherry blossoms blooming.

Known as sakura, the blooming trees have deep roots in Japanese culture… CONTINUE READING >> 

In another of what seems to be a series of unbelievable bits of good timing we have encountered in our travels, we hit Japan right at the peak of the cherry blossoms blooming.

Known as sakura, the blooming trees have deep roots in Japanese culture… CONTINUE READING >> 

How it Feels to Visit the Atomic Bomb Ground Zero in Nagasaki, Japan


Physically being in the Zone of Prayers brought us to an emotional state that is impossible to describe.

But, despite the horrific history of this spot, our feelings were directed toward peace and remembrance.

The site is incredibly solemn, yet very beautiful… CONTINUE READING >>


Physically being in the Zone of Prayers brought us to an emotional state that is impossible to describe.

But, despite the horrific history of this spot, our feelings were directed toward peace and remembrance.

The site is incredibly solemn, yet very beautiful… CONTINUE READING >>