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China 2020 – Cancelled due to Everything

So our trip of a lifetime is not going to take place. After holding out hope that things would get better, it appears that that hope has faded away. COVID-19, flooding and political tensions have changed excitement and anticipation into … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Itinerary – Shanghai

Our final area to explore will be the city of Shanghai and the surrounding region. From Guilin, we fly to the east coast and the city of Shanghai. It’s a 794 mi / 1278 km journey and the flight should … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Itinerary – Guilin, Yangshou & Longji

Continuing on, we next head southeast to the area around the city of Guilin. We will be flying from Chengdu to the city of Guilin. The distance between the two is 855km or 531mi and the flight should take about … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Itinerary – Chengdu

Our third stop will be the city of Chengdu in the Sichuan Province. From Xi’an, we’ll catch the Bullet Train to Chengdu. Chengdu is about 658km or 409 mi southwest of Xi’an and the train ride will take about 4 … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Itinerary – Xian

Our second destination will be Xi’an – capital city of the Shaanxi Province. To arrive in Xi’an, we will be taking the Bullet Train from Beijing. It’s about 1216 km or 755 miles away and the train trip will take … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Itinerary – Beijing

Our first destination will be Beijing, the capital city of the People’s Republic of China. Our current plan has us flying directly from Toronto to Beijing. The flight will be about thirteen and a half hours and we’re hoping to … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Itinerary Planning

Ok, just for the record.. No, we’re not crazy. We are excited though and looking forward to what should be an incredible adventure. As I mentioned in the last post, we are working with Audley Travel to plan out the … Continue reading

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China – October 2020

One year from today, we will be traveling to China. There are so many wonderful things that we want to see and experience. Over the next year, I’ll tell you about the process and our itinerary. We are working with … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 12 – Heading home

Hurry up and wait is the usual pattern on a long travel day and this day would be no different. Blah, blah, blah…… And with that we were off on our way to Toronto. The flight was a good one, … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 11 – Moving on

It’s hard to believe that our time in Alba is over. We had a such a good time and enjoyed sharing that time with Jan and Dave. The mathematical equation is: Good friends + good food + good wine = … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 10 – Final day in Alba

Both couples needed a chill day. David and I both talked about being tuckered out and Jan and Dave still have another eight days to go. In the early afternoon we met up with Valerie and Martina to pass on … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 9 – A day in Turin

Ok, right off the bat, I promise – no cheap jokes about how our tour was ‘shrouded’ in mystery. We woke up early to catch the train to Turin, which is known as Torino in Italy. We met Luca at … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 8 – A Day in Barolo

On Thursday we visited and praised the Queen of Nebbiolo wine – Barbaresco. Today, we will visit the King – Barolo. Per usual, we met up with Luca at the Piazza Michele Ferrero to start our journey. Our day’s itinerary … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 7 – A Peek Below Alba

Another day to rest up a little bit as we’ll be staying around town. It felt good to sleep in a little bit again. When the alarm went off, it was the snooze button instead of the off button that … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 6 – Market day & Birthday

Saturday in Alba is the big market day; for us, it is the day we celebrate David’s birthday. Settante? Si! More on that later. We did sleep in a little bit today – I guess we either needed the rest … Continue reading

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