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Fall 2022 – Buon Giorno, Italia!

Everything is predicated on the world normalizing. However, assuming it does, we are planning a blockbuster Italian journey for the fall of 2022. We will be traveling from Venice to Rome with a variety of stops in between. We have … Continue reading

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Summer 2021 – Took me out to the ball games!

The plan was simple – enjoy ourselves, see a few baseball games and relax this summer. While the summer isn’t over yet, we have so far attained those goals. For phase one, we started with some home town games. We … Continue reading

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Summer 2021 – Take me out to the ball game!

While we’re not traveling abroad this year, we decided to dip our toes in the travel pool by catching a couple of baseball games. It should be simple, easy travel without many frills, but still fun. We’ll start by cheating … Continue reading

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Travel 2022 – If The World Cooperates – Buon Giorno, Italy!

So when we last left our intrepid travelers, there was sadness in the air as 2021 was a pandemic washout. Now that we have been fully vaccinated, we once again have hope. And with that hope comes a renewed travel … Continue reading

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Travel 2021 – Anything New on the Horizon?

2020 is finally in the rear view window – Good riddance! Everyone has had their issues, so I won’t gripe. To say 2021 has started off on shaky ground would probably be a bit of an understatement, so let’s go … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Staycation Pt 5 – Shanghai

It’s hard to believe how quickly three weeks passed by. It seems like we were just talking about Beijing and here we are finishing up in Shanghai. To get to Shanghai, we would have once again navigated an airport and … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Staycation Pt 4 – Chengdu

Our trip from Xi’an to Chengdu would have been on a Chinese Domestic airline. From everything we’ve heard, it may have been an adventure in and of itself. Getting people to line up and sit in the right seat is … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Staycation Pt 3 – Xian

The next part of the journey would have been the area around the city of Xian. To get there, we were to take one of the new, sleek, fast bullet trains. They travel between Beijing and Xian at a speed … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Staycation Pt 2 – More Beijing

Over the past few days we would have been exploring all around Beijing. The number of historical sites and UNESCO sites, as well as more modern sites throughout the city, is staggering. Around every turn is a new adventure, especially … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Staycation Pt 1 – Beijing

The Mid-Autumn Festival has passed, as has the National Holiday Week, so you would think everyone would be happy after eating all those Mooncakes and dancing in the streets, but it isn’t the case. My understanding is that there are … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Staycation

Yes, we’re a little bit odd at times, but odd can be fun. We decided that since we can’t go to China, we would bring a little bit of China to Williamsville. A little taste of the cuisine, a few … Continue reading

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China 2020 – Epilogue

So I’m better now…still disappointed, but better. All of the follow-up items have been taken care of; not exactly the way I had hoped they would, but at least for now we’re not out any money. So first, a little … Continue reading

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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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