From the Top of Singapore

The Pool at the Skypark atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel __________________________ I’m writing this post while my laptop imports the pictures from our trip to Singapore, Thailand and Bali (with an unexpected detour to Kuala Lumpur), and I’m sure I’ll be done with this post before the import is done. Even after I deleted […]

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Three Things I’m Thankful for

Things don’t always go as planned. Four days ago, I got up in the middle of the night to let the guy upstairs know that his domestic problem really didn’t need to become a hotel-wide problem: he was banging and banging on his hotel door presumably because his traveling companion had locked him out, and […]

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Another Day on Phi Phi Island

Traveling in Southeast Asia right now. It’s hot, it’s buggy. We have at least 10 species in our bungalow on Phi Phi Island right now, but we also have a gecko and a mosquito net. Despite these little saviors, we also have plenty of bites. Ko Phi Phi Don is a haven for party-ers, mostly […]

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Worst Tourists of 2012

Really?I do so love these “worst” lists: they’re so much funnier than “best” lists. It’s similar to being drawn to the villain in a story more so than the pretty heroine who does everything right and is never hit by a bullet. Sheesh. It goes without saying that the worst tourists are actually those who […]

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Fête des Lumières — Lyon

The streets of Lyon swarm with people inching . . . elbowing forward, some working against the flow, some in groups drinking vin chaudapparently oblivious to the fact that they are causing people jams everywhere. As we near the Place des Terreaux, the streetlights become darker and darker until we are lurching with the crowd […]

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How I Travel, Let Me Count the Ways

The Badlands (not Lyon)My partner is lounging on the sofa in the living room. Every two or three minutes he yells, “Come’ere! Chris!” He wants me to see pictures of Lyon and its Festival of Lights, which we will be seeing in the flesh–if cities have flesh, and I think they do–tonight at around 7pm. […]

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Paris on my iPhone

La Tour EiffelI have just come back from Paris. Well, I haven’t just come back, but I have just uploaded the pictures from my iPhone. My Sony digital camera would have taken up too much space in my backpack, so I left it at home. I wish I’d left my cold at home. I was […]

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My Favorite Places on Earth — Alsace

We all have our favorite places on Earth, and I suppose some of us have our favorite places on Mars–but I haven’t been there. Yet. I go to Alsace at least once a year. For wine. But also for the quaint fairy-tale atmosphere in the dozens of tiny villages still very much as they were […]

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A Strandkorb on the Baltic Sea

Usedom — Strandkörbe(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves this annoying glitch. Love and peace to you, adorable reader!) For years and years and years, I’ve heard how the Germans love to go to the Baltic Sea on holiday. The pictures–windswept beaches with shivering vacationers […]

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Worst Air Passengers of 2012

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage pictures, try reloading the page. This usually helps.) Another installment of Lessons from a Wise Sky. Yes, I know we’re only done with half of 2012, but I’m feeling particularly surly after my trip to the US–surly in an adorable way of […]

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