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  • Impression West Lake water show in Hangzhou, China
    Lake as they portray the Han folk story of Lady White Snake and Xu Xian A dazzling light display turns the lake s natural surroundings into an intricate part of the show And the music of Japanese new age artist Kitaro adds a haunting element to the production All of the magic takes place as the audience watches from an outdoor amphitheater as hundreds of performers in elaborate costumes dance splash and act their way through the well known Chinese love story Does the creative combination of dance music lighting and costumes seem eerily familiar Impression West Lake s director is Zhang Yimou The same Mr Zhang who directed the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing Alan and I attended Impression West Lake while on a small group luxury tour with Brown Keene Travel Our group enjoyed dinner at the Shangri La Hotel before walking a few blocks to the performance area Although most of the audience sat in the outdoor amphitheater our seats were in an enclosed tea house which offered warmth on a chilly March night The dark setting made photography difficult especially without a tripod which is why I think that this photo from Alan is amazing Don t you agree As you view the photo imagine sticks slapping vigorously into the water to a strident drumbeat Have you seen Impression West Lake Were you as impressed as Alan and me It s a performance that we ll never forget Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email You may also like to read News for the Week Bracelets That Look Good and Give Back Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies News for the Week Sunrise on Maui s

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  • China Archives
    for Staying Fit On A Road Trip today she s back to tell us why we need Travel Oomph Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure The Temple of Heaven Where Chinese Boomers Hang Out By Donna Hull on 2011 06 29 in Asia China Cruise excursions Go Most baby boomer visitors to The Temple of Heaven in Beijing China are awed by the sheer magnitude of the Taoist complex Did you know that it s three times larger than The Forbidden City And oh those colors The intricately designed buildings with their blue tiled conical roofs and red facades are impressive and particularly photogenic Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Shopping For Pearls In Shanghai By Donna Hull on 2010 11 27 in Asia China Cruise excursions See On this busiest shopping weekend of the year I m reminded of the friends I made while shopping for pearls in Shangahi China last November During a Regent cruise from Vancouver to Singapore the ship stopped overnight in Shanghai I got to know the store clerks at Ruepeipei Pearls and Jewelry quite well Sometimes shopping is Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Celebrating At The Great Wall of China By Donna Hull on 2010 07 31 in Active travel Asia China See At the Great Wall of China I photographed this young boy who was celebrating his birthday by dressing up like an imperial warrior Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Disappointment At China s Great Wall By Donna Hull on 2010 03 18 in Active travel Asia Bucket list trips China Cruise excursions Destinations Do Trip Tips Updated 01 01 2014 Is visiting the Great Wall of China a UNESCO World Heritage site on your travel bucket list Here s a

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  • Itinerary for a Luxury China Tour
    it will be time to fly home Is your luxury travel agent the real thing One way to tell is by the items included in your documents box You should expect more than a fake leather folder with luggage tags When the document box came Alan and I were reminded of just how thoroughly both Brown Keene and Ker Downey prepare us for a trip Inside the box were hats scarves mini flash lights sturdy luggage tags and a small brown canvas pouch that contained a spiral bound book with every detail of our trip including the personal international flight arrangements that we made ourselves Another brochure contained personal travel tips from Ngaire Keene who made two personal trips to the area to scope out the details before offering it to her clients She also included photos of which plug adapters we would need in China A third brochure from Ker Downey was filled with a reading list Chinese language phrases to learn and general travel tips including medical advice My 22 Eagle Creek rolling duffle bag is packed and ready to go How will I like traveling light Stay tuned for the video Packing light is crucial to this trip especially due to the limited carryon weight allowed by domestic airlines in China I ve recently been appointed to the Eagle Creek Blogging Gear program On this trip I ll be testing out an Eagle Creek 22 rolling duffle bag and packing cubes and folders from their Pack It System So far I ve been pleasantly surprised but I ll be writing a full report AFTER I ve used the gear in China I m not sure how our social media reporting will go during this trip since China blocks Facebook twitter and gmail Assistant editor Nicole will be

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  • The Five Essentials of Active Travel in Bali
    as the exotic destination is frequently referred to as the Island of Hinduism If you re interesting in visiting Bali here are 5 things great activities for active travelers when visiting Bali Visit a Hindu Temple Bali is known for its large beautiful Hindu Temples Pura Besakih is the largest Hindu temple in Bali making it a hot spot for tourists However I found on my trip that Pura Tirta Empul had a lot more to offer This temple gives you a better sense of the Hindu culture and how Hindus worship Plus it is breath takingly beautiful Its water is said to be holy and to have a special cleansing effect on those who wash in it After making an offering visitors can come for a cleansing and to worship and pray at the temple Visit a rice field Some hotels offer deals such as buffalo riding tours that will give you a glimpse of the rice field but I recommend going on your own During my recent trip to Bali my husband and I decided to stay in Negara City This area isn t as touristy as some of the other places we visited We were able to observe some workers in the rice fields as well as see how they live where they eat and just generally live like locals for a few days Swim with the Sharks Most people are completely terrified by the idea of swimming with sharks I ll admit I was too But this is a one of a kind experience that is completely exhilarating Guides are always on hand to ensure that you are safe at all times You can swim alongside them and even feed them The sharks aren t nearly as scary as everyone makes them out to be As long as you don t bother them they can be nice little aquatic creatures Learn a new local skill or craft Balinese individuals are known for being artistic in very unique ways Two of their most famous artistic skills include wood carving and making batik Batiks are special cloths made from a complex wax resistance dying technique The colors traditionally indigo or brown are said to represent the Hindu gods thus making the batik a very important cultural and religious symbol for the Balinese I recommend enrolling in a batik making workshop so that you can learn how to make it yourself explore its history and take home a special one of a kind souvenir You ll appreciate the item more if you make it yourself instead of just buying one from a gift shop and you ll feel more deeply connected to the Balinese culture Eat like a local I got the idea of eating street food when I was researching ways to eat like a local Another travel enthusiast wrote about where to find the best Bali street food and I knew that I had to find some of my own on my trip to Bali As a

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  • Bali Archives
    Tips Active travel may mean different things to different people For some hiking and biking are great ways to see the local sights while for others higher risk activities such as sky diving and underwater cave explorations are the only way to travel on the edge However for most of us no matter what activity level Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Pearls of the Pacific By Donna Hull on 2008 11 18 in Bali Boomer road trips Do Europe French Polynesia Go While I m in South Africa here s a look back at my favorite experiences in the Pacific that I ve written about at My Itchy Travel Feet My entry on paddling hiking and zipping through Kauai received the most posts in the Pacific collection of posts Do you remember the catamaran excursion we took Learning to paint Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Where s the most exotic place you ve visited By Donna Hull on 2008 08 01 in Asia Bali Cruise excursions Do Indonesia When people ask me this question I don t even have to think My answer Bali The experience reigns as my most vivid baby boomer travel memory Alan

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  • Indonesia Archives
    Trip Tips Active travel may mean different things to different people For some hiking and biking are great ways to see the local sights while for others higher risk activities such as sky diving and underwater cave explorations are the only way to travel on the edge However for most of us no matter what activity level Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Volunteer travel in Indonesia By A Guest Writer on 2012 02 28 in Active travel Asia Do Indonesia Are you a boomer traveler who s yearning to use your skills to volunteer in far flung destinations In today s guest post Heather Boylan of Travel With Heather explains about the rewards of Indonesia volunteer opportunities Two years ago I caught the Southeast Asia travel bug Using my teaching skills to volunteer in Asia catapulted me into Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Where s the most exotic place you ve visited By Donna Hull on 2008 08 01 in Asia Bali Cruise excursions Do Indonesia When people ask me this question I don t even have to think My answer Bali The experience reigns as my most vivid baby boomer travel memory Alan and I

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  • Visiting Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
    a tumultuous history has served in both capacities Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of the massive Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 532 It was finished 5 years later well before the grand cathedrals of Europe But the current structure is the third church to be constructed on the site Ransacked by Latin Christians during the Fourth Crusade Hagia Sophia eventually became an imperial mosque when the Ottomans conquered Constantinople in 1453 Luckily for future visitors much of the early artwork was plastered over during several renovations not only preserving it but also saving the Christian scenes from desecration Are you planning a cruise Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planning Guide to begin your research On my visit via a Princess cruise excursion scaffolding covers one side of the main interior at Hagia Sophia In places plaster in the domes still needs repair despite the 1993 UNESCO mission to restore the grand structure And upstairs Dan Brown fans seek out a corner of a gallery for the spot where a secret is solved that saves the world in his book Inferno Have you visited Hagia Sophia Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email Thinking about booking a Royal Princess Cruise Take a look at all of the articles from my cruise on Royal Princess from Venice to Istanbul Disclosure Princess Cruise lines provided this travel experience but the opinions as always are my own We ve included an Amazon link for your convenience but My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small percentage of the sale Thanks for keeping us in business You may also like to read News for the Week Bracelets That Look Good and Give Back Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies News

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  • Turkey Archives
    Atlantic South Pacific Boomer Travel Gear Newsletter Contact Us Return to Content Archive Turkey Saturday s Scene Cultures Collide in Istanbul By Donna Hull on 2013 09 14 in Active travel Asia Cruise excursions Destinations Europe See Trip Tips Turkey Turkey Entering Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey I m a bit confused Christian and Muslim art are displayed side by side Is this a cathedral or a mosque like Sultan Ahmed The answer now a state museum the venerable building with a tumultuous history has served in both capacities Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of the massive Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene looking up in Istanbul By Donna Hull on 2013 08 17 in Asia Cruise excursions Destinations Europe See Trip Tips Turkey Turkey On a visit to the Blue Mosque Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the official name you re going to get a neck ache I guarantee it How can you not Looking at the intricately designed domed ceilings of this Istanbul Turkey landmark is practically addictive Are you planning a cruise Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planning Guide to begin Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Scratch Those Itchy Travel Feet

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