Armchair Travel

Armchair Travel: On The Road With The New Yorker

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My wife is no longer my only travel companion: The New Yorker joins us for most trips these days. A few years back one of my wife’s book club friends started loaning me back issues of The New Yorker to tote along on vacation.  Finally, last October, I asked my wife to give me a […]

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Armchair Travel: The Anti-Bucket List

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What do “The Testicle Festival”, “Your Boss’ Bedroom”, “The Wiener’s Circle”, and “Groper’s Night on the Tokyo Subway” all have in common?  They are chapters in Catherine Price’s new book, 101 Places Not To See Before You Die. Seven years ago Patricia Schultz gave us the ultimate travel “bucket list” with 1,000 Places To See […]

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Armchair Travel: City Of Thieves

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David Benioff’s novel City of Thieves has it all:  The frozen winter landscape of Russia, death, betrayal, friendship, thievery, destruction, evil, and lust.  Lust for women, lust for men, lust for survival, and lust for food. Set during the siege of Leningrad in World Word II, it is the story of two incongruous companions: Young […]

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Blast From Another’s Past: Big-Time Rail Trip

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Six months ago I recounted my train trips in America in “Riding the Rails Through The Snow To Grandmother’s House (In Chicago).” Two weeks ago I reprised the rail journey from Seattle to Miami Beach and back which I took as a 14-year old. While scanning “tweets” on Twitter yesterday I learned that one of […]

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Armchair Travel: Life on Mars

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I saw up straight in my chair at the breakfast table when I read in today’s newspaper that President Obama predicts we’ll arrive on Mars within his lifetime. But my dreams of being a Mars astronaut long ago came crashing to earth.

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Armchair Travel: Could You Survive Paradise?

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Forget it. You aren’t going to this place in the sun: Ujae, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 Dick Jordan

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Armchair Travel: Sailing Back in Time on a Treasure Hunt

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Today you can sail aboard a ship that looks like a fat skyscraper floating on its side in the ocean.  Just book a cruise on the newly launched Oasis of The Seas.  (Click here for the recent story about this behemoth of the ocean by San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor Spud Hilton).  But what if […]

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Time Travel: New York, Before It Was New York

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Human migration, voyages of exploration, moving from a hunter-gather to an agrarian-civilized lifestyle, and even leisure travel, has changed the face of the planet.  Often what once was now lies beneath layers of asphalt and concrete, or the weight of both low and high-rise buildings. In “Before New York“, National Geographic senior editor Peter Miller […]

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"Extreme Travel": Living on A Razor's Edge

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For me, living on a razor’s edge when I’m traveling means making sure I can get a close shave in the morning.  For writer Neil Shea and photographer Stephen Alvarez, it meant risking life and limb navigating their way through the maze of spiky stone towers in Madagascar‘s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Reserve.  […]

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Hitting The Books Again

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Normally, I’m a fairly voracious reader, but this year, I went on an planned “book diet”.  It took me four months to read a single novel.  In the meantime, my waistline expanded and my brain shrank. I didn’t pick up another book for another four months, but I finished that one (Marco Polo Didn’t Go […]

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