Hong Kong – 2017

I soon realized upon arriving in Hong Kong that for a tourist the city is parted in two by a body of water, like the Seine river parts Paris. Only this water is wide and deep and called Victoria Harbour. You will find yourself, as I did, again and again taking the Star Ferry, a short 10 minute cruise for two Hong Kong dollars,  back and forth between Hong Kong Island and the other side of Hong Kong on the mainland called Kowloon. […]

Japan – Tokyo – 2016

Why Japan? Well I have always liked Zen philosophy (though I admit I do not fully understand it), and the code of the samurai and recently I have been reading manga (Japanese comic books) from the Half Price Book store and watching anime (Japanese cartoon series) on Netflix …

Casablanca, Fez, and Chefchaouen, Morocco 2015

The time finally arrived for me to take my grandson Andrew on his first architecture trip. We spent most of our time in Morocco, staying in Casablanca with an old friend of mine and his family in their new home, and in the ancient city of Fez and the remarkably beautiful city of Chefchaouen (known as the Blue Pearl). Too we viewed the Roman ruins of Volubilus.

Istanbul, Turkey 2015

I took a short trip to Istanbul in May of 2015 to get a taste of the old city and its history, of Constantinople and the Byzantine empire, of the Ottoman empire and the sultans with their harems …