Table of Contents: Clicking on the name of the country
will take you to all of the sites in that region, listed at the bottom
of the page. Clicking on the individual sites
will take you directly to that web page. We would suggest visiting the
country unless you only want to see a specific site (e.g., Tokyo)
Central and North America:
Bandar Seri Begawan: Brunei's Capital:
During our Thanksgiving break of November 2003, we took
advantage of travel specials offered at the end of Hari Raya, a major
Muslim holiday, to visit the country of Brunei. Located on an island
that is also home to East Malaysia, Brunei is an oil-rich nation whose
Sultan is the world's richest monarch. We stayed at the fabulous Empire
Resort and Country Club, and were lucky enough to see the Istana, the
Sultan's palace, opened to visitors for the three days following Hari
Raya. Tour this fabulous hotel and
meet the Sultan!
Reap and Tour the Ancient Ruins:
This website is the result of two trips, 14 years apart. The first trip to Siem Reap resulted in a map-based virtual tour, an architectural survey of most of the temples in the area. In 2018 we returned with new technology which allowed us to create VR (virtual reality) based tours of two of the most important complexes, the vast Angkor Wat temple, and the temples enclosed within the old City walls of Angkor Thom. These tours provide a much more interactive look at the complexes, as they offer 360 degree viewing, as well as embedded maps, videos, and photos. They may also be viewed in headsets such as Google Cardboard. Click here on on the map to tour the temples of Siem Reap.
Bali: Explore the charms of this Tropical Hideaway:
Our extensive Bali web pages include visits to Ubud (including Ubud itself), as well as Murni's Warung and Villa Kunang-Kunang), Candidasa and the Water Garden Villas, as well as our fabulous anniversary stay at the Four Seasons Villas in beautiful Jimbaran Bay. Take a trip to paradise!
Bintan Island: A Short Getaway from Singapore:
Banyan Tree Resort on Bintan Island is just an hour's hop by high speed
ferry. It terms of the pace of life and enjoyment of the charms of the
tropics, it is a million miles away from Singapore. Come join us for a tour of
this fabulous resort. . .
India Adventure: Uttar
Pradesh and Rajasthan
In February of 2004 Dale returned to Rajasthan, this
time with a group of 20 students from the Singapore American School.
This "India Adventure" lasted 10 days and covered aspects of history,
culture, nature, and architecture in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
From the Taj Mahal to the deserts of Pushkar, come visit the delights of Uttar
Pradesh and Rajasthan. . .
See Some of the Highlights of Japan:
Last February Dale and another SAS staff member (also named Dale) took students on an 8 day tour of Japan. Visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Hiroshima, the trip explored many facets of Japanese life, including the history and culture (past and present) as well as experiencing a taste of how the Japanese live. The trip included a stay at a traditional Japanese inn, a homestay, a tour of the high-tech world of electronics, visits to ancient shrines, and even a trip to Universal Studios. To take a virtual tour of this trip, click here or on the image of Mt. Fuji. . .
our way to the U.S. in August of 2018 we had a
layover at Narita Airport (near Tokyo). We used this time to visit
Shinshoji Temple and nearby Naritasan Park, and created a 360 virtual
tour of the grounds. Come
visit one of Japan's oldest and most visited temples.
Tioman Island: A Jewel of the South Pacific (in the South China Sea
Tioman Island, off the east coast of Malaysia, is a renowned diving site and a favorite of golfers fleeing the high-priced greens fees in Singapore. It is also a wonderful place to just hang out and soak up the sun, as we found over Thanksgiving Break. Tioman is the setting of Bali Hai in the musical South Pacific. Come discover this little slice of paradise, where monkeys frolic on the golf course (no, the real ones, the animals!)
Melaka: Crossroads of the Ancient Mariners
Melaka is a port city about 2 hours' drive from Kuala Lumpur. In the period when the Indian Ocean was the dominant world trade network, it was one of the most important ports in the world. The history of Melaka is a microcosm of the history of Southeast Asia, as traders from Africa, the Arab world, India and China all left their mark. It also felt the impact of colonialism under the Portuguese, Dutch, and English. Our Melaka page covers these experiences in two virtual tours, one of the colonial Majestic Hotel and the other a tour of Melaka's historical district. Click here or on the photo to discover Melaka's rich past.
Langkawi: Our Trip to the
Four Seasons Langkawi
was the first leg in an epic 2007 spring holiday, a trip to the
Malaysian island of Langkawi. We stayed at the Four Seasons Langkawi
and sampled all of the delights that it had to offer: food,
accomodations, and activitiles. Come visit this island
paradise that was our home for five blissful nights and learn all that
it has to offer the pampered traveler!
Batu Caves: Tour the Hindu Temple Caves
The Batu Caves are one of only 10 Shrines in the
world dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan. The complex, which consists
of numerouse shrines housed in 4 limestone caves is the focal point in
Malaysia for the Tamil celebration of Thaipusam. This page offers a
virtual tour of the entire complex, including the caves, and explains
the major temples and the deities to whom they are dedicated. Click here or on the photo to the
left to learn more about the temples and their gods.
Colmar Tropical and Tanjong Jara
Resort: Our Travels in the Time of Covid-19
Thulhagiri: our trip to the Maldives
the second leg of our epic spring break of 2007 we traveled to
Thulhagiri Island Resort on the northern atoll of the Maldive island
chain. It was a return after a long hiatus for Tracy, and my first trip
to this storied vacation destination. We spent our time snorkeling,
fishing, and dining on great seafood while enjoying the white sand and
the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Click here or on the photo to tour
the island resort
You may remember this little corner of Southeast Asia as Burma. Whatever the name, this still relatively isolated country is home to some of the wonders of the ancient world. Our mega-site show the highlights of the capital city of Yangon, including the spectacular Shwedagon Paya, the ancient city of Bagan with it fantastic temples and stupas, and the beach area of Nagapoli. Click here or on the image to see all the sights of this magical kingdom. . .
Visit Some of the Highlights of Sri Lanka
Our single page on the Lighthouse Hotel (the photo on the right) has been expanded to an entire virtual tour of Sri Lanka, thanks to a trip we took there in December 2002. Come visit the cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle. Visit the spectacular ruins of Polunnaruwa and Sigiriya. Marvel at the Temple of the Tooth, or tour a tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya. All this and more is just a click away. To visit this beautiful island off the coast of India, click here or on the picture of the Lighthouse Hotel. . . .
Bangkok: Thailand's Capital City
spent part of spring
break enjoying the peaceful setting of the Banyan Tree Bangkok, where
we were pampered during a three day visit. In addition to the spa
retreat, we also got to sample some of the unique shopping
opportunities afforded by Bangkok's capital city. On a subsequent trip
we got to visit Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand's most sacred temple comples Come along for some shopping,
relaxation, and a bit of culture
Sam Roi Yot: See
the attractions of "Undiscovered Thailand"
hours south of Bangkok lies Sam Roi Yot, often referred to a
"Undiscovered Thailand." We have owned a small house there for the past
ten years. Below are some of the sights from this holiday paradise.
Sam Roi Yot
The Beach Village: Our little corner of Thailand
Australia: Visit The Outback
Singapore American School sponsors ten-day trips in February of each year. Along with another faculty member, I escorted 20 students on a journey through Western Australia. Camping out under the stars, we climbed, went caving, sailed, canoed, visited towns and ranches. The entire trip is captured day-by-day, activity-by-activity on this web page, which I made for the school. The site is very interactive, with movies, diary entries, videos, sounds--you name it! Click here or on the photo to the left to visit Western Australia.
Margaret River, Western Australia:
The Wine Country--Then and Now
We have made two trips to the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia, one in March of 2006 when living in Singapore, and a return trip with family in December of 2019. The latest trip description features a virtual tour of the wineries we visited. Tour the wineries and see what a difference 14 years makes! Visit Margaret River
CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA:
San Miguel de Allende:
Voted "The most beautiful city in the world" by Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast, this UNESCO World Heritage site is our home in the western hemisphere. Come sample the beauty, history and culture of this gem of Mexican colonial architecture.
South Carolina:Fripp Island
Tour the Vistas of Fripp Island
A perenially favorite holiday spot of ours, Fripp Island
is the outermost island in a barrier chain off the coast of South
Carolina. No visit to the US is complete without a stop there to spend
time with Tracy's family. We have created a virtual tour of some of the
island's scenic spots, which you may access by clicking on the photo to
the left, or on the link above.
In and Around London:
Take a virtual tour of the historic landmarks in and around the Westminster area. The tour contains a separate virtual tour of The Tower of London, and panoramic views from the British Airways Eye and Trafalgar Square. To begin the tour, click here or on the image of Big Ben. At last, a trip through London without rain or cold!
Experience the Charm of
Mougins is a town of unalloyed charm, nestled in the mountains of Provence, overlooking the Mediterranean. It is a village of scenic beauty, and a gastronomic haven. Let's take a stroll through through the heart of the city center and take in its medieval charm. . .
Visit a Villa in Cabris:
Take a virtual tour of the L'adret de Ribas Villa in Cabis, Provence where we enjoyed our second visit in four years.
Take a Day Trip to
Biot is a village renowned for its crafts, particularly the distinctive glassware that is still individually produced. See these artisans at work . . .
Summer Fun on the Cote d'Azur:
See some of the sights in this beautiful city, located in the heart of the French Riviera
Florence: Visit the Cradle of the Renaissance:
first stop of the summer after leaving Singapore was the Italian city
of Florence, home to many of the world's art treasures and food par
excellence. On our first trip to this city we rented an apartment in
Oltrarno, the city's old quarter, home to craftsman and artists of
every variety. From this base, we spent a week visiting the sights and
sampling the food. While nothing can replace being there in person,
perhaps our Virtual Florence will provide you with a taste of life in
this magnificent city. Click
here or on the picture of the Duomo to start your tour. . .
In the summer of 2004 we began our vacation by
traveling to again to Italy, this time spending a week shaking off jet
lag in the magical city of Venice. Armed with far too few Euros, but a
trusty tripod and an adequate supply of memory cards, we sampled with
cultural and culinary delights of this city of canals. So quit fretting
about the plummeting dollar and take a virtual tour of Venice. We offer
two versions: a tour of the cultural highlights (featuring the major
works of art from the major museums and cathedrals) and an interactive
map, filled with panoramas of this fabled city. Cheaper (by far) than a
gondola ride, your tour awaits
you . . .
early July 2019 we took a southern turn on our Baltic Tour to visit
Latvia. Our travels took us to Riga, Jurmala, Cesis and Amatciems, and
included tours of castles, medieval cities, Cold War Bunkers, and Food
festivals. Click here on the
photo to take a tour of this magical place, with its blend of ancient
history and unspoiled nature.
has everything that the traveler looks for in a destination. Located in
the shadow of the Alps, it abounds with natural beauty. It a land of
inviting cosmpolitan cities such as the capital of Ljubljana, beautiful
coastal towns steeped in ancient history such as Piran, and storybook
settings such as Bled Castle, overlooking the lake of the same name.
Brimming with beauty and charm, it is but a short distance from both
Croatia and Austria. Click here to be transported to this Eastern European gem. We don't know why Melania left!
Mallorca, in the Islas
The island of Mallorca is not all tourists and beaches. It possesses a rugged character that few experience. Join us on a tour of the island's interior. . . .
Visit Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is a scenic port town with a distinct charm. From its beautiful harbor to its castles, cathedrals and forts, Palma's old city is one of the gems of the Mediterranean. See for yourself . . .
Istanbul: At the Crossroads of Europe and Asia
Istanbul straddles the Bosporus, the link between the Asian Near East and Europe. Nothing symbolizes that duality more than the Hagia Sofia, the grand Christian Cathedral later transformed into a mosque during that period when the Asian side of the Bosporus was in ascendancy. We visited this beautiful city this spring as presenters at the Near East South Asia Conference of schools (NESA). We enjoyed the conference, and had a wonderful time sampling the sights of this ancient city. Click here to see the sights of Istanbul. . .
Visit the Great Pyramids of Ghiza
We finally got a chance to visit the Great Pyramids on our recent track trip to Cairo. It was truly a spectacular sight! Visit our Pyramid page and see pictures of Great Pyramides and the Sphinx at both day and night. Come on in. . .
See the Interior of the
When we visited the Pyramids the smallest of the three pyramids, Menkaure was open for visitors. We ambled down the extremely narrow and short passageways to inspect the final resting place of Egyptian royalty. Come inside the Menkaure Pyramid to learn why for the Pharoahs location must have surely been more important than square feet. Click here on on the image to visit the Menkaure pyramid.
Tour Byblos, the Oldest City in
Byblos is reported to be the oldest city in the world in continuous existence. Located on the Mediterranean about 30 minutes north of Beirut, it boasts a sea side Crusader's Castle, plus wonderfully preserved remnants of the Phoenician, Egyptian, Alexandrian and Roman civilization who made their mark on this port city. Come along for a tour of this town famous also as a center of letters. Byblos, from whence we get the word Bible, is an Arabic term for papyrus, and for centuries this city prospered as a seat of government and learning. Our tour starts at the Sea Wall. . .
See the sights from this ancient port in southern Lebanon. An ancient Phoenician port and a Crusader stronghold, Sidon has much to offer the traveler, from a magnificent harbor to ancient souks. Come and experience the charm of this port city with a rich past...........
Tyre, the southernmost major city in Lebanon is a charming port city, replete with lovely old souks, a fishing port, and a wealth of Archeological finds. Double-click here, or on the harbor picture
Fall Break Visit to the
During our October fall break we set out to visit some of the sights in the Chouf Mountains, southeast of Beirut. See highlights of our visit to the Cedars of the Chouf, the Beiteddine Palace and a trip to the Kefraya winery in the Bekka Valley. Click here or on the picture to start the tour. . .
Immerse Yourself in
On our last break we visited the most spectacular set of Roman ruins in the Middle East, the temple complex of Baalbeck in the beautiful Bekka valley. We now bring it to you in the form of VIRTUAL BAALBEK, the only virtual reality tour of this spectacular site on the world wide web. Tour each of the temples via interlocking panoramas, as well as the attractions of the surrounding area. Months in the making, VIRTUAL BAALBEK is but a click away. . .
distance away from Baalbck in the Bekka Valley are the ruins of the
ancient Omayaad city of Anjar, in its heydey a major city on the trade
routes going south to Palestine or east toward Damascus. VIRTUAL ANJAR takes you through a tour of
the major features of this once bustling city. The next tour is about to depart. . .
Visit the "Old City" of Damascus
Come take a quick tour of the Old City of Damascus and seek the souks (markets), the famous Omayyad Mosque, and a few architectural delights of this ancient city.
second stop on winter holiday was in the Syrian city of Aleppo, shown
here. We stayed at an old merchant serai in the Armenian quarter which
had been converted into a charming hotel. We saw the sights of Aleppo,
including the souk, the imposing citadel, and some amazing restaurants
(in stark contrast to our culinary experiences in Damascus. Click here or on the picture to see the
Aleppo. . .
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