Author: Jacques Rosenberg

What to do in One Day in Hanoi

Spotlight On: A Day in Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, makes for a great day trip. The city is vibrant and culturally rich. It is successfully becoming an international destination and south-east Asian business and tourism hub, rivaling places like Bangkok and even Singapore. The people are friendly, the local Vietnamese food is yummy, and the sites to see are plenty. Official name and administrative role: Hanoi (Hà Nội), capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Noteworthy facts: Hanoi was the capital of French Indochina from 1902 to 1954, and subsequently the capital of independent North Vietnam until the...

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Introducing: Aiguille du Midi, France

Aiguille du Midi, France The Aiguille du Midi (12,605 feet – 3,842 meters) is a mountain near Mont Blanc in the French Alps, in the département of Haute-Savoie. In winter, it’s the starting point for the famed Vallée Blanche (“White Valley”), a 12.5-mile long off-piste ski run. It offers experienced skiers amazing views and a 9,000-foot vertical elevation change from start to finish. Note that it’s best to go with a guide, as the run is crisscrossed by crevasses, is unmarked, and unsecured. In summer, it’s a base camp for summit attempts of Mont Blanc, the Alps’ highest mountain....

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The French Riviera, Part II: Best Hilltop Villages

See the first of this 2-part post: The French Riviera, Part I: Best Coastal Towns Best Hilltop Villages in the French Riviera To many, the French Riviera connotes beaches and seaside chic. But some of the least explored places here are stone hilltop villages, just inland above the tourist-clogged beach towns on the coast. These quaint villages are perfect for both families and lone backpackers, who are looking for short day trips or overnight stays. Though you don’t want to altogether skip the French Riviera’s best coastal towns, such as Menton, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Antibes, and Cannes, heading to the region’s charming and...

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Photo of the Week: Crystal Clear Lake Baikal

Crystal Clear Lake Baikal Crisp, clear, and clean, Lake Baikal, in southeastern Siberia (Russia), is a unique natural wonder. The deepest lake in the world, and largest by freshwater volume, it is home to hundreds of endemic species, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. When I visited Lake Baikal in mid-July, I was excitedly told by my local guide that it was the hottest day of the year so far, with air temperatures reaching a scorching 68 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, he was looking forward to swimming the next day, following the example of children...

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The French Riviera, Part I: Best Coastal Towns

The French Riviera, Part I: Best Coastal Towns The French Riviera—the southeastern coast of France—attracts backpackers and budget-busters year-round to its best coastal towns for good reason. This part of the world boasts some of the finest cuisine, climate, and culture anywhere, which together produce a whirling je ne sais quoi so sought after by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Picasso. There is something here for all tastes and budgets. But sometimes the place’s popularity makes it difficult for Riviera-goers to make sense of it all and get past the tourist traps and throngs of selfie-stick wielding...

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