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Cherry blossom history

Back in the states, I remember going to places like Macon, Ga., and Washington D.C. for their Cherry Blossom Festivals.  Then there were the other...

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Japan's cherry blossom season starts here

Editor's Note: Folks, times running out, so take some time this weekend to smell the ... blossoms.

Cherry blossoms are the national flowers...

Thunder Cove: Honoring the past, always prepared for the present, future

Within Diego Garcia’s 17 square miles of land surrounded by U.S. naval port facilities, a lagoon hosting 12 military sealift command prepositioned...

A woman sells spices and dried shrimp at a street market in central Hanoi.

Finding quiet in Vietnam

Stroll through Hanoi’s tourist-packed Old Quarter, and you can’t miss the nearly identical posters plastered in the windows of the countless...

Turtle Nest Cabins at Okuma

My husband and I took a little stay-cation to Okuma. It was a last minute decision, but that's what happens when cabins and resorts fill up so...

Photo by Cindy Fisher: On one side street about midway down Kokusai, there are many more shops to be discovered. Here, fresh produce, crafts, jewelry, household items, wall hangings and much more crowd both sides of the market area.

A street of things

A visit to Okinawa is not complete until you’ve been to Kokusai Street.

But you’ll need at least a full day to poke around in all the shops...

Going holistic

BUSAN, South Korea – Some roll their eyes at the concept of New Year’s resolutions, but who doesn’t love the prospect of starting a new year with...

The Great Wall of China.

CHINA

It was so amazing to believe this was China: Audis on the highways, Heinekens at the bars, Nine West and Adidas shoes available at non-knock-off...

Elephants walk in a ring during a show at the National Elephant Institute in Thailand. The Institute helps rehabilitate injured elephants and works to better treatment of elephants in Thailand.

A ride you'll never forget

Two trainers stood behind me and yelled, "Go, go, go!" Muscles already sore and strained, I took a running start and jumped again.

I ended...

Motorbikes on a Hanoi street at night.

Busy busy Hanoi

Most of what I found in Hanoi, I loved: walkable streets; cheap but delicious food that could rival that at a three-star restaurant;motorbike...

A Buddhist monk looks out from 13th Century Bayon, the last state Hindu temple to be built under the Angkor civilization.

Reap benefits

There are some places you go to escape from the crowds and immerse yourself in authentic local living.

There are places like that in...

Bangkok's streets bustle with traffic on shopping-intensive routes near Siam Square.

Immerse yourself in the non-stop energy of busy, bustling Bangkok

They looked like women.

They had slender arms and curvy waists. They wore enough eyeliner and foundation to keep local drug stores...

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