• Free & Frugal ParisAn insider's guide to the City of Light
  • China Explorer: A Travel Guide
  • Bed and Breakfast on a French Farm
  • Morning Ceremony: Zhiyuan Temple
  • The Unsung Museums of Paris
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Lonely Planet Paris Wins Guidebook of the Year

Posted in Paris on November 25th, 2013 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Woohoo! Lonely Planet Paris won Guidebook of the Year at the British Travel Press Awards, held in London on November 20. Amid all the unsettling change in the publishing industry these days, this is a great moment to reflect on how many people it really takes to make a book a success.

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Free Paris: Top Five Picnics

Posted in Paris, Paris for Kids on May 31st, 2012 by christofino – Be the first to comment

The summer weather has finally arrived, and you know what that means – it’s time for a visit to the local market to stock up on the essential French picnic supplies: fresh bread, cheese, charcuterie, a couple of sun-kissed veggies and a bottle of wine.

Choose a destination from the list below, and don’t forget the candles, some sort of musical instrument, and a blanket.

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China Explorer: A Travel Guide

Posted in China, Shanghai on February 6th, 2012 by christofino – 2 Comments

Preparing a trip to China is no easy feat. The country is roughly the same size as the United States, and, for many of us, it is a much less familiar place. It stretches from the Himalayas to sprawling coastal cities, from the Gobi Desert to subtropical jungle. Where do you begin?

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Paris Walking Tours app

Posted in Paris, Soundscapes on May 23rd, 2011 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Heading to Paris? Explore the city like a real Parisian with these new audio walking tours for your iTouch, iPhone or mp3 player. The app includes five neighborhood tours (Latin Quarter, St-Germain-des-Prés, Bastille, Marais, Montmartre), each with over 45 minutes of insightful audio content, an expert guide and audio soundscapes and excerpts from the BBC Archives.
Apple / mp3
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International Year of Forests

Posted in Other, Reading Table on March 25th, 2011 by christofino – 1 Comment

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

–Robert Louis Stevenson

To learn more about the International Year of Forests, visit the United Nations dedicated website. If you liked the video, you also might want to check out the related book, Forests and People, which contains essays by Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, and Wangari Maathai.

And don’t forget to turn off your lights  – and maybe even the basketball game – tomorrow (Saturday, March 26) at 8:30pm local time to mark Earth Hour.

Free Paris: Musée des Arts et Métiers

Posted in Paris, Paris for Kids, Reading Table on March 16th, 2011 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Before The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, the most famous literary thriller involving coded manuscripts, secret societies, and a gruesome sacrifice was Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum. An investigation into conspiracy theories and the Templar Knights, a meditation on symbols and language, a serious poststructuralist joke, there’s no doubt that Eco beat Dan Brown to the punch.

But what does any of this have to do with the Musée des Arts et Métiers?

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Free Paris: Café Panis

Posted in Paris on January 27th, 2011 by christofino – 1 Comment

Ah, the joys of Paris on a budget. Yes, you read that right. Paris may be an expensive place and the five-star indulgences are many, but it’s still possible to enjoy its unique pleasures without draining the kids’ college funds. Stop number one? Notre Dame, the spiritual and symbolic heart of France.

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Shanghai Walking Tour

Posted in China, Shanghai on November 10th, 2010 by christofino – 2 Comments

Explore Shanghai’s historic waterfront, the Bund, with this great new audio walking tour. The tour covers the recently restored “Back Bund” area, as well as providing in-depth background on iconic sights such as the Customs House and Peace Hotel. Make sure to upload it to your mp3 player (it’s free) before your next visit to Shanghai.

A note on the map – use this one and not the one on the BBC website, which is incorrect.

The Louvre with Kids

Posted in Paris, Paris for Kids on October 5th, 2010 by christofino – 2 Comments

It’s gigantic, incredibly crowded, and overwhelming. But that doesn’t mean that a trip to the Louvre has to end in tears of frustration – for you or your children. It’s all in the planning.

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Walking Wuyuan

Posted in China, Shanghai on September 24th, 2010 by christofino – 4 Comments

Wuyuan backcountry

There are lots of opportunities to go hiking in China, but what if you won’t be straying far from Shanghai and need a little downtime after the push and pull of the city’s megacrowds? Well, if you can pencil in two free days, hiking the rolling countryside around Wuyuan County is doable. Here’s how.

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