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SENIORS LOVE THE SOUTH SEAS ISLANDS


Senior Seek The Exotic In Moorea

Called “The Magical Island”, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet – what you would imagine a South Seas island to be. Upon arrival to Moorea Island (pronounced MOE-oh-ray-ah) in the heart of French Polynesia, senior travelers will immediately be awestruck by it’s natural beauty.

If you are visiting French Polynesia on a budget, Moorea is the place to be. Moorea is like Tahiti but less expensive and less touristy. It’s mostly rural and farming is big. There are chickens everywhere with roosters crowing at 6 am.

I recall on one of my mission trips that we were told we would be staying in the “Chicken Hilton.”  We discovered why at 6 am. The gorgeous white sand beaches, island and wonderful mountains of Moorea make it a highly sought after destination.

 

Moorea is Polynesia’s second-most popular tourist attraction after Tahiti. Located a mere 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of the island of Tahiti, Moorea is a triangular shaped island encircled by a lagoon of translucent green, fringed by an azure blue Polynesian sea.

Seniors Drawn By The Beauty

Covering an area of 51 square miles, Moorea and Tahiti are the major islands in the windward group of the Society Islands. Believed to have inspired the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, Moorea is one of the most scenically striking islands in French Polynesia.

Despite her immaculate beauty, she is far from unapproachable. Possessing a relaxed vibe and welcoming spirit, Moorea is warm and inviting. Eight voluminous mountain peaks rise from its translucent lagoon, creating a distinctive and rugged silhouette visible from the western coast of Tahiti.

Maintaining a delicate balance between the traditional Polynesian way of life and western influences, this island offers tourists a true Polynesian style vacation. Soaring mountains meet pristine lagoons with the entire island covered in a rich and lush green foliage of tropical plants and trees.

 Seniors Meet The Original

 

What is so unique about this island’s landscape is that it forms a near perfect equilateral triangle with the two beautiful bays of Baie de Cook and Baie d’Opunohu. What makes Moorea so special is that it still retains much of its original local flavors.

Home to some of the best beaches in French Polynesia, the interior regions of this island are covered by a large and dense population of mape or giant chestnut trees.

A gorgeous reef surrounds Moorea, while on land huge peaks soar up to over 899 meters into the sky. Offering some truly extraordinary views, a hike up these peaks is an incredible experience.

 It doesn’t matter if it’s your first visit or your fiftieth – Moorea’s beauty is mind-blowing. So seniors, it time to put Moorea on your travel bucket list… it’s on ours. Hope to see you there. jeb

SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB


Mongolia: Land of the Nomads

It is said that we are only six people away of knowing everyone in the world. This senior says five, unless you include the Gobi Desert. That’s Mongolia. It has always seemed to be in a far far away place where Genghis Khan ruled and where folks ride small and very fast horses and drink fermented mares milk.

The country has grown to be a place to visit for adventure-seeking tourists. The country is a landlocked country located between China and Russia. This video called Mongolia: The Melody of Nature, will enthrall you.

Mongolia is more than twice as big as Texas and even bigger than Alaska. Its area is 618,000 square miles and forty percent of the population continue to live the traditional nomadic lifestyle tending more than 28 million head of livestock. Animal husbandry remains a backbone of the national economy, providing 20 percent of the world’s cashmere production.

Mongolia is a vast emptiness that links land and sky, and is one of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition, and this what attracts senior tourists. Ulan Batar, the capital and largest city, is home to about 38% of the population.

With the exception of the westernmost province where Kazakh is spoken, everyone speaks Mongolian. Mongolia is home to the “three manly sports”: wrestling, horse racing, and archery. The ideal Mongolia travel season starts in May and hits its highest peak in July, during the Naadam holiday, and in August when the weather is most favorable for traveling.

 Seniors Discover a Large Country With Few People

Mongolia is the nineteenth largest, and the most sparsely populated independent country in the world with a population of just over 3 million. The country has very little arable land with much of its area covered by arid and unproductive steppes.

The Great Gobi Desert is a treasure chest full of astonishing surprises that draw in the most avid senior travelers, explorers and scientists. This land of Ghengis Khan has more than 4,000 lakes. Archaeologists have found remnants of a 500,000 year old culture, which in many ways parallels the nomadic tribes and lifestyles that still exist today in some of the outer reaches of the country.

Because of the eternal blue dome hanging over endless steppes, from the ancient times Mongols refer to their motherland as “Blue Mongolia.” Even nowadays, old women will splash into air at the morning dawn a bit of freshly brewed tea with milk as an offering to the Blue Sky and the Mother Nature. The national drink is called Airag made from fermented mare’s milk and is an acquired taste.

Mongolia is a perfect destination for horse trekking, long-distance cycling or hiking, or more leisurely activities such as fly-fishing, yak carting or camping out under a sprawling mass of stars.

Ulaanbaatar, the main entry point, presents a number of quality museums, Buddhist temples and the famed Gandan Monastery – the most important monastery in the country. Seniors, enjoy your coffee and say “Good Morning” to Mongolia. jeb

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SENIORS TRAVEL TO INDIA


Seniors Discover Kerala

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The Week, March 28, 2014 p. 30 noted that Kerala is a highly recommended place for senior tourists to visit. Hindus, Muslims, Christians and even some Jains peacefully co-exist. It’s “a busy juxtaposition of towers, minarets, and spires that sit cheek by jowl in every city, town and village.”

Nature at its best, Kerala India is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. Kerala Tourism offers beaches, palm fringed backwaters, murky hills, lush green forests, beautiful houseboats and inimitable wildlife and perfect climate.

Kettuvallams or houseboats are the boats of Kerala which were originally used for the purpose of transporting food grains from one part of the state to another, chiefly rice and they are everywhere.

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Keralas is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea. The name Kerala is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “the land added on” (with reference to its mythological origin). The natives are called Keralites and the economy is mainly dominated by agriculture.

Kerala Tourism can fill you in on many of the specifics that make this area special. It is networked by 44 rivers and Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. Senior visitors find that it is clean, very clean.

Kerala is India’s most advanced society, with hundred percent literacy. And with world-class health care systems, Kerala has India’s lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates.

Seniors Find Food-Lover’s Paradise

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For the gourmets among you, Kerala is every food-lover’s paradise. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of dishes, ranging from the traditional sadya to seafood delicacies. It also a “tea heaven” and the Tea Garden is the #1 site to take in.

Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians have a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Lonely Planet notes that “this is where India slips down into second gear, stops to smell the roses” and folks talk to strangers.

Rejuvenation programs through Ayurveda (alternative, natural medicine) are popular in Kerala; the cool June and mid-October monsoon seasons are considered ideal for healing therapies.

Consider visiting Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple,  one of the oldest temples in and around Cochin that rates #2 for visitor favorite sites. Pilgrims across south India are frequent visitors to this magnificent temple.

I recently discovered a great new search engine called DuckDuckGo. Input Kerala and wow…you will be amazed at all the many references to the area.

So put Kerala on your travel bucket list and enjoy this part of India.  jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO GULF OF THAILAND


Seniors Ask, “Where Is Koh Samui?”

That was this senior’s question.  Recently selected as “A best place to visit in 2014,”  let’s go exploring and visit Koh Samui over in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is an island of natural beauty and charm.

Spending time in Bophut, a beach village, is a wonderful way to soak up local Thai culture. It is one of the few places on Samui that retains some of the island’s original Thai-Chinese atmosphere. The many restaurants and pubs are perfect spots for senior travelers to experience the famous sunsets.

There aren’t many other places where seniors can bask in the camp of a cabaret show and the solemnity of a Buddhist temple. As far as the latter goes, the Wat Plai Laem temple is a magnificent vision of gilded red rooftops and a massive spindly white 18-armed idol of Guanyin sitting in the middle of a lake.

 Welcome to Koh Samui, Seniors

The “official website” for Koh Samui is filled with information for first timers. Koh Samui, Kho Samui, Ko Samui, Samui, Koi Samui, Ko Samoi, Koh Samai, Smui are common ways of spelling the holiday paradise of Samui. If you are not acquainted with Thailand, approximate spelling is accepted.

In Samui you will find spectacular waterfalls, temples where the Big Buddha is a principal attraction as well as some fascinating rock formations that have been carved by nature’s elements. The Mummified Monk Exhibition is another popular draw.

Lonely Planet has been there and invites senior gourmet visitors to take in the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts. Most of us would enjoy spending some pleasureful time in a super spa. More like a spa journey than a day spa, Tamarind Springs incorporates an exploration of the natural world into its steam baths and spa treatments.

A Popular Vacation Destination

Koh Samui is Thailand’s second most popular island destination on the Gulf of Thailand roughly 700 km. south of Bangkok and 80 km. from Thailand’s southern coast. It is the third largest island in Thailand and the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking paradise and day trip from Koh Samui.

Koh Samui weather is almost always beautiful with an azur coast and a warm sea breeze. From the end of December to end of March Koh Samui is the ideal tropical island with white sandy beaches, clean, lush tropical gardens and a soft sea breeze.

Long sandy beaches, laying like vast strips of white sand in the sun lined with coconut trees and pine, provides the perfect picture of a tropical paradise. If you enjoy the beach and warm breezes, Samui is the place to be.  Sounds like one great place to experience.  jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO THAILAND


Seniors Discover Bangkok

Travel & Leisure ranked ranked Bangkok  the # 1 tourist destination in 2012. So seniors, pack those bags, check out the sites below and get ready to take in exotic and beautiful Thailand with a focus on Bangkok, “The City of Angels.”

 With sixteen million foreigners flying into the country each year, Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination. Yet despite this vast influx of visitors, Thailand’s cultural integrity remains largely undamaged – a country that adroitly avoided colonization has been able to absorb Western influences while maintaining its own rich heritage.

Friends and folks I have met who have been to Thailand have rave reviews. The headlong pace and flawed modernity of Bangkok match few people’s visions of the capital of exotic Siam. Spiked with scores of high-rise buildings of concrete and glass, it’s a vast flatness that holds an estimated population of eleven million, and senior visitors say that it feels even bigger, whatever that means.

They also state that they feel a “sensory overload” in Bangkok. This site will put you on an overload of information if you have time to read through each of the links. Rough Guides offers 20 Things Not To Miss on your vacation to Bangkok.

Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervour. It is the nation’s capital and one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.

All That History Draws Seniors

The history of the city of Bangkok dates at least to the early 15th century. In the span of over the past two hundred years, Bangkok has become the political, social and economic center of Thailand, Southeast Asia as well as all of Indochina.

Its influence in the arts, politics, fashion, education and entertainment as well as being a business, financial and cultural center of Asia has given the city the status of a global city. Bangkok is as intoxicating as it is diverse; a melting pot of exotic aromas, interesting sights and visual delights.

Bangkok can easily occupy senior visitors for a week although we suspect that many visitors stay for just a day or two and then travel either up country or to some of Thailand’s numerous beaches. Bangkok, however, has its own gems and if you do a little research, you can find plenty to see and do.

 To put it simply, Bangkok can seem like a labyrinth to senior visitors in the city. Causing even further confusion is the lack of a true “center” to the city, with various districts scattered throughout town. The Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly known as the BTS Skytrain, is an elevated rapid transit system that has made it much easier to get around.  Taxis, tuk-tuks, buses and motorcycle taxis are also plentiful. I think that you will find this city a real treat. It’s now on my bucket list.  jeb

SENIORS EXPLORE THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA


Blue Water Amazes Seniors

I well recall seeing the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. This senior was 21 years old and had not seen an ocean previously. I was part of a group on a French study trip sponsored by Oberlin College in Ohio. We spent a total of seven weeks in France starting in St-Aygulf, a small beach resort set on the outskirts of the old Roman town, Fréjus.

Then we were three weeks in Aix-en-Provence and lastly three weeks in Paris. I was a French major from Cornell College, Iowa and I earned a Carnegie Corporation Scholarship. I was thrilled with this “all inclusive” experience.

 The Blue Blue Mediterranean Amazed Me

When I saw the Mediterranean for the first time, it looked as if “someone has poured blue ink into the water.” It was such a dark blue. I learned later that was due to its depth. The Mediterranean has an average depth of 1,500 m (4,900 ft) and at its greatest width, it runs over 850 miles.

The Sea accounts for a staggering 30% of tourists world wide and attracts nearly 250 million visitors in a year. Viewing a map of the sea, it is evident why so many tourists are lured to its sandy shores and a host of divergent islands. There is so much to see just traveling around the Mediterrean Sea.

This inland sea is bordered on the north by Europe, on the east by Asia, and on the south by Africa. Its connection to the Atlantic (the Strait of Gibraltar) is only 14 km (9 mi) wide. It covers an approximate area of 2.5 million km² (965,000 sq mi).

 History of the Mediterranean Sea

Stone Age tools have been discovered by archeologists along its shores and it is believed that the Egyptians began sailing on it by 3000 B.C.E. Early people of the region used the Mediterranean as a trade route and as a way to move to and colonize other regions.

As a result, the sea was controlled by several different ancient civilizations. These include the Minoan, Phoenician, Greek and later the Roman civilizations.

The Mediterranean is an almost completely closed basin where the continuous inflow of surface water from the Atlantic Ocean is the sea’s major source of replenishment and water renewal. It is estimated waters take over a century to be completely renewed through the Strait of Gibraltar which is only 300 m (1000 ft) deep.

The scarce inflow, coupled with high evaporation, makes the Mediterranean much saltier than the Atlantic Ocean. The Sea is almost totally free of any tidal influence.

Main crops in the Mediterranean include olives, grapes, cork, oranges and tangerines. Wildlife, such as sea turtles, monk seals, sting rays and schools of fish flourish throughout the sea and provide vital resources.

Trademark blue, warm waters, exotic beaches and proximity to historic regions have made the Mediterranean Sea a popular destination for travelers to enjoy and explore. jeb

SENIORS VISIT JAPAN


Seniors Enjoy Nagano

Senior travelers visit Nagano, the “roof of Japan”, a mountainous, landlocked prefecture in the center of Japan’s largest island, Honshu. Nagano City is located in central Honshu on the Tenryu River and gradually evolved as a temple town around Zenkō-ji, one of Japan’s most popular temples.

In 1998, the city hosted the Winter Olympic Games, and today some former olympic facilities can still be viewed. In the forested mountains northwest of the city center lies the Togakushi area, the legendary home of the Togakure Ninja School and two universities. Taking a 360 view around Nagano, senior visitors will note nine of the twelve highest mountains of Japan. Now we know why the winter olympic games were held there.

In Honshu seniors can climb the Japanese Alps, soak in an Onsen (spa) and take photos of snow monkeys. These fascinating creatures, the northernmost primates in the world aside from humans, can be viewed up close by any visitor to Japan. The Huffington Post had an article called “hot tubbing with snow monkeys”.

Nagano is a low-rise, spread out city, which enjoys cooler weather in Japan’s hot summers. And check out those scrumptious noodles. Nagano is known for its soba (buckwheat noodles) and you will find many soba restaurants in the area.

 Why Nagano, Seniors Ask?

Every year, thousands of pilgrims descend on Nagano to pay homage at Zenkō-ji, home of a legendary sixth-century image of Buddha. It’s a very handy base for trips into the surrounding mountains. Nagano is only 90 minutes from Tokyo station on the Shinkansen Bullet Train. I really enjoyed riding that train. An awesome experience. JapanVisitor.com provides a list of the main attractions in town and notes that 380,000 Japanese call it home.

The Temple is Nagano’s must-see attraction and is one of Japan’s most-visited temples. The first image of Buddha was housed here at this temple which is also the largest thatched roof in all of Japan. Dating from the 7th century, Zenkoji houses the Ikko-Sanzon Amida Nyorai, according to legend, the first Buddhist image to arrive in Japan (from Korea in the 6th century).

Zenkō-ji’s immense popularity stems partly from its liberal welcoming of pilgrims, regardless of gender, creed or religious belief. Its chief officiants are both a priest and a priestess. The current building, a national treasure, dates from 1707. And wow, Five million pilgrims come to Zenkō-ji every seven years from early April to mid-May to view a copy of Zenkō-ji’s sacred Buddha image – the only time it can be seen.

The line of tourists visiting Nagano does not seem to end throughout the year. They visit scenic spots like Jo’estu Kogen National Park, which has Mt. Asama-yama and Mt. Yokote-yama, Minami Alps National Park, and Chubu Sangaku National Park and you can ski year round.

So talk with your travel agent and make plans to incorporate Nagano into your itinerary while you are in Japan.  You will find it fascinating and well worth a visit.  jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO CAMBODIA


Angkor Wat Attracts Seniors

Angkor Wat is a Hindu, then subsequently Buddhist temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. It is a World Heritage Site and by now you know this senior’s penchant for those sites wherever they lie in the world.

Angkor was the capital of the Khmer (Cambodian) empire from the 9th to the 15th century, a period that is considered the classical era of Cambodian history.  Today Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.

Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations, built between roughly A.D. 1113 and 1150, and encompassing an area of about 500 acres.  It is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. Its name means simply “temple city.”

Seniors Visit the Seventh Wonder of the World

UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging program to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings. The temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, represent one of humankind’s most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. The site is called the “Seventh Wonder of the World”. Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled.

Seniors can take a Virtual Travel Tour of Angkor Wat and get a good conception of just how large the entire structure is. Originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, it was converted into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century. It has remained a place of worship since its founding in the 12th century.

Thought to be a miniature replica of the universe, its composition of towers, moats and concentric walls reveals an architectural sophistication, and the bas-reliefs with their plump figures and triumphal battle scenes reflect a robust, healthy and wealthy period of history.

Angkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. For several centuries Angkor, was the center of the Khmer Kingdom.

Bustling Ancient City Uncovered

With impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs, the site is a unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization. Angkor, is located in modern-day Cambodia and was once the capital of the Khmer Empire. As old as it is, airborne laser technology has uncovered a network of roadways and canals, illustrating a bustling ancient city linking Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples complex.

 Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. It is the centerpiece of any visit to the various temples of Angkor. jeb

SENIOR TRAVEL INCLUDES VIETNAM


Did You Say “Hanoi”?

Yes, Hanoi has become a hot spot for senior travelers. Most of us have the name Hanoi in our memories associated with war. But today Hanoi has evolved into a traveler’s delight.  It is presently undergoing a huge building boom and senior travelers  will find that it is a city largely unscathed from the decades of war.

Ha Noi as it is called, is the capital of Vietnam and is filled with French flair. In 2010 Hanoi turned 1,000 years old.   Hà Nội  = “Between Rivers” or “River Interior”),  remains the center of Vietnam culture, history and tourism and one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam and Indochina.

Given the political and historical importance of Hanoi and its burgeoning population of over three million, it’s a surprisingly low-key city with a more intimate appeal than brash, young Ho Chi Minh City. The capital is one of the most beautiful of the colonial Indochinese cities and is often the start or end point of a trip to Vietnam, and what a great welcome or farewell it will be for you.

Know before you go is always good advice and Hanoi is no exception. Lonely Planet invites senior visitors to “Imagine a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history.”

The Old Quarter Draws Senior Visitors

The Old Quarter is the primary reason Hanoi is a #1 tourist attraction, with its 36 streets and guilds. The Quarter is most popular for its history, architecture, and different products as well as the daily life of the locals that live there. The Old Quarter is a “cauldron of commerce” and the commercial heart since the 15th century.

Hanoi’s traffic is chaotic, with seemingly perpetual traffic jams, and a large number of almost suicidal motorcyclists and pedestrians and an intoxicating tangle of streets. One couple advises that you hire a Green Tourist electric car (US$7 for an hour) to drive around the Old Quarter.

Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises narrow streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for its primary goods. Experienced visitors suggest the Water Puppet Theatre, the Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison Museum (“The Hanoi Hilton”). So take your pick.

For every glitzy mall in Hanoi there’s an incense-filled temple nearby and cultural influences of the past are still part of the modern-day fabric. Temples and pagodas…more than six hundred hail from the original, eleventh-century city.

 The UK Telegraph has good travel advice on Vietnam and Hanoi. This travel blog was a joy to write. I could have continued for three more blogs… Hanoi is that kind of city.  So put it on your “travel bucket list”. Should make for a great adventure. jeb

 

 

SENIORS TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES


Seniors Search For “Pearls”  in Manila

The Philippines, an archipelago in Southeast Asia, is made up of over 7000 islands. Beaches, volcanoes and wildlife are among the attractions that tempt senior tourists to the country. The most visited places include the urban sprawl of Manila, islands with exotic beaches and sites of outstanding natural beauty.

Under Spanish rule, Manila was known as ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ as a result of its central location in the vital sea trade routes and the jewel of Spain’s empire in the Pacific. Early tourists, like the 19th-century traveller Fedor Jagor, described it as a splendid, fortified city of wide, cobbled streets and regal townhouses. Sadly, little remains of that splendid city today. While Manila is the capital (1.65 million), Quezon City is #1 with over one million more citizens (2.75 million).

 Call it “Gumbo”

The city’s cultural gumbo of Malay, Spanish, American, Chinese and Arabic influences is heady and rich, and often takes first timers by surprise. Senior travelers will discover a city with a rich past, a vibrant lifestyle, and warm, hospitable people. 

As in many developing-world cities, the traffic is stifling, the poverty pervasive, the urban sprawl daunting and pollution reigns. Mexico City is like that and your’s truly loves Mexico City. Embrace its beautiful chaos, even for just a day, and senior travelers will be rewarded.

Tourism in Manila is an important contributor to the growing economy. As of 2010, Manila and its region remain the most popular tourist destination in the country with overseas visitors numbering 1,480,871.

Introducing Manila To Senior Citizens,  A Global City

Senior travelers will not be lacking for sights to see and things to do in Manila. Lonely Planet starts us off with Rizal Park and Fort Santiago. Rizal Park is spread out over some 60 hectares of open lawns, ornamental gardens, paved walks and wooded areas, dotted with monuments to almost every Filipino hero you care to mention.

Manila is one of remarkably few cities in Asia that looks out to the west over the sea. Throw in one of the few plus sides of the Filipino capital’s pollution problem — the smoggy clouds send light and color bouncing all over the place — and you’ve got a recipe for utterly spectacular sunsets.

Listed as a global city, Manila has its strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport making it the historical, cultural, political, economic and educational center of the Philippines.

This newspaper enjoys Manila and lists 20 good reasons why world travelers should not miss this city. They list Corregidor Island as a highly sought after day trip from Manila. For American tourists it is still called “The Rock” because it served as the major bastion of Philippine’s Allies during World War II.

 So do some digging, explore the many places to visit and enjoy your visit to Manila. jeb

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