By Jim Ferri I stood there mesmerized by the scene. In front of me, monks in saffron-colored robes sat on the temple floor, near motionless as they listened to their teacher. He spoke softly, and behind him a large golden Buddha looked down on the group, looking so serene as if he was also listening.
By Jim Ferri I always wanted to visit Angkor, the archaeological treasure house in the jungles of Cambodia. Now I had my chance. En route to Singapore from Vietnam, I took a side trip from Saigon to Siem Reap, the Cambodian city that’s the gateway to Angkor. The morning following my arrival, my guide, Sarevy,
By Jim Ferri Gazing out the plane window, I felt a bit apprehensive about Hanoi. I had heard raves about travel to Vietnam for several years. But those vignettes of the Vietnam War nearly 50 years ago, served up nightly during dinner by the networks, still clung to my memory. I hadn’t served in Vietnam,
By Jim Ferri If you don’t like exotic or unusual foods — I mean really exotic and unusual — I’ll apologize right now. Just about everyone who knows me will tell you I’m not a fan of exotic foods either. Accordingly, meat and potatoes are my staples. About as exotic as I get is anything
By Jim Ferri I wasn’t going to visit Singapore during my travels through Southeast Asia these past few weeks. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want to visit. In fact, I’ve wanted to for decades but for a variety of reasons just never made the trip. This time, though, I crossed it off my list because
By Jim Ferri Whether it’s the pop culture you encounter on the streets of Tokyo or the ancient one you experience in Kyoto, you quickly realize Japan is a country of astonishing disparities. So much, in fact, that you can find it both weird and wonderful at the same time. From Japan’s neon-painted cities to
Hong Kong may not hold the mystique of being the entrance to the mysterious Orient that it once did, but it’s still a wonderful destination for those looking for good shopping, some outstanding hotels, wonderful food, and a great mix of cultures. Here’s a primer for first-timers…. By Marcia Raffel Levin Hong Kong, the gateway
By Jim Ferri Food always tastes better at the source. Fish ‘n chips in London, pizza in Naples, steak in Buenos Aires, lobster in Maine, crepes in Paris. The same is true for Chinese food, which certainly tastes better in China than at our local Chinese take-out. In search of more authentic culture and cuisine