• Finding “Miss Saigon” in Ho Chi Minh City Today Miss Saigon is returning to Broadway next spring.  The revival of this classic musical about the Vietnam War is refreshed and always touching, and has been a major hit in London.  Visiting Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon) last week, I met two of the lead personalities, or at least their 2016 incarnation,  “The Engineer” […]
  • Borneo: Conversations About Ecotourism and Headhunting in Sabah My grandfather, William Wilson Porter, visited Borneo before I was born. He sent my brothers a shrunken head. My father took it to the hospital to determine if it as real. It was. My mother threw it away. Childhood memories had sparked my interest, but my mission on a recent visit was to learn about […]
  • An Imperial Journey: Moscow to St. Petersburg The trip I want to repeat…again and again. Join me next summer?  Here is a short video of some of the sites and treasures I discovered when cruising the waterways from Moscow to St. Petersburg this year.  Thank you Viking River Cruises.  Well done. (Be sure and click HD on settings!) What sites can you recognize?  Look for […]
  • 20 Top Travel Medical Tips….from Experience Thirty years of extensive travel have left me with a wealth of wonderful memories, and a wealth of medical “experiences” and near crises. This is not an exhaustive list of medical tips, but a personal one.  Would love to hear your own.  Share below or tweet me @jeannewmanglock to be included in my next article. […]
  • Berlin’s Turbulent History Exploring the Baltic countries OnBoard Azamara Quest: A cruise line known for an extraordinary focus on the destination. Thank you Azamara for inviting me to explore the Azamara way–in depth. Next post—St. Petersburg! Tuesday Morning, August 3, 2015, sailing the Baltic Sea on the Azamara Quest from Wismar, Germany to Ronne, Denmark, we were “saluted” by […]
  • Gdansk, Poland: History in One Painting Gdansk, Poland is city that many know as the place where shipyard worker Lech Walesa led the strikes and established the Solidarity Union that led to the end of Soviet control of the region. I was looking forward to seeing how it had changed since my last visit in 1996, but was less clear on […]
  • Dear Tor, A Letter to Tor Hagen, Chairman and CEO Viking Cruise Lines Dear Tor, On the eve of the christening of your first ocean going ship, Viking Star, I hope you won’t mind my sharing a personal note with a few readers. Our past goes back many years and has had it’s ups and downs. I was kindly invited to the Amsterdam ceremony in March 2013 where […]
  • Seven Trips To Expand Your Comfort Zone Having spent 17 years circling the globe for my job at the Smithsonian Institution, I am often asked, “Where is your favorite destination and where should I go next?” Seems like an easy question, but it isn’t. My own list of favorites has shifted dramatically as my personal travel comfort zone expanded. For your consideration, […]
  • 20 Countries, 22 Photos, One Year of Travel Circling the globe, several times last year was exciting.  Compressing my jouneys into one blog post less so.  Winter in Russia, Spring in Paris, Summer in Russia,  Around the World by Private Jet in the Fall (twice), November in Normandy, Paris and Mougins, Holidays at the White House and Christmas in London.  Whew.  I decided to […]
  • “Glories of the Hermitage” Russia in the Winter During the Gilded Age, at the turn of the last century, St. Petersburg was a must stop on every social calendar…in winter.  The social season of Russia’s imperial capital was at it’s height during January and February, when there was little sunlight.   Having spent a week in St. Petersburg, in the dead of winter, I […]

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