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Japan: mega-site containing Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and more
Sri Lanka: mega-site containing Colombo, Galle, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla, Sigirigya, Kandalama, and Kandy
Western Australia: mega-site containing Perth/Freemantle, Margaret River, Yallingup, Dwellingup
Bali: Explore the charms of this Tropical Hideaway
Our extensive Bali web pages include visits to Ubud (including Ubud itself), as well as Murni's Warung and Villa Kunang-Kunang), Candidasa and the Water Garden Villas, as well as our fabulous anniversary stay at the Four Seasons Villas in beautiful Jimbaran Bay. Take a trip to paradise!
Bintan Island: A Short Getaway from Singapore
The Banyan Tree Resort on Bintan Island is just
an hour's hop by high speed ferry. It terms of the pace of
life and enjoyment of the charms of the tropics, it is a
million miles away from Singapore. Come join us for a
tour of this fabulous resort. . .
Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan
In February of 2004 Dale returned to Rajasthan,
this time with a group of 20 students from the Singapore
American School. This "India Adventure" lasted 10 days and
covered aspects of history, culture, nature, and
architecture in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. From the Taj
Mahal to the deserts of Pushkar, come visit the
delights of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. . .
See Some of the Highlights of Japan:
Last February Dale and another SAS staff member (also named Dale) took students on an 8 day tour of Japan. Visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Hiroshima, the trip explored many facets of Japanese life, including the history and culture (past and present) as well as experiencing a taste of how the Japanese live. The trip included a stay at a traditional Japanese inn, a homestay, a tour of the high-tech world of electronics, visits to ancient shrines, and even a trip to Universal Studios. To take a virtual tour of this trip, click here or on the image of Mt. Fuji. . .
Tioman Island: A Jewel of the South Pacific (in the South China Sea)
Tioman Island, off the east coast of Malaysia, is a
renowned diving site and a favorite of golfers fleeing the
high-priced greens fees in Singapore. It is also a wonderful
place to just hang out and soak up the sun, as we found over
Thanksgiving Break. Tioman is the setting of Bali Hai in the
musical South Pacific. Come
discover this little slice of paradise, where monkeys
frolic on the golf course (no, the real ones, the animals!)
You may remember this little corner of Southeast Asia as Burma. Whatever the name, this still relatively isolated country is home to some of the wonders of the ancient world. Our mega-site show the highlights of the capital city of Yangon, including the spectacular Shwedagon Paya, the ancient city of Bagan with it fantastic temples and stupas, and the beach area of Nagapoli. Click here or on the image to see all the sights of this magical kingdom. . .
Visit Some of the Highlights of Sri Lanka
Our single page on the Lighthouse Hotel (the photo on the right) has been expanded to an entire virtual tour of Sri Lanka, thanks to a trip we took there in December 2002. Come visit the cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle. Visit the spectacular ruins of Polunnaruwa and Sigiriya. Marvel at the Temple of the Tooth, or tour a tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya. All this and more is just a click away. To visit this beautiful island off the coast of India, click here or on the picture of the Lighthouse Hotel. . . .
Bangkok: Thailand's Capital City
We spent part of spring break enjoying the peaceful
setting of the Banyan Tree Bangkok, where we were pampered
during a three day visit. In addition to the spa retreat, we
also got to sample some of the unique shopping opportunities
afforded by Bangkok's capital city. Come along for some shopping
Australia: Visit The Outback
Singapore American School sponsors ten-day trips in February of each year. Along with another faculty member, I escorted 20 students on a journey through Western Australia. Camping out under the stars, we climbed, went caving, sailed, canoed, visited towns and ranches. The entire trip is captured day-by-day, activity-by-activity on this web page, which I made for the school. The site is very interactive, with movies, diary entries, videos, sounds--you name it! Click here or on the photo to the left to visit Western Australia
San Miguel de Allende:
Voted "The most beautiful city in the world" by Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast, this UNESCO World Heritage site is our home in the western hemisphere. Come sample the beauty, history and culture of this gem of Mexican colonial architecture.
In and Around London:
Take a virtual tour of the historic landmarks in and around the Westminster area. The tour contains a separate virtual tour of The Tower of London, and panoramic views from the British Airways Eye and Trafalgar Square. To begin the tour, click here or on the image of Big Ben. At last, a trip through London without rain or cold!
Experience the Charm of
Mougins is a town of unalloyed charm, nestled in the mountains of Provence, overlooking the Mediterranean. It is a village of scenic beauty, and a gastronomic haven. Let's take a stroll through through the heart of the city center and take in its medieval charm. . .
Visit a Villa in Cabris:
Take a virtual reality tour of the L'adret de Ribas Villa in Cabis, Provence where we enjoyed our second visit in four years.
Take a Day Trip to Biot
Biot is a village renowned for its crafts, particularly the distinctive glassware that is still individually produced. See these artisans at work . . .
Summer Fun on the Cote
See some of the sights in this beautiful city, located in the heart of the French Riviera
Florence: Visit the Cradle of the Renaissance:
Our first stop of
the summer after leaving Singapore was the Italian city of
Florence, home to many of the world's art treasures and food par
excellence. On our first trip to this city we rented an
apartment in Oltrarno, the city's old quarter, home to craftsman
and artists of every variety. From this base, we spent a week
visiting the sights and sampling the food. While nothing can
replace being there in person, perhaps our Virtual Florence will
provide you with a taste of life in this magnificent city. Click here or on the
picture of the Duomo to start your tour. . .
In the summer of 2004 we began our vacation by
traveling to again to Italy, this time spending a week shaking
off jet lag in the magical city of Venice. Armed with far too
few Euros, but a trusty tripod and an adequate supply of memory
cards, we sampled with cultural and culinary delights of this
city of canals. So quit fretting about the plummeting dollar and
take a virtual tour of Venice. We offer two versions: a tour of
the cultural highlights (featuring the major works of art from
the major museums and cathedrals) and an interactive map, filled
with panoramas of this fabled city. Cheaper (by far) than a
gondola ride, your tour
awaits you . . .
Mallorca, in the
Islas de Baleares
The island of Mallorca is not all tourists and beaches. It possesses a rugged character that few experience. Join us on a tour of the island's interior. . . .
Visit Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is a scenic port town with a distinct charm. From its beautiful harbor to its castles, cathedrals and forts, Palma's old city is one of the gems of the Mediterranean. See for yourself . . .
Istanbul: At the Crossroads of Europe and Asia
Istanbul straddles the Bosporus, the link between the Asian Near East and Europe. Nothing symbolizes that duality more than the Hagia Sofia, the grand Christian Cathedral later transformed into a mosque during that period when the Asian side of the Bosporus was in ascendancy. We visited this beautiful city this spring as presenters at the Near East South Asia Conference of schools (NESA). We enjoyed the conference, and had a wonderful time sampling the sights of this ancient city. Click here to see the sights of Istanbul. . .
Visit the Great Pyramids of Ghiza
We finally got a chance to visit the Great Pyramids on our recent track trip to Cairo. It was truly a spectacular sight! Visit our Pyramid page and see pictures of Great Pyramides and the Sphinx at both day and night. Come on in. . .
See the Interior of the
When we visited the Pyramids the smallest of the three pyramids, Menkaure was open for visitors. We ambled down the extremely narrow and short passageways to inspect the final resting place of Egyptian royalty. Come inside the Menkaure Pyramid to learn why for the Pharoahs location must have surely been more important than square feet. Click here on on the image to visit the Menkaure pyramid.
Tour Byblos, the Oldest City in the World
Byblos is reported to be the oldest city in the world in continuous existence. Located on the Mediterranean about 30 minutes north of Beirut, it boasts a sea side Crusader's Castle, plus wonderfully preserved remnants of the Phoenician, Egyptian, Alexandrian and Roman civilization who made their mark on this port city. Come along for a tour of this town famous also as a center of letters. Byblos, from whence we get the word Bible, is an Arabic term for papyrus, and for centuries this city prospered as a seat of government and learning. Our tour starts at the castle. . .
See the sights from this ancient port in southern Lebanon. An ancient Phoenician port and a Crusader stronghold, Sidon has much to offer the traveler, from a magnificent harbor to ancient souks. Come and experience the charm of this port city with a rich past...........
Tyre, the southernmost major city in Lebanon is a charming port city, replete with lovely old souks, a fishing port, and a wealth of Archeological finds. Double-click here, or on the harbor picture
Fall Break Visit to
the Chouf Mountains
During our October fall break we set out to visit some of the sights in the Chouf Mountains, southeast of Beirut. See highlights of our visit to the Cedars of the Chouf, the Beiteddine Palace and a trip to the Kefraya winery in the Bekka Valley. Click here or on the picture to start the tour. . .
Immerse Yourself in
On our last break we visited the most spectacular set of Roman ruins in the Middle East, the temple complex of Baalbeck in the beautiful Bekka valley. We now bring it to you in the form of VIRTUAL BAALBECK, the only virtual reality tour of this spectacular site on the world wide web. Tour each of the temples via interlocking panoramas, as well as the attractions of the surrounding area. Months in the making, VIRTUAL BAALBECK is but a click away. . .
Amble Through Virtual
Just a short distance away from Baalbeck in the Bekka Valley are the ruins of the ancient Omayaad city of Anjaar, in its heydey a major city on the trade routes going south to Palestine or east toward Damascus. VIRTUAL ANJAAR takes you through a tour of the major features of this once bustling city. The next tour is about to depart. . .
Visit the "Old City" of Damascus
Come take a quick tour of the Old City of Damascus and seek the souks (markets), the famous Omayyad Mosque, and a few architectural delights of this ancient city.
Our second stop on
winter holiday was in the Syrian city of Aleppo, shown here. We
stayed at an old merchant serai in the Armenian quarter which
had been converted into a charming hotel. We saw the sights of
Aleppo, including the souk, the imposing citadel, and some
amazing restaurants (in stark contrast to our culinary
experiences in Damascus. Click here or
on the picture to see the sights of Aleppo. . .
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