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  • Namibia: Part Five

    Etosha National Park

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 27th, 2015

    Namibia's iconic vast savannah wilderness consists of woodland and grassy plains, surrounding the massive Etosha salt pan, its desiccated white surface visible from the air. Perennial springs around the edge of the pan provide the water required by the park's high density big game population and other wildlife.

  • Namibia: Part Four

    Damaraland

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 13th, 2015

    Million years old molten rocks, petrified tree trunks in river gorges, wind-sculpted sandstone cliffs, and flat-topped mountains make this remote, rugged region in north-west Namibia a geological wonderland. Indicating a wetter past, the phenomenal landscape has attracted people here as far as 6000 years ago, their presence marked today by an amazing outdoor gallery of rock engravings.

  • Namibia: Part Three

    Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 07th, 2015

    Pleasant weather with ocean breezes, a rich wetland with coastal birds, a vibrant harbor with cafes and restaurants, a haunting coastline by the desert, and tribes that still cling to ancestral ways make this region of Namibia an attractive destination to visit.

  • Born in Freedom Expression in Metal and Stone

    Alan Houser Sculptures at Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 02nd, 2015

    The celebrated Phoenician Resort, nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, houses a multi-million dollar art collection, the stars of which are eleven large-scale pieces by renowned Native American sculptor Allan Houser.

  • Namibia: Part Two

    Sossusvlei and the Namib Sand Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Mar 31st, 2015

    A World Heritage Site, Namib Sand Sea has unique natural wonders such as the Sossusvlei clay pan, which fills with water every 5-6 years; towering red-orange dunes, whose colors and patterns shift with the wind and light; and the Sesriem Canyon, a deep gorge, which harbors birds and desert animals. A hot-air balloon ride over the natural spectacles is a once in a life-time experience with indelible images.

  • Namibia: Part One

    Windhoek, capital city

    By: Zeren Earls - Mar 25th, 2015

    Situated in the south-western Atlantic sea-board of the African subcontinent, Namibia has natural assets ranging from a haunting coastline to desert dunes of red-orange sand and national parks teeming with wildlife. Windhoek is the capital to a young nation of thirteen cultural groups and colonial descendants, all of whom contribute to a vibrant city.

  • The Press Hotel Added to Autograph Collection

    Luxury Destination for Portland Maine

    By: Autograph - Mar 14th, 2015

    Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of hotels recognized for celebrating individuality, will welcome a new boutique property to its collection. The Press Hotel, located in Portland, Maine, is housed in the historic Portland Press Herald newspaper building and will be Portland’s first lifestyle, boutique hotel when it opens in May 2015.

  • San Francisco Arts Updates

    Things to See and Do

    By: San Fran - Mar 06th, 2015

    As winter slowly makes way to spring it is time again to make travel plans. Consider a visit to Northern California as a viable option.Here are some recent and upcoming developments in San Francisco’s arts and culture scene.

  • Lunch

    Catching Up

    By: Jane Hudson - Jan 04th, 2015

    Decades slip by. Meeting for lunch not just nostalgia.

  • A Hedonist’s Guide to Louisville

    Hotels, Restaurants, and Cocktails

    By: Edward Rubin - Jan 02nd, 2015

    The New York critic Edward Rubin arrived early for the Humana Theatre Festival in Louisville Kentucky. He was then joined by other members of the American Theatre Critics Association. He keeps extensive journals of everything he sees and experiences from performances through gourmet meals. Here is part one of an overview of a week in Louisville. It's a clip and save piece for anyone with plans to visit the vibrant and gracious city.

  • Aguascalientes

    Colonial Jewel of North-Central Mexico

    By: Zeren Earls - Dec 25th, 2014

    Zacatecas to Aguascalientes is a culturally rich journey, offering Mexico's largest collection of religious art, as well as of artistic expressions dedicated to the theme of death in historic buildings. In addition, the colonial buildings restored as museums provide an attractive setting for representations of fine art. Visiting ten museums in twelve days was an unanticipated treat.

  • Zacatecas

    The City with Museums

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 30th, 2014

    On the foothills of the mountains, Zacatecas is a museum city carved out of pink stone; it is also a city of museums. It is a joy to walk the streets and to visit the museums of this fabled silver city in northern Mexico.

  • Guadalajara

    Mexico's Most Livable City

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 23rd, 2014

    The capital of Jalisco, Guadalajara is a vibrant cosmopolitan city. Designated as "best place to live" by a national survey, it is home to thirteen universities, an abundance of historical treasures, lovely plazas, beautiful fountains, and compelling murals.

  • Hungary

    Gyor, Budapest and Szentendre

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 14th, 2014

    Since freeing itself from communism in 1990, Hungary has blossomed into a westernized country. Gyor and Szentendre are charming small towns with a variety of cafes, restaurants, craft and sweet shops. The capital Budapest on the Danube is a beautiful city with great monuments, fashionable avenues, elegant shops, and a vibrant night life.

  • Czech Republic: Part Three

    Slavonice to Slovakia

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 11th, 2014

    Rich in history, this region in Europe fascinates with medieval and Renaissance architecture, imperial grandeur, and charming small towns. Friendly people, good food, and great Moravian wines enhance the experience. Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, offers many treasures, beckoning to be discovered.

  • Czech Republic: Part Two

    Southern Bohemia

    By: Zeren Earls - Jun 17th, 2014

    Bordering Germany and Austria, South Bohemia rewards with its natural beauty, layered history, and architectural treasures. The medieval cities of Pisek, Cesky Krumlov, Ceske Budejovice, Trebon, and Jindrichuv Hradec are among the Jewels of the region with castles, chateaus, forts, monuments, churches, and monasteries. The hospitality of the people, along with their traditional crafts, and rich cuisine deliver a memorable experience.

  • Czech Republic: Part One

    Prague

    By: Zeren Earls - Jun 03rd, 2014

    Prague is a dynamic city blending great architecture, culture and cuisine. It has a vibrant, modern life set within a fairy tale environment of Gothic cathedrals, Baroque castles, Medieval gates, stone towers, and ornate bridges that link the banks of the picturesque Vltava River. Its maze of worn cobblestone streets is a joy to explore.

  • Colombia: Part Three

    Cartagena

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 17th, 2014

    A city with a unique blend of African, Spanish and indigenous cultures, Cartagena enchants. It has meticulously renovated colonial buildings, cobbled plazas and a shimmering waterfront. A lively street life with horse-drawn carriages, side-walk cafes and Caribbean rhythms after dark enhance the city's charm.

  • Colombia: Part Two

    Medellin and the Coffee Triangle

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 08th, 2014

    After decades of challenges by the drug cartels, Medellin has reinvented itself as a modern, innovative and lively hub with style. The superbly scenic Coffee Triangle is a region of lush green valleys dotted by picturesque colonial towns and age-old haciendas. Not to be missed is the Cocora Valley with endemic soaring wax palms.

  • Colombia: Part One

    Bogota

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 01st, 2014

    After decades of conflict Colombia is emerging toward a bright future. It is a beautiful country with spectacular landscapes, ranging from Andean peaks to rolling hills and sandy beaches. Bogota, its capital, is a sophisticated, multi-ethnic city with distinct colonial architecture, world-class museums and one of a kind attractions.

  • Bolivia

    La Paz and Copacabana

    By: Zeren Earls - Mar 25th, 2014

    Past problems behind, Bolivia is a new country under the leadership of its first indigenous leader, Evo Morales. Fast developing in tourism, it attracts with vistas of snow-capped mountains, lush rolling hills, bustling cities, and colorful native populations. La Paz is the country's largest city; Copacabana its most picturesque at the crest of the world's highest navigable Lake Titicaca.

  • Kissing the Bleepin’ Blarney Stone

    Blessed With the Gift of Gab

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 27th, 2013

    When visiting Ireland it's obligatory to Kiss the Blarney Stone. Which I managed in my own fashion. The Castle is a dump. Better to be a peasant in a cottage with a turf fire than a lord living in that damp pile of stone.

  • Uzbekistan: Part Three

    Khiva and Fergana Valley

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 09th, 2013

    Khiva is the most remote and intact medieval town in Central Asia. Passing through the gates of the crenelated clay walls offers a journey back in time. The fertile Fergana Valley, home to 1/3 of the population, harbors the towns of Margilon, Rishtan and Kokand, each famed for an ancient craft or historic monument.

  • Uzbekistan: Part Two

    Shakhrisabz and Bukhara

    By: Zeren Earls - Sep 30th, 2013

    Tamerlane's hometown Shakhrisabz preserves a rich history of architecture. Bukhara, the Holy City on the Royal Silk Road fascinates with a multitude of mosques, madrassahs and mausoleums. Many of the historic buildings are now restored museums and craft workshops, which provide a unique setting for carpets, ceramics, textiles, metal work and wood carvings.

  • Uzbekistan: Part One

    Tashkent and Samarkand

    By: Zeren Earls - Sep 21st, 2013

    The fertile oases across Uzbekistan have attracted great conquerors in history, each leaving an architectural legacy along the fabled Silk Road. On this ancient trade route the cities of Tashkent and Samarkand shimmer with turquoise domes and spectacular mosaics. The cities also brim with exceptional crafts, fashioned out of silk, wood, metal and ceramics.

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