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  • Authentic Bouillabaisse

    Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 20th, 2017

    Yet again my paella was a hit with our guests. We talked about the expensive key ingredient of saffron. The next time I want to make Bouillabaisse. But I doubt that I can match that first encounter decades ago in the charming cove of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

  • China's Yunnan Province: Part Two

    Dali and Lijiang

    By: Zeren Earls - Sep 11th, 2016

    Dali is an autonomous Bai prefecture on the shores of Lake Erhai, which sits in a high-altitude valley of 6500 feet. Mild climate, beautiful mountain scenery, and unique minority populations make the region an attractive destination. Lijian, nestled in the high mountain plains at 7500 feet, is home to Naxi people, who have a unique culture and religion based on nature worship. Their living quarters is a well-preserved Old Town well worth a visit.

  • Boston’s The Verb Hotel

    Displays Bieber Collection of Rock Memorabelia

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 10th, 2016

    After graduation from the BU School of Journalism David Bieber found that the only way to research and promote rock music was to collect the material. Soon his apartment was cluttered with thousands of albums and related detritus. It is the foremost archive of a formative era when Boston emerged as a major matrix for contemporary music. Now highlights of the Bieber Collection have been installed at Boston's The Verb Hotel.

  • Celebrate the Constitution on September 17

    No Better Place Than Philadelphia

    By: Susan Cohn - Sep 09th, 2016

    Since 2004, September 17 has been officially recognized as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a day on which to learn about the Constitution. And there’s no better place to celebrate and learn than the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”

  • China's Yunnan Province: Part One

    Kunming, The Capital City

    By: Zeren Earls - Sep 07th, 2016

    Burma and Tibet as neighbors, Yunnan is a culturally, ethnically, and geographically diverse, fascinating region of China. Sixteen of China's fifty six ethnic populations live in Kunming, the capital city. Kunming is a vibrant modern city with urban attractions, yet retaining old-fashioned charm and folkloric color.

  • Auction At Hancock Shaker Village

    Harvest Suppers Begin on September 9th

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 06th, 2016

    Hancock Shaker Village is world renowned for its useful simplicity. A visit to this wonderful community, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is a rewarding experience. On September 9th, a Shaker auction will take place, as well as the first of a series of Shaker Harvest Suppers.

  • Exploring Richmond, British Colombia

    Incredible Asian Food

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 05th, 2016

    In the late 1980s, the Canadian Pacific Coast city of Richmond, British Columbia, known to most as the location of Vancouver International Airport, welcomed a wave of new residents, mostly from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China. By 2013, Richmond had an immigrant population of 60%, with 50% of residents identifying as Chinese.

  • Dublin'sTeeling Irish Whiskey

    Only Irish Whiskey Producer in Dublin

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jun 16th, 2016

    60,000 visitors to Dublin visited Teeling Irish Whiskey's plant. Since opening the facility to tourists, business has grown immensely.

  • Boutique Winemakers of Catalonia

    Numerous, Small Wineries in Catalan Region

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 15th, 2016

    Catalonia is known for Barcelona, the Pyrenees mountains and now, wine that is world-class and made by boutique wineries.

  • Wine Salvadore Dali Drank at His Wedding

    Rexach Baques Is Made By the same process as Champagne.

    By: Philip S Kampe - Jun 04th, 2016

    Great Champagne and Great Cava are made in the same process. The only difference are the grapes and the lower Cava price points. Most wine critics agree that sparklers made with the methode champenoise style are the ultimate sparkling wines and have no rivals.

  • Route of the Maya: Part Five

    Belize

    By: Zeren Earls - May 31st, 2016

    Boasting a rich ethnic mix on the Caribbean coast, Belize attracts visitors to sun and sea. Lamanai, a 26-mile scenic ride away on the New River, is an ancient city within a subtropical forest, where the Maya lived for over 3000 years.

  • Mongolia Part One

    Ulaanbaatar and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 01st, 2016

    An independent country since 1990, Mongolia is a vast land situated between China and Russia. It has retained its centuries old nomadic life style and culture, despite 80 years under socialism. Ulaanbaatar , the capital city, is a vibrant metropolis with temples and museums, and is quickly establishing itself in the world community. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park boasts a landscape of forests, granite hills, rivers and meadows. It is home to 550 nomadic families and a favorite vacation spot for city dwellers.

  • Need A Lounge While At The Airport?

    The No1 Lounge at London's Gatwick

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 23rd, 2016

    If you travel overseas and are looking for a Lounge to spend downtime in, consider the No1 Lounge group. We used the Gatwick Lounge for nearly three hours between flights.

  • Northern Greece: Part Two

    From the Ionian to the Aegean Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Feb 08th, 2017

    The highlights of this itinerary range from rock formations with monasteries perched atop the cliffs at Meteora to ancient Macedonian cities of Philippi and Amphipolis, the former distinguished as the first place Apostle Paul visited in Europe. The modern cities of Kavala and Thessaloniki enhance the experience with museums, monuments, and antiquities in addition to a vibrant urban life.

  • Northern Greece: Part One

    From the Aegean to the Ionian Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Feb 07th, 2017

    Traveling through Northern Greece is a wondrous journey across ancient Macedonia. The scenic land between the modern coastal cities of Thessaloniki on the east and Parga and Preveza on the west, is a treasure trove of antiquities from the time of King Philip II and his son Alexander the Great, along with those from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Biblical treasures along the route enhance the journey.

  • Arthur Mooney Art Print Collection

    Iowa's Charles City Public Library

    By: Susan Cohn - Feb 05th, 2017

    Through the generous bequest of Charles Mooney the Chares City Public Library in Iowa houses a super collection of old master prints. The 79-piece collection includes works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Grant Wood, Marc Chagall, Paul Cezanne, James Whistler, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Jan Van Eyck, Alexander Caulder and Henri Matisse.

  • Lonshan Temple and Snake Alley

    Letters from Taipei

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 12th, 2017

    First a New Year visit to Lonshan Temple for prayer and offerings to the manmy Gods. From there it was on to Snake Alley to choose one's favorite kind of reptile for fine dining. For the adventurous there are side dishes of turtle testicles and deer penis wine.

  • Betel Nuts and Jade Cabbage

    letters from Taipei

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 11th, 2017

    During the holiday playwright Mark St. Germain visited his daughter Kate in Taipei. This is the second of three letters he sent to friends.They encounbtered a cab driver who "When he laughed revealed a black hole where his tongue and teeth would have been. All day he chews betel nuts."

  • Letters from Taipei

    A Spotless Crime Free City

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 09th, 2017

    Currently Mark St. Germain is finishing a screenplay of his widely produced "Freud's Last Sessions." Recenty, he spent the holidays with his daughter Kate. This is the first of three letters from Taipei that he sent to friends. For those who know Mark and have enjoyed his plays at Barrington Stage and other theatres you will enjoy and recognize his familiar wit and insight.

  • Southern Siberia

    Along Lake Baikal on the Trans-Siberian Railway

    By: Zeren Earls - Jan 03rd, 2017

    Lake Baikal is the largest and oldest body of fresh water on earth. Traveling along its southern shore by vintage steam train is a unique journey on a coastal precipice with lush mountains on one side and the lake on the other. Listvyanka, an old port town on the lake, is also close to a network of hiking paths. Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia, reflects a rich and varied cultural heritage as home to 120 nationalities, well worth the distance to get there.

  • Grant Wood's American Gothic

    Iowa's Most Famous Artist

    By: Susan Cohn - Dec 10th, 2016

    American Gothic, arguably the best known and most iconic painting by an American artist, was created by Grant Wood when he was on the dole from the WPA. Artists had to pass in work to get their monthly checks. This painting was part of the inventiry when the relief program was shut down. It was given to the Art Institute of Chicage where it has deliughted viewers ever since.

  • Mongolia Part Two

    Khovsgol Lake and Gobi Desert

    By: Zeren Earls - Dec 01st, 2016

    The vast Khovsgol Lake region in northern Mongolia is home to numerous nomadic herders. As their grazing horses, yaks, and reindeer grace the shores, picturesque gers for locals and visitors add to the pastoral charm. Gobi Desert in the south fascinates with its valleys, sand dunes, ochre-colored cliffs, and the unique two-humped Bactrian camels.

  • Winemaking at Chateau De La Dauphine

    Great Wines At Reasonable Prices

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 18th, 2016

    Chateau de La Dauphine in Bordeaux offers wine tourism possibilities for all visitors, year round. Marion Merker heads the operation of this beautiful estate.

  • Devinssi Winery in Priorat, Catalonia, Spain

    Hugging the Grapes

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 30th, 2016

    Devinssi Vineyard in Priorat, Catalonia, Spain gives its customers a chance to adopt a grapevine. This adoption opens doors ot the winery and community in rural, Priorat, Spain (only two hours from Barcelona).

  • Route of the Maya: Part Four

    Antigua, Tikal and Yaxha

    By: Zeren Earls - May 25th, 2016

    Founded as the seat of Spain's colonial government in a valley towered over by Volcan de Agua, Antigua is a treasure trove of art and architecture of Colonial Guatemala. Tikal and Yaxha are national parks within a vast tropical jungle with a reserve area of magnificent ruins of ancient cities that pay tribute to the accomplishments of the great Mayan civilization of Central America.

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