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  • 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.

  • ATCA in Philly

    2016 Theatre Conference

    Philly
    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 19th, 2016

    "In our time, theater here began to blossom about 25 years ago," wrote Howard Shapiro, a Philadelphia-based theater critic and ATCA's conference chairman in a welcome note to attendees. "And about 15 years ago the scene exploded. Of the 50-plus stage companies that pay their actors, designers and creative teams, about 35 hold Actors' Equity contracts at any given time. Metropolitan Philadelphia is now home to more than 1,000 Equity members, plus sizable communities of scenery, costume, lighting and sound designers; directors and playwrights. The theater community is a minor Philadelphia industry."

  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany: Part Two

    Not Just a Family Affair – in English and German

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    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 26th, 2016

    The second article begins with our Family Reunion on Easter Monday, which nearly 40 people from 11 families attended. What a festive affair and the three hour brunch just flew by. The meeting ended with a new official family photo. ~ For the remainder of our week we explored the city again, downtown Hamburg, where we kids grew up. Even then, the city was a wonderful playground.

  • Route of the Maya: Part Three

    Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan and Its Mayan Towns

    By: Zeren Earls - May 04th, 2016

    Guatemala is a wonderland of spectacular natural beauty and local color. Spread on a broad plain surrounded by hills, the capital Guatemala City is a bustling metropolis adorned by both colonial decor and modernity. Lake Atitlan ringed with towering volcanoes and quaint villages is the heart of the Mayan world with unique customs, folklore, and traditions of many color.

  • Toutes Caves Ouvertes Festival

    Wine from 21 Producers in Montpeyroux, Languedoc, France

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 09th, 2016

    Languedoc is a large wine producing region in southern France. Each year, in the village of Montpeyroux, a wine festival takes place. Jugglers, musicians and locals flood the street for this daylong celebration.

  • Visiting Little Rock Arkansas

    A Journey Through History

    By: Sandy Katz - May 14th, 2016

    The Clinton Center has shown its ability to attract important development in the area near the center. The Heifer International purchased land adjacent to the Clinton Center for its $13.9 million headquarters. Heifer International is the 2004 recipient of Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian million-dollar prize. The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities worldwide to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Built in 1820s Near Philadelphia

    By: Susan Cohn - May 18th, 2016

    Before Pennsylvania’s fortress-like Eastern State Penitentiary was built on the then-outskirts of Philadelphia in the early 1820s, jails had traditionally been dirty, overcrowded rooms where prisoners were subjected to brutal treatment by the guards.

  • Jordi Domenech: Priorat's Busiest Winemaker

    Wears Coat of Many Colors

    Jordi Domenech
    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 23rd, 2016

    Jordi Domenech lives in the Priorat region of Spain, close to Barcelona. He is a winemaker, a vermouth salesman, a restaurant owner and a father. He is a very busy man. This is his present day story.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Route of the Maya: Part Two

    El Salvador to Honduras

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 19th, 2016

    Joya de Ceren in El Salvador is a village preserved intact under layers of volcanic ash. Evacuated during eruption, what has been left behind reveal Mayan life from AD 600. Copan in Honduras is the most elaborate of all Mayan cities, as it was home to kings representing God on earth. Temple sculptures and portraits of kings carved in stone amidst a natural setting with birds and trees make the visit a wondrous experience.

  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany - Part One

    A Family Affair and Much More - English/German

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    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 17th, 2016

    We set off on a 10 day trip to Hamburg, Germany, from two airports: Albany and Washington, D.C. and arrived per schedules - what a relief. Our hosts came with two cars to transport us all to Ahrensburg, in southern Schleswig-Holstein, just outside of Hamburg, my home town. Nearly 40 family members met on Easter-Monday in Hamburg for a family reunion, which we orchestrated from North Adams, MA. What a wonderful experience! We ventured into Hamburg a few times per U-Bahn, subway transportation. The city always shows its best side to visitors, even sometimes in the rain. On our first trip into the city we were enthralled to see the 'Miniatur Wunderland,' the biggest railway system exhibition there is. Here an account of our adventures in English and German.

  • Route of the Maya: Part One

    El Salvador

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 09th, 2016

    The Route of the Maya itinerary through Central America is an opportunity to see the archeological, cultural, and natural wonders of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Nicaragua. El Salvador is home to an attractive Pacific coastline, imposing volcanoes, picturesque small towns, and the vast Cihuatan Archaeological Park.

  • Visiting Virginia Beach

    A Seaside Vacation Destination

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 04th, 2016

    The best way to see Virginia Beach is to stroll along the Boardwalk leisurely so as not to miss anything and to enjoy the oceanfront views. Along the way you will see statues, monuments and other photo ops while enjoying the sandy shore and exploring many shops.

  • An Irish Spring

    From Dublin to Derry

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 06th, 2016

    Dublin is a modestly scaled, cozy, walkable city with a thousand pubs to hoist a pint of Guiness. You will want to explore the lush Irish landscape and rugged coast.

  • Visiting Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Arts and Culture Attractions

    By: Sandy and Gerry Katz - Mar 10th, 2016

    Milwaukee’s theatre scene is one of the strongest, most vibrant of any city in the nation. Boasting two theatre districts, the city’s theatre offerings are varied and exciting.

  • Dak'Art African Contemporary Art Biennale

    Dakar, Senegal from May 3 - June 2

    By: Dakar - Mar 16th, 2016

    Dak’Art 2016 is inspired by the theme “The City in the Blue (La Cité dans le jour bleu)” and will be curated by Simon Njami who was also named as the fair’s new artistic director. As inspiration from the theme, Njami selected the extract of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem: “Your voice cries out for the Republic - let us raise up that city in a blue daylight: Of equality for brotherly peoples. So we sing in our hearts. “We are here, Guélowar!”

  • Campania, Business and Tourist Hub of Europe

    Think Italian Goods, Think Campania.

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 28th, 2016

    Did you know that 40% of all Italian trains pass through Campania? It is the hub for overseas business, thanks to two ports, a large manufacturing community, numerous pasta factories and water buffalo mozzarella farms.

  • Lexington Kentucky

    Bluegrass Country

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 30th, 2016

    Lexington is in the heart of the Bluegrass Region , the second largest city in Kentucky and Horse Capital of the World. It is famous for horses, bourbon, tobacco and Southern Hospitality. The Bluegrass region is renowned as the world’s largest equine “nursery”. Hundreds of horse farms surround Lexington , giving this modern city a park-like setting.

  • Visiting Hampton, Virginia

    History and Adventure

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 30th, 2016

    We began our visit to Hampton, Virginia with a tour of the Hampton History Museum. This museum recounts the history of America’s oldest, continuous English-speaking settlement from its inhabitance by Kecoughtan Indians to its role as original home of NASA and the U.S. space program.

  • Gragnano in the Campania Region of Italy

    Home of the World's Best Dried Pasta

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 31st, 2016

    Gragnano's wide street was laid out to catch the sea breeze from the Adriatic to dry pasta. Exploring the incredible food of Italy.

  • Strega, Campania's Most Famous Digestive

    Combines Over Seventy Herbs and Spices

    Mr. Alberti, CEO of Strega
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 31st, 2016

    With a 150 year old recipe, the Alberti family tradition of distilling Strega is in full gear in 2016. Over 70 herbs and spices are used to make this digestive beverage.

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