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21 Feb 2017
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Nature, Tidbits & trivia

And Zealandia makes eight.

You recall learning in grade school that planet Earth has seven continents—North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica. But a new paper published in GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America, argues that we need to revamp that list. The paper’s authors suggest the existence of an eighth ... Read More >

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Pretty in pink.

It’s the year 1817. Imagine you’re floating down the mighty Amazon River in the company of French zoologist and anatomist Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville, and you see something large and, well, pink, poke up out of the water.

Perhaps it’s the wine just now going to your head? The heat, maybe, causing a hallucination?

What you’re ... Read More >

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Captain Cook & Captain Bligh.

History is full of colorful explorers who pushed the edge of the proverbial envelope. One of our favorites is Captain James Cook, who zigzagged his way around the Pacific Ocean and was the first European to land on many of the islands in his path—the Society Islands, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tonga, and ... Read More >

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14 Feb 2017
Posted in R. Crusoe recommends, Travel with us

Sensational sailing.

Here at the office, we’ve been getting lots of queries about cruising this year in the Caribbean and along the Central American coast. And why not? Both are perfect antidotes to grey winter skies, numb noses, and frozen fingers.

We’d like you to know that there are still a few available staterooms on five departures ... Read More >

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7 Feb 2017
Posted in Tidbits & trivia

India: Fast Facts.

There is much to recommend a deeper look at India. Her colorful history stretches back at least five millennia, and her people have been responsible for some very significant accomplishments. The seventh-largest country (by area) was home to the immense Indus Valley civilization (3300 to 1600 B.C.), which pioneered new techniques in the arts, ... Read More >

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7 Feb 2017
Posted in Uncategorized

Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy…

Speaking of India, we’re intrigued by a recently published book, Silver: The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis, by Indian-born author and journalist Mihir Bose. Silver was the codename for a Second World War spy who was likely the era’s only quintuple agent.

Silver, whose real name was Bhagat Ram Talwar, was recruited by Peter Fleming (the ... Read More >

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Potsdam’s new addition.

If you’re heading to Berlin, Germany—and if you aren’t, you really should—be sure to drop by the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, a short drive from downtown Berlin. The Barberini, which opened just last month, is an exciting new addition to Potsdam’s fine art collections.

Hasso Plattner, the 113th-richest man in the world according to Forbes, ... Read More >

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Rolling on the rivers.

Here is an unusual opportunity to spend quality time with—and get to know—Jean-Michel Cousteau, world-famous explorer, filmmaker, conservationist, and educator. In 2017 and 2018, Jean-Michel, the son of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, hosts several small groups of travelers aboard two inviting riverboats.

On 15 September 2017, 23 February 2018, and 14 September 2018, Jean-Michel leads journeys ... Read More >

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24 Jan 2017
Posted in Uncategorized

Shark central.

Last year, the Ecuadorian government created a new marine sanctuary in the Galápagos to protect an additional 15,000 square miles of ocean, this time around the northern islands of Darwin and Wolf. The Galápagos islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site for their remarkable biodiversity. Yet although 97 percent of the islands’ landmass is protected ... Read More >

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24 Jan 2017
Posted in Uncategorized

A song in their hearts.

The year 2017 marks the 225th anniversary of “La Marseillaise,” the national anthem of France. It was first sung in Paris in 1792.

The song was composed by a French army captain, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, following the declaration of war between France and Austria in April 1792. De Lisle was stationed in Strasbourg ... Read More >

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