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16 May 2019
Posted in Food & Beverage, History, Tidbits & trivia

It takes a railroad.

And an influx of Europeans with experience in Old World wine-making. Together, the arrival of the railway and the immigrants transformed Mendoza, Argentina, from a modest wine region into the world’s fifth-largest wine-producing area. All this happened in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but lucky you: You can reap the benefits ... Read More >

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16 May 2019
Posted in News, Travel tips & essentials, Travel with us

Check your mailbox.

Around the end of this month, keep an eye out for the arrival of your copy of R. Crusoe & Son’s latest travel journal. Our idea book is filled with suggestions for destinations all over the globe.

We offer Custom Journeys created just for you and yours—no preset departure date, no going places based on other ... Read More >

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9 May 2019
Posted in News, Travel tips & essentials

Tanzania’s bag ban.

Are you heading to East Africa anytime soon? If so, and if your plans include time in Tanzania, here’s something important to keep in mind: Come June 1, 2019, the Tanzanian government will ban the production, importation, sale, and use of all single-use plastic bags  to help reduce pollution from non-biodegradable waste.

Tanzania is ... Read More >

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9 May 2019
Posted in History, Tidbits & trivia

A short history: Mother’s Day.

This coming Sunday, Mother’s Day in the United States (and elsewhere around the globe), it’s time to put Mom on a pedestal. Here’s a bit of history on the holiday and a few fun facts.

Mars and the goddess Rhea Silvia with her twins, Romulus and Remus. Painting by Rubens, circa 1617.

According to History.com, ... Read More >

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Go native.

Though many of us appreciate the comforts of a Western-style hotel when we travel abroad, there’s a sound argument for choosing the local version of a great hotel. For one, staying in a traditional or historic property invites you to experience a bit of the culture and customs that surround you.

Two examples? In Morocco, ... Read More >

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25 Apr 2019
Posted in Culture, Food & Beverage

Dragon Well, the caviar of teas.

Fan Shenghua, 58, is a master tea-maker in the West Lake area of Hangzhou, China. From his father and grandfather, he learned the traditional method of producing China’s finest green tea, Dragon Well, which is cultivated on hillsides around his home village.

Dragon Well, also known as Longjing tea, was granted the status of ... Read More >

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Viva Robinson Crusoe.

This week, the staff here at R. Crusoe celebrates the 300th “birthday” of our namesake, Robinson Crusoe. On April 25, 1719, Daniel Defoe published his novel, a fictitious autobiography of Mr. Crusoe, who leaves the safety of his comfortable home in England and goes to sea. In the Pacific, he is shipwrecked and, as the ... Read More >

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18 Apr 2019
Posted in Events & Coming Attractions, News

Israel made easy.

Getting to Israel from the United States will soon get simpler. As of March 2020, for the first time in two decades, El Al Israel Airlines will offer nonstop flights from Chicago to Tel Aviv, Israel.

The flights will operate three times a week beginning in March 2020, departing O’Hare on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and ... Read More >

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18 Apr 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Literature, R. Crusoe recommends

Feeling bookish?

Is your stack of reading material on the nightstand getting low? If so, consider an interesting new book that’s just been published. Cities, by anthropologist and UCLA professor Monica L. Smith, takes an entertaining and enlightening look at the development of the world’s cities. Smith illustrates her points using personal archaeological fieldwork experiences in Egypt, ... Read More >

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11 Apr 2019
Posted in Food & Beverage, Tidbits & trivia

Spaghetti bolognese: fact or fake?

In a recent edition of Euronews, the mayor of Bologna claimed that spaghetti bolognese is “fake news.”

What’s all this about?

According to the article, Virginio Merola, Mayor of the Italian city of Bologna, took to Twitter to deny the existence of the classic dish, traditionally comprised of meat sauce made with milk and wine and ... Read More >

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