R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog

 
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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11 Apr 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, History, Travel with us

Spotlight on Jordan.

The country of Jordan has much to recommend it. Its centerpiece, ancient Petra, should be on every world traveler’s bucket list, but we also love Jerash, just an hour’s drive from the capital city of Amman. Here stand the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, originally founded circa 331 B.C. by Alexander the ... Read More >

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Aim high: 2020 Summer Games

You probably know that the Summer Games will be held in July and August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. But did you know that R. Crusoe & Son’s travel partner, Roadtrips, offers bespoke tours to the world’s great sports events? Among them, of course, is the 2020 Summer Games. If you’d like to attend the Games, ... Read More >

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4 Apr 2019
Posted in News, Tidbits & trivia

Happy trails.

Since 2012, the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network has published an annual report on the state of the world’s happiness. This year’s study examines the connection between happiness and a country’s development.

A thousand or so citizens in each of 156 U.N. member countries were asked to rate their quality of life on a ... Read More >

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28 Mar 2019
Posted in Culture, Tidbits & trivia, Travel with us

China’s Rapunzels.

In the traditional village in Huangluo, north of Guilin, China, you’ll see something unusual among the inhabitants. The women here, members of the ethnic Yao minority, follow a custom that’s been passed down for two millennia: They cut their hair only once in their lives, just before they marry.

Believed by the Yao to symbolize ... Read More >

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Day for night, 2020.

Were you around to catch the total solar eclipse visible over the United States in August 2017? If so, you know just how fascinating it is to experience darkness in daytime. The world around you falls eerily quiet. Birds stop singing. The wind is still. The fading sunlight takes on odd tints, and strange shadows ... Read More >

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