R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog


Keep your hands (and minds) busy.

While we’re still practicing social distancing and homebound isolation, turn off the television. Instead, consider how you might use your time to keep in touch with family and friends.

Here’s an idea: create a puzzle purse.

Puzzle purses are square pieces of paper folded into envelope-like packets. The creased paper is collapsed upon itself to form a ... Read More >

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9 Jan 2020
Posted in Architecture, Culture

Go into the chapel.

When in the wonderful city of Budapest, Hungary, be sure to visit Matthias Church, originally called the Cathedral of St. Mary. It stands in the old Castle District, and its history stretches back to the 13th century.

We are particularly taken by the Loreto Chapel within and the story behind one of its most interesting ... Read More >

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12 Dec 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, History

A religious experience.

How much do you know about the Sistine Chapel in Rome?

Part of the Vatican Museums, this monument to Christianity contains some of the world’s most treasured art, thanks to a number of master painters.

The chapel was designed by Baccio Pontelli for Pope Sixtus IV, for whom it was named, and it was completed in ... Read More >

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31 Oct 2019
Posted in Culture, History, Tidbits & trivia, UNESCO sites

Double, double toil and trouble.

Since it’s the spookiest day of the year, we thought it appropriate to mention the Hill of Witches in the town of Juodkrante, on Lithuania’s Curonian Spit, the latter a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What do you find here on this oddly forested sand dune? Carved fairy tale creatures. Witches. Monsters, devils, dragons, and the ... Read More >

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3 Oct 2019
Posted in Culture, History

Three religions, one city.

Cairo, Egypt’s capital city, has a history that reaches far back. It began as part of the ancient settlement of Memphis (now southwest of the city) founded in 2000 B.C. by King Menes, who united Upper and Lower Egypt. In the first century A.D., the Romans took the city.

On a visit to Cairo, be ... Read More >

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Hungary for more.

Varosliget Park in Budapest, Hungary, was created in the early 19th century. “Little City Forest,” as the name translates, was one of the world’s first public parks. In recent years, though, the place had gotten a little tired. So the Hungarian government decided a spruce-up was in order.

And what a sprucing it has ... Read More >

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26 Sep 2019
Posted in Culture, Tidbits & trivia

Ruff stuff.

Speaking of museums…

If you’re headed to England anytime soon, and if you love dogs (or history, or fashion, or the unusual), be sure to stop at Leeds Castle in Kent for a visit to the world’s only Dog Collar Museum.

Yes, the British love their canines. But the Dog Collar Museum, though diminutive in ... Read More >

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25 Jul 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Culture

The Inca: A (very) brief history.

On a visit to Peru, you’ll learn about the incredible Inca, who were responsible for some of the country’s most amazing sites. Machu Picchu, of course. Ollantaytambo. Coricancha. Sacsayhuaman…

Here’s a short history of the Inca to get you oriented in time.

Peru’s population can be traced back to 2500 B.C., when farmers and fishermen ... Read More >

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Shoguns & Geishas.

If Japan is on your bucket list—or if you’d like to travel with Crusoe President Brett Cumberland by your side—dust off your passport. With this email, we announce the President’s Trip: Japan Revealed. A Hosted Journey with Brett and his wife, Anna.

This 12-day tour departs March 31, 2020.

Along the way we meet artists ... Read More >

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(Way) beyond customer service.

In 2013, when Japan made a final bid for the 2020 World Games, many non-Japanese speakers first heard the word “omotenashi.” According to the Japan Times, “Omotenashi is hard to define, but Japanese use it to describe what they believe is their unique approach to hospitality. It involves the subjugation of self in service ... Read More >

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