R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog

30 Jan 2020
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Nature

YSL in living color.

The French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) spent 40 years creating his enchanting garden in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco. But it took Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé only one visit, in 1966, to fall in love with Majorelle Gardens. “We were seduced by this oasis where colors used by Matisse were mixed ... 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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23 May 2019
Posted in Culture, Flora & Fauna, Nature, Travel with us

Where the lemurs live.

In March 2020, we’re off to Ethiopia and Madagascar on an R. Crusoe Hosted Journey. This one-time-only tour (March 25 to April 7) is hosted by Steve Goodman, Field Museum field biologist and winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant for his conservation work in Madagascar.

We begin in Ethiopia, where we focus on the 12th-century ... Read More >

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24 Jan 2019
Posted in Flora & Fauna, History, Nature

Day of the (golden) jackal.

Once upon a time, farmers in Western Europe sought to protect their livestock from wolves. Today, that’s changing.

According to a group of researchers, golden jackals (Canis aureus) now far outnumber Europe’s wolf population. The latest official jackal count is 117,000; by contrast, wolves in Europe number about 17,000.

Smaller than our homegrown coyotes, the 20-pound ... Read More >

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Think pink?

If you’re playing with the idea of a journey to Japan during sakura, when millions of cherry trees are in full bloom, you should start the planning process now for 2020 (it’s essentially too late for 2019). This is an extraordinarily busy time in Japan, but one you ought to see for yourself if ... Read More >

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26 Jul 2018
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Special Offers

To the bottom of the Earth.

If you’ve never seen an iceberg or a glacier calving up close, you should. There’s still space available on a number of cruises to Antarctica aboard the luxurious Ponant fleet, one of our favorites. Here’s an offer to help you get going:

By 31 August 2018, book passage on a cruise to Antarctica aboard a ... Read More >

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Letter from South Africa.

We just returned from an incredible journey to Southern Africa. We’ve had a number of terrific adventures on the African continent, and each time we go, we wonder whether this time might not live up to our very high expectations.

We needn’t have worried. Our 16-day journey to South Africa, Victoria ... Read More >

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Peru’s tater tot.

If you’ve seen the 2015 film “The Martian,” then you know that Hollywood has been toying with the notion of growing vegetables on Mars, should man ever live on the Red Planet.

Turns out that real scientists have been toying with the same idea. And the veggie of choice? The humble potato.

Scientists in Peru have simulated ... Read More >

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Time to get nudi.

It’s September again, which means one thing, if you’re in Port Stephens, just north of Sydney, Australia: It’s time for the annual sea slug census.

For one weekend this month, citizen scientists on Nelson Bay join forces with experts to search for, document, and photograph as many nudibranches (“nudis,” to the locals) and other ... Read More >

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27 Jun 2017
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Nature, News, Tidbits & trivia

They shoot trees, don’t they?

Here’s something you might not have known: According to a recent study, deforestation from logging, agricultural production, and other economic activities adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads.

Scientific American explains. “The reason that logging is so bad for the climate is that ... Read More >

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