R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog

 
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 >

Read More >
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 >

Read More >
14 Aug 2019
Posted in News, Tidbits & trivia

Don’t sit down.

It seems the city government of Rome no longer wants people plunking themselves down on the Spanish Steps. This week, it announced that the historic steps are not to be used by the public as seats, though for generations they have attracted those looking to rest, have a nibble, or sip a cold ... Read More >

Read More >

The clock is ticking.

Recently, Condé Nast Traveler posted an article entitled, “14 Places to Visit Before They Disappear.” That’s an attention-grabber if ever we saw one.

We’d like to share that list of amazing (and endangered) places you ought to consider visiting before, well, you know…

Great Barrier Reef, Australia Venice, Italy Glacier National Park, Montana Dead Sea (Israel, Jordan) Amazon River (Peru, ... Read More > Read More >

(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 >

Read More >
23 May 2019
Posted in Culture, Food & Beverage, Tidbits & trivia

Chow down like a Kiwi.

Ask a dozen folks in New Zealand what their national dish is, and you’ll likely get 12 different answers. Perhaps that’s because this little country has an overflowing larder of local ingredient— lamb, cervena (venison), crayfish (lobster), fish, and shellfish, just for a start.  A great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.  And, of ... Read More >

Read More >

How to do the Italian cheek kiss.

A recent edition of The Local.com, an English-language online news magazine, explained the rules of cheek-buzzing in Italy. Take a lesson…

“In general,” writes author Cartherine Edwards, “Italians are more touchy-feely than their more northern neighbors, and kissing as a greeting has a long history in Italy. The Ancient Romans are credited with spreading ... Read More >

Read More >
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 >

Read More >
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 >

Read More >

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 >

Read More >
 

Be the first to hear about special offers, insider news, travel tips, and novel ideas around the globe. Sign up for R. Crusoe's weekly email updates: