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27 Jun 2019
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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 settled ... Read More >

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27 Jun 2019
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Delight Down Under.

There are all sorts of reasons to travel. If you like to take to the road to appease the hotel connoisseur in you, allow us to introduce you to three absolutely knock-out properties in Australia.

Oh—and while you’re there, there’s some pretty great sightseeing, too. (Remember:  When it’s icy cold and gray at home, ... 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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Spain’s crown jewel turns 200.

In the early 1800s, King Ferdinand VI of Spain wanted his subjects to admire his rich art collection, so he deposited much of it in the Prado (which was founded in the 1780s as a natural science museum). It opened as a public art museum two centuries ago, in 1819.

The Prado’s majestic ... Read More >

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Learning to tell Rio time.

Here’s a tip for your next visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If you arrive at a social gathering on time, you’re making a grave faux pas. The Cariocas (Rio locals) operate on Life’s-a-Beach Time, and their famously relaxed approach has earned them the status as the Very Least Punctual of All Brazilians.

Jaqueline ... Read More >

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18 Oct 2018
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Wine not?

At St.-Malo, on the Brittany coast next door to Normandy, France, the Rance River empties into the English Channel. The town’s dramatic tides are legendary, and so is a peculiar annual tradition known as “l’Immersion.”

Fifteen years ago, Yannick Heude, proprietor of a wine shop in St.-Malo, took a boat ride with his friends. ... Read More >

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18 Oct 2018
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Getting to the root of it.

Come May, the hills around San Polo in Chianti, a small village in Tuscany, burst into color, carpeted with blooming bearded irises. The flowers are more than mere adornments—they are the world’s primary source of orris butter.

Van Gogh, too, was smitten with the bearded iris. Irises, 1889.

You might not be familiar with ... Read More >

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11 Oct 2018
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The Cyclops, the Empress, the Hierophant.

Now for something completely different… the Tarot Garden, created in Italy by sculptor, painter, and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle.

Tarot Garden in Garavicchio, Italy. Photo © Simone Ramella

In 1955, Saint Phalle visited Spain, where she fell in love with the work of Antoni Gaudí. His Park Güell in Barcelona planted the seed for ... Read More >

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11 Oct 2018
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You can’t take it with you.

You don’t need a green thumb or encyclopedic knowledge of flora to appreciate this garden. Just outside the town of Osawano on Honshu Island west of Tokyo, Japan, you’ll find a village named Fureai Sekibutsu no Sato, which translates to the Village Where You Can Meet Buddhist Statues.

Which is exactly right.

See stone sculptures ... Read More >

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23 Aug 2018
Posted in Food & Beverage, Uncategorized

Salt cure.

If you’ve been to Spain, chances are you’ve indulged in jamón ibérico—the delicious local ham that is salty but not overbearingly so, dried yet soft, with a nutty, delicate flavor.

It might just be time to return to Spain to taste “the ham of the sea,” mojama, Spanish salt-cured tuna. Made primarily in Barbate, ... Read More >

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