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Prayer flags Nepal

Prayer flags, prayer wheels & mani stones in Nepal

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On my first trip to Nepal many years ago, I was struck by symbols of Buddhism almost everywhere. Following the lead of my Sherpa...
Grandmother and child

Educating girls in Solukhumbu, Nepal

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The young girl appeared as if in a dream, walking uphill through dense fog. She stopped to watch as our group made its slow...

FOOD & WINE TRAVEL

codfish

Bacalhau: Portugal’s “faithful friend”

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For a country with abundant seafood right on its Atlantic doorstep, it can seem a bit wacky to a visitor that the Portuguese are...
Street Food Festival Basel 2015

Celebrating street food in Basel, Switzerland

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With October comes what travel planners call the shoulder season, a concept that applies equally to food-oriented festivals. Soon we'll have the late-autumn fairs,...

AT HOME IN PORTUGAL

Graham's 1952 Single Harvest Tawny Port

Tasting the Colheitas of Graham’s

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"Isn't that cool?!" exclaimed our host, raising a goblet of amber-hued liquid and gesturing with it to the distant corners of Palacio do Bolsa's...
Portuguese flavors

Sampling Portuguese flavors in the Douro Valley

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A day that begins with a drive through Douro vineyards and a boat ride on the river is off to a fine start. And...

CULTURE

Frangipani, Cheoung Ek killing fields, Cambodia

The day I met Bou Meng

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Frangipani wafted in the early morning air and butterflies were everywhere, when I visited Cheoung Ek, the best known of Cambodia’s infamous killing fields.   The...
Merian Gardens

Basel’s Merian Gardens: now a “Garden of Switzerland”

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Nothing announces spring like daffodils popping up through scraggly grass in Merian Gardens. And once that happens, there's no stopping the day-dreaming after the...
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