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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...
Sherpa Outdoor

Kathmandu’s Sherpa Outdoor Orphan Home

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  Last month, my camera and I spent two weeks at the Sherpa Outdoor Orphan Home in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was my second visit in...

FOOD & WINE TRAVEL

Autumn in Switzerland

Autumn: Switzerland’s best time for food travel?

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Switzerland is a marvelous year-round destination, but for many, autumn is THE season. Summer crowds are gone, ski season is not yet upon us,...
A fine dish of plov, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Plov—Uzbekistan’s legendary national dish

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I grew up in the “rice belt” of Southeast Texas, so rice is one of my nostalgia foods. Pilaf, pilau, biryani all got my...

AT HOME IN PORTUGAL

Portugal

Prime time for food tourism

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Cultural tourism is booming, and travelers are increasingly seeking out the culinary experiences so important to authentic cultural exploration. Last week, Tom and I...
Lisbon wine region

Quinta do Gradil celebrates the grape harvest season

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A couple of weeks ago, Tom and I took a break from all the Port Wine Day goings-on in Porto and the Douro and...

CULTURE

Banteay Srei at dawn, Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor without the crowds—Banteay Srei

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A pre-dawn alarm, followed by an hour’s travel with a car and driver, ensured early arrival at Angkor’s Banteay Srei, a 10th century temple...
Forli museum Pinacoteca Civica

Forlì’s graceful Pinacoteca Civica

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Museums built into heritage buildings always capture my imagination. Whether it's contemporary art in a centuries old structure, or modern fittings stocked with ancient...
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