medieval bridge

Minho “heart and soul” in Ponte de Lima, Portugal

The Lima valley, in Portugal's northern Minho region, with its ancient towns and Romanesque churches, takes a traveler on a meandering route from the...
Dinner table

In Central Asia, sit down to dinner, Uzbek style

In Uzbekistan, my travel companions and I were welcomed to the table three times a day, and very often to a spread of Uzbek...


Wort Wine Day Regatta

Portugal’s Port Wine Day, Fourth Edition

Innovative, informative and crowd-pleasing—Port Wine Day celebrates the wine that made Portugal’s Douro Valley famous. The events of Port Wine Day commemorate the day...
wine in the making

Way off the beaten path in Portugal’s Douro Valley

After rinsing our feet in a basin of water, we stepped into the granite lager—Portugal’s traditional venue for treading grapes by foot. For our...


Early morning quiet in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh fugue

Early-morning Phnom Penh is quiet, save a few motorcycles and tuk-tuks on the almost empty streets. It’s early in the morning when the place...
Bench overlooking Oeschinensee, Berner Oberland

Through the lens: The Swiss bench

They are everywhere you look: beside precipitous mountain paths, under shady trees, in parks, and beside lakes and parking lots. Swiss benches are an...
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