Sri Lanka

Our five top travel experiences in 2014

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  At the cusp of a new year, Tom and I have realized with a start, that another year has just zipped by. In 2014,...
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...
Cologne Christmas

A vibrant Cologne Christmas–Part I

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 Cologne, Germany is a magnet for fans of Christmas markets. It's one of the most-visited Advent season celebrations anywhere, located in seven venues spread...
Dusseldorf Christmas

A cozy Düsseldorf Christmas

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There are Christmas markets all over Europe, but some of the best are in Germany. No surprise, since so many of our holiday traditions...
Sri Lanka

A “Pure Ceylon Tea” experience in Sri Lanka

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No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without at least a pass through the country's glorious central hill country. Go one better, though, and...
Sri Lanka

The slow train to Ella, Sri Lanka

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There is no hurrying a Sri Lanka hill country train, nor would you want to. The joy is in the going, the landscape that...
Alcântara's Praça Calvário

Living like a local in Lisbon

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When we decided to return to Portugal for a month-long stay, Anita and I wanted to be based in Lisbon, but away from much-touristed...
Alentejo bakery

In an Alentejo bakery, the way of family

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Portugal food stories are all about traditions, and very often, family traditions, emanating from home kitchens. And those stories can be found in the...
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...
Ayurvedic treatments at the Amaya Hills spa

Every day a spa day in Kandy, Sri Lanka

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After two weeks of fabulous temples, wildlife viewing and more in Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, Tom and I headed for Kandy, Sri Lanka's second...
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