Sri Lanka

Our five top travel experiences in 2014

  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

  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

 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

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

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

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

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

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

Bacalhau: Portugal’s “faithful friend”

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

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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