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Where to Go in July: 20 Great Summer Travel Spots

Game of Thrones tour

With July fast upon us, the global tourist industry is laying out the red carpet, opening its doors, and is enticing visitors inside. In addition to the established historical sites and natural wonders, destinations are adding an ever growing schedule of events and festivals to the resume. It’s not just about where you go anymore, […]

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June 30, 2014 by | 3 Comments

Baltic Cuisine in Tallinn’s Best Restaurants

Olde Hansa

With the first generation of visionary chefs coming of age, restaurant kitchens throughout the Baltics have become laboratories for defining a new regional cuisine. For some, this means blending the old with the new, while others prefer to resurrect ancient recipes. Still others are focusing on a new dining aethstetic in design. Tallinn, the capital […]

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March 7, 2014 by | Comments Off on Baltic Cuisine in Tallinn’s Best Restaurants

A Car Lover’s Guide to Germany’s Baden-Württemberg Region

Automuseum Carl Benz (Bertha and auto)

Spend any amount of time in Germany, and the first thing that becomes immediately clear is the national turn-on for a well-engineered machine. From vast city public transportation systems to the pen in your hand, efficiency, design, and durability are sources of pride—and even titillation.

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January 22, 2014 by | Comments Off on A Car Lover’s Guide to Germany’s Baden-Württemberg Region

A Farewell to Arms: A Salutation to Peace in Kobarid, Slovenia

Soca River

When Earnest Hemingway reached the Italian front in 1918, the Italian army’s wounds were still fresh from the disastrous loss the previous autumn at Caporetto, which saw 40,000 troops killed and wounded, plus another 280,000 captured. Despite the war, the beauty of the Julian Alps impressed the young soldier enough to later serve as the […]

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October 7, 2013 by | Comments Off on A Farewell to Arms: A Salutation to Peace in Kobarid, Slovenia

Exploring the Nature of Estonia

Kihnu

The majority of Estonians do not actively engage in pagan worship, but the connection to nature is strong. In the two years I lived there as a Peace Corps volunteer, I saw it every day—in the exchange of flowers (both sexes), the birch and juniper branches in the sauna, the botanical education in schools, the […]

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July 1, 2013 by | Comments Off on Exploring the Nature of Estonia