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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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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]