Fukuoka, Japan: a Very Traditional City

Japan, that country full of surprises, stylish day to day living, and exquisite scenes that unfold in front of one’s eyes as though arranged by the Gods, is rich in dynamic cities.  None is more so than Fukuoka, a city rich in traditions, yet one that has embraced modernity with enthusiasm, a city of shopping-malls, modern…

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Luxury Cruising on Burgundy’s Canals

Burgundy is famous for great wines and cheeses but those not exported are a special treat best sampled while cruising in luxury through France on board a canal barge. Cruising on the barges of European Waterways definitely falls into the category of luxury, if luxury can be defined as having large air-conditioned bedroom suites (unusual on barging…

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The Akha Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand

The Akha are a relatively poor but a culturally unique people living in the high mountains of Northern Thailand, formerly involved solely in opium cultivation but now virtuous fruit farmers – or mostly so.  Rumour has it that some still harvest the poppy but “for their own use” as it eases the back-breaking work of…

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Auxerre, Historic Town in France

Just over an hour from Paris by train and in the heart of the Yonne are of Burgundy.  You may be lucky enough to cruise some of the canals in the area, but if not and if you can drag yourself away from the charms of Paris, you won’t be disappointed in this town colonised…

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Where to Eat in Logroño: Home of Rioja Wines

Vineyards of Rioja viewed from above Eating well is not difficult in Logroño. From Tapas to gourmet foods, the visitor is assured of quality, freshness and a perfect marriage of Rioja to food. The wines of the Rioja region are legendary, and most restauranteurs in Logroño can recommend a good accompanying wine from the many…

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The Wine Museum of Rioja

Dinastía Vivanco Bodegas Museo del Vinois not just a great Museum, it is a beautiful one as well, set in the heart of the wine area of Alberite in La Rioja, Spain.  What also places this Museum in a category of its own is its geographical position with glorious views over the surrounding countryside. The Museum is located right next…

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Mrs. O’Leary’s Fire and What it Did for Chicago

Chicago’s summer of 1871 was a scorcher.  Legend has it that the Great Fire of that year started in Mrs. O’Leary’s  barn on the south side of the city, when her cow knocked a kerosene lantern into some hay which ignited some wood, which set the city ablaze and … the rest you know.  Chicago was…

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