Behold! The ancient land of Cahokia

The United States of America is a place of many contrasts.  But, do you think it as of an ancient civilization that – 1000 years ago – had that parties that went on for days?  Likely not.  Thats Mexico, isn’t it? Cohokia, was home to the largest pre-columbian city north of Mexico. The city was occupied for seven centuries as…

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Eat your way across Europe

One of the biggest pleasures of traveling Europe is the food. Every country has traditional and unique dishes to try, giving us the inspiration to spice up our own home cooking. While we can’t get out to Europe’s food markets to pick up culinary ideas and souvenirs, let us help you to taste your destination by guiding you through 9…

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Viking. More than just Norse ships and pillaging

If you’re a traveler, you’ve likely taken at least one cruise in your life.  And, chances are good that you may have boarded a Viking Cruise ship:  they are some of the best and most forward-thinking cruise lines in the world. But, Viking goes beyond by also informing and entertaining us with their ongoing Viking.tv online events. As well as…

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Do you know Value Alliance?

If you don’t travel much to the APAC (Asia Pacific) regions, you may not know that they have an airline alliance much like the rest of the world.  And you may not know their carriers.  But, here they are!  Value Alliance is the world’s first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance comprising six Asia Pacific market champions. Its members — Cebu Pacific,…

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Air / space

Sometimes, traveling on aircraft for long periods of time makes you give up hope.  Aircraft can be so uncomfortable, and the seats unforgiving. Those in business or first-class often never encounter the same aches and pains of us hoi poloi,  but the struggle is real. Now, Airbus comes to the rescue with their new Airspace interior designs, and what a…

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Women, go lightly

There is a new option for women travelers who want to feel worry-free when they travel. Golightly is a private travel club for women providing a safer space to list and book vacation rentals and home-shares within a vetted community. All properties are only listed and booked by a verified member, but she can travel with whomever she chooses. There’s…

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Even easier EasyJet

We here at Matouring love the depth and breadth of options that we have for flying in Europe.  There are so many convenient airports, no shortage of airlines and, due to the way it works in Europe, generally very low prices. With that in mind, we’re pleased to see that EasyJet, one of our favourite European carriers, may soon claim…

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Border hopping

The modern-day relationship between Canada and the United States has always been a good one.  Nearly always peaceful, the two countries share many similarities:  language, laws, trade and more. Cross-border travel is another.  The width of Canada and the USA are immense, 7069 kilometres from the west to the east, to be exact.  Getting around can take some time. Both…

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Elon Musk is loopy

Well, that Elon Musk is always doing something.  Whether it’s the reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica at nine years old, selling his first company for $307 million, founding PayPal and creating Tesla automobiles and starting SpaceX to send humanity to infinity and beyond. One of his passions is transportation, and his Hyperloop system is well underway.  This ambitious program looks…

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European self-sufficiency

Europe is often looked upon as a model of efficiency.  With nearly 750 million people living in a relatively tight space, they need to be.  But, Europe has also been the mother of invention there.  Spain created the spacesuit.  Iceland created the power transformer.  Ireland created the submarine . . .  and more. One modern and practical thing that Europe…

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When is a bed not a chair?

It’s no secret that aircraft manufacturers and airlines are constantly looking for better solutions to make our flights safe and comfortable.  As the world changes, more and more people are flying.  The aircraft are -sometimes – more comfortable, more fuel efficient and more safe. Most airline seats haven’t changed since the 1970’s. 99% of all Economy Class seats are fixed…

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Everybody, look at your hands

You can dance if you want to . . . In December Alaska Airlines introduced The Safety Dance, taking the Men Without Hats’ classic and applying it to air travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. To celebrate joining the global OneWorld alliance , Alaska Airlines has released a new version of their Safety Dance featuring cameos by employees and executives from…

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Check, mate?

Like so many worthy things, the game of chess continuously phases in and out of our collective consciousness.  It certainly has its allure, and once you’re couched in the skills that you need, it is always there for you.  And, in many ways, it’s an international language. But did you know that there is a chess hall of fame?  It’s…

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My soul, that is in this stele

Some 2,700 years ago in the ancient city of Sam’al, in what is now modern Turkey, an elderly servant of the king sits in a corner of his house and contemplates the nature of his soul. His name is Katumuwa. He stares at a basalt stele made for him, featuring his own graven portrait together with an inscription in ancient…

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Fly the friendly skies

Nostalgia is a strong sentiment.  Even if we weren’t alive at that point, many of us still yearn for years gone by.  Whether it’s clothing, food, pastimes or  even our childhood, we wish that we could go back. Well, thank goodness for the electric interwebs.  We can find almost anything now – valuable or not. In this case, sit back…

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