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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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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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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Go go Mongolia

With extreme temperatures and landscapes, extreme living, and some extremely wrong perceptions from outsiders, Mongolia is one of the most complex places—and Mongols one of the most misunderstood people—in the world. Conversations about the weather, the great expanse of the country, and the traditional nomadic lifestyle dominate talk of Mongolia, and it’s understandable. Temperature variations of +100°F are not uncommon…

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Vintage Virgins

If you’re a regular reader of our site, you’ll notice that we feature content about Richard Branson and his Virgin empire.  He never sits still – his latest venture is a Mach 3 airliner.  And he always tries to instill a feeling of fun in all that he does. With that in mind, did you know that in the 1990’s,…

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Hey, groovy cats. Dig this!

This is worth taking a special trip, especially if you love retro mid-century-modern design like we do.   MCR and MORSE Development have reignited the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, restoring and reimagining it as a first-class hotel. At the center of the hotel is Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center, where restaurants, bars and retail outlets have taken flight.…

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Can you Caño?

If you really want to get away, then we have the place for you. Those in the know realise that Colombia is now shining in the sun, again.  Most of its troubles are in the past and it is fast becoming a top destination.  Lovely, friendly people, an endless array of activities throughout the country, and world-class food, wine and,…

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You can’t get there from here

Ask a few Texans, and chances are you won’t find a strict consensus about what counts as the region of West Texas. Some draw a line from Wichita Falls down to Abilene and then Del Rio to mark the west-east boundary of the state. Others go by a map of where oak tree growth stops to find where West Texas…

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Fly Andorra

As you may or may not know, Andorra is a small, mountainous country in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.  For 715 years (1278 to 1993), Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality ruled by the French Chief of State and the Bishop of La Seu d’Urgell.  As of 2019, its population is 77,142. Tourism, the mainstay of Andorra’s tiny…

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Safe travels? You can Belize in it

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that Belize has achieved the Safe Travels Stamp, granted by the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC). The Safe Travels Stamp, the first global safety and hygiene stamp, was awarded to Belize in late December 2020 in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols. The stamp was developed in order…

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A sixth sense, a weapon…

Like other artists, the actor is a kind of shaman. If the audience is lucky, we go with this emotional magician to other worlds and other versions of ourselves. Our enchantment or immersion into another world is not just theoretical, but sensory and emotional. How do actor and audience achieve this shared mysterious transportation? This shared ritual draws upon a…

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Uruguay – here’s why

Montevideo – Uruguay’s capital welcomes visitors to its seaside city bounds. Explore Montevideo with us and start planning a trip here of your own. Uruguay is emerging as one of South America’s favorite destinations. Its capital Montevideo​ has a warm, temperate climate, pleasant sea breezes and miles of boulevards. Tour​ the city while on vacation​ here and #visit​ the towers,…

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Brutalist love

If you’ve been to London (or for the next time you do) be sure – if you haven’t – to visit The Barbican. An icon of Brutalist architecture, the Barbican has always been controversial. Voted ‘London’s ugliest building’ in 2003, among design aficionados it’s one of the UK’s architectural treasures. Home to some 4,000 residents across 2,000 flats, organised around…

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It’s been heaven, 747

As insanely expensive as they are, eventually commercial airliners are put out to pasture, even after they have spent time in a number of different airlines. Boeing’s 747 was certainly one of the most glamourous and desirable planes to fly on, for the past several decades.  But, alas, the old girl’s time is coming to an end. Another airline retired…

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Gone to Taiwan

Tainan – Venture here and explore Taiwan’s oldest city. Follow us through history’s favorite spots in Tainan and start putting an itinerary together of your own! When ready, browse vacation packages to Tainan: Known as “The Birthplace of Taiwan,” #Tainan invites you to gain an appreciation for the local history. Visit the historic quarter of Anping, then check out Chihkan…

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Medieval nights

As you most likely know, Europe is filled with history.  Right at your fingertips, you can touch – and even spend the night – in buildings that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old.  In some cities, you literally bump into one incredible structure after another.  The fact that Europe still has so many of its wonders is a…

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Crazy . . . like a fox

Everybody wants a deal, especially when travelling.  And some sites, such as our affiliate friends Scotts Cheap Flights, scour the electric interwebs looking for airline pricing mistakes, which happen more than you think and – even better – can save you staggering amounts of money. But, this story is about is travel savings that go to eleven. For nearly 20…

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