Stylin’

If you’re a history afficianado, you’ll probably know lots about your chosen area of focus.  Some of us focus on cities, whereas others focus on historic individuals or campaigns. No matter your preference, history is fascinating, especially as you learn more and put the pieces together.  History makes us who we are. The video, below, discusses an unusual feature of…

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Emotion in motion

The first time I saw Pixar’s movie Inside Out (2015), I was too entranced by its craftsmanship to realise that there was something odd, almost eerie, about its human characters. I was charmed by little Riley, the protagonist, with the chattering critters prancing around in her head. Were it mere make-believe, I wouldn’t quibble with the movie. But its fantastical…

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Mirrorfield

This Mirrorfield installation was designed within the framework of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial development, which aims to rebuild the memories of the tragic events that happened in the area on September 29-30, 1941, the largest massacre of the Nazi regime. During those days, over 30.000 Jews were murdered by the German forces, while almost no documentation was left behind.…

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How old is old?

There are places in Europe that are well-known:  Rome, Paris, London etc. They’re all wonderful, but you really begin to fall in love with the hidden places. One such place is Wales – specifically North Wales, and even more specifically Llangernyw.  Here there is a church that has a tree, and that tree is special. This yew tree lives in…

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Why do we sleep?

‘That we come to this earth to live is untrue. We come but to sleep, to dream.’ – Aztec poem Humans have long wondered why we sleep. A well-rested prehistoric mind probably pondered the question, long before Galileo thought to predict the period of the pendulum or to understand how fast objects fall. Why must we put ourselves into this…

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Simply ask questions

Are you shy?  Maybe out of “the game”?  Have you recently moved to a new location and finding it hard to connect with others? These three strategies can help if you’re looking to make new and meaningful connections. If you check out your social media feeds, you’ll see that you’re probably connected to a lot of people. But how many…

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A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma

We’re sure that everyone who frequents our site knows of The Vatican, even if you’re not a believer.  But despite the openness of the Vatican (nowadays, anyway) there is still so much to learn and understand. The video below attempts to shed some light on this most venerated of institutions. Trust OMIO for your European travel solutions. Click above. Stay…

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Hiking in India

When you start to read this article, you’ll ultimately find out that it is about the best places to hike in India.  That’s all well and good, as it is an immense country, full of wonderful and kind human beings as well as jaw-dropping sights. But, likely, even if you don’t hike, you will be hungry.  And India is a…

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Give me MOA

Those of us who live up here in the Pacific Northwest of North America are very lucky, in many ways.  The weather, the diversity (especially of our residents) and the history that is constantly being discovered and enjoyed. As with many other countries, Canada has a population that can be considered as First Nation.  In fact, the name Canada itself…

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Denial

By the time I realised that my drug use was killing me, I was institutionalised deep in the woods of Minnesota, at least a three-day drive from home, and without a car. My 1983 Corolla, including all my stuff, had been repossessed several months earlier. I was in a treatment centre at the unripe age of 23 as a result…

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Do you hear what I hear?

Ah, airports.  They’re a funny old place.  You never know what will happen next.  Sometimes what happens next is that your flight doesn’t happen.  Or the caffeined-up kiddies go running, screaming  up and down the concourse with no sign of letting up. Or something else goes awry.  It makes you want to hide.  But here is a noticed phenomenon that…

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I ♥ more holidays

Research out of the European Society of Cardiology suggests taking more than three weeks of vacation days may help you live longer. The 40-year study initially set out to examine the result healthy living (aerobic exercise, a balanced diet, and putting down the cigarettes) had on the long-term risk of developing heart disease. But researchers took a fresh set of…

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A bag tied in the middle

Every so often, a human mass movement comes along that subtly alters the zeitgeist of we humans.  It could have been the art enlightenment in the 1920’s.  Or perhaps it was the peace and love Hippies in the 1960’s.  But one of these movements has persisted – the Chautauqua Institute. Chautauqua was an adult education and social movement in the…

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We are the robots

As mother earth spins faster, and more and more of us spin with her, big changes happen.  New ideas, new materials, new studies, new pharmaceuticals . . all culminating into new “us”? Very soon, we will be presented  with all types of complicated information about the condition of our health, including our individual levels of risk for any number of…

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Hey, bungalow thrill

“If looks could thrill it would have been us instead of him”  All the children sing. These looks will thrill – at Reserva Alecrim EcoSuite & Glamping in Portugal. The properties, the views, the surroundings, the location – wow!  And the bungalows look more like dwellings on the moon. Set by a lake in the Alentejo countryside, Eco Suites Resort offers…

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Take a “trip” to Hong Hong

No, this is not about drugs.  But it is about sensory experiences that you can enjoy no matter your mood. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is featuring a collection of four autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos that show off the acoustic ambience from the all parts of the city. Custom-made to arouse the viewer’s perceptions and arouse a…

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Lies and honest mistakes

The other day, I told a friend that Knoxville is the capital of Tennessee. Five seconds and a blur of fingers later, he said: ‘No, it’s Nashville.’ My statement was obviously not true. But since I sincerely believed in the accuracy of what I was saying, I was nonetheless being truthful. I was mistaken, not mendacious. This distinction between truth…

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Welcome to giant pandas airways

China’s long-anticipated Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has officially opened for business, providing travelers with a new option to the home of giant pandas. The first flight, via Sichuan Airlines, took off at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, 27 June, 2021 headed for Beijing. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is now the third city in the country to have two international airports, along…

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It all comes out in the washi

Every summer, giant warriors roam the Japanese city of Aomori. Lit from within by lanterns, these formidable paper floats are the centerpiece of the Nebuta Matsuri, a weeklong evening festival in August and one of Japan’s biggest seasonal events. Accompanied by taiko drummers and dancers, the floats depict scenes from kabuki and Japanese mythology. Each takes months to design and…

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Yes, you get the Holbox to yourself.

http://matouring.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Palm-Trees-Ocean-Breeze-Square-Video.mp4 Flamingos and pelicans and herons…oh my! Holbox Island is beloved by bird nerds for its population of exotic avian life. Perched near the Yucatan Peninsula, the island is also a hot spot for whale shark viewing, and kiteboarders love the shallow waters and wide beaches. The white sand streets are relatively unspoiled, as most tourists prefer to party it…

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