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Czech Cool Beyond Prague in Brno, the Country's 2nd City

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The magnificent Czech capital…

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Added by David Paul Appell on November 27, 2017 at 10:35am — No Comments

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé! A Lovely Wine Region of France

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Throughout the year, the calendars of wine lovers are filled with all manner of momentous dates, of harvests, vintage releases, festivals, and more. And since the 1980s, few…

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Added by David Paul Appell on November 16, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

In South Florida, a Tale of Two Science Museums

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When my husband was just a little fella, he was also a little nerd (an adorable little nerd, it goes without saying!) who was always dragging his folks to the Miami Science…

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Added by David Paul Appell on November 10, 2017 at 3:01am — 1 Comment

Sardinia, the Emerald Isle of Italy

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The Mediterranean’s second largest island after its neighbour SicilySardinia has become known among holidaymakers internationally for its beaches and the upmarket, jet-settish vibe of areas like its Costa Smeralda, along its northeastern coast. But the other side of this island is an ancient and multifaceted geology and history – as well as a distinctive local culture and not one but two local languages that set it apart…

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Added by David Paul Appell on November 1, 2017 at 10:12am — No Comments

San Francisco, California Is an American Original

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There are excellent reasons northern California‘s “City by the Bay” is one of America’s most storied cities (if far from its most typical). Born as a colonial Spanish mission and fort on the tip of a peninsula, San Francisco was…

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Added by David Paul Appell on October 25, 2017 at 6:16pm — No Comments

7 Excellent 'Ethnic' Restaurants of Paris

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The many immigrants who’ve made the City of Light home over the years (many from onetime French colonies and current departments) have left an exotic mark tasty enough to justify a visit by itself — especially if you’re curious about unusual cuisines that may be hard or even impossible to find even in, say, New York, London, or Los Angeles. And oftentimes they’re some of the less pricey — even least pricey — sit-down restaurant…

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Added by David Paul Appell on October 8, 2017 at 1:41pm — No Comments

The (Big) Game's Afoot at South Africa's Kruger Park

             Joney



The word “park” for many many conjure up civilized, groomed lawns, flowerbeds, and patches of dappled woods. But…

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Added by David Paul Appell on September 20, 2017 at 10:47am — No Comments

A Toast to a European Beer Powerhouse: the Czech Republic!

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Ach, du liebe!
It’s that sudsy time of year again, as Germany’s…

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Added by David Paul Appell on September 2, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

León, Nicaragua's Most Venerable City

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When it comes to tourism in Central America’s largest country, the city that tends to get most of the…

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Added by David Paul Appell on August 22, 2017 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Puerto Vallarta, Hollywood's Favorite Mexican City

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In many ways, I’ve always felt that for holidaymakers, this Pacific-Coast city of 203,000 and its environs – one of Mexico’s original resort meccas – may well be the closest thing this country has to offer to “the complete package”, from the…

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Added by David Paul Appell on August 14, 2017 at 9:08am — No Comments

Petra, Jordan's Jawdropping Jewel





Big news in the archaeology world recently, and it has to do with this legendary site tucked into the sandstone canyons of a valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba – one of those places, in fact, you could almost believe was invented as a set for an…

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Added by David Paul Appell on August 9, 2017 at 5:21am — No Comments

The Fabulous Flower Festival of Medellín, Colombia

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As the diverse South American country of Colombia as a whole has pulled off an impressive comeback from…

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Added by David Paul Appell on July 28, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

An Introduction to Portugal's Awesome Algarve



A seemingly endless source of fascination and pleasure for visitors, Portugal‘s most popular area with sun-seeking vacationers has for generations been its southernmost region, the 1,930-square-mile (4,997-square-kilometer) wedge known as the Algarve. Traditionally devoted to…

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Added by David Paul Appell on July 23, 2017 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Aarhus, Denmark a European Capital of Culture 2017

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Hey, can you by any chance name a Danish city outside of…

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Added by David Paul Appell on July 2, 2017 at 6:36am — 1 Comment

Basel an Undersung Gem of Switzerland

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This week (June 15-18), the international art world is once again beating its way to the door…

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Added by David Paul Appell on June 15, 2017 at 10:38am — No Comments

On Protestantism's 500th Anniversary, Hitting Germany's Martin Luther Trail

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Of the key developments that have altered Western (and world) civilisation, it could be argued that the Protestant Reformation of…

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Added by David Paul Appell on May 31, 2017 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Salvador: The Soul of Brazil



To truly understand Brazil, it seems to me, you of course should visit inimitable Rio de Janeiro, but you also really must come to this city of 3 million (metro area 4 million) up on the coast of the country’s northeastern state of Bahia. Founded in 1549 as the first capital…

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Added by David Paul Appell on May 20, 2017 at 11:41am — No Comments

Why Norway's Capital Oslo Is a Real Prize





Perhaps best known as the venue of the annual Nobel Peace Prize (awarded each December 10), this gracious, attractive city (pop. 942,000/metro 1.7 million) has been voted one of the world’s most “liveable”, with a marvelous menu of historic/cultural sites, dining, and more. But today’s…

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Added by David Paul Appell on May 10, 2017 at 7:24am — No Comments

An Astonishing Egyptian Temple in...Madrid??



During my first visit to Madrid way back in 1978, strolling out near my family’s hotel near Plaza de España, I was gobsmacked to suddenly spy, of all things, an ancient Egyptian temple – right on downtown Calle Ferraz, on a platform in a reflecting pool of…

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Added by David Paul Appell on April 30, 2017 at 6:52pm — No Comments

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