Chinese Opera: Compelling, Fascinating, But an Acquired Taste

March 30, 2017 - Sin comentarios

photo | Hung Chung Chih When I first witnessed a performance of Peking opera (the best-known form of Chinese opera, with Peking by the way being the traditional English spelling of Beijing) years ago in Beijing’s ornate, early-19th-century Hugua...Leer más

Aarhus, Denmark – European Capital of Culture 2017

March 28, 2017 - Sin comentarios

photo | balipadma Hey, can you by any chance name a Danish city outside of Copenhagen? Most likely not. Your loss, really, because Denmark's second largest, for example, is a truly charming bit of business called Aarhus, (pop. 265,000, larger me...Leer más

The Creative Contemporary Side of Athens

March 23, 2017 - Sin comentarios

Greece's capital is like a box of assorted biscuits. It's exciting to take the lid off, and you can spend hours and days rummaging through the attractive variety of reasons for devouring them down to the last crumb. Like the Parthenon, some are ...Leer más

Spain’s Cantabria a Verdant Wonder

March 20, 2017 - Sin comentarios

One of Spain's best kept secrets is a land of green rolling hills and rugged sea coast, wedged up north between the Basque Country and Asturias. Cantabria is an autonomous community with a huge, bustling capital, Santander, but in its hinterland...Leer más

Northern Ireland: Good Things Come in Wee Packages

March 17, 2017 - Sin comentarios

photo | Northern Ireland Tourism Most people think of the Emerald Isle in terms of the Republic of Ireland, from capital Dublin to iconic spots such as the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, and Galway.  But less well known ...Leer más

Street Art of Havana: A Photo Essay

March 14, 2017 - Sin comentarios

In the past few years, art has truly been one of the bright spots in Cuba's cities, and especially in capital Havana. In addition to a quite fine Museum of Cuban Fine Arts (Calle Trocadero between Zulueta & Monserrate), with works spanning t...Leer más

Empúries & the Ancient Greeks in Spain

March 13, 2017 - Sin comentarios

photo | Josep Curto That the history of Spain includes centuries as a colony of ancient Rome as well as rule by Muslim dynasties from North Africa is known to many. What’s less familiar are the others who came before them, including Celts, Iberi...Leer más

Another Great Way to See Europe: River Cruises

March 8, 2017 - Sin comentarios

photos | Viking River Cruises Cruising continues apace its boom of the past quarter century, and in 2017, one of luxury travel’s fastest-growing sectors has become river cruising, particularly in Europe; these days, a growing number of companies...Leer más

Pantsula, the Cool Dance of South Africa’s Urban Youth

March 7, 2017 - Sin comentarios

Literally, pantsula translates from Zulu as "to walk like a duck". It's an energetic, syncopated urban dance that originated in Johannesburg townships during a traumatic period of apartheid in the 1950s, and is today seeing a resurgence among the...Leer más

Sweet Salzburg, City of Music & Chocolate

February 28, 2017 - Sin comentarios

photo | Bertl123 As soon as you set foot in Austria‘s fourth largest city, near the German border three hours west of Vienna, music is in the air. Whether you arrive at the airport or the train station, Mozart tunes are piped in, which puts ...Leer más

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