In times of crisis and challenge, we ask ourselves: What is the true value of travel? Is it just hedonism...or something more powerful? After a lifetime of exploring Europe — and inspiring Americans to see Europe as the springboard for world exploration — Rick Steves shares his reasons why. This special episode is a sonnet to travel — an introspective love story, set in Europe, that vividly celebrates the rewards of exploring our world and the joy that awaits those who travel. April 15, 2021
For the last five years Andrew Chin has been traveling the world and exploring his interest in underwater photography through freediving. When Covid hit, he had to leave his temporary home of the Big Island of Hawaii and move back to his childhood home in Port Coquitlam. During the pandemic he began learning more about his Singaporean heritage through his parents and found many of the recipes paired deliciously with the seafood of the Salish Sea. CBC – April 15, 2021
The Louvre just launched a new online database compiling more than 480,000 artworks from its collections and those at the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix and The Tuileries Garden. Spanning Egyptian antiquities and medieval sculpture to Renaissance and modern decorative arts, the free digital catalog includes works on long-term loan and is complete with an interactive map to pursue each room of the French institution. Some pieces are grouped into albums, including one collating 2020’s acquisitions and another dedicated to the National Museums Recovery, a collection of works gathered after World War II that’s being held by the Louvre until they’re claimed by their rightful beneficiaries. Dive into the entire archive, which is updated daily, on the museum’s site. March 29, 2021
TreadRight Ambassador Céline Cousteau inspires you to join her and an amazing group of female travelers in making travel matter on our new Venice & the Croatian Coast women-only tour. For more information about the Venice & Croatian Coast trip, please visit https://bit.ly/2PCxbxj
A once in a lifetime trip aboard the Ocean - the oldest named passenger train still running in North America. This train is one of the most popular tourist routes in the world, and is usually very busy, but thanks to sheer chance, I took this train in between a service suspension due to line blockades and the COVID-19 crisis hitting Canada, so the train was practically empty, with no more than 30-40 passengers in the sleepers. So, enjoy, as I had the bullet lounge and the observation deck in the Assiniboine Park Car all to myself on this 800+ mile, 22 hour journey across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec from Halifax to Montreal! Nov 5, 2020
Please turn on captions, as they are essential for the sign-language used throughout this film. A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker gives her the gift of communication. Nov 20, 2020
Nishijin-ori textiles are known for their exquisite detail, and have been made in the Nishijin area of Kyoto, Japan for over 1,200 years. Follow the intricate process involved in creating obi (the sash worn with traditional Japanese clothing), using a specialised technique called hikihaku – weaving with precious metallic thread. From the making of the thread itself, to the weaving on the loom, watch as three obis are made – one from 100-year-old silver foil, one from mother of pearl, and one from the semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli. Processes: Silver foil obi: 1:26 Mother of pearl obi: 4:17 Lapis lazuli obi: 6:35 Find out more in our Japan Collection: https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/japan Read more in our book 'Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk': https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/kimono-kyo...
Today Architectural Digest brings you to the coast of the Indian Ocean in Kenya to visit supermodel Naomi Campbell at her luxurious, airy villa. Life as a fashion trailblazer and industry icon in constant demand for years necessitates a place to get away and unwind, and the tranquil seaside town of Malindi proved to be the perfect spot. “It’s a very calming place,” says Campbell. “You don’t really want to be on the phone. You’re not trying to find a television. You just want to read and be with yourself.” Select artwork by: Peter Beard Gian Paolo Tomasi Alexandra Spyratos ‘Take Me to the River’ Pure dyed silver leaf, copper leaf, glitter, acrylic on canvas 220x90cm Armando Tanzini Aluminum, wood, flip-flops, recycled materials, coral fossils
These thrilling travelogues will take you on a journey around the world.
The pandemic may have halted our travels for now, but it’s made us more determined than ever to plan that trip of a lifetime. With slower and more mindful travel set to be a big travel trend once the world opens up again, we’ve put together a collection of inspiring travelogues and memoirs brimming with adventure—beyond the usual contenders—to get your imaginations whirring and your feet itching with wanderlust.
Madeira Islands… A place where we can find happiness and inner peace. A place of authentic, cheerfull and proud of its history and culture people 🧍♀🧍♂ A place where locals live like tourists and tourists can live as locals 😉 A place full of experiences and diversity where we can always discover something new and amazing 🌿🌊 A place where you belong! These are our Islands… This is our brand 😊 Madeira Islands. Belongs to All. Climate Hub Madeira – April 21, 2021
Trying the local and most authentic foods when you travel should always be a top priority! It's one of the best ways to experience local culture. Today, I got to try the very best local cuisine Madeira has to offer. Join me on Madeira's Food on Food tour in Madeira's capital, Funchal, where we eat & drink those dishes that Madeira is most famous for. #TravelMadeira #Madeira #TravelGuide #TravelVlog #Madeira2021 #FoodTour #MadeiraFood Starting at Taberna Ruel restaurant, we try the traditional bread Bolo do caco, scabbard fish with fried banana, Polvo (octopus), local fresh cheese, Espetada and Madeira's famous pork Christmas dish. Then we drink Madeira's famous Poncha, before heading to the farmers market. Somehow, I managed to save room for Madeira Cake, Madeiran tea, local biscuits, chocolate infused with local fruits (Uau Cacau), Portugals famous pastel de nata (egg tart), and local cheesecake. Of course, we couldn't forget, Blandy's Madeira wine! Feb 24, 2021
Discover Funchal on Madeira! Rúben Freitas will show you his home town on the Portuguese island. From the old town with its market hall, Rúben takes you to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden. From there it's a rapid descent on a basket sledge with the Carreiros do Monte. After all that excitement it's off to the beach! Please note: The video was filmed before the coronavirus pandemic. DW Travel July 8 2020
If you missed it...The Travel Group – Bora, Bora and Beyond – recent zoom webinar
Today I had the pleasure of spending time chatting with my good friend Dr Gemma Newman. GP with over 17 years experience in medicine, whole food plant based advocate and now best selling author of the book “The Plant Power Doctor”, A simple prescription for a healthier you.
Today we touch on a range of these subjects including:
Gemma’s journey to plant based eating
Food prescriptions and how Gemma coaches patients
BLEND IT – an acronym for behaviour change
How hard GP life is
Regenerative agriculture and the current 6th mass extinction event
Ego and how to detach from one’s perception that the world revolves around them
How Gemma overcame negative events on social media
Have you ever seen tears of joy on someone just happy to see you? This past week, thanks to an amazing travel advisor who sent our first guests to Peru since the quarantine lifted, I saw that in Cusco. Picture an Andean story teller, sharing her wisdom about her culture, and becoming emotional as she spoke. She was overcome with joy that someone was there just to listen to her story, something that would sound unbelievable in any time except now. Imagine the same look on a good friend who normally does all arrival services in Lima, who took a job in a call center in 2020 to provide for his family, vowing to return to tourism. Well, he was overcome with emotion as well, sharing his happiness about greeting his first guests in Lima since the quarantine ended in Peru with anyone that would listen, thanks to yet another amazing travel advisor. I got a good laugh when he noticed the arrival flight for the incoming guests was delayed and laughed at how he loved the stress, that he even missed it! That is the power of tourism. It’s not just monetary, it’s the silent benefit – self pride. The ability to proclaim in the loudest voice you can, that Peru, like other countries, is on the slow journey back to full strength. Each success story means more, each happy guest means more, each moment of pride means more. Each person you encounter while in country goes the extra mile, even a restaurant in Cusco opening earlier than planned simply because a guest is hungry. Nobody said the road back would be easy, and you are allowed to quit the struggle anytime you want to. What I see in Peru and in so many other destinations, is nobody quit. Nobody said I am done with tourism. Everyone loved what they did and knew the time would return when they could go back to doing what they love. Well my friends, in Peru, that time has come. This is a new Peru, a grateful Peru, a sincere Peru, and an emotional Peru. They are happy to see you again and say that you may never really know just how happy your visit made them. Check out our latest video on the joy that is Peru, and the creative way we share Peru.
Bird's and human's eye views on Îles-de-la-Madeleine, a tiny archipelago off shore Québec. With population of around 16,000 primarily French speakers, Îles-de-la-Madeleine are mostly unknown to general audience even in Canada. This video gives an outlook on beautiful nature and sea views of the islands. Enjoy the scenery!
Zamani Project undertakes data collection and analysis, heritage communication, and training and capacity building for experts and the public so that they have access to high-quality spatial heritage data, and can learn from, conserve, and protect heritage.
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Heritage provides a window into the past that helps us understand our present and plan for our future. The study of diverse sites and structures gives insight into why societies have come to value the things they do. Awareness of heritage can help to develop one’s own cultural identity and to promote tolerance and acceptance of others.
However, heritage sites are often undocumented, or poorly documented, and many face threats of damage or destruction. These include sea-level rise, natural disasters, vandalism and wilful destruction, cultural terrorism, war, mining, construction, poorly-managed tourism, and the ravages of time. As such, digital collections of the tangible archaeological, cultural and anthropological information contained in these sites have become especially relevant.
Over the past 15 years, in collaboration with significant international heritage organisations such as UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund, we have documented more than 250 structures, rock art sites and statues at some 65 heritage sites in 18 countries across Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Operating as a research group within the University of Cape Town (UCT), we collect and analyse heritage data, communicate the importance of heritage, and enable experts and the public alike to access, learn from, conserve, and protect heritage.
Europe’s gateway to Africa, Tangier has long attracted artists and writers.
The light is distinctive in Tangier. At dawn, it pierces through the early morning mist; at midday, it splinters into shafts of light; the golden sunset transforms everything into glowing embers; and at night, silver studs punctuate the deep velvet sky. Just before sunrise, the call to morning prayer echoes from numerous towers across the city, rising in volume before darkness melts into day.
Tangier sits on the northernmost tip of Africa, overlooking both the inky Mediterranean Sea and the azure Atlantic Ocean. Not far away is the Strait of Gibraltar, and these geographical cross-currents result in a synergy of nationalities and languages, mainly French, Arabic and English. Blending these influences and its unique location, Tangier is Europe’s gateway to Africa. For a time, it was semi-independent from Africa as an international zone, which attracted diplomats, artists, writers and holiday-makers. After the 1950s, its popularity dipped, but its charm is once again rising. Now you can appreciate anew the same sights that attracted French artists Eugène Delacroix in 1832 and Henri Matisse in 1912 and 1913.
Seven expats tell seven journeys which led them to Tangier. Colourful, chaotic, exuberant, eccentric, artistic, intellectual are the adjectives which link them all. Of course they were preceded by many others - Matisse, Delacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Mark Twain - who were intoxicated by the place. The following quote gives a glimpse of the lives of those who live there: 'I stepped into the church where I knew I would find today’s versions: the people who came and never left. A cornerstone of art and fashion is that some people believe what they see and others see what they believe. Tangier is filled with the latter group and inside the church they were kneeling. A Swiss gentleman appeared to be wearing an entire mile of green cashmere dripping from his shoulders. A Frenchman with a head like Flaubert seemed amused in a multitude of plaid. As Gibbs generously walked down the aisle to offer the locals — each of them — the sign of peace, an Australian gentleman in beautiful brogues turned to the handshaking priest and whispered, “Brian, there’s 10 years off you with that new haircut.” The full article can be read here: https://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/20...
Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read... Exploring the Nile Valley from north to south, we see the highlights of Egypt. In the fabled city of Alexandria, we venture through a market wonderland, smoke a shisha, and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. In Luxor, we explore the pharaohs’ tombs and temples before sailing on a timeless felucca. Then we kick back on a riverboat cruise, enjoying iconic views of palm trees, minarets, and rustic villages. Our finale: Ramesses II's magnificent temple at Abu Simbel
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