“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”
* Jodi Picoult (American author)
Journeys with Heart Croatia – October 2-20, 2019
Join Chef John Bishop on a tour of this spectacular country. Breathtaking nature, charming architecture, UNESCO Heritage Sites, a long stunning coastline (CNN: Dalmatian coast among top 16 coastlines in the world), Croatia offers it all! Travel from north to south and from east to west, from the shores of the Adriatic in Dalmatia to the valleys of Slavonia to explore the diversity of Croatian cuisine and discover its wonderful specialities.
Tour highlights include a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park known for its chain of spearmint green and electric blue terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls; Hvar, the longest island in the Adriatic, an island of vineyards, olive groves and lavender; the Island of Pag for the most highly acclaimed cheese in Croatia, Paski; the forests of Istria are famous as foraging grounds for the highly prized truffle, join a guided truffle search followed by lunch; the Stud Farm at Dakova where Horses of the Lipizzaner breed have been bred since the beginning of the 19th Century. This tour showcases Croatia at it’s best!
Sources: Croatia Tourism/CNN
2CELLOS - I Will Wait
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
2CELLOS Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser playing their arrangement of I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons.
Due to the natural beauty of the waterfalls, cascades, caves and rocks, which offer a beautiful mosaic of colours, sounds and shapes surrounded by high mountain forest terrain, Plitvice lakes and its surroundings were in 1949 declared a National Park, and since 1979 have been under the UNESCO protection. This largest and oldest national park only has electric trains and boats that transport its visitors to various destinations, after which tourists can continue their sightseeing by walking on the narrow paths and trails, crossing wooden bridges that are just above the water surface.
Croatia Full Of Life
Published on Apr 24, 2013 (Croatia Tourist Board)
This is a story about a land of a thousand islands, her magical nature and rich heritage, her great Men whose great deeds have forever etched the name of Croatia in large letters on the map of the world. This is a story about a land whose beauties have been celebrated since ancient times. From Cassiodorus, who wrote of the divine life led by Patricians on her shores, to Dante, who wrote his immortal verses, enthralled by the epic scenes of the blue expanse, and all the way to George Bernard Shaw, who found his paradise on Earth right here. Croatia has always been a place of true inspiration.
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A Michelin-Starred Meal for $1.50
Great Big Story
Published on Nov 2, 2017
Chan Hon Meng is the master chef behind “Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle,” the food cart home to the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world. Ringing in at a mere $1.50, Meng’s perfected braised chicken recipe was passed down to him by his uncle. Now, he’s serving hundreds of meals a day out of his hawker in Singapore. And while his food has gained acclaim and recognition across the culinary community, Meng hasn’t forgotten his roots. He’s still serving up the same great food, all for under two bucks.
The point and the pleasure of travel
Featured podcast https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b01gng56
In the last Excess Baggage, John McCarthy talks to three inveterate travellers: Sara Wheeler, who has written on Africa and the Antarctic, explorer Benedict Allen who has travelled in Siberia and New Guinea and documentary maker Simon Reeve who has just returned from the Indian Ocean. He asks them why they are driven to explore the world and what is the point of travel.
Producer: Harry Parker
Going DEEP For Street Food in Morocco - BREAKFAST Tour of Marrakech!
The Food Ranger
Published on Sep 8, 2018
Today, we're GOING DEEP for a FULL-on Street Food BREAKFAST Adventure of Marrakech, Morocco! Moroccan Street Food is some of the BEST in the WORLD, and today, we're going bright and early for a TASTY breakfast tour of Downtown Marrakech, trying a ton of delicious Moroccan street food for breakfast!
Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Featured link https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/frida_kahlo
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954.
Featured link https://gardenoffrida.com/
Bea Alvarado - Entrepreneur, Visionary, Director, Frida Kahlo Fan and Chief Gardenist