Top 10 Underrated Countries 2021
We're obviously aware of and deeply concerned about the global pandemic, and are choosing carefully what to publish as forms of escapism and entertainment to help ease thoughts of anxiety, and provide an alternative from the news. We are obviously NOT encouraging anyone to travel now or discouraging social distancing. What's your favorite underrated country?  Mojo – March 7, 2021

Paul Falls In Love With Sicily's Delicious Gastronomy | Paul Hollywood's City Bakes | Tonic
Paul visits the historic Sicilian capital of Palermo and discovers its rich street culture. He explores Arabic influenced food markets selling local specialities and learns the secret of making perfect, crispy and creamy cannoli.  Tonic - August 20, 2020

James Bond comes face-to-face with Catherine Tate's Nan @Comic Relief: Red Nose Day​ 2021 - BBC
Daniel Craig's James Bond comes face-to-face with Catherine Tate's Nan. The UK’s biggest night of comedy and entertainment is back, bringing together stars of stage, screen and the movies for an epic three-hour comedy special, entertaining the nation with hilarious sketches, live performances, big surprises and stunning music acts - all to raise much-needed cash for good causes at home and across the world. Joining Sir Lenny Henry live from the studio are Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon and David Tennant. Red Nose Day 2021 | BBC  March 19, 2021

Inside the last matriarchy in Europe - BBC REEL
Described as the last matriarchal society in Europe, the women on the Estonian islands of Kihnu and Manija are in charge of everything on the island. But the younger generation is moving away from the islands, putting this unique culture and identity at risk of getting wiped out. Video by Anders Jørgensen Executive Producer: Camelia Sadeghzadeh  BBC Reel, February 19, 2021

How windows allow Italians to gather for a glass of wine
With much of Italy in various stages of lockdown, restaurants in Florence are reopening a centuries-old way of gathering for a glass of wine safely — windows. CBC News - January 25, 2021

Hill Tribe Food!! WILD BANANA BLOSSOM with Lahu People - Mountain Village!
CHIANG RAI, THAILAND - Welcome to Lanjia Lodge (https://www.asian-oasis.com/lanjia/​) in the Chiang Rai province of Northern Thailand. What’s amazing about Lanjia Lodge is that when you stay there, you are directly supporting two of the local Hill Tribe communities - a Hmong village and a Lahu village. Today, we’ve been invited for lunch at the home of the Lahu Shaman. Him and his family shared with us a local Lahu food meal, and it was spectacular. But really quickly, who are the Lahu people? The Lahu are a people group who originally trace their ancestry back to southern China, Yunnan. In Thailand, the Lahu are known as one of the main Hill Tribes, often living in remote mountainous villages in Northern Thailand. So today, we headed to the house of the local Lahu Shaman, where he and his family made lunch. There were a number of dishes, including, greens with pork, wild jungle banana blossom with pork, bamboo shoots, and finally rice steamed in a hollowed out log. It was a fantastic home cooked meal, and the dish that probably stood out the most to me was the wild banana flower blossoms - so milky and fresh. Additionally, similar to many Hill Tribes in Thailand, the traditional spoon is more like a natural spork, made from a joint of bamboo that can be used as a spoon, fork, and mini cup, all at the same time. One of the most convenient way to eat ever! Huge thank you to Lanjia Lodge (https://www.asian-oasis.com/lanjia/​) for arranging this. Highly recommended. The lodge is incredibly beautiful and relaxing. We loved our stay. Mark Wiens – March 10, 2021

I Travel Therefore I Am: The Philosophy of Travel (podcast)
Through travel, 'we are forced to expand and rethink what we know,' says philosopher Emily Thomas
Aaron James Wendland · Posted: Mar 12, 2021 4:57 PM ET | Last Updated: March 12

Philosophy of travel isn't a recognized field, but philosopher Emily Thomas says it should be. She argues 'travel is a vein that has been running through Western philosophy for centuries.' (Cris Bouroncle/AFP via Getty Images)

In March 2020, global tourism came to a screeching halt.
Flights were cancelled, borders were closed, and soon millions of people across the world found themselves under lockdown in their homes. A year later, the travel industry has lost nearly a trillion dollars. And frequent flyers have been given ample chance to reflect on the essence and impact of their trips around the planet.

Philosopher Emily Thomas tells us that travel is essentially an encounter with the unknown. Travel, she says, 'shows us otherness' by offering us an 'immediate sense of things we have never experienced.' 

And through these new experiences, Thomas believes 'we are forced to expand and rethink what we know.'


Choice Touring by Globus
Globus family of brands
Love to tour but fancy a bit more freedom? With the introduction of Choice Touring by Globus, travel enthusiasts now have a whole new way to cure their curiosity. This exciting new touring style promises all the wonder with a touch of whim and all the fun with the infusion of flexibility. In addition to guided sightseeing at the must-see sights, Choice Touring by Globus presents YourChoice excursions, a selection of curated experiences in key and off-the-beaten-path destinations – included in the package price – so you can tailor your tour to your own interests, pleasures and passions. Nature walk? Boat cruise? Wine flight? How you roll is up to you. No added expenditures. Just a wide-ranging menu of included excursions for you to design your own discovery, pick how you play and make your own memories.  March 16, 2021

ISTANBUL: How The City Wakes Up & More
We are having a trip, beginning at 6.00 AM in Istanbul to the old, historical area to catch the calmness of the city and watch how it wakes up. Come with me :) I will take you to a local breakfast in front of Hagia Sofia, Nusrets Steak House, 500 years old “Kürkçü Han” local shops, in Eminönü Beta Tea house, Karaköy and Cihangir... and Ecem more 😊
Mar 19, 2021
Turkish Food Travel
Turkish Food Travel

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by Carla Bragagnini
From multicultural influences to ancient traditions and modern adaptations, here’s Peruvian-Canadian Carla Bragagnini’s guide to Peru’s spectacular cuisine.
A ride through downtown Lima reveals endless chifa restaurants, bakeries, cebicherias, outdoor markets and street food stands. Lima, Arequipa and other major Peruvian cities have a strong cultural identity that is built on food – well, and soccer! – and rightly so (on both accounts). In a process impossible to recreate, Peruvian cuisine has evolved from centuries of varied cultural influences to make it what it is today: a mouthwatering flavour explosion hardly found anywhere else (in my humble opinion!).
It all started with bold experimentation that cultivated and enhanced native ingredients found in Peru’s three rich and distinct regions: the Pacific Coast, the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest. Culinary indigenous foundations were then sprinkled with European-influenced flavours, and mixed with a spoonful of Asian and African traditions, which came from a wave of immigration.
With so many outside influences, Peru’s national identity has been hard to pinpoint, but food has helped the country and its citizens find their authenticity and cultural pride. You’ll definitely have to make a detour on the way to Machu Picchu to try some of the country’s most famous dishes.

Peruvian Green Chicken Soup [Aguadito de Pollo]
'Aguadito' is a traditional chicken soup in Peruvian cuisine. It's usually made with chicken and rice, but I substituted the rice with quinoa (a Peruvian staple). The dramatic finishing touch to this soup is a puree of cilantro, Poblano chiles, and Aji Amarillo (Peruvian yellow pepper). This soup is not only tasty (Sabroso) but it's the vibrant green color that will have you scrambling for a spoon! Sabroso! Tasty! Yummy! Savory! Aug 22, 2020

Explore Claude Monet’s life in Giverny with guest lecturer Caroline Holmes
Hosted by Caroline Holmes
Discover how an iconic French artist drew inspiration from his beloved garden as guest lecturer Caroline Holmes presents “Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny.” Caroline is an award-winning author and garden historian; and during her lecture she shares insights based on years of research that reveal intriguing aspects of Claude Monet’s work, his influences and his home in the French village of Giverny. Following her discussion, Caroline continues to examine this world-renowned impressionist painter during a question and answer session. March 15, 2021

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The Chefs, Designers, and Activists Transforming Bangkok
A rising class of Bangkok creatives are mining their heritage to put a modern spin on Thailand's culture—and breaking down barriers along the way.
March 10, 2021

6 Best European River Cruise Lines. Which One Is Right For You?
What are the best European river cruise lines? I discuss the 6, based on my numerous river cruises through Europe that I recommend that you consider for your first or next river cruise in Europe. I review and discuss lines ranging from premium to more value, and those in between. These are the 6 best river cruise lines to consider. Which one sounds right and best for you?
Sep 5, 2019
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Kinetic wind sculpture by Anthony Howe. Human sized.
Anthony Howe  https://www.howeart.net/
March 9, 2021

How Used Chopsticks Are Turned Into Tables, Tiles, And Other Furniture | World Wide Waste
People around the world discard at least 80 billion pairs of chopsticks every year. ChopValue, a Canadian company, wants to give those wood utensils a second life as shelves, furniture, and countertops.
On a global scale, we collectively consume a staggering number of chopsticks each year—80 billion pairs to be exact—many of which end up discarded in landfills and other waste sites. Since 2016, though, a Vancouver-based company has been upcycling the disposable utensils into a modern, minimal line of furniture and home goods.
A new video from Business Insider goes behind-the-scenes with ChopValue to chronicle the entire production process, which starts with collecting the free, raw material from about 300 restaurants around the British Columbian city. When they’re brought back to the plant, the utensils are sorted, coated in a water-based resin, and baked in a 200-degree oven for five hours to kill all germs. They’re then broken down and loaded into a massive hydraulic machine that compresses the individual sticks into a composite board, which finally is sanded and fashioned into countertops, tiles, and dominos, among a variety of other products. Since its inception, the company has saved nearly 33 million pairs of chopsticks from entering a landfill.  
Business Insider – February 26, 2021

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Why Tunis could be the new Rome
Tunis is bursting with the creative energy of a generation taking full advantage of its newfound freedom of expression and fervour for preserving its heritage in unexpected ways. BBC Travel January 20, 2020

Tunis Like You've never seen Before 4K
The dreamer wild and free – January 13, 2021

At Home in France with garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes
Hosted by Paul Hervey-Brookes
Journey through a charming village in Central France with a beloved member of the Viking family and award-winning garden designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes, who won gold in 2018 and 2019 at the Chelsea Flower Show on behalf of Viking. Get a taste of France’s rural life and discover some of Paul’s favorite places to shop for local ingredients as he guides us along the village’s picturesque streets. During the tour, Paul shares why he moved to France from the United Kingdom and shows us his beautiful home and garden where he grows his own food. Viking TV - March 19, 2021

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