Archive January 2017

A surreal synchronised wave of light

Although there are about 2,000 species of fireflies in the world, synchronous fireflies ­– ones that can coordinate their flash patterns ­– exist in just a handful of places on Earth. And to see their most dramatic light display in the western hemisphere, you’ll need to head to the US, to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “We have 19 species of fireflies in the Smokies,” said Becky Nichols, a park entomologist who has studied the phenomenon for the past 20 years. “They all have their own individual flashing pattern, but Photinus carolinus is...

Discover The True Soul Of Obidos

Old charm, cobblestone pavements, friendly hosts, preserved buildings and an interesting mix of architectural styles are things that offering European villages. They are developed gradually, but yet preserved one thing that is familiar just for those villages – the spirit of the past which is felt at every step. Vacation in the village may not sound very tempting and glamorous, but village Obidos will help you to change your opinion. Obidos is a medieval village old more than 700 years, which is located only 50 kilometers north of Lisbon. The village Obidos is located at the top...

Bourdain on food, travel and politics

More than 15 years in, Anthony Bourdain is still the king of TV travel. His show Parts Unknown – in which food, travel, politics and sex sizzle together – has delivered dynamite, nuanced episodes on Iran and Lebanon, Mississippi and Houston, Tokyo and many more places. Now, the author of New York kitchen tell-all Kitchen Confidential is back with Appetites, his first major cookbook in more than a decade, co-written with food writer Laurie Woolever. Bourdain might now be a dedicated father of a nine-year-old, but his hunger for food and travel is undiminished. Impassioned and...

10 Most Unforgettable Things to do in India

India is one of the most vibrant and happening destinations on Earth. With something for every traveller in its store, this pulsating country provides for an unmatched holiday experience. With its umpteen number of activities ranging from nature walks to wildlife tours to adventure experiences to heritage and cultural tours, India proves its tagline of ‘Incredible India’ at every point. For an unforgettable Indian holiday experience, some of the following activities are a must on the itineraries of every traveller from within and outside of India. Be Part of a Vivacious Festival India is...

The city with a chip on its shoulder

I don’t know who invented the term “Second City”, but I’m willing to bet it wasn’t someone who lived in one. Yes, technically a Second City is simply a nation’s second most populous city but, let’s face it, the term also implies inferiority, second-class status. No wonder residents of Second Cities bristle at the moniker. There is nothing second rate about cities like Krakow, Poland, or Montreal, Canada. Second Cities offer the wise traveller some very first-rate experiences. View image of Second cities – such as Krakow – still can...

The island paradise with a magic bell

Last month’s top-rated #FridayFeature is from Canadian-based photographer Jeff Bartlett, who perfectly captured the pristine beauty of Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia. The photo features tear-shaped Bled Island and its iconic Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. The site was originally used by polytheistic pagans as a temple consecrating Ziva, the Slavic goddess of love and fertility. But during the wars between the local pagans and Christians, which ended in AD745 upon their conversion to Christianity, the temple’s altars were destroyed and a church dedicated to the...

6 Best Live Music Venues in Austin

While the state of Texas is best known for country music, rodeos, barbeque and traditional values, the city of Austin stands out with its diverse and unique culture. Austin’s promotion of creative expression has given rise to a multitude of live music venues and earned it the nickname “The Live Music Capital of the World.” From blues to country, indie rock to jazz, metal to folk and more, Austin’s plethora of live music venues means there’s always a show to be found. We’ve whittled the list down to 6 of the very best live music venues in the city. So be prepared for a...

5 Luxury Escapes in Asia’s Rainforest

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” -John Muir Rightly said Mr. Muir, wilderness does bring us closer to the universe. The only thing that this line does not cover is ‘how do we actually enter into the wildernesses?’ Is it through the national parks or through the jungles, the forests or other unexplored...

A rare sighting of the Milky Way

In the late 1800s, an Icelandic poet and entrepreneur is fabled to have tried to sell the Northern Lights to a group of businessmen from Switzerland. Although Einar Benedicktsson’s deal was allegedly foiled when he failed to come up with an explanation for how he would actually transfer ownership of the lights, his sly attempt to “sell” them underscores the complexity of a challenge that has troubled anyone working in the Icelandic tourism industry for the past 10 to 15 years, or since the lights first became a major attraction. View image of The Northern...

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who lives in the rainforest near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, told me he couldn’t wait to be back home; he didn’t feel comfortable in town. He only comes to San Cristobal to visit Na Bolom, a museum dedicated to the Lacandon people, where he helps his mother-in-law sell her traditional crafts in the gift shop. Daniel is one of only about 700 Lacandon Maya still living in the rainforest today. The name Lacandon was given to two...

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