Archive November 2017

The German town encrusted with diamonds

As I climbed the narrow staircase of the gothic church tower in Nördlingen, Germany, the worn stone steps appeared to glimmer in the sunlight, bringing unexpected flashes of light to what should have been a dark, grey climb to the top. “That’s because the entire tower is made out of suevite stone, and enclosed in it are small diamonds,” Horst Lenner, the tower watchman, told me enthusiastically. “Luckily they’re very, very small, otherwise the tower would’ve been taken down a long time ago,” he joked, a wide smile unfolding across his face. ...

Georgia’s addictive cousin to pizza?

Khachapuri, a gooey, addictive, cheese-stuffed flatbread, is ubiquitous in Georgia, the Caucasian country that shares borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey. Except for when there’s a funeral. If you’re in a bad mood or sad… you should never even touch dough “If you’re in a bad mood or sad, when you’re grieving the death of a loved one or have a broken heart, you should never even touch dough; just stay away from it,” said my friend Mako Kavtaradze, a born-and-bred resident of the capital, Tbilisi, and executive director of Georgian...

4 Best Reasons To Visit Jaipur This Winter

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Books and Travel Complement each other in Many Ways

Books give company to a person while he/she is travelling to any part of the world. One can immerse him/her in the book and pass the travelling time without any botheration. Nowadays there are many online sites which help individuals to buy or sell books of all kinds – be it the textbooks, course books, reference books, cookery ones or children books and much more. This way one is able to have the best of the books and that too at the best price available in the market without any kinds of negotiations. Circulation of the books is never ending this way and thus one happens to read some of...

The Greek island with the key to longevity

With thin, white hair pinned to the side and thick glasses perched on the bridge of her nose, Ioanna Proiou slid her wrinkled, sun-spotted fingers over the strands of baby-blue wool stretched across her heavy wooden loom. She clanked a lever forward on the handmade machine again and again, a technique she has perfected over 90 years. Do something in your life that stirs your passion With that loom, Proiou creates the woven bags and clothing she sells from her little shop in Christos Raches, a village of 300 residents on the Greek island of Ikaria, a nine-hour ferry ride across the Aegean...

Mindful Traveling – 5 Travel Destinations That Will Enrich Your Life

The world is full of tourists, people who visit places, take pictures and brag or nag afterward. Travelers, on the other hand, are people who will visit the same places but will return home being grateful for the life-changing experience and with lasting memories of the extraordinary journey. Such people are open-minded and mindful of the places, people, and different cultures. A mindful traveler will treasure life anywhere, simply by being open to it and not harming the nature’s way. Here are some destinations and tips on how to elevate the travel experience as well as to enrich your...

Where you can swing over the edge of the Earth

Every morning before the sun rises, 75-year-old Carlos Sánchez says a prayer in his one-room hut, grabs a pair of binoculars and slowly climbs up into a lonely treehouse that leans precariously over the edge of a mountain. From his perch high above the misty folds of the Ecuadorian Andes, Sánchez peers across the emerald valley’s patchwork fields towards the towering 5,023m-tall crater of Tungurahua, a wildly active stratovolcano whose name means ‘throat of fire’ in the local Quechua language. He then scans the deep ravines and twisting chasms that shoot...

How Hiroshima rose from the ashes

On a torrid August day in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, lotus flowers were blooming in the pond surrounding the Peace Bell. A party of elementary school children in their bright yellow hats lined up to toll the bell; all visitors are welcome to do so, and its hopeful sound regularly booms out across the park. While they waited their turn, the children pointed excitedly at the powder-blue dragonflies darting among the blooms. These flowers have great symbolic importance in Japan. At temples throughout the country you’ll see statues of Buddha seated in a lotus blossom. The way...

Tips for Traveling London on a Budget

London is a world cultural capital with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. This huge megapolis consists of the historical centre, the working-class districts and modern housing developments such as London Eye and The Millennium Dome. Every year million of tourists from all over the world come to this city to visit the worldknown sightseeings and to enjoy the local colour. A trip to one of the most unusual and dynamic cities of the world would meet...

Can Paris become the world’s most visited city?

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