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Harris Tweed: from island cloth to cutting-edge fashion

Luskentyre, on the Isle of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, is home to the kind of scenery more commonly associated with tropical locations: white sand and turquoise sea, framed by a row of hills in the distance. Beautiful in any weather, it’s one of my favourite views on Earth. But on the grey spring day I found myself back in Harris, I wasn’t there to admire the view; I’d come to witness Harris Tweed weaving in action, something I hadn’t seen since my childhood in the neighbouring Isle of Lewis. View image of Harris Tweed is unique to...

How to Eat Healthy When Travelling Australia

So, you have the amazing opportunity to travel the Land Down Under and see all its beautiful sights. But before you pack up and take off, a little planning will be necessary if you want to maintain healthy eating habits. This is a bit difficult wherever you travel, because of changing time zones and climate, poor cooking facilities at the place you’re staying, an overall change in your routine, etc. In the case of Australia, eating healthy is even more of a task for travelers, considering that local produce is not available in the usual supermarkets, which carry mostly processed...

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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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...

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