Maputo’s Surprising Style
Art deco Holy Cathedral, Maputo

Maputo’s Surprising Style

At the heart of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, stands a bronze statue of Samora Machel, the country’s socialist revolutionary hero and first President. From the elliptical Praça de Independencia, he hails or blesses…

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Riga – the Jewel of Latvia
Livu Square, with old merchant houses and 100-year old buildings, plus elegant St. Peter's Church tower

Riga – the Jewel of Latvia

During our six month stay in the Baltic countries, we found charms aplenty.  But the three capitals of these countries are the jewels in the northern European crown. Though beset with war and destruction for…

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De-fense: Body and Bay
Looming Poide fortified church, Saaremaa

De-fense: Body and Bay

Saaremaa is a roughly 70 by 40 kilometer rectangular chunk of island just off the western shore of Estonia, capping the whole Gulf of Riga. Since the 19th century, people have traveled here for the…

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Lord of the Dance: The God Shiva in Southern India
Nataraja, the dancing Shiva (Thanjavur)

Lord of the Dance: The God Shiva in Southern India

You've likely seen the sacred image in bronze many times. He dances, ringed by tongues of fire, the universe held in balance. The lithe, somewhat androgynous figure stands on his slightly bent right leg, his…

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Heavenly Hanky Panky at Khajuraho
Demure divine love and primping attendant at Khajuraho

Heavenly Hanky Panky at Khajuraho

"My baby does the hanky panky" - Tommy James and the Shondells Yes, it's an outrageous pun, but somehow we couldn't help but think of music by the American Shondells from the 1960s. Yet we…

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Manila: City of Contrasts
The friendly people at stalls in Chinatown

Manila: City of Contrasts

When in Manila, we stayed in the Ermita district, just a kilometer or so south of the old city district Intramuros. (To read about our visit to Intramuros, click here to our post.) Between the…

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