Maputo’s Surprising Style

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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 the people like a Comrade …

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Riga – the Jewel of Latvia

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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 1000 years, each now offers …

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De-fense: Body and Bay

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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 health-giving waters, waters reputed to …

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Had we but World Heritage enough, and time…

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For a traveler, there is never enough time. Sure, you can see “the highlights” of a city in a few days, of a country in a week or so. But, in most places, the longer you stay the deeper into …

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Lord of the Dance: The God Shiva in Southern India

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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 torso twisted subtly to his …

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Heavenly Hanky Panky at Khajuraho

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“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 were far afield in India …

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Manila: City of Contrasts

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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 two lies the sprawling Rizal …

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Iron spun from gold: Melbourne’s filigreed houses

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If you walk around the inner suburbs of Melbourne – such as Carlton, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Richmond and others – it doesn’t take long to notice the fancy cast ironwork and distinct style of many of the homes. These “filigreed” …

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Passions Play: the fall and rise of Napier

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We stood on the edge of the bulky rock bluff looming over the town of Napier and abutting the extensive arc of shoreline within Hawke’s Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Below us, tractors snatched pine logs and eased them out …

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