Rhino, Rhodes, and Rock whispering at Matopos
Rhino whisperer's rhino

Rhino, Rhodes, and Rock whispering at Matopos

In brief: In northwestern Zimbabwe, Matobo National Park offers three unusual experiences: rhinos, Cecil Rhodes, and awe-inspiring landscape. In northwestern Zimbabwe, Matopos (or Matobo) National Park is an unusual reserve between the city of Bulawayo…

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Tracing the Thracians
Thracian cup

Tracing the Thracians

In brief: The surprise of discovery often stirs us in our travels. Uncovering remnants of Thracian culture along the Black Sea was a perfect example. Votive marble frieze The Thracians occupied more a spot on…

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Vilnius – the Jewel of Lithuania
Ducal palace

Vilnius – the Jewel of Lithuania

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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Kathakali: A Dance to the Rhythm of Mime
Pachcha/green character - mixing noble and touch of evil

Kathakali: A Dance to the Rhythm of Mime

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His yellowed face was still. The heavily kohl-outlined eyes went left, then right. Left, then right, In rhythm to the drum beat now, left, right, left, right. Now up, down, up down, up down, in…

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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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Drawn on Stone: Bhopal Antiquities, Part 2
Man chased by massive boar while others dawdle

Drawn on Stone: Bhopal Antiquities, Part 2

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(Part 1 about Bhopal shows what we saw at Sanchi, whose carved gateways from around 2000 years ago astonished us with their profuse detail and sophistication. Click here to see that post. ) In the…

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Carved in Stone: Bhopal Antiquities, Part 1
Detail - the earthbound

Carved in Stone: Bhopal Antiquities, Part 1

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Atop a huge flat-top hill in Umbria sits the small town of Orvieto, a beautiful site full of medieval buildings still being used for public purposes. At the center of town glows the most magnificent…

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