Vilnius – the Jewel of Lithuania

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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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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 rhythm. Over and around, over …

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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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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 other direction from Bhopal, again …

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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 church in white and black …

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Learning from the Land at Kakadu

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Visitors come to Kakadu mainly for the natural wonders of the area, a World Heritage designated region. Once here in the north central part of Australia at the “top end” of the Northern Territories, they discover a different, cultural reason …

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The All-too-Well Known Wonders Nearby: the Dandenongs

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Ah, to get away from the big city for a few days of rest on the weekend or during holidays (of which there are many in Australia)! You could head to the beach, for there’s plenty of that near Melbourne. …

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Dancing with the Stark Nakeds

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A naked man comes up to you and invites you to join in the action. Two other naked men and a woman have already appeared in the half-light across the room, standing expectantly. He hands you a rolled up blanket …

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