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Back In Tel Aviv

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Back In Tel Aviv

After a lengthy absence, I was back in Tel Aviv, the lively and sophisticated seaside city on the Mediterranean that is so synonymous with Israel. Jerusalem is Israel’s spiritual and political capital, a flashpoint in the seemingly endless struggle between Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, but Tel Aviv is its temporal and secular heart and soul. […]

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The Allure Of Petra

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The Allure Of Petra

Petra was on my mind. This fantastical archaeological site in southwest Jordan, set amid a remote, desolate and brooding sandstone mountain range 900 meters above sea level, had captured my imagination. I had read about Petra in history books, watched documentaries about it, and seen tantalizing glimpses of it in Steven Spielberg’s adventure movie, Indiana Jones […]

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The Glorious Ruins Of Jerash

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The Glorious Ruins Of Jerash

The glory that was ancient Greece and Rome reveals itself in the ruins of Jerash, the largest Greco-Roman archeological site in Jordan. Forty eight kilometres north of Amman, Jordan’s capital, Jerash was founded as a Greek city by Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC and was conquered by the Romans in 63 BC. […]

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Visiting A Coffee Plantation In El Salvador

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Visiting A Coffee Plantation In El Salvador

As you savor a full-bodied cup of espresso coffee in your home or in a cafe, spare a thought for El Salvador. Ranked 11th among 55 coffee-producing nations and accounting for two percent of world production, El Salvador — the smallest republic in Central America — is synonymous with that crop. First cultivated in El Salvador […]

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El Salvador: Image Vs. Reality

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El Salvador: Image Vs. Reality

Fed up with Toronto’s bitterly cold winter this year, I was more than ready for a warm-weather vacation down south. Nicaragua beckoned, but I passed because it was torn by political instability yet again.  Having already been to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama, I pivoted toward El Salvador, the smallest, most densely populated and […]

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Lugano: A Swiss Mediterranean Enclave

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Lugano: A Swiss Mediterranean Enclave

Lugano is an anomaly — a Mediterranean enclave inside nordic Switzerland. In this enchanting corner of the country, known as Ticino, a visitor can often count on sunny weather and expect to see palm trees, semi-tropical vegetation and the pastel hues of southern Europe. Predominantly Italian in ambience, this pleasant city is set on the […]

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Colmar — the Venice Of France

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Colmar — the Venice Of France

Laced with a maze of canals, the French city of Colmar might be mistaken for Venice. Yet Colmar is unmistakably Gallic, although many of its historic buildings are inspired by Germanic architecture. Esthetically impressive, old Colmar is a living museum of exquisite half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance houses hugging narrow cobblestone byways. The third largest […]

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A Blindingly White World Of Ice And Snow

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A Blindingly White World Of Ice And Snow

It’s the highest mountain peak in Switzerland accessible by train. At 3,454 metres above sea level, Jungfraujoch, commonly referred to as the Top of Europe, towers majestically over the alpine village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Alps. Peaks of this dizzying height normally can only be reached by expert climbers. But Jungfraujoch can be accessed by anyone […]

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Strasbourg — The Cosmopolitan Capital Of Alsace

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Strasbourg — The Cosmopolitan Capital Of Alsace

Few cities in France have been roiled by as much upheaval. Strasbourg, the cosmopolitan capital of Alsace, has always been in the eye of a storm. Founded by the Romans as a military camp, it was a free imperial city during the Holy Roman Empire. Ceded to France in 1681, it fell into Germany’s hands during […]

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Alsace’s Delightful Wine Route

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Alsace’s Delightful Wine Route

I’m not much of a wine drinker, but I jumped at the opportunity of visiting the fabled Wine Route in the Alsace district of France. Winding past immaculate wineyards and quaint villages and towns beautified by bright potted flowers in windowsills, the route traverses the eastern side of the Vosges mountain range. Fine wines have […]

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