Safety in Costa Rica

Safety in Costa Rica

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September 30, 2019

We often receive queries about safety in Costa Rica. Since it is a worldwide issue, I would like to dispel some of those rumors and arm you with a little information to make your experiences of traveling and living in Costa Rica a bit more stress-free...

Okinawa: 7 Reasons to Love “The Hawaii of Japan”

Okinawa: 7 Reasons to Love “The Hawaii of Japan”

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September 26, 2019

by Carol Parks  When it came to tropical islands, I always thought of myself as a Caribbean type. Close by… beaches…palm trees…warm…decent plane fares. That is, till I discovered this gem of an island in the Pacific. Okinawa mixes Japanese culture, a large expat population, and a Pacific island vibe into one distinct package. What’s Read more...: Okinawa: 7 Reasons to Love “The Hawaii of Japan”

24 Hours in Moscow: What to See, Do, and Eat

24 Hours in Moscow: What to See, Do, and Eat

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September 13, 2019

So many of us grew up in an age when the Soviet Union, and Moscow by extension, was widely considered a second-world destination—poor, underdeveloped, and monolithically gray. Cast aside those images. Moscow, in particular, is a vibrant, first-world economy with a wealthy and expanding middle class—a place where you find outlets for every major fashion Read more...: 24 Hours in Moscow: What to See, Do, and Eat

Eat Like a Local at Spain’s Best Food Markets

Eat Like a Local at Spain’s Best Food Markets

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September 3, 2018

I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for traditional food markets. I seek out farmers' markets in the U.S. and traditional food markets when I'm abroad. Belize, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador... I've explored markets in all these countries, thrilled at the colors, the smells, and the variety of wares, many of them exotic local fruits, vegetables, and more. And, of course, I've explored many markets in Spain.

Five Cultural Attractions to Enjoy in San José, Costa Rica

Five Cultural Attractions to Enjoy in San José, Costa Rica

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July 31, 2018

For many visitors and even many expats who’ve lived in Costa Rica for years, the country’s capital, San José, remains a very utilitarian destination, so to speak. As the commercial center, it’s the place go for the best shopping in the country. If you can get it in Costa Rica, it’s in San José. And as the governmental center, when you’re going through the residence process…you end up in San José.

Discovering the Villages of Le Luberon, Provence, France

Discovering the Villages of Le Luberon, Provence, France

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May 2, 2018

Exploring the villages of Le Luberon, France, and beyond, it’s hard to ignore the overwhelming sense that the French have it all figured out. Here is my evidence: In Bonnieux a visit to the Musée de la Boulangerie (Bread Museum), followed by a flawlessly executed warm baguette snack perched on a wall overlooking the valley floor, was the perfect way to start the day.