Discovering Doolin, Ireland

Discovering Doolin, Ireland

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May 16, 2020

Along the majestic western coastline of Ireland known as the Wild Atlantic Way sits one of its most welcoming and charming villages. Doolin, located in County Clare, consumes visitors with its fabled Irish spirit and space for adventure. It delighted me so much on brief, first visit that...

10 Things To Do in Uruguay

10 Things To Do in Uruguay

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May 15, 2020

Most travelers come to Uruguay for a summertime beach vacation. But you could easily plan an entire visit around Uruguay’s historic sights and cultural events. Then, there’s the countryside, with enough outdoor activities to fill another trip. To get the most from your time in Uruguay, it makes sense to learn your options and plan ahead...

Things to Do in Malta

Things to Do in Malta

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May 14, 2020

It’s amazing just how much there is to experience in Malta, despite its relatively small size. This Mediterranean island nation, located just south of Sicily, offers a surprising range of world-class attractions and activities for all ages. Whether you’re into ancient history, fine dining, diving, hiking, boating, or wandering through vineyards and villages, you’ll never run out of cool things to see and do here...

Olive Groves, Pebbled Beaches, and Deep History in Brač, Croatia

Olive Groves, Pebbled Beaches, and Deep History in Brač, Croatia

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May 13, 2020

It was a gloriously sunny autumn day on the Croatian island of Brač. Determined to find a 1,700-year-old Roman stone quarry, my husband and I brushed past a grove of handsome olive trees with gnarled trunks. Decidedly lost, we chanced upon a mother and son harvesting massive tubs of eggplant-colored olives...

Where are the Best Gay Friendly Countries to Retire/Move to?

Where are the Best Gay Friendly Countries to Retire/Move to?

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May 12, 2020

We’re often asked about racial/religious tolerance and about how accepting the locals are in various countries toward LGBT lifestyles. While you’ll typically find a warm welcome in any of the countries we suggest for expat living, here’s what our experts on the ground had to say about the countries they live in.

Cuisine, Culture, and Community in Lyon

Cuisine, Culture, and Community in Lyon

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May 10, 2020

My first thoughts as I landed in Lyon were of food. After all, France’s third-largest city has a reputation as a gourmet’s playground—and this in a country that has turned food into an art form. The city did not disappoint.As I walked through Lyon’s 2nd arrondissement—the historic 1st and 2nd arrondissements of Lyon form a narrow peninsula...

Folclórico? Fantástico! A Peek at One of Portugal’s Richest Traditions

Folclórico? Fantástico! A Peek at One of Portugal’s Richest Traditions

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May 9, 2020

Welcome to Ranchos Folclóricos, a cultural form originating in Portugal’s rural areas and farming communities. These dances, performed by couples or as groups usually during holidays and special events—think religious feast or harvest festival—vary regionally, as do the costumes...

Dubrovnik: Sun, Sea, and Ancient History in Croatia’s Breathtaking South

Dubrovnik: Sun, Sea, and Ancient History in Croatia’s Breathtaking South

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May 8, 2020

If I had to describe Dubrovnik in just one word, I think ‘majestic’ would fit—the sheer physical beauty and historical grandeur of this seaside city have to be seen in person to be appreciated— postcard photos don’t do it justice. I visited in late October and still enjoyed warm, sunny days but without the big crowds of midsummer.

How to Take a Slow Tour Through Southeast Asia

How to Take a Slow Tour Through Southeast Asia

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May 7, 2020

The beauty of living and traveling in Asia is there’s always somewhere different to visit. The cultural and geographical diversity in such a relatively small land area is astounding. With a three-month escape, you can explore the traditions of dozens of different ethnic groups, unearth the secrets of ancient civilizations, wonder at architectural masterpieces...