The winter months, when day light lingers for a shorter time and temperatures drop, make natural times for gathering, for getting together with friends and family. This is the time of holidays and celebrations across many faith and cultural traditions. ...

 

Gift Ideas: Music and more...



Gift Ideas: Music

The winter months, when day light lingers for a shorter time and temperatures drop, make natural times for gathering, for getting together with friends and family. This is the time of holidays and celebrations across many faith and cultural traditions. Winter is, then, a natural time for the giving and receiving of gifts. Whether your gift recipients travel through imagination or on physical journeys, music is a gift they will enjoy taking along. Here are ideas: If you’ve someone on your gift list who enjoys classical music, Nicola Benedetti’s recording Homecoming will make an interesting gift. Benedetti is an award

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How to Best See the Northern Lights in Iceland

The northern lights should be on everyone’s bucket list. This natural phenomenon is one of the most colorful in nature, yet they can be very elusive. Many travelers have gone to northern countries in order to see the lights, only to return home disappointed. Iceland is renowned for its northern lights shows; so much so that Icelanders don’t consider them special and sometimes hardly notice them. It is possible to see them from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, but if you really want to see them at their best, here are some tips to follow. Download a Northern Lights App There are

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Surviving a Laptop Crash While Traveling

Not many things can plunge your heart down to your feet like a laptop crash while traveling. Particularly if your work life is mostly online, it’s like having your entire office go up in flames. I was lucky in that a recent PC laptop crash happened to me when I was working at home, but it certainly made me think, “What if this had happened when I was away from home, on a trip?” Here are a few tips to help you prepare for when, not if, you face the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or some other PC laptop

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Portuguese Wine Adventures

Here’s a very important lesson about drinking port wine: don’t drink a lot of it. It’s not its syrupy sweetness or that it’s associated with being a dessert wine and thus inappropriate for other drinking opportunities. It’s not its historical connection with the gentlemanly elite of England or that it’s not as well-known as the vinho verde we drink in my country. The reason is a lot simpler than that: port wine is made by putting brandy in it. I did not know that part when we had three glasses of it before dinner on our first night in Lisbon.

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Georgia’s Davit Gareji Frescoes

Situated up on a mountainous ridge overlooking the desert plains of Azerbaijan are a group of abandoned caves that shelter one of Georgia’s art treasures – the frescoes of the Davit Gareji school. Georgia may be considered as a part of Europe, albeit one of its most eastern frontiers, but its art history differs significantly from its Western European counterparts like Italy or the Netherlands. Up until the 18th century, easel painting didn’t really exist in Georgia; instead Georgian art mostly took on the form of murals and frescoes that dot the country’s various monasteries and churches. Various national schools

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