More than a thousand years ago, viking raiders traveled the seas in their dragon boats and viking traders carried goods along the fjords. When raiders turned to more peaceful pursuits and traders found different ways to connect, what happened to the ...

 

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Stave Churches: Mystery And History

More than a thousand years ago, viking raiders traveled the seas in their dragon boats and viking traders carried goods along the fjords. When raiders turned to more peaceful pursuits and traders found different ways to connect, what happened to the ship builders? One thing they did was use their skills to build churches. Stave churches, they are called after the Norwegian word for stave or...

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Getting a Taste of Italy in Pula, Croatia

Most people flock to Dubrovnic or perhaps Split when visiting Croatia, but I'd personally recommend Pula, especially if you want to avoid the crowds. None of the episodes of Game of Thrones were filmed in Pula, but it's where you'll find a large Roman amphitheater still in use, beautiful beaches, and some of the best pizza in the world.

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Deep South Time Travel

Deep South in the United States: New Orleans, Mardi Gras, music, balconies, beignets: they all go together. They each, along with many other things, form part of the story and history that threads through the deep south, much as the Mississippi River threads through the region. There are the remains of plantations, legacies of slavery, stories Creole life in New Orleans and pirates in the bayous....

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The Glory of Breakfast Foods in Mexico

I’ve lived in a Spanish colonial city called Guanajuato south of the border on and off for the past decade and travel around a fair bit domestically in normal times. One of the big advantages of that is that I get to eat the breakfast foods in Mexico on a regular basis. When I go out for a Mexican breakfast, I’m always a happy diner. In many countries, it’s tough for a traveler...

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Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Europe

As I don’t drink a lot, I like alternative beverages. At the top of the list is hot chocolate and I’m always on the lookout for the best hot chocolate when I travel. Although most cacao is grown in South America, Africa, and Indonesia, most of the beans are exported to Europe where they are processed by expert chocolatiers. Most countries and major cities around Europe have at least...

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