India: A Place Where the World Began

India: A Place Where the World Began In addition to the Nile Valley of Egypt and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers of ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), the Indus River that now flows through parts of Pakistan and India was the third “cradle of civilization.” India is the home of a many-layered culture because civilization has...

Bolivia: Where Diversity in All Things Flourish

Bolivia: Where Diversity in All Things Flourish Bolivia is a west-central democratic country in South America, named for Simón Bolívar, considered the George Washington of South America, leading its peoples in wars of independence from Spain. Part of the great spine of the Andes Mountains runs through Bolivia and was the home of a...

Banff: The Canadian Rockies’ Year-Round Playground

Banff: The Canadian Rockies’ Year-Round Playground Every season of the year is a time to visit Banff, a town nestled in the Canadian Rockies, and the jumping-off point for more adventure, action and activities to fill a lifetime. During the winter, Banff is a mecca for skiers, snowboarders and everyone who enjoys the clear mountain air and the...

Yellowstone: America’s Park

Yellowstone: America’s Park Everything about Yellowstone National Park is enormous, primordial and overwhelmingly glorious. Its more than 3,400 square miles spread across a large portion of Wyoming and smaller areas of Montana and Idaho. Although Native Americans have made it their home for a minimum of 11,000 years, it...

Tuscany: Where Magical Is an Everyday Occurrence

Tuscany: Where Magical Is an Everyday Occurrence Spend any amount of time in Tuscany and it seems all the elements of life – physical, spiritual and emotional – are mixed in a magical potion of happiness. No doubt, part of the reason is that enlightened peoples have populated this region for approximately 3,000 years, starting with the...

New Zealand: To the Ends of the Earth and Back Again

New Zealand: To the Ends of the Earth and Back Again It was only a bit more than 750 years ago that humans first settled in New Zealand while the first European didn't set foot there until 1642. Being 900 miles west of Australia and 600 miles south of major Polynesian island chains, its isolation has allowed for unique sets of plant and animal life...