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Turkish glass lamps

What to Buy in Turkey: Souvenir Shopping in Istanbul

Shops selling cell phones sit next to shops selling hand-made carpets, the kind that were once used by nomadic tribes living in tents in the desert. Bright piles of pungent spices send competing aromas drifting toward a store selling gold jewelry, seemingly by the pound. Colored glass lamps catch sunlight ...
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Yellow-footed Green Pigeon

Wildlife Touring by Jeep in Kaziranga National Park, India

The rhino calf lay sound asleep next to its mother, who was busy grazing not more than 20 feet from the road. Indian rhinos are ancient-looking creatures: They look like they should be sharing the earth with dinosaurs (or, at least, woolly mammoths and mastodons) not camera-toting tourists in four-wheel ...
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Indian One-horned Rhino Are Being Reintroduced to Manas. Photo credit: I. Robinson

Wildlife Touring in Manas National Park, India

The herd of Asian elephants just ahead wants to cross the road. We stop to let them pass. They also stop. There's a moment of silence, a stand-off, if you will. Then the matriarch raises her trunk, bellows and mock charges us. The driver throws the jeep into reverse and ...
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seals in Uruguay

Wildlife Viewing in Funky Cabo Polonio on the Coast of Uruguay

The chill wind cutting through my jacket and the steely sky did not bode well for our 20 minute ride in an open dune buggy to the hotel. Worse yet, the dune buggy’s hood was up and our driver was busily banging away at whatever ailed the beast. Luckily, the rain held ...
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Keswick Vineyards

Winery-Hopping around Charlottesville, Virginia

The Chardonnay at Pollak Vineyards tasted of crème brulée and fig. Or was that the Viognier? Our fifth Virginia Charlottesville-Piedmont region winery of the day, my notes were just a wee bit wine-sotted. The Chardonnays and Viogniers were starting to swim together. In Your Bucket Because... Virginia wines are winning awards! ...
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Winter Critter-Cruising on an Aquarium Research Boat on Long Island Sound, Connecticut

"Whose idea was this?" I demand. There is an inch of snow on the ground, the temperature is in the teens, the weather forecast is for more snow, and the living room floor is covered with ski clothes, hats, socks, gloves, long underwear and anything else my sister can think ...
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