Category Archives: Cultural Focus

A story, tradition or description relating to a particular group of people

Something wicked this way comes… Mystery and intrigue are packed into the ancient stone walls of medieval Castel del Monte, a little village tucked into the hills of northern Abruzzo, in central Italy, where 450 people live. The setting is beautiful, perched on a slope overlooking the mountains and valleys of Campo Imperatore in the Gran […]

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One of the excursions you can do if you visit Abruzzo, Italy, is to follow along on a truffle hunt. And it was among my “must do’s” from the moment I began planning our 10 night stay in this little-known region of central Italy. Truffles are a highly esteemed food sought by gourmet chefs and […]

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When traveling around the Western Cape of South Africa with my sister last March, we noticed that picnics were common everywhere–from Cape Town, up the Garden Route, and through the Winelands. In Cape Town, locals headed to the beach or rode the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to watch the sunset while […]

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Such a cold winter everywhere… Up in Minnesota, temps have been dropping to -15 F with windchills of -40 to -60 below zero. It’s been so cold that schools have been cancelled this week, according to my family who lives there. Luckily when I visited last month, it was not quite so cold, and people […]

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On a recent day trip from Santiago, Chile, I traveled an hour east to the Maipo Valley to ride with local arrieros (Chilean cowboys) and their beautiful horses in the Andes mountains. What a fabulous day!!! The Oldens, a British family who owns the ranch in El Toyo and operates Horseriding Chile, organized the excursion […]

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