MYANMAR - Old colonial capital faces end of an era

The hilltop Kyaik Than Lan pagoda offers a 360-degree panorama of Mawlamyine and remains a prime attraction for pilgrims, locals and a trickle of foreign tourists. Story and photos by DENIS D. GRAY The Associated PressMAWLAMYINE, Myanmar On the stairway rising to Moulmein’s great Buddhist shrine, the visiting British writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to pen one of the most anthologized poems of the English language. “By the old Moulmein pagoda, lookin’ lazy at the sea/There’s a Burma girl a-settin,’...

Norman's Egypt Tour

Our tour to Egypt in February 2017 was one of the first tours we have offered to Egypt on many years. The tour was escorted by company president Norman Bruce , for him, it was a return to a country he began his tour leading career almost 30 years ago. We hope you enjoy the observations and insights offered by Janine Silk who joined us on this journey of a lifetime The Pyramids hang over Cairo and Cairo hangs over...

Sweet treats of Hungary

Sweet treats: cake classics of Hungary Dobos cake, Rigó Jancsi, Esterházy cake… just some of the sweet classics of Hungarian cuisine and compulsory elements of a visit to any of the Hungarian confectioneries. From a romantic love story to 19th-century innovation, they all have a story, and are much more than food: they are telling stories and are a piece of history themselves. Your trip to Budapest is not complete without visiting one or more great cafés or confectioneries of...

Romania's Count Dracula

Did you know the real Dracula (Vlad Draculea) nicknamed Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) was a Romanian prince and military leader who fought bravely against the invading Turkish army in the mid 1400's. Count Dracula - the Vampire - was created by Irish writer, Bram Stoker in 1897.

Sweet treats of Hungary

Sweet treats: cake classics of HungaryDobos cake, Rigó Jancsi, Esterházy cake… just some of the sweet classics of Hungarian cuisine and compulsory elements of a visit to any of the Hungarian confectioneries. From a romantic love story to 19th century innovation, they all have a story, and are much more than food: they are telling stories and are a piece of history themselves.Your trip to Budapest is not complete without visiting one or more great cafés or confectioneries of the...

About Hungary

While not large in terms of population (it has only 10 million inhabitants) Hungary has a wealth of culture and history, complemented by a language so completely different from its neighbours that almost no shared words exist!

Julie Bruce's India Tour

INDIA : SOUTH & NORTH TOUR January 2017Thank you for following our blog about our epic journey through India. It is such an amazing country and one of my favorite destinations. I have attached a map so you can see all the places we will travel to. Our journey will begin in Hong Kong & finish in Delhi. My postings about this tour will begin when I arrive in Hong Kong on January 9Julie Bruce ( tour leader)Royal Heights ToursDAY...

Oft-overlooked Bulgaria will surprise you

RICK STEVESEuropeI have an affinity for Bulgaria — so overlooked and underappreciated … and yet so charming, in a Slavic way. In my student days, I spent lots of time exploring Bulgaria and its capital city, Sofia: playing chess in the park, watching paranoid people huddled on street corners talking sports (and wishing they could talk politics), seeing locals dutifully lining up to visit waxy figures in public mausoleums. Recently, I returned to Sofia, and found those same parks where...

Risk-takers get the Nile to themselves

TERRI COLBYTribune News Service On the top deck of the cruise ship River Tosca, the swimming pool was cool and inviting in the afternoon heat. Below, the fabled Nile was wide and blue and calm. Palm trees dotted the river’s shoreline where farm animals grazed. And I had the deck of the 236-foot ship all to myself. That’s emblematic of cruising the Nile at a time when Egypt’s tourist industry has been decimated by fears that the turmoil of 2011’s...

The Valley of the Kings

This dry valley in the hills of the West Bank, directly across the Nile from Luxor, is one of the most remarkable archaeological destinations in the world – the burial place of some 60 of the New Kingdom pharaohs for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th Century BC. The whole area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The valley shot to worldwide fame with Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of the almost-intact royal burial of the...

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

The Haida Gwaii (Islands of the People) previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, are in Northern British Columbia, Canada. Though the archipelago comprises over 150 islands, the two largest, Graham and Moresby, are the most popular.This is a remote area where there are few big chain stores or high end amenities. Do not expect grand resorts choked with tourists, there are B&B's, cabins and motels that offer accommodations. Some of the reasons to come to the islands are to...

Egypt: the Pyramids of Giza

Giza (الجيزة al-Gīza) is a Governorate to the west of the Egyptian capital Cairo - a city in its own right, but for a long time now absorbed as part of the heavily-populated and sprawling Cairo metropolis. Giza is best known as that part of Cairo closest to the world-famous Pyramids of Giza, situated high on the desert plateau immediately to the west of the urban district, itself located in the valley and centred around the Pyramids Road, linking central...

Kenya: Tha Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve is located in the south west of Kenya and west of the capital Nairobi. The Maasai Mara is not a National Park, but rather a National Reserve and administered in North-Western by the Mara Conservancy , the rest of the reserve falls under Narok County Council. When visiting the Maasai Mara you are likely to see the famous Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Especially lions are common here, and have grown relatively accustomed...

KENYA: THE BIG 5

In Africa, the big five game animals are: the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. The term big five game (usually capitalized or quoted as "Big Five") was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size.

Iceland

ICELAND In brief: (Icelandic: Ísland) is a mountainous island nation in the north Atlantic Ocean, located between Europe and North America. Though not part of the continental mainland, the country is considered Nordic European. The name of the country—Iceland—may not be that appropriate: although 10% of Iceland is covered by glaciers, it has a surprisingly mild climate and countless geothermal hot-spots and hot springs. The native spelling ("Ísland") is appropriate in English as well.Iceland is a stunningly beautiful place if...

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