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Sample Sri Lankan History

By Ellen Clark

Galle is a lovely oceanfront city on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka. As a thriving port town long before colonial times, it attracted Arabs, Persians, Romans and Greeks on their way across the Indian Ocean. The Portuguese attacked and settled the town in 1505. The Dutch won the town… [read more]


Flower Power

By Hilary Nangle

Pie-eyed and gap-jawed, I gazed around the Great Pavilion at the annual Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, the garden equivalent of Paris Fashion Week. The annual event, set on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1913, comprises visionary show gardens and hundreds of extravagant trade exhibits sprawling… [read more]


Diplomatic Solutions

By Ron Bernthal

Considered the world’s diplomatic capital, Geneva reigns as the place for world leaders and international negotiators to gather for secret meetings or grand, public announcements regarding major health or trade issues. But just 10 years ago, Geneva was at the cusp of losing its status as the global leader for… [read more]


Preserving The Coco De Mer Palm

By Michael DeFreitas

UNESCO designated the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, situated in the heart of Praslin Island, a World Heritage site in 1983 to protect the last stands of coco de mer palm trees and the very rare endemic black parrot. The parrot’s future depends on the sustainability of the Vallée de… [read more]


Geisha And Maiko: Japan’s Elegant Artists

By Victoria Abbott Riccardi

With their white faces, rosebud lips and silken kimonos, geisha and maiko (geisha in training) provide iconic links to Japan’s past. Come twilight in the Gion District of Kyoto, you can glimpse these beautiful women heading out on their evening rounds to entertain clients mainly in teahouses, which also serve… [read more]


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