Planning For Winter Vacation In Israel

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Many people think of Israel as being hot and all year round. But this is far from the truth. While it’s true that Israel weather is famously steamy in...
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Why I’m Going Back To Vietnam

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Many people who visit the country of Vietnam feel powerfully drawn to return again at another time. Why? Well, I haven’t quite been able to put my thumb on...
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Where In The World Is Pushkar?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Never heard of the city of Pushkar? I’ll give you three hints as to where it is located: (1) The official languages are Hindi and English. (2) The city...
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Where In The World Is Djerba?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Djerba (pronounced jer-buh) is one of those places in the world that somehow has remained a very well kept secret. Sometimes when I talk about it, I receive just...
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What’s The Hype With Maccabia This Summer?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Sports! Art! Drama! Travel! Culture! Perhaps because it’s in Israel this year or perhaps because it combines both the games and art competitions, but all people can talk about...
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What You May Not Know About Panama

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
The year 2010 is quickly coming to a close, which means that the Deluxe Kosher Tours journey to Panama this January is just as rapidly approaching. If you have...
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What Should I Buy In Vietnam?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Shopping in Vietnam is a feast for the eyes, and won’t cause a famine in your wallet. This is undoubtedly the reason that shopping is such a popular activity...
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What Do I Do In Fiji?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
With a year-round topical climate and an abundant wealth of natural beauty, perhaps the more appropriate question here would be, what don’t I do in Fiji? The options in...
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Venice – The Ghetto Nuova

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
For the Jewish traveler, Venice, Italy is a treasure trove of history and points of interest. While many travelers picture only romantic canals and captivating scenery, the truth is...
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Using Your Cell Phone When Traveling Abroad

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
So you’re going abroad this spring or summer, and you want to stay in contact with stateside family and friends while you’re gone. Just pop your cell phone in...
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All My Bags Are Packed, And I’m Set To Go To Ushuaia, Argentina

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
A welcome sign within the city of Ushuaia beholds the message, “Ushuaia: Fin del Mundo.” I’m traveling to the end of the world! Up until quite recently, my thoughts...
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Undiscovered Montenegro: Visit The Pearl Of The Mediterranean

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Because of its natural beauty, Montenegro has often been called the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Its landscapes are varied and striking, from its lovely white beaches to its green...
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Uganda And Israel- What’s The Connection?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Uganda’s political history is one that has been scarred by tumult and struggle. The notorious Idi Amin, who became known as the Butcher of Uganda (which makes me shudder)...
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Tu B’Shevat In Israel

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Tu B’Shevat is a festival that dates back to a time when tradition called for thanking the creator for what nature has provided in plenty. Tu B’Shevat, the New...
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Trekking In Iceland

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
It may surprise many people to know that the northern country of Iceland is an ideal place for hiking or trekking tours. While many assume that Iceland, known as...
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Tough Choices This Summer? Where Should I Go?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
About this time of year, I always start getting deluged with requests for suggestions for the perfect summer tour. Summer is always a wonderful time for travel, and I...
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Tips For Getting Through Airport Security

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Getting through airport security can be a time consuming hassle. While all travelers should appreciate that such measures are needed in order to keep people safe, most would also...
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The South Of France- Anything Worthwhile?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
The South of France, which is locally known as le Midi, is the geographical region consisting of the areas of France that border the Atlantic Ocean south of the...
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The Best and Worst Airlines of 2011

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Since travelling is literally my business, you can imagine how often I get asked about my favorite (and least favorite) airlines. It’s a subject about which I’m not coy...
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The Beaches of Tuscany

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
When people think of Tuscany, they usually think of its rolling hills, lush vineyards, and green countryside. These are all wonderful aspects of one of Italy’s most popular tourist...
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My First Impressions of the Taj Mahal

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
No trip to India is complete without a visit to the famed Taj Mahal. I’ll never forget when I discovered it for myself. One of the Seven Wonders of...
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Sustainable Tourism in Israel

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Today, the movement to go green affects all facets of life. Your decision to treat the Earth kindly may alter the kinds of food you eat, your daily commute...
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The Solomon Islands: A Diverse Pacific Paradise

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
If you’re interested in a tropical Pacific island location that’s full of both history and natural wonders, look no further than the 1,000 tropical isles of the Solomon Islands...
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Sofia, Bulgaria – A Source of Hope and Promise During the Darkest of Days

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Sofia, Bulgaria is a city rich in history and in Jewish tradition. There were certainly dark, dark days in the city throughout the years, but there were also moments...
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Skiing in the Southern Hemisphere

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
When you see the words “ski” and “Southern” together, you may automatically assume that the type of skiing being referred to here is that done on water. It may...
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Shopping in Seoul

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
There are many reasons that the capital city of Seoul, South Korea is one of the most popular destinations in Asia. For the Jewish traveler, there is a growing...
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Shopping In Buenos Aires

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
In life, there are those who love to shop ‘til they drop, and those who don’t like to shop at all. But when it comes to shopping, there is...
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Shabbat in Pushkar, India’s Hidden Gem; I’ll be back in November for the Camel Festival.

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Sure Shabbat anywhere in the world is special. It is Shabbat, after all, isn’t it? But, how about enjoying the Sabbath in an exotic locale like India’s Pushkar?...
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All My Bags Are Packed, and I’m Set To Go to Seoul, South Korea

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
A friend and I were discussing vacations the other day and she told me that her entire life she’s been a big city girl. She was looking for an...
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Time to Choose the Best Kosher Scottish Single Malt (and visit its Distillery)

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Who would have thought the best kosher Scottish Single Malt would come not from Israel (sorry), but from a town of less than 4,000 people in the Scottish Highlands....
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Keeping Kosher in Santiago, Chile

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Over the last 15 years, the religious landscape in Santiago has undergone a true transformation. This is largely due to the establishment of NCSY (National Conference of Synagogue Youth)...
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Where in the world is Sandanski-Melnik & furthermore, why would I visit?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Where in the world is Sandanski-Melnik & furthermore, why would I visit? That’s a simple enough question, with no simple answer....
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Purim in Romania

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Jews in Romania have adapted to Purim quite well and have many novel ways of celebrating it. I could see a lot of innovation in the hymns meant for...
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Purim in Peru

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
It’s a festival that is marked by people probing themselves through fasting and realizing follies of the past. Like in other places, Peru also celebrates Purim for three days...
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Preparing Your Home for Your Trip

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
When going away on vacation, one of the many things that you need to think about is making arrangements for the care of your home while you are away....
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Portugal and Its Atonement for the Inquisition

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
When it comes to world history, most people are somewhat familiar with the Spanish Inquisition. But did you know that the Portuguese Inquisition was an equally brutal time in...
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Planning for Winter Break

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
When it comes to planning vacations, our thoughts often automatically turn to June, July, and August. “Summer” and “vacation” are two things that just seem to go hand-in-hand. Many...
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My Philippines Disaster Relief Journey, Part V: Giving Thanks, Believing in Miracles

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
As I return home from the Philippines at this time of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, I think how the messages of both holidays are so relevant: wherever we are in...
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Pesach in Panama: What Should I Expect?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
If you’ve never visited Panama (and no I’m not biased), Pesach is a perfect time to plan a tour of this lovely Central American country. Panama has a long...
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Pesach in Morocco: How’s It Celebrated?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
While I’ve not yet had the opportunity to celebrate Pesach, or Passover, in Morocco itself, my experiences sharing Moroccan Pesach traditions with friends have convinced me that I need...
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Panama: More Than Just the Canal

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Surely you’ve heard of the Panama Canal before. And all of the maritime activity surrounding the canal is reason enough to visit the beautiful, tropical country of Panama. But...
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Tips for Packing for an Extended Trip

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
When going on a vacation of more than one week, it is often difficult to know which items to pack and which to leave at home. Below are some...
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Overcoming the TSA in 2011-Are they for real or is it a joke?

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
It sounds like a bad joke, two TSA agents walk into an airport. No, seriously, the TSA has been getting major flack recently since they implemented the new full-body...
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North Pole- Finland Style

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
I’m sure you’ve heard of the legendary North Pole before- the land of nothing but snow, ice, and Santa Claus. But did you know that the North Pole is...
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New Destinations for 2013: Try These Suggestions

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
As a new year begins, we’re dusting off our travel tour itineraries and considering some new locales for adventuresome travelers. We’d also like our readers’ input on these suggested...
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A Visit to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
One of the best parts of traveling to far away places is the chance to experience the diversity of culture and tradition that exists in each location. During a...
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My Shabbat In Alaska

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
I decided to have Kosher food for Shabbat in Alaska. With the Jewish communities found mostly in Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, I had a good chance of finding the...
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My Seven Days in the Negev Desert

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
What if you were told you had to spend an entire week in a desert? If you’re like a lot of people, your first reaction may be— why? After...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XX: The Georgian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
In the wake of the recent Russian-Georgian conflict, hundreds of new Georgian Jewish immigrants have relocated to Israel, and Nana is one of them. Today she meets me in...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XIX: The Venezuelan Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Claudio meets me in a quiet street in Jerusalem, where he has recently settled after immigrating here a year and a half ago. He joins a number of other...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part III: The Ukrainian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
When Nina agrees to meet me to discuss her experiences as a Ukrainian immigrant living in Israel, she says she is proud to share her story. “I cam e...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part X: The Tunisian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Tunisia has been in the news lately because of the recent popular uprising that led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The 1500-member Jewish community...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XV: The Swedish Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Raffi greets me near dusk at the entrance to a Tel Aviv park. He has only recently completed aliyah, after emigrating to Israel from his native Sweden. Raffi has...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part VII: The South African Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
In a park in Eilat, I meet Jacob, a young man originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, and now living in this area. Jacob arrived in Israel five years ago,...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part V: The Scottish Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Muriel has agreed to speak to me after negotiations through a mutual acquaintance. Although somewhat shy, this pleasant-faced woman in her mid-thirties greets me with a broad smile and...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XII: The Russian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
In the past dozen years, over a million Russians have immigrated to Israel, and changed the face of Israel significantly in the process. Natalia is one of the more...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XXI: The Romanian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Since the State of Israel was established, over 300,000 Romanian Jews have immigrated to their new home. Today, Andrei joins me at a Tel Aviv café to tell me...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XI: The Moroccan Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Today I meet with Francine, a vibrant and proud woman in her mid-60s. A successful Jerusalem-area business woman, she tells an immigrant story of both challenge and triumph....
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part VI: The Mexican Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
In an Eilat city park, Anita joins me to share the story of her recent aliyah. She arrived from Mexico City two years ago, and has begun to put...
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My Meeting with the Israel Immigrant, Part IV: The Yemeni Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
I find Zahry in Beit Shemesh, where he is living with relatives after a three-month stay in the Immigration Absorption Center in Beer Sheva.  At first he is hesitant...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part 1: The Argentine Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Meeting with me in a Tel Aviv café on a sunny morning, Gabriel, who will soon mark his ninth anniversary in Israel, speaks nostalgically about his native Argentina, but...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XVIII: The Indian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
At the edge of the Negev Desert, the town of Beersheva is home to a community of Bene-Israel Jews, originally from India. Sitting on a bench under a sheltering...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part IX: The Hungarian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Theodor meets me at a tree-shaded outdoor café for lunch and to reminisce about his aliyah twenty years ago. Arriving on an El Al flight to Tel Aviv, he...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XXII: The German Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
I find Uri in a Nahariya park, where we had earlier agreed to meet. A sea breeze off Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast gently rattles the leaves of an overhanging...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant – Part 2: The French Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
As anti-Semitism has grown over the last few years in France, so has the number of French immigrants in Israel. In 2005, Israel experienced the largest influx of French...
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My Meeting with the Israel Immigrant, Part XIV: The English Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
In a Jerusalem office complex, I meet with David, the administrator of a large non-profit organization based here. Today David plans to share with me the story of his...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XIII: The Chinese Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
The ancient country of China has a colorful history of Jewish involvement, ironic in a country with almost no practicing Jews today. Chinese immigration to Israel is therefore a...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part VI: The Canadian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
  Jonathan has very recently arrived in Israel from Canada, where he lived for the first 30 years of his life. I question him in Jerusalem, where he is...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part VIII: The Brazilian Immigrant

by Stuart | October 8, 2015 | Travel
Arthur meets with me near the Hebrew University, where he is studying education. He arrived here from Sao Paolo two years ago, and at the age of 25, he...
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For the Love of Umbrian Markets

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
For the Love of Umbrian Markets If you are planning a trip to central Italy, one of the items on your itinerary should be a visit to some of...
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Eurovision- Israel’s Success

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
Eurovision- Israel’s Success If you live in America, you are surely familiar with the extreme popularity of the television show called American Idol....
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10 Reasons Why I Love the Philippines

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
After last year’s horrific typhoon that took such a toll on the island nation of the Philippines, many people are asking whether the country is still worth visiting. The...
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The English Immigrant

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
My Meeting with the Israel Immigrant, Part XIV: The English Immigrant In a Jerusalem office complex, I meet with David, the administrator of a large non-profit organization based here....
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The German Immigrant

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XXII: The German Immigrant...
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10 Reasons Why I Love India

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
Have traveled all over the world, I do admit that I am partial to certain countries because of what they have to offer a visitor. India is definitely on...
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What’s In Ecuador besides the Galapagos

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
What’s In Ecuador besides the Galapagos? The Galapagos Islands belong to the country of Ecuador and are one of its most popular tourist attractions....
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July in Iceland

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
Trekking in Iceland It may surprise many people to know that the northern country of Iceland is an ideal place for hiking or trekking tours....
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Colombia

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
I Know There’s More to See Than the Drug Cartel in Colombia   It makes me very sad to acknowledge that most people’s perception of the country of Colombia...
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10 Reasons Why I Love Georgia

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
When describing the Republic of Georgia, I find myself using a lot of superlatives – “oldest,” “highest,” “largest,” etc. This historical and beautiful country is a favorite stop in...
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Spending Shavout in Romania

by Stuart | October 7, 2015 | Travel
I’m Thinking of Spending Shavout in Romania – Any Suggestions?...
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My Meeting with the Israeli Immigrant, Part XVII: The Afghan Immigrant

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
The delicious scent of Jewish Afghan cuisine drifts out onto the sidewalk from the Tel Aviv restaurant where Ofer works. He invites me in for dinner and to reminisce...
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Stirring Memories of My Journey to Cluj (Romania)

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
I wanted to see for myself the place where around 18,000 Jews were put in the Kolozsvar Ghetto in Cluj. What happened on account due to the ghetto was...
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My Favorite Cities : Continued

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
If you read my recent blog about my top 5 favorite cities in the world, you may have felt a little bit surprised. I mean, of all of the...
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My Favorite Cities

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
After traveling to more than 40 countries and countless cities around the world, a question that I receive frequently is, “which city is your favorite?” Well it’s certainly not...
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My Philippines Disaster Relief Journey, Part II: Why I Felt the Need to Go

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Why did I leave the comfort of my home and family in Israel and fly to a country where I ever never been, didn‘t know a soul, do not...
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Must I Visit More than One Distillery in Scotland?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
When I think of Scotland, I first think of its Scotch whisky, for which I’s justifiably famous. For centuries Scottish distilleries have produced what are arguably the finest single...
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Must See Museums in Copenhagen

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Whatever is of most interest to you there is certainly a museum in Copenhagen that you will want to visit. When deciding how to spend leisure time within this...
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Most Famous Hikes in Israel

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
I had a chance to visit the Holy Land on a guided tour and was rejuvenated to say the least. Visiting historic and religious places allowed me to understand...
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Memories of Bulgaria

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Memories of Bulgarian Jews flashed back when I visited the Holocaust History Museum designed by Yad Yashem. The holocaust has left behind many victims, but the brave act of...
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Media Bias Against Israel-Why Are We Losing the Battle & What Can We Do About It?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Color me silly, but I thought that newspapers and other media where supposed to be unbiased. So, why does it seem like all sorts of media outlets tend to...
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Machu Picchu the Non-Strenuous Way

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Machu Picchu is not exactly famous for being the easiest spot to reach. Hovering at a height of 7,000 feet above sea level among the Andean Mountain range, this...
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Machu Picchu- Yeah, I’ve Heard Of It- Now Explain It!

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
There are some truly incredible ancient archaeological sites on our planet; places where merely standing there makes you feel overwhelmed with the amazing architectural feat of their creators, and...
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Little Known Facts About Finland

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
One of the things that I always immediately notice when visiting the country of Finland is the Finnish people’s “live and let live” attitude. The sense of hospitality there...
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Leaving Your Pets Behind

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
When going on vacation, pet owners must make arrangements for their animals. This is difficult for many pet owners who worry that their animals will not be well cared...
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Keeping Green: Dos and Don’ts for Traveling

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Traveling, if not approached correctly, is an activity that can leave a large environmental footprint. But fortunately, today going green is a global effort. Even when traveling abroad, there...
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Keeping Green- Who Does It Best?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
In the past decade, many countries around the world have made outstanding efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, and to adapt to an increasingly environmentally-friendly way of life. To...
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It’s August and I want to Ski – where else, in Chile

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Chile has always been my favorite skiing destination in August. Since I had been there several times, I did not need much preparation or a professional kit, just a...
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Italy: An Experience for the Palate

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
When we think of Italian food, we don’t tend to associate it with kosher cuisine. But kosher Italian menus are not uncommon in restaurants, seder tables, Chabads, and other...
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Is Greenland Really Green?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
The name “Greenland” itself may be a bit misleading. It sounds rather enticing, doesn’t it? We think of a land that is filled with thick, lush forests and evergreen...
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I’m Thinking of Spending Shavout in Romania – Any Suggestions?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
At sundown on Tuesday, May 18 this year, the festival of Shavuot will be celebrated. We will once again commemorate the time centuries ago when the first fruits of...
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July 2011 in Iceland- Will the Sun Ever Set?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Iceland is definitely one of the most mysterious and misunderstood countries in the world. Few have visited the land of fire and ice, but those who do make the...
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How to Best Dress for Airplane Travel: Seven Tips

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Plane travel today can make our lives so much easier. But it can also be a frustration when you are trying to determine what to wear for an airplane...
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Have a week in Finland – what should I see?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Have a week to spend in Finland and trying to decide on the best to spend your time? Seeing everything that Finland has to offer in one week can...
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Getting Around Bangkok- I Love It!

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
The city of Bangkok, or Krung Thep, as it is called in Thai, is a bustling and busy urban area, filled with exotic and enticing sights, sounds, and smells....
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Georgia: Part I, A New Country

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Georgian Jews have a long and storied history in the ancient republic. While their numbers have been reduced through emigration and aliyah, Georgian Jews who remain are part of...
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Georgia: Part II, A New Country

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
As we recently described , Georgian Jews have a long and storied history in the ancient republic. While their numbers have been reduced through emigration and...
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The Galápagos Islands: A Nature Lover’s Haven

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
If you like to appreciate wildlife in settings other than a zoo or typical nature preserve, experience the adventure of a lifetime in the Galápagos Islands. Famous as the...
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From Soviet Russia to Today Part 2 – Moving Forward

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
In Part I, the history of the refusenik movement in the Soviet Union was reviewed, and I shared my own experience in going underground in Soviet Russia to provide...
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From Soviet Russia to Today: My Personal Experience Part 1 – A Historical Perspective

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
My married life began in a somewhat unusual way. During the very first month of our marriage, my wife and I were sent to the now former Soviet Union...
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Exploring Agra: India’s Exotic Medieval City

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
If you’re planning a trip to India, make sure you include Agra as one of your major stops. Among India’s most popular tourism areas, the ancient city of Agra...
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Experience Shtetl Life

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
There are many reasons to travel to a faraway place for a vacation. One of those is to have the chance to experience something that you would otherwise miss....
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What’s In Ecuador besides the Galapagos?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
The Galapagos Islands belong to the country of Ecuador and are one of its most popular tourist attractions. But are there other things to do and see in this...
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Easter Island: Exploring an Ancient and Enigmatic Land

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
riders appreciate the opportunity to enjoy vigorous exercise while discovering the ancient sites and statues that are found throughout the island. Thousands of horses are found on the island,...
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Drinking Your Way through Scotland

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
  For all those who like whiskey, travel, and a bit o’ tartan, do we have a tour recommendation for you: a distillery tour of Scotland! What’s not to...
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I Know There’s More to See Than the Drug Cartel in Colombia

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
It makes me very sad to acknowledge that most people’s perception of the country of Colombia is a negative one. Of course, I understand that the drug cartel have...
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Christmas Island: An Undiscovered Treasure

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
With its quaint name, you’d almost expect Christmas Island to be located near the snowy climes of the North Pole. Instead it lies in the balmy Indian Ocean, just...
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Why I’m Going To Argentina and Brazil This Winter

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
I’m going to let you in on a little secret in today’s blog. It’s is a well-kept secret so guard it closely: January is the absolute best time of...
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Best Places to See the Northern Lights

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
  On every world traveler’s bucket list should be a trip to see the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. One of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world,...
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Best Golf in Scotland

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
  Scotland is known for many wonderful things: shortbread, scotch whisky, the royal lion rampant, kilts, bagpipes, and the mysterious Loch Ness monster. Did you know that among its...
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Benefits of Traveling With Deluxe Kosher Tours

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
When planning your next vacation, you will have plenty of travel agencies and tour companies from which to choose. Deluxe Kosher Tours, however, can provide you with a level...
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My Penpal in Bangkok, Thailand

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Did you know that the barking deer is just one of the rare mammals that calls Thailand home? Really, I couldn’t make this up! Until quite recently, however, I...
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Alaska By Land- What to See?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Salmon fishing, whale watching, kayaking… there are water adventure opportunities abound in Alaska. But don’t go there thinking that there’s not much to do on land. Because this is...
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After the Carmel Fires – How can we help Israel?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
    It took four days to control the fire that raged in the Carmel Forest near the city of Haifa in Israel. The loss was immense and total....
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A Visit to Addis Ababa

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Addis Ababa, a city in Ethiopia, is gaining popularity as a tourist attraction. One visit and you will know why. There is so much to do including shopping, playing...
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A Seder in Myanmar – Get Real!

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
With a population of less than two dozen Jews, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, seems an unlikely place to go to observe Passover. After all, it no longer even...
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I Have Only 4 Days To Visit New Zealand- What Should I Do?

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
In visiting any foreign location, it can be difficult to narrow down the long list of things you want to do and formulate an itinerary. And when you have...
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3 Tuscan Hill Towns Of Which You’ve Never Heard

by Stuart | October 6, 2015 | Travel
Some of the most charming attractions in beautiful Tuscany are its numerous hilltop towns, dating back centuries. While many are a standard part of Tuscan tour itineraries, others remain...
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Tracing Your Family History

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
Today with the popularity of the Internet, t seems quite simple to figure out an individual’s personal history. Social networking sites, virtual phonebooks, personal websites … with all of...
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The Top Five Amazing Things to Do in Greenland

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
Embarking on an adventure in arctic Greenland has the potential to be unlike anything you have ever experienced before. The landscape here is so vast, and creates a startling...
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Piamonte, Italy: At the Foot of the Mountains

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
Piamonte, which is known in English as Piedmont and literally means “foothills,” is a region of northern Italy that is made up of the provinces of Torino, Alessandria, Asti,...
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Bangkok, Thailand, Is a Foreigner-Friendly City

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
Did you know that the barking deer is just one of the rare mammals that calls Thailand home? Really, I couldn’t make this up! Until quite recently, however, I...
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Visiting Cairo, Egypt, and the Great Pyramids

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
I’ll bet all it takes is for me to say the word “Egypt” to create a clear mental picture in your mind, right? I am sure you are envisioning...
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You Can Make a Difference in Burma

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
Have you heard of the country of Burma? Many people haven’t. It is a little country located in Southeast Asia between India and China. You may have heard the...
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Myanmar: A Visit to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
One of the best parts of traveling to faraway places is the chance to experience the diversity of culture and tradition that exists in each location. During a visit...
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Antarctica Is Like No Other Place on Earth

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
Even for the well-seasoned traveler Antarctica provides an experience that is surprising and unique. The landscape here is seemingly unearthly and, for most people, is unlike anything they have...
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The Prague Castle: The World’s Largest Castle

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
The city of Prague in the Czech Republic is so completely filled with opulent beauty that many have referred to the entire area as an open-air museum. One of...
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Five Facts to Know About Belize in Central America

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
The first thing that most people ask when I mention traveling to Belize is, “Where is that?” Many people assume that the country of Belize is located in South...
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Kruger National Park in South Africa

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
When you think of visiting South Africa, what do you want to see most? The golden sands beaches, the bustling towns of Cape Town and Johannesburg, or the diverse...
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The Highest Capital City in the World: La Paz, Bolivia

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
La Paz is a city of startling beauty. It is located at an elevation of almost 12,000 feet above sea level. That’s almost 2 and ½ miles high! The...
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What to Buy in Vietnam

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
While visiting Vietnam, you may find it hard to resist throwing yourself headfirst into the shopping scene. Why? Once you hit the shops in Vietnam, you will quickly discover...
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Preparing for Sukkot Around the World

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the 15th day of the seventh month, which is the fifth day after Yom Kippur. One of the most wonderful things...
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, Is the Perfect Getaway for Animal Enthusiasts

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
A vacation to Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, is the perfect getaway for any animal and wildlife enthusiast. Known as “The Jewel of the Garden Route,” Plettenberg Bay is a...
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Traveling With Pets Abroad

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
Plain and simple, pets are part of our families, so it is understandable that many people wish to bring their pets with them when they travel. Or, if you...
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What Is All the Hype With Moving to Israel — Why Now?

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
(I’m writing this post in July 2010, only weeks away from August 2nd, when my family and I are making aliyah from New York to Hashmonaim — located next...
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What Support Is Given for the New Immigrant in Israel?

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
When preparing to make aliyah, it can seem like an overwhelming journey. But you are certainly not alone on your journey to becoming an oleh. There are a number...
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Five Tips for a Successful Move to Israel

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
(1) Keep an open mind Sure, it’s normal to have some specific expectations as you make your move and begin to assimilate. But try not to be too disappointed...
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Packing Tips for Moving Long Distances

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
If we were to play Family Feud and be asked the “Top Responses That I Like Least About Moving” — packing would make it onto that list (probably the...
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Moving to Israel: A Dream Come True After 47 Years

by Stuart | May 26, 2015 | Travel
(I’m writing this post in July 2010, only days away from August 2nd, when my family and I are making aliyah from New York to Hashmonaim — located next...
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Toilets Of The World

by Stuart | March 7, 2015 | Travel
It all began with a little Belgian guy that led me to write this blog. No, I don’t mean the diminutive dapper detective Poirot; it was the infamous Manneken...
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Yuli Kosharovsky: Death of a Personal Hero

by Stuart | March 7, 2015 | Travel
At 72, Yuli Kosharovsky is dead. I have been thinking about this sad fact for the past week. He passed away on the first day of Pesach, and as...
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Jewish Points of Interest in Rome

by Stuart | March 7, 2015 | Travel
There are hundreds of wonderful reasons to visit the great Italian city of Rome. Ancient architecture, fabulous museums and thousands of years of history are just a few. There...
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Georgian Jews: Part I, An Ancient Community

by Stuart | March 7, 2015 | Travel
The term “Georgian Jews” designates Jewish people, also referred to as Gurjim or kartveli ebraelebi, who migrated to Georgia, located in the Caucasus. They comprise one of the oldest...
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Exploring Agra: India’s Exotic Medieval City

by Stuart | March 7, 2015 | Travel
If you’re planning a trip to India, make sure you include Agra as one of your major stops. Among India’s most popular tourism areas, the ancient city of Agra...
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Drinking Your Way through Scotland

by Stuart | March 7, 2015 | Travel
For all those who like whiskey, travel, and a bit o’ tartan, do we have a tour recommendation for you: a distillery tour of Scotland! What’s not to like?...
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Cochin Jews

by Stuart | March 5, 2015 | Travel
The Cochin Jews, also known as Malabar Jews, are the oldest group of Jews living in India. The received their name because they live in the city of Cochin...
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The Galápagos Islands: A Nature Lover’s Haven

by Stuart | March 5, 2015 | Travel
If you like to appreciate wildlife in settings other than a zoo or typical nature preserve, experience the adventure of a lifetime in the Galápagos Islands. Famous as the...
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