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Iceland’s 1,000 Years of Secrets

March 6th, 2018

You may think you know Iceland, but Iceland doesn’t give up its secrets easily.

Sure, the Blue Lagoon is lovely. But that’s not Iceland.

Iceland is a place unlike any other, a sort of time capsule of a nation that’s preserved many aspects of Viking-age life.

The Undiscovered History of Wine

January 20th, 2018

On May 24, 1976, nine French wine experts sat at a long table in a small side room off the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel on rue de Castiglione in Paris to drink.

A couple of hours later, the world of wine had been, as the French say, bouleversé.

In the blind tasting, the best red wine and the best white wine were both from California.

What’s missing from your bucket list?

January 7th, 2018

Checklists are for chores. But bucket lists are more than that, more, even, than life goals. Your bucket list isn’t a to-do list, it’s nothing less than a guide to the world and your place in it.

India: Worlds within Worlds

December 19th, 2017

There is no way to “do” India, any more than you can decide you want to see the world. All you can do is make a start.

Of Alleyways and River Runs in Laos

December 12th, 2017

The capital of Laos is the product of ancient Lao civilization and French colonialism, set on the banks of the Mekong River, the Danube of the Orient.

The Majestic Fjords of Norway

December 7th, 2017

Norway is a nation of superlatives. Not only is her coastline longer than that of the Unites States, her fjords are one of the few natural wonders that exceed expectations.

The Traveller’s Creed

November 24th, 2017

The Traveller’s Creed is a summary of the guiding principles of Wheel & Anchor, distilled from the essence of what inspires the people I’ve met in my life as a traveller

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Bert Archer: This is why I travel

October 12th, 2017

I’ve been in probably hundreds of cafés in scores of countries, but I’d not been in that kind before. It hadn’t even occurred to me that a café could serve that sort of purpose. But it makes perfect sense, now that I’ve been there.

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