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29
July
2012

There’s a movie here, somewhere

For the first time traveler to India there is no more important stop along the way than Agra and the Taj Mahal, a testament to the love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal by the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan. While it is certainly impressive there is an equally impressive, and, in the opinion of some, more impressive edifice located less than two miles away across the Shah Jahan Gardens.


21
July
2012

The Mighty Mekong

It starts in the melting snows of Qinghai province in China and ends in the South China Sea. During its 2,700 mile journey it touches Tibet, flows through China and helps define the borders of and between Myanmar and Laos and Thailand. It flows through Cambodia past its capital, Phnom Penh before entering Vietnam where it creates a basis for a way of life both on the river itself and the delta which flows into the ocean.


11
July
2012

The Doors of Stone Town

Twenty five miles from the coast of Tanzania you find the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago including Unguja, Pemba and Mafia. Because of their past and present exports they are also known as the Spice Islands. Unguja is commonly referred to as Zanzibar and it is home to Stone Town which is the historic part of the capital city. Because of its natural harbor, proximity to Africa and location in the path of the trade winds it started out early on as a center for trade. There is some indication that the Greeks may have visited, but the Persians definitely came and set up a trading base. Later the Portuguese conquered the island and ruled for close to two hundred years before being defeated by the Omani Sultans at the end of the 17th Century.


11
July
2012

Country Cognoscenti - East Africa

The Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania is the size of Switzerland although only a small portion is currently open to exploration. A unique part of Africa

Amboseli is best known for its views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain and the highest in Africa. It also inspired Hemingway's “The Snows of Kilimanjaro"

A wind-up gramophone complete with brass speaker playing Cole Porter, a table set with drinks and glasses and the sun beginning to set. It is no wonder that Sundowners are a ritual on all the best safaris.



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