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Reclining Buddhas, Dugongs and Shark Caves – Exploring the Mergui Archipelago

Reclining Buddhas, Dugongs and Shark Caves – Exploring the Mergui Archipelago

A visit to the Mergui (or Myeik) Archipelago is a completely unique experience in so many ways. Because the islands are almost completely undeveloped, are remote and were restricted to visitors until 1997, one can experience the thrill of being true explorers in an unknown world. The islands and the sea around them are strikingly beautiful, with unparalleled white sand beaches, the clearest water imaginable and lush tropical forests with abundant and rare plant, animal and bird species. To visit,…

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Underwater Statues, Hemingway Lookalikes and Sunset Celebrations – What to see and do in the Florida Keys

Underwater Statues, Hemingway Lookalikes and Sunset Celebrations – What to see and do in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys have much to offer to those who visit. Key West, which is both a town and an island, is the southern most point in the continental US. Therefore, you will want to visit the Southernmost Point, which is identified by a concrete marker. It is a great photo op and from here, it is just 90 miles to Cuba. Of course, you can visit the southernmost everything else. The Southernmost House, for instance, is a huge Victorian…

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The Closest Island to Paradise – Touring the Islands of New Caledonia

The Closest Island to Paradise – Touring the Islands of New Caledonia

Let’s continue our exploration of New Caledonia with a quick tour of the islands and what they have to offer. New Caledonia is actually a piece off of the ancient continent of Gondwana, which included parts of Africa, Antarctica, Australia, South America and the Indian Subcontinent. This sets New Caledonia apart from most of the South Pacific islands, many of which are a result of volcanic activity in more recent times. The long biological history of the area has created…

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The Food and Drink of the Hebrides

The Food and Drink of the Hebrides

The cuisine of the Hebrides is not much different from that of the rest of Scotland. Long traditions of crofting and fishing have shaped the cuisine of the islands and resulted in the prominence of game, fish, seafood, oats, barley and seaweed as key ingredients. Oats and barley were much easier to cultivate on the islands than wheat and therefore oatcakes and porridges are commonplace. The incredible bounty of  fresh seafood can be enjoyed fresh, cured or smoked. The many…

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Hungry in Honshu – Japanese Food and Drink

Hungry in Honshu – Japanese Food and Drink

The Japanese have a real passion for food. More and more, this passion is spreading to all parts of the world. Most major cities around the world have sushi bars and restaurants. In some places, such as New York, they are practically on every corner. The popularity of Japanese cuisine could be partly due to the fact that, more than most any other national cuisine, it is considered an art form, where presentation, esthetic and ritual are as much a…

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