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The Valais Swiss Wine Trail, on the edge of the southern Alps in Switzerland
Travel

The Swiss Wine Trail

Mention Switzerland and a medley of associations come to mind: Gruyère cheese, Rolex watches, fine chocolate. What almost never factors into a conversation about this landlocked bulwark of neutrality is its wines: arguably Switzerland’s deepest secret. Surprisingly, the country produces…

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Fishermen on a motorboat on the Lower North Shore of Quebec
Features, Travel

Quebec’s Lost Coast

WHAT BEGINS as a nearly imperceptible feeling of movement turns, surreptitiously, into a heavy seesawing that wobbles my beer in its glass. The dining room servers, going from smiles to poker faces, move to-and-fro like tightrope walkers in peril. Outside,…

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Kitlope, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
Adventure, Travel

Kitlope Journey

We are in zodiacs, cutting a frothing wake against a torrent of snowmelt running into the sea. Our boats veer towards land and approach the edge of a wide estuary, its banks rising several feet above us. After tying to…

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Dhow ships moored at the dhow wharfage, Dubai, UAE
Middle East, Travel

Dubai’s Dhow Wharfage

At first I barely registered his gaze: the subtle yet piercing look of that almost nondescript, middle-aged man in the bluish-gray shalwar kameez. I had no idea how long he’d been there. But from the moment I noticed him he…

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The musical band Gal Holiday playing in New Orleans by night.
Travel

New Orleans: The Vibe Survives

Along Bourbon Street, the night is reaching its crescendo. Groups of partygoers pass by scores of live-music joints overflowing with clientele. Men in red uniforms wheeling food carts serve the empty-bellied, while calling out their culinary offerings in thick Louisiana…

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A view of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Travel

Simply Sarajevo

“Let’s put this pedal to the metal,” proclaimed my driver in heavily-accented English as he ran his beat-up car along the gauntlet of turns on the Igman Mountain Road. Adam, a 20-something bed-and-breakfast owner, was full of mispronounced Americanisms and…

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