Messages by Country (56)

MESSAGE: Scottish Highlands *Videos*

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Highlands is both a geographical term, depicting the area north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault, and a cultural distinction that distinguishes the northern “place of the Gaels” where Scottish Gaelic is spoken, from the rest of Scotland, …

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MESSAGE: Scotland’s Orkney Islands *Video*

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The Orkney Islands are a well-kept secret — even for Scots! Since few of my Scottish pals have been, I consider myself lucky to have visited these little gems situated in the North Sea.

The Orkneys are actually an archipelago …

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MESSAGE: English Countryside

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I know the English are renowned for their gardens, and yet I was surprised to see wildflowers covering the English countryside. Daisies and lupines and foxgloves – oh my!

In fact, the whole of the English countryside is absolutely charming …

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MESSAGE: London *Video*

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

London (“the City”) was hopping when I was there – celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, gearing up for Wimbledon and anticipating hosting the Olympics = What a summer!

While I’ve been to London once before, this time I stayed for …

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MESSAGE: Borneo *Video*

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Borneo, the 3rd largest island in the world, is a place unto itself – a magical spot full of amazing wildlife and nature and constant discovery.

The island is home to 16 million people and comprises 3 countries: portions of …

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MESSAGE: Singapore

Monday, June 11th, 2012

I remember the first time I visited Singapore with my family. I was 15 and it seemed so exotic with the steamy heat and pungent smells of clay pot rice and char su being sold on the street corners. My …

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MESSAGE: Sri Lanka – Hill Country *Videos*

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Ayubowen! (that’s the Sinhalese local greeting).

The clear cool weather of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is a perfect escape from the tropical humidity of the country’s coastal regions. The central highlands are dotted with tea plantations and the main city …

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MESSAGE: Sri Lanka’s Coast

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Let’s get this straight — Sri Lanka isn’t India. The country and its people have a very distinct personality and culture that come from being a predominately Buddhist state, with its own language, food, and musical traditions.

Known as Ceylon …

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MESSAGE: Nepal *Videos*

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

No two ways about it, Nepal’s Annapurna mountain range is spectacular, hosting 3 out of the 10 highest mountains in the world: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna 1 and Manasul. The area’s main city is Pokhara, Nepal’s third largest, with 350,000 inhabitants.

For …

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MESSAGE: Thailand – Phuket

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand — approximately the size of Singapore. It’s surrounded by the Andaman Sea and lies on major sea-faring trading routes. The island used to be known for tin and rubber industry, but now Phuket …

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