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In Barcelona, Making the Markets Fresh Again

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments by

Pere Sirvent strode into the food market in the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona on a recent morning and looked around with satisfaction. Under the vaulted ceiling of the 1913 building, which reopened in late spring after a four-year, 10-million-euro renovation, the fishmongers arranged ruddy wedges of tuna on crushed ice. Produce sellers bagged glistening cherries. At a […]

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3 Quiet Museums in Rome

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments by

One of the joys of Rome is its ability to make you feel as if there is a place that has spent centuries accumulating layers of beauty and history, patiently waiting just for you to arrive. Even when the city is filled with tourists shuffling behind their guides’ upheld umbrellas, even when the summer heat […]

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36 Hours in Izmir, Turkey

Aug 23, 2013 No Comments by

“Infidel Izmir.” That’s the nickname that was long ago bestowed on Turkey’s third-largest metropolis. Known for most of its history as Smyrna, this port city was, in Ottoman times, a melting pot that included Greeks, Armenians, Jews, French and Italians. Today’s Izmir is largely Turkish, but the moniker lingers. For religious Turks, the label seems […]

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Traveling to Turkey (and the Rest of the Week in Travel and Health)

Jun 07, 2013 No Comments

If you’ve paid any attention at all to the news this week, you know these are interesting –and dangerous – days in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. What started as a small peaceful protest erupted into a violent police crackdown and became international news. If you’re scheduled to travel to Turkey or were just considering […]

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8 of the World’s Most Popular Spiritual Destinations

May 06, 2013 No Comments

A centuries-old golden temple. Prehistoric enormous stones atop vast grassland.  An ancient holy city for three different religions. All around the world, you can find a multitude of popular pilgrimage sites for the pious or intrigued traveler. And even though some of these destination spots may only appeal to people of the same faith, anyone […]

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The Globe’s Best Places for Winter Sports

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

The cold stretch of January and February is spread out dauntingly in front of us, and many people are packing up and heading for beaches a little closer to the equator. But for others, these next two months are the most wonderful time of the year – time to sharpen the blades, hit the slopes, […]

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