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Travel Secret #1055: The Only Danish Settlement in India

“Tranquebar is a wonderful cultural concoction that has been brewing over hundreds of years – a beautiful mix of languages, cultures, races and religions. Two centuries of Danish heritage can be seen in colonial houses, churches, cemeteries, and most particularly, the Dansborg military fort. In 1620 the Danish East India Company arrived, and announced their supremacy with the construction of the Dansborg Fort. Entry to this…

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Travel Secret #1049: Freestone, A Hidden Gem in California

California-based editor and travel writer Kristen Cashman gets a bit restless when she doesn’t have at least one airplane ticket in her possession. A native of Boston, USA, at age 16 she moved with her mother to Milan, Italy. There she discovered the heightened aliveness that came with being in a foreign culture, and she’s…

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Travel Secret #1043: Bull in a Chikan Shop, Lucknow

“Twenty-five years ago, a bull walked into the Lucknow Chikan Shop, a cloth store tucked away in the dusty folds of Varanasi. It stayed on for half a day. Paramanand Chhugani, the shop owner, rubbed his eyes and scratched his head. The next day, the bull returned and stayed put till the lights went out at 9 pm. Chhugani’s surprise took on…

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Are You Using Your Binoculars Right?

Binoculars are an essential tool for birdwatching. Here’s how to use them best:  Shorten the neck straps so that the binoculars are not thumping painfully against your stomach as you walk but resting firmly on your chest. You can replace the straps with wider ones that have padding or moving sections to…

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