Monday, October 31, 2011

Things to Do: Vuna Village, Taveuni Island, Fiji


Reached via a scenic route that passes vast forests of palm trees with “sunburned” red trunks, Vuna Village is known for its tapa bark cloth and woven mats. The women work hard to prepare the pandanus leaves by boiling them, stripping them with shells to remove thorny edges, then drying the leaves on racks for days until they are dry enough to weave into beautifully handcrafted mats. (Bark from the paper nulberry tree is used to make tapa. The tree is uncommon throughout Fiji except for a few select regions.) Two natural swimming pools are found here—one for men, one for women.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Things to Do: Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany

Checkpoint Charlie This is the most famous crossing point, where people moved from East to West when the Wall was up. Now, two “soldiers” stand guard but mostly get their pictures taken with elated tourists for an informal two-Euros tip. What is that all about?

Stop for a drink and some lentil soup across the street at the historic Cafe Adler (206 Friedrichstraße, 030/2518965), once frequented by Westerners trying to catch a peek of East Berlin.

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image c Arline Inge

Monday, October 24, 2011

Good Eats: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, NYC


Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 65 Bayard St., 212-608-4170. Who knew?--America’s most popular dessert was invented in 1300 by the Chinese! In this tiny little shop, it is married mostly to exotic Chinese flavors—almond cookie, avocado, black sesame, durian, lychee, red bean. More common flavors are also options.

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image c2011 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sights to See: Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Hailey, Idaho

Trailing of the Sheep Festival  October 7–9, 2011, (208) 720-0585. This unique annual event celebrates the history and cultures of Idaho sheep ranchers. The event includes an authentic Folklife Fair; culinary events featuring lamb, cheese, and local foods; storytelling at the Sheep Tales gathering; a Fiber Festival; historical exhibits; Scottish, Basque, Polish, and Peruvian dancers and musicians; demonstrations; fiber and photography workshops; cowboy poetry; championship sheepdog trials; and the Trailing of the Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep stepping lively down Main Street in Ketchum.

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image cMichael Edminster 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sights to See: Topography of Terror, Berlin, Germany

Topography of Terror  Along Niederkirchner Strasse (formerly Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse). Built on the site of former buildings that during the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945 were the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, this outdoor exhibition documents those times. It is complemented by a newly opened documentation and learning center.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Good Eats: Fried Dumpling, NYC

Fried Dumpling 106 Mosco St. In a quieter, less visited area of Chinatown, this tiny dumpling factory churns out scrumptious, chewy pork-filled dumplings at five for a dollar! Big windows permit watching them being made.

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