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Explore New York’s Black History and Culture

February 1, 2017
Harlem Renaissance

Harlem was a cultural haven during the Harlem Renaissance.

African Americans have always been an essential part of New York City. Though the first Black residents were brought to the city against their will, African Americans later streamed into NYC from all over the country (and the world) seeking a better life. Black New Yorkers have enhanced all aspects of the city’s history and culture, particularly its music, literature, cuisine, and visual and performing arts. Here are some ways to explore and experience New York’s Black History and Culture.

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Culinary Culture, Destinations

Beautiful Bamberg: City of Beer

December 23, 2016
Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg’s Old Town Hall, just one of the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Bamberg offers many delights – a picturesque old town brimming with medieval and baroque architecture, fine museums, superb music, delicious cuisine…and great beer. Bamberg’s beer culture stems from its long history as a center for brewing exceptional beer. The city’s nine breweries, along with sixty breweries in the surrounding region, produce over fifty distinctive, high-quality beers. These breweries, along with traditional taverns, beer cellars, beer-themed tours and beer-soaked events, make Bamberg a haven for lovers of beer.

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Destinations

Iceland in Winter: Explore the Land of Fire and Ice

December 8, 2016
Outside Reykjavik, Iceland

Winter wonderland – the gorgeous landscape outside Reykjavik. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Iceland in winter. These words probably evoke images of an inhospitable, frozen tundra – hardly an ideal travel destination. But I explored Iceland in January and discovered winter can be a great time to visit the stunning nation. Winter weather is more temperate than most assume, and there are distinct advantages and delights to a winter holiday in Iceland.

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Ghosts of Gotham: New York’s authentic Haunted Houses

October 1, 2016
Merchant House Museum, NYC

One of NYC’s most “spirited” homes: Merchant House Museum. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

New Yorkers are die-hard devotees of their city.  In fact, some Gothamites are so rooted in NYC they refuse to leave…even after death.  With limited space and layer upon layer of history, it’s little wonder that New Yorkers coexist – both alive and deceased. And many of New York’s spookiest haunted homes are open to public.

If you’d like to tour NYC’s historic haunts, here are a few of New York’s authentic haunted houses.

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Destinations, The Arts

Samba! The sound of Rio de Janeiro

July 27, 2016
Samba Rio de Janeiro

Samba pervades many aspects of Rio’s culture. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Samba is the national music of Brazil – and the quintessential sound of Rio de Janeiro. Both a musical genre and type of dance, samba has inspired festivals, food, fashion and visual arts. With its propulsive rhythm and voluptuous dance moves, samba is among of the world’s most popular music. Where better to experience authentic samba than its birthplace, Rio de Janeiro?

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