Perched strategically on the border of Portugal, Badajoz was condemned to be a gruesome battleground and Wellington's Siege of 1812 changed Britain's view of its own military behaviour forever.
When we arrived, Seville appeared just like any other city of about a million or so people, full of tourists from various countries, but slowly unfolded its magic beautifully as the days went by.
Men are beginning to understand that they too need to take good care of their skin, just as women do. Of course there are still men who feel awkward about skin care so here's some simple tips.
There are no mysteries in healthy eating. A little good judgment on what you stock in your kitchen goes a long way into enhancing food options for your family.
Are you one of those who easily gets discouraged? Caught up in the cycle of discouragement? Get out of that rut now. Here are time tested 16 ideas that have worked for others.
Living on the worldwide road is a challenge that not many people would enjoy but with some tips, you can make this mobile lifestyle a fun adventure.
What a gift to travellers Cordoba is. Two thousand years of history, still living, still vibrant, still easily accessible. So much of Europe's past is alive and reaching out in this Spanish city.
Lacquerware has been significant in Vietnam art. They range from picture frames to boxes, trays, and bowls and traditionally embellished with mother of pearl or egg shells.
In Hanoi, one is constantly surprised by what attractions will turn out on the roadside. Often, they are beyond crazy but they are not wanting for interest.
Years of living with raccoons have taught us that because they shared their habitat with us, they, too, want to share our living space with them. They often visit and see what we have to offer.
Around Hanoi, many villages have had the same craft skills for over a thousand years, long enough for legends to grow. Others are new with an eye on drawing tourists out of the heart of the city.
Hanoi offers the world's best street food. Its streets maybe the world's biggest kitchen offering food of varied taste and ingredients but all of them worth trying.
For me, beaches always recreate happy childhood memories. It has always been the place for family gathering and celebration. Today, my memory has even made it more special.
Three thousand years plus of history lies in crumbles around the entire Sicilian coastline. With all these ruins, what better place is there to engage in chance discovery than Sicily?
When you plan your trip for Vietnam, time it on TET Festival for a real experience of how the Vietnamese celebrate. Make sure you have your red envelopes with some red money to share with friends.
No TET or new year celebration is complete in Vietnam without Chung cake, a special savoury made from rice, meat, and mung bean paste. Every household get busy preparing this special delicacy.
Reaching back 700 years, the traditional pottery of Bat Trang continues to draw locals and tourists alike. The whole village is lined up with pottery of every design, both traditional and modern.
Tween girls are fun to shop for. This is especially true for Christmas when the choices are fanciful and as varied as their tween fantasies. Here are some choices to delight them.
Portable mini speakers have made travel more enjoyable for us as now we can just plug it in any of our phones or tablets and they bellow our favourite songs beautifully.
A new Michener novel was an event that shook the book world with its impeccable research, its incredibly creative narrative, and its linkages to generations of people you could visit and talk with.
The San, the Bushmen of the Kalahari, hit our radar screens in the movie, The Gods must be Crazy, and as perhaps, the world's oldest memory of our ancestors, they've never moved off our screens again.
Hanoi has hidden jewels many of them are better known to the folks who've lived here. At the top of my list is the Temple of Literature, an amazing piece of history that reaches back a thousand years.
Avenches in Switzerland is not a tomb where history is frozen. It is an active modern town where Roman ruins and Apple stores are as happy with each other as mountains and snow.
After years of searching, I have arrived at this realization: Just be a Happy Atom. How does one do this? Here are some ideas on how to live a happy life..
Movies on the war in Vietnam tell us not so much about Vietnam and its people but about the psyche of the U.S in the 1970's and the post conflict agonies thereafter.
Exotic wood in most of Southeast Asia are gone. The jungles have been ravaged for development that very few of the exotic wood varieties have survived even in the so called national parks.
If you're an armagnac lover, Condom-en-Armagnac in the Gascon region of France is just the place for you. And even better, it is on the route of the pilgrimage. the way of St. James.
Travel is always fun for kids but parents may have their reservations as their concerns may just be different. Think about this when you purchase gifts for kids who travel. Give everyone fun.
Who doesn't want to travel in style? We all do but women seem to do so more than men so think of gifts that will set them apart from the other travellers.
Looks like every second house is rolling out the suitcases. Men who travel like their stuff. That means gadgets, new ones they can try out.
Home is where most people go for Christmas. It must be the main focus of our creative juices during the Christmas holidays. Let Beauty and Cozy dress up your home so the family can enjoy and relax.
What gifts will you choose for your Boss this Christmas? Choosing what would be construed as personal may not be a good idea but if gifts are not personally useful and meaningful, what do they have?
Christmas is shooting down at us like a space invader on green apples! Do you have any idea on gifts to charm little boys on this occasion?
It's here again! December madness. The chaos and rush of Christmas! How do you beat this? For many, it is a thrill but for some, tips of how to beat it are welcomed.
Little girls are for me the best group to buy gifts for. For Christmas, they often ramp up their excitement to a fever pitch often pulling the whole house into a new level of happiness.
If you're in search of an island hopping destination, look no further. In the same area as Boracay, the Philippines most famous beach, is Concepcion where white beaches in different islands await.
If you don't want to end up out of job and out of pocket in a country you have never ever visited, take extra care in preparing for your new international job.
Mobile technology is a boon and a challenge not only to our pockets but also to our brains and patience. No other development in the recent past has fundamentally changed individual lives.
How do you choose companies to invest in? I am just an amateur investor but I have learned a few lessons from years of investing my own money. Key is to start with what you know.
Beauty is best when it is natural. Let your face exude its natural beauty. It is a beautiful soul in a healthy body. When you have this, your face glows. Somehow, you get people to notice.
Dry skin happens when the body's water escapes fast and its natural oils get removed resulting into flaky and rough skin that can turn to scales and cracks. Before this happens, here are some tips.
Elephants are quite common in some countries in Asia and often, they are work animals. They laugh, cry, play and have incredible memories but, at times, when threatened they go on a rampage.
Scuba diving has become a popular sport that most likely your friends and family are now into it. What gifts will these scuba divers appreciate?
Observed not only in Cambodia but also in Thailand, this ancient royal ritual of the ploughing ceremony marks the start of the growing season. Locals plant crops depending on what the oxen's eat.
Beautifully situated on the Mekong, Vientiane, Laos' capital city, still offers the village feel that most cities in Southeast Asia have already lost.
The range of human interest goes way beyond beaches and archaeology, and if eco systems and river cultures are part of your obsession, here's a gem for you! Tonle Sap, Cambodia's horn of plenty.
Kirirom is Cambodia's first national park and it lives up to its natural beauty as it continues to escape the development frenzy. It is just a day's drive from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.
Sometime around April, when the harvest is in, the annual Buddhist Calendar based Khmer New Year festival springs to life and it's time to look back with thanks and ahead with hope and confidence.
Look no further when you are looking for small business ideas. The streets are your best sources as you observe consumer behaviour, going in and out of stores and businesses.
Places we visit have often been there for centuries and we hope they will be there for future generations to enjoy. Thus, the need to effectively promote sustainable tourism.
How do you choose a hotel? Stars are no longer tops. Diamonds are up there. Reviews are at times paid for so how do you choose one that will suit your fancy?
Choosing a restaurant can sometimes be daunting especially when you are celebrating a special occasion for someone else. Major considerations often pale when your guest has special requirements.
Unique vacation destinations can be a rainbow of experiences, not just a monochrome beach or one restaurant drink chill. If you choose well, your vacation destination can really enrich your thoughts.
Unless you plan for life, you will live many of your retirement years in regret. With many more years in front of you, a greater life awaits.
Gifts for retirees should show possibilities of the future not the consequences of a misspent youth. So choose gifts that open new doors, celebrate opportunities and show hope for years to come.
For most Cambodian Khmer, weddings represent more than a nod to the traditions of the past. Each one is a victory for their culture, a promise to their families and a commitment to the future.
The Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of Cambodia, is regarded as the symbol of the nation. The pavilions hold the treasures of the Kingdom and are places for official functions.
Each culture has its own rituals around greeting. For Cambodia, it is the Sampeah. The Sampeah is not just a form of greeting for Cambodians. It is not just to show recognition but respect to someone.
All cultures honor their dead but Cambodia makes this an art form! Bon Pchum Ben brings Khmer, both young and old, to the temples each year to remember the dead relatives and friends.
Changu Narayan is dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan, the preserver of creation in Hinduism. Originally built in the 4th century, the Changu Narayan temple is the oldest temple in Nepal.
Tucked into the heart of the world's greatest mountains, Kathmandu hosts an absolute banquet of 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites offering trekkers to the Himalayas a unique peek into a unique culture.
No one else has a special interest in your money but yourself. So, learn how to invest it wisely. But start easy. In self-directed investing, there is a learning curve...you will get there soon.
Rosseau is a tiny village in Ontario perched on the top of a hill peering over the famous Muskoka lake of the same name.
Today's workplace has its demands and new entrants need to understand its expectations. Employers have expectations beyond just technical skills.
Phnom Penh is a city full of charm. Sitting at the confluence of great rivers, the city offers varied things to do and experiencing these will truly be exhilarating.
The must do list for Bali keeps getting longer as it continues to draw people to a unique experience of culture, spirituality and beauty.
Fascination with Oman did not only start when Vogue chose it as the destination of choice. Even as early as the 1st century, Oman has already been acknowledged as an attractive place to visit.
Asia is so immense and so many of its top destinations are now in the radar screen of many tourists. But some places just stand out from the usual tourist draws.
Those who frequent Sihanoukville may be familiar with the choice of sandy beaches such as Ouchoutel, Sokha, Serendipity, and Holiday. Off into the islands are even less crowded ones. Take your pick.