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  • Savoring Provence

    Savoring Provence Sabrina Moriconi, Tour Leader for ExperiencePlus!, guides us on the Walking Van Gogh’s Provence tour   Sometimes I wonder what it is that ties me to France. My father is Italian from a small Tuscan sea town. I… Read full article

  • Dave sees Lance Win 6 in a Row! Race 2004 Customer Report

    Dave sees Lance Win 6 in a Row ! Race 2004 Customer Report Bike Trip to Race 2004 or Dave Sees Lance Armstrong win six in a row or Dave Decides to do more Training Next Time by Dave Mabee… Read full article

  • Warblers Wintering in Costa Rica

    Warblers Wintering in Costa Rica It’s not clear how many birds migrate to Central and South America every year. Warblers, orioles, tanagers and many small birds migrate during the night and are hard to be recorded. Hawks, falcons and vultures… Read full article

  • Cordero con ajo: Lamb with garlic

    Cordero con ajo: Lamb with garlic I found this Spanish recipe in a French cookbook on Mediterranean cuisine. The chunks of lamb shanks got a bit tough with the cooking. So, careful on what kind of cut you choose! THE… Read full article

  • Rødgrød med Fløde (Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream)

    Rødgrød med Fløde (Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream)   Danes love to ask foreigners to say "Rødgrød" because it is nearly unpronounceable to those not familiar with this guttural language. The Erslevs coached their children to say it correctly… Read full article

  • In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant

    In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant New York: Random House, 2006, pp. 371. Since I greatly enjoyed Sarah Dunant’s The Birth of Venus , I read her most… Read full article

  • Dulce Argentino

    Dulce Argentino In this recipe, dulce de leche is made using sweetened condensed milk, but it can also be made from scratch or bought already prepared. A couple popular brands of dulce de leche available in Argentina are La Serenísima… Read full article

  • Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage

    Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage One of the dishes that Rick raved about from the ExpeditionPlus! trip from St. Petersburg to Istanbul was the stuffed cabbage that the group ate in Hungary. This is the closest we could come to replicating the… Read full article

  • In the Wake of the Plague by Norman F. Cantor

    In the Wake of the Plague by Norman F. Cantor In the Wake of the Plague by Norman F. Cantor, 2001, pp. 232. Did you know that the children’s rhyme ‘Ring Around the Rosies’ was first sung in sixteenth-century England… Read full article

  • The Delights of Delicate Eating by Elizabeth Robins Pennell

    The Delights of Delicate Eating by Elizabeth Robins Pennell It’s not likely that you’ve heard of Elizabeth Robins Pennell or that you associate her with Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher or Elizabeth David. But just as these three women – two… Read full article

  • Creamy French Pumpkin Soup

    Creamy French Pumpkin Soup (A note from Rick Price of ExperiencePlus!) This recipe comes to us from Josette Smyrl, coordinator of our France hotels and restaurants from 1995 through October of 2006. This submission, indeed, marks the end of a… Read full article

  • Bicycling Costa Rica

    Bicycling Costa Rica I had the good fortune of finding myself in Costa Rica this past February participating on our Butterflies, Bicycles and Beaches cycling tour. I’ve never been to Central America and didn’t really know what to expect, but… Read full article

  • Galileo’s Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel

    Galileo’s Daughter: A Drama of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel I read this fascinating book during the last two weeks I spent at my families’ farm in Italy this summer, and I must agree with the editor’s assessment… Read full article

  • Panzanella, a Tuscan Salad

    A perfect way to use up some bread that has gotten a bit old and a great summer salad! So many dishes from Tuscany are For six people: 8 pieces or more (or less) of hard Tuscan bread or any… Read full article

  • Gallo Pinto

    Gallo Pinto   If you ask any Tico what the national dish of Costa Rica is, chances are they’ll mention Gallo Pinto. Pura Vida!   Ingredients:     3 cups "day old" cooked rice   2 cups black beans –… Read full article

  • A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica/Naturalists Guide to Costa Rica

    A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica/Naturalists Guide to Costa Rica A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica by F. Gary Stiles and Alexander F. Skutch, illustrated by Dana Gardner (Comstock Publishing Associates, a Divison of Cornell University… Read full article

  • Race Book Reviews

    Race Book Reviews We hope you’ll be able to join us in France next summer for the 101st anniversary of The Race. If you are able to come, then the selection of readings in my review this month will help… Read full article

  • Sicilian Caponata

    Sicilian Caponata Rick and I enjoyed this dish in Sicily last summer, while we were doing the research for the Sicily bicycle tour that we will first offer in 2004. The following recipe is taken, with some editing, from the… Read full article