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  • Timeline by Michael Crichton

    Timeline by Michael Crichton I first visited Costa Rica in March of 1993 and I did so by bicycle. I can still picture my ride at the end of Arenal Lake after a long, beautiful day with the lake’s namesake… Read full article

  • Off the Road: A Modern Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain by Jack Hitt

    Off the Road: A Modern Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain by Jack Hitt Off the Road is often called "irreverent" as Hitt makes fun of himself and others as pilgrims. Yet most of the pilgrims he meets… Read full article

  • Patagonia – A Tour Leader’s …

    As an Argentine-American who has spent life moving around the world since childhood, I am fortunate to say that I live in a truly marvelous part of the world. Bariloche, in the Patagonian Lakes District, still takes my breath away… Read full article

  • Italian Cycling Culture

    Italian Cycling Culture by Sylva Florence So, you’re planning a trip to Italy. A friend suggested riding bikes would be a good way to delve into the secrets of the Italian countryside… sample the wine, feel the warm Mediterranean sun… Read full article

  • Torta Negra Galesa (Black Welsh Cake)

    Torta Negra Galesa (Black Welsh Cake) Rick and I recently returned from our ExpeditionPlus! tour in South America from Coast to Coast across Patagonia. It was a great experience, and a great way to get to know in depth several… Read full article

  • Sicilian-Style Pizza with Focaccia

    Sicilian-Style Pizza with Focaccia This is the most basic way to make a Sicilian-style pizza, but we recommend adding any sort of toppings you find tasty. Also, this recipe is even better when served with salad or fresh vegetables! Serves… Read full article

  • Imagining History: Imagining Argentina & Chile

    Imagining History: Imagining Argentina & Chile This list of three movies and one just-published novel that are about as good a starter set as you could find for Chile and Argentina.   The Mission (1986) by Roland Joffe; Evita (1996)… Read full article

  • A Cycling Journal From Eastern Europe

    A Cycling Journal From Eastern Europe Customer Carol Waaser of the New York Cycle Club recounted her Eastern European adventure with our first ExpeditionPlus! (bicycling from St. Petersburg, Russia to Istanbul, Turkey) for her club newsletter last fall. She’s kindly… Read full article

  • To the Ends of the Earth by Paul Theroux

    To the Ends of the Earth by Paul Theroux One of my favorite things about airports is visiting their bookstores. I like to wander among the cramped aisles in search of something to read during the long hours passed crossing… Read full article

  • Provence by Lawrence Durrell

    Provence by Lawrence Durrell Lawrence Durrell belongs to a group of travel writers who go back to the British expatriates of the early and mid-20th century. He lived most of his life in the Mediterranean region and has left a… 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

  • 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

  • Aunt Angiolina’s Bean Soup

    Aunt Angiolina’s Bean Soup This soup has been one of my favorites since I was a child. Although I spent several weeks at the farm every summer when I was growing up, this is a dish that is not made… Read full article

  • Super Easy Bruschetta

    Super Easy Bruschetta This is a quick and easy appetizer that is consistently pronounced wrong by wait staff in restaurants in the US. Say “brew-sket’-ta” not “brewsheta.” Note that the “ch” is a hard “k” sound in Italian, not a… Read full article

  • French Béchamel Sauce

    Ingredients: 3 tbsp butter or margarine 1/3 cup flour 2 cups milk 1/2 cup grated cheese or more salt and pepper to taste la technique Melt the butter or margarine in sauce pan. Add flour and stir with wisk, or… Read full article

  • Pasta making demonstration.

    An Easy, Fresh Pasta Recipe

    An Easy, Fresh Pasta Recipe A former tour leader, photographer, bike mechanic, and web guru extraordinaire came up with a quick pasta recipe. Ingredients: use about 1 cup of flour, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon of water per person eating 3… Read full article

  • Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnick

    Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnick   New York Times Notable Book of 2000 & New York Public Library Selection as one of the 25 Memorable Books of 2000.   Those who wish to be travelers, not simply tourists,… Read full article

  • Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby

    Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby There is no scarcity of personal memoirs of World War II. Yet Eric Newby’s narrative of war, escape, love, and peasant farmers in Italy’s Apennine mountains in 1944 has lasted thirty… Read full article