Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper In Search of Ancient Morocco Advertisement Supported by South of Marrakesh, the Draa Valley still exerts an indefinable pull, retaining traces of its now almost-vanished Berber kingdom. ByAatish Taseer May 15, 2019 THE SHAMROCK GREEN of Casablanca graded into a flat plain of beige. From the tarmac itself, I could see the beige run into a towering wall of white — the Atlas Mountains. Edith Wharton, in her 1920 travelogue, “In Morocco,” had felt herself fall under the spell of the Atlas and the desert beyond as well. “Unknown Africa,” she writes, “seems much nearer to Morocco than to the white towns of Tunis and the smiling oases of South Algeria. One feels the nearness of Marrakech at Fez, and at Marrakech that of Timbuctoo.” To be in Marrakesh on that morning in late February was to feel the … [Read more...] about In Search of Ancient Morocco
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By Richard Rubin The New York Times Fri., April 26, 2019 Make your way around Natchez, Mississippi, and you get the sense that if some people ever got really close to living like European aristocrats in the United States, it happened there. The town, which overlooks the Mississippi River, has perhaps the greatest concentration of splendid antebellum mansions in the country. “Economic historians will tell you that Natchez was the richest town per capita in the United States from about 1820 to 1860,” said Mimi Miller, executive director of the Historic Natchez Foundation. Most of those fortunes were wiped out by the Civil War; but Miller believes that Natchez itself, with all its grand homes, was spared largely because “Natchez voted against secession.” Not that its elite were opposed to slavery — most of their fortunes were built on cotton and thus on slave labour — but, as Miller put it, the town’s leading citizens recognized that … [Read more...] about Compelling historic stories lie buried in Mississippi city of Natchez
By Paul Johnson on Mar 01, 2019 in Accommodation, Europe, Featured, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, Restaurants, Spain, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe [social_warfare]My recent trip to Gran Canaria with Hyundai UK included two amazing experiences (if you haven’t already read about them, see my posts titled ‘Climbing a via ferrata in Gran Canaria‘ and ‘Taking a helicopter ride in Gran Canaria‘) but what I haven’t yet shared with you is where we stayed and where we dined during our short break there, so I’m taking the opportunity to do just that in this post. For many years, Gran Canaria has been well known for its beautiful beaches, incredible dunes, rugged landscapes, fertile ravines and wonderful weather, but it is comparatively recently that the island has gradually positioned itself as a destination that appeals to luxury travellers. Of course, there are many great places to stay and eat on this Canarian island, so here … [Read more...] about Where to stay and eat on the southern tip of Gran Canaria
With its 13 regions, departments, and 36,000 town and villages, metropolitan France is often referred to as a territorial mille-feuille, a veritable land of contrasts. This also extends to the living standards of its 67 million inhabitants. Even though France’s high welfare spending helps keep inequality below the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) average, the country’s recent “yellow vest” protests have exposed a deep-seated societal divide. Proof of this growing gap between rich and poor in France is best showcased by official living standards data provided by the country’s statistics body INSEE, which classifies every town, department and region according to its inhabitants’ average household income (wages, pensions, benefits, property income). For extra context, in France and in Europe the poverty line is determined by the living standards of the entire population. A person whose income is below a certain … [Read more...] about Inégalité: Where are the richest and poorest parts of France?
The idea that tourists will flock to the filming locations of the latest blockbuster movie, or must-see TV drama, can sometimes feel a little far-fetched. How many really sped to Albuquerque after watching Breaking Bad? However, when it comes to Game of Thrones, so enthralling is the fantasy world, so dramatic are the landscapes, and so die-hard the devotees, that claims by tourist boards about surges in visitors are entirely believable. The show has been cited as a key factor behind the remarkable growth in annual visitors to Iceland, for example, from 566,000 in 2011, the year it premiered, to more than 1 million in 2015. Almost as alluring as the on-screen locations is the fact that they are all within easy reach for British viewers, with Moroccan desert city of Ouarzazate the farthest flung. Here are some of the key stops for a Game of Thrones locations tour. WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS. Locations by Game of Thrones world region Hover over the locations to see an explanation … [Read more...] about Mapped: Every single Game of Thrones filming location