Don’t waste that weekend: 10 rules for fabulous day trips

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A friend once defined the perfect outing as one that includes natural beauty, culture, fun and family. So why be afraid of doing anything out of the ordinary? Why spend the weekend paying bills...
Derborence tunnels

Derborence: from disaster zone to birders’ paradise

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Day suddenly changed to deep night Disaster came twice: two landslides in 1714 and 1749 that crashed down into the Lizerne valley. Two years after an important earthquake which had weakened the mountain, rocks fell...

Cormatin: A Step into French History

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In this piece by Janet Hill, The Essential Edge looks at Burgundy. CLUNY, France -- I think I was one of those kids who always day-dreamed about living in a castle one day. You know...

Oman: The Call of Desert Sand

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Italian-American Journalist Donatella Lorch, a former New York Times correspondent based in Peshawar, Nairobi and New York, writes a regular column, Tangled Journeys, from her current home in Katmandu. She recounts here her family's...

Guide to Working and Living Abroad: Staying Sane and Odd Things to Pack

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This blog by Valerie Oliphant was first posted on the Peace and Conflict Development Network (PCDN) site with useful hints on how to operate abroad. It was re-published by The Essential Edge 14 June,...