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Santa Barbara County wine tour
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Santa Barbara county wine tour

Santa Barbara county wine tour Not knowing much about the various wine regions and appelations of the Santa Barbara county wine region, I opted to work with a popular wine touring outfit in the area called Savoir Fare Wine Tours. The knowledgeable guides customized a tour of the region highlighting some of the wonderful wineries, […]

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Theravadin temple built by Mahabodhi Society of India
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Travel Photo postcard – Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini

A sense of place – Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini Lumbini located on the southwestern region of Nepal, along the Terai lowlands is a subtropical area located close to India border. As an important pilgrimage site, the entire area is a Unesco World Heritage site along with other world Buddhist organizations that have created monasteries in honor of the Buddha’s […]

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Moroccan foods you must try cooking with tajines
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Moroccan foods you must try

Popular Moroccan foods you must try   Moroccan food is wildly popular but also misunderstood. There is a lot more to Moroccan food than just tajine and couscous. The hardest part of experiencing Moroccan food however is that the majority of restaurants in the country cook the same things and don’t put the time, love or […]

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Exploring Chitwan National Park in Nepal
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Exploring Chitwan National Park in Nepal

Exploring Chitwan National Park in Nepal Most visitors to Nepal know about Mt. Everest and the Himalayas, but few people are familiar with  another major national park in the country that hosts wild rhinos, tigers, buffalo, leopards and sloth bears at Chitwan National Park. This region located in the southern part of the country and bordering India […]

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Visiting San Juan Capistrano Mission in California
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Visiting San Juan Capistrano Mission in California

Visiting San Juan Capistrano Mission in California Surprisingly, the annual arrival of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano mission in Southern California was a bust when I recently visited, but no worries the rest of the visit to San Juan Capistrano and the city was a wonderful experience. Of all the California Missions on my […]

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Weekend getaway Escondido California
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Weekend getaway Escondido California

Weekend getaway to Escondido, California    For a short and easy drive from San Diego or Los Angeles – a weekend getaway to Escondido,  California is a real treat. There’s so much to do and see in Escondido ranging from outdoor adventure and activities, touring local wineries, art and antique shopping downtown and even exploring an incredible dinosaur museum […]

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