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Unexpected Paris

Unexpected Paris
Kindly contributed by historian Joan DeJean, author of How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City. Beginning with 17th-century Bourbon monarchs like Henry IV, DeJean relates the fascinating story of how Parisian rulers transformed the city into a cosmopolitan metropolis.   Paris is full of unexpected corners. Early in the summer of 2013,
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America’s Covered Bridges

America’s Covered Bridges
Kindly contributed by Ronald G. Knapp, expert in all things Chinese, author of Things Chinese, Chinese Bridges, Chinese Houses and House Home Family: Living and Being Chinese and co-author of the recently released America’s Covered Bridges, which follows the fascinating story of these icons of the American landscape, from their construction to their impact on America’s transportation
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Easter Island

Easter Island
Kindly contributed by Susan A. Sternau, author of An Easter Island Sketchbook: An Artist’s Journey to the Mysterious Land of Giant Stone Statues.   Visitors to Easter Island expect to be entranced by the enormous enigmatic stone statues called moai, but they may not be prepared to be charmed the local fauna as well. The
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North Mani Region, Southern Peloponnese

North Mani Region, Southern Peloponnese
Kindly contributed by Marjory McGinn, author of Things Can Only Get Feta, an insightful journey through one of the last unspoiled regions of southern Greece, where two journalists and their dog lived in a hillside village as Greece slid into economic crisis.   On the outskirts of a remote village in the southern Peloponnese, fate
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