Cultural Heritage Advisor Emilie Vezina-Dore on Unique Architecture of Old Quebec

There is no better way to understand the history of Old Quebec than through its unique architecture, which reveals the story of the city’s diverse cultural influences that include French, British, Romantic and Art Deco. Vieux Quebec was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985—close to half of its buildings were built before 1850 and it is the only walled city in North America. This historic center represents just five percent of Quebec proper—but the architectural gems of it’s 333 acres will enchant visitors for days. Enjoy Emilie’s tour!

Cultural Heritage Advisor Emilie Vezina-Dore on Unique Architecture of Old Quebec

Life's Diversity & Inter-Connectedness Affirmed in Belize

Belize offers stunning lessons in both life’s diversity and universality: A population that encompasses Mennonites, Mestizos, Garifuna, Arabs and Chinese; an ancient Mayan site that reveals a common thread among man throughout millennia; an abundance of bird and plant species co-existing in harmony. Let naturalists Miguel and David share the secrets of Belize!

Life's Diversity & Inter-Connectedness Affirmed in Belize

Bowl of Time: Valles Caldera National Preserve by Tom Ribe

Contributor Tom Ribes shares a beautiful and thoughtful look at the history and seasons of New Mexico’s Valles Caldera, a place he knows intimately. Valles Caldera was born about 1.25 million years ago, its 13-mile wide depression created by a a spectacular volcanic eruption. Use of Valles Caldera dates back to the prehistoric times: spear points dating to 11,000 years ago have been discovered. Let Tom guide you through its slopes, grasslands and woods and introduce you to those who have called it home over the ages.

Bowl of Time: Valles Caldera National Preserve by Tom Ribe

Tips from Locals Around the World on How to Access Authentic Culture at Your Next Destination

Are forging local connections important to you when you travel? Here are some ideas from people around the world on how to have an authentic cultural immersion and meet local people in the destination you are visiting. According to Travel Weekly, “In 2019, ‘Living like a local’ will go up a notch with holiday makers getting so under the skin of a destination, they consider themselves honorary citizens. Fueled by the rise in sustainable tourism and growing awareness to put tourist dollars to good use by supporting local communities, travelers in 2019 will seek out more local experiences than ever before.”

Tips from Locals Around the World on How to Access Authentic Culture at Your Next Destination

The Great Scottish Castle Trail by David Weinczok

Scotland is the land of castles. With arguably the greatest concentration of them in Europe there is something to appeal to everyone – windswept and desolate Highland strongholds, magnificent royal fortresses on city-topping rocky crags, fancy baronial tower houses, and everything in between. Get the “Must-Sees’ from Caste Connoisseur David Weinczok!

The Great Scottish Castle Trail by David Weinczok

The Legendary Ceramics of Sicily's Caltagirone

The mountaintop town of Caltagirone in Sicily is the ceramics capital of a region renowned for this ancient art form. Out of a history of warfare, disease and natural disasters, Caltagirone’s multi-hued heritage of majolica pottery took shape. Get a glimpse of the history of this artisanal tradition from curator of the town’s Museo della Ceramica, marvel at the artistry of Stairway of St. Mary on the Mount’s 142 steps, browse through the laboratory of Silva Ceramica, and learn the story behind the star-crossed lovers memorialized in ceramic form.

The Legendary Ceramics of Sicily's Caltagirone

Lessons from Tuscan Spa Town Montecatini on Harmony & The Flow of Life

The Tuscan spa town of Montecatini offers life lessons in how the flow of life ensures eventual harmony. Experience its cultural landscape from the perspective of local people, and learn about the history of its healing spring waters; the philosophy of its Art Nouveau architecture; the challenges and bounty of Fucecchio Marsh; and the story behind Bargilli Cialdi di Montecatini, one of Italy's best-loved sweets. Find out the true secret behind La Dolce Vita!

Lessons from Tuscan Spa Town Montecatini on Harmony & The Flow of Life

Discover Goro! Charming Fishing Community in Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region

Go off-the-beaten path with Francesca Lamantea for a taste of local, small town coastal life with a visit to Goro in the Province of Ferrara in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 80 kilometres northeast of Bologna and about 50 kilometres east of Ferrara, near the mouth of the Po River. Meet fisherman Roberto and learn about life harvesting clams & mussels, and feast your eyes on some of the tasty traditional dishes served at popular fish festivals!

Discover Goro! Charming Fishing Community in Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region

Live Like a Local In Another Country with Long Term House Swap

Are you a traveler who is keen to experience a destination through locals’ eyes? To get under the skin of a culture and celebrate its uniqueness, as well as feel part of our universal shared human condition? And get free lodging in the process? Then a long term house swap might be right up your alley! While cost-saving may have motivated many to try home exchanging, this this mode of travel, it has become an effective grass roots form of cultural diplomacy.

Live Like a Local In Another Country with Long Term House Swap
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Amitava Bhattacharya, founder of Banglanatak.com, on Art as Economic Engine

In this podcast, meet Amitava Bhattacharya, founder of Banglanatak, a social enterprise that works across India to foster inclusive and sustainable development using culture-based approaches. Learn about the rich cultural heritage of West Bengal, and how Banglanatak has been a catalyst for more than 10,000 families to escape poverty through practicing traditional crafts.

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Amitava Bhattacharya, founder of Banglanatak.com, on Art as Economic Engine

Traditions of Oklahoma's Native American Culture: An Interview with Curator Dr. Dan Swan

Native American culture is rich with symbolism, mysticism, ceremony and creative expression. Dr. Daniel Swan has spent almost four decades immersed in Oklahoma's Native American Culture and has served as Curator of Ethnology of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma since 2007. Dan shares his deep appreciation for traditions such as the peyote religion of the Osage, art of the Native American Church, and explains how oral traditions are being preserved and celebrated through the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair , a program that was honored with the 2017 University Museums and Collections Award from the International Council of Museums.

Traditions of Oklahoma's Native American Culture: An Interview with Curator Dr. Dan Swan

Fulbright Exchange: Liz Doles on Cultural Insights from Sri Lanka

Pinhole photographer Liz Doles lived in Sri Lanka for a year as a Fulbright Fellow, as part of the Fulbright Exchange Program. The Fulbright Program of the US State Department is an international exchange program.  Today the program works with partner nations from around the globe in mutual exchange and understanding,  Liz shares the Sri Lanka that revealed itself to her over the course of her year-long residency there.

Fulbright Exchange: Liz Doles on Cultural Insights from Sri Lanka

Global Greeter Network: Letting a Local Show you the Hearts of their Cities.

Are you a traveler who likes to connect with local people? The Global Greeter Network (GGN) is a network of hundreds of volunteers around the world who show visitors their city for free, showing their local version of their hometowns to visitors and travellers and allowing them to explore in a different way.

Global Greeter Network: Letting a Local Show you the Hearts of their Cities.

Mayan Healing with Jose Santos Tamay: I Recognize in you my Other I

The Maya are a people with rich culture, history, traditions, and a way of life that we can learn much from today. I learned more about Mayan healing as well as the culture in my interview with Jose Santos Tamay who I met at Hacienda Chichen in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. My own journey has shown how much wisdom cultures such as the Maya have to teach us about our lives and how we see them today.

Mayan Healing with Jose Santos Tamay: I Recognize in you my Other I

Celebrating Connections & Cherishing Differences in San Juan Chamula

The villagers of San Juan Chamula in Mexico's Chiapas Highlands are skilled textile artists and practice a faith that that mixes Mayan mythology with Catholic tradition. Get a virtual introduction to Chamulan beliefs, which include a strong commitment to community service & tradition that considers pine to have sacred properties. Saint John the Baptist church is a spiritual home for the devoted residents who put no price tag on their beliefs. Travel opens our eyes to both the cultural differences between us and others, as well as the bond of human connection.

Celebrating Connections & Cherishing Differences in San Juan Chamula

Divali in Trinidad: Let there be Light!

Divali in Trinidad is one of the biggest Divali celebrations in the world outside of India! Watch our video for a peek into the diversity and beauty of this festival that celebrates light over dark each year.

Divali in Trinidad: Let there be Light!

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Did you know Jewish heritage in the Americas began in the Caribbean island of Curacao? Curacao Synagogue Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest active Jewish congregation in the Western hemisphere.

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Experiencing the Tumba Festival, Curacao

Celebrating the Tumba Festival, Curacao, is a special experience. Curacao's Tumba music was created by slaves as a way to put rumors to music and express their sorrow and frustration. Today, the energetic Tumba music carries a

Experiencing the Tumba Festival, Curacao

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Marie Lou Papazion is the founding CEO of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Armenia, a free after-school learning program that serves 14,000 teens. TUMO offers self-learning activities, workshops and project labs in 14 disciplines that include animation, game development, film-making, web design, music, writing and robotics among other areas.This conversation with Marie Lou offers insight into Armenian culture of today, as well as the back story to an intriguing educational approach that has implications for all of us in terms of how we see the world.

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Michael Krauss: Linguist & Director, Alaska Native Language Center

Did you know that if less than one million people speak a language that it is on its way to becoming extinct? We spoke with linguist Michael Krauss, director of the Alaska Native Language Center from its inception in 1972 until his retirement in June 2000. In this thought-provoking interview, talking with

Michael Krauss: Linguist & Director, Alaska Native Language Center

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Retreat: Monticello's Garden Pavilion

Discover the beautiful Thomas Jefferson Garden and Monticello home, where he enjoyed a scenic and peaceful retreat on his estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. The stately plantation features an extensive vegetable garden carved into the hillside extending out from the house. In this article Peggy Cornett, curator of plants at Monticello tells us all about the rich history of Jefferson’s garden and her personal connection to botany.

Thomas Jefferson's Garden Retreat: Monticello's Garden Pavilion

Uncovering Chiapas Culture with the Hero of Chiapas, Mexico

Learning about Chiapas culture in Mexico's San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Patricia Ferrer worked with "big man" Sergio Castro, known by locals as “heroe de Chiapas.” Don Sergio is a humanitarian, an ethnologist, a collector of Maya costumes, textile and artifacts, museum curator and a polyglot.

Uncovering Chiapas Culture with the Hero of Chiapas, Mexico