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Faces of Armenia

BCD recently spent time soaking up the culture of Armenia, a nation and former Soviet republic in the mountainous Caucasus region between Asia and Europe. Armenia is one of the world's oldest civilizations--in 2018, its capital of Yerevan celebrates its founding 2800 years ago! The country has a tremendously rich culture and music is an essential part of its everyday life and widely used to impart the spectrum of human emotion. Meet some of the warm & welcoming Armenians who shared their culture with BCD!

Faces of Armenia

Making Lavash! The Folk Song that is an Ode to Armenian Bread

Witness how lavash, an Armenian traditional thin bread, is made. It's production is considered a ceremony in Armenia and is even the beloved subject of a folk song called, "Hats Ktkhem Garia." Prepare to see an essential part of Armenian cuisine being made--accompanied by the beautiful voice of Anush Stepanyan!

Making Lavash! The Folk Song that is an Ode to Armenian Bread

Armenian Folk Song a Plea to Diaspora to Come Home

Let Srbuhi Martirosyan of Sasounik Armenia move you with a heartfelt plea for Armenian diaspora to return home. Today there are 7 million Armenians in diaspora and only 3 million living in their native land. Listen to this folk song named "Tatrakik," written by Hayrik Ghazaryan, and feel the music in your soul.

Armenian Folk Song a Plea to Diaspora to Come Home

Power of Place: San Gimignano

Explore Tuscany’s San Gimignano and meet Cledy Tancredi, a resident whose destiny brought her to San Gimignano more than 25 years ago. Learn why and how Cledy developed a powerful connection to the town and its history and connection to saffron. Feel the palpable power that arises from San Gimignano’s spectacular cultural landscape. Get a glimpse from BCD of the connection you to experience with Tuscany's power of place!


Power of Place: San Gimignano

Faces of Slovenia

Have you ever thought of traveling to Slovenia? BCD highly recommends this gem of a country! About the same size as Massachusetts, Slovenia is small but has a wide range of landscapes that span the Julian Alps and the Adriatic coast! Let us show you some of the warm & welcoming people we crossed paths with in Libujana, Piran, Radovljica and Soca Valley to name a few Slovenian locales! Here is a slide show of some of the smiling faces BCD encountered on our journey across Slovenia, set to traditional folk music.

Faces of Slovenia

Seto Leelo Choir of Varska Estonia

Enjoy folk and ethnic music? Click video link to listen to the traditional sounds of the Seto people of southeastern Estonia! Their leelo singing is an ancient polyphonic style of music that is part of Estonian heritage and has been recognized by UNESCO as an item of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Seto Leelo Choir of Varska Estonia

Faces of Estonia

Meet ‘Faces of Estonia’! Let BCD introduce you to Estonians who welcomed us across the country, from the capital of Tallinn, to the islands of Muhu, Saaremaa and Kihnu, to the port of Parnu, the culture capital of Tartu, the shores of Lake Peipsi, and Seto Kingdom in the southeastern corner.

Faces of Estonia

Merida Music Museum Youth Concert Rehearsal

Catch a rehearsal by a youth group preparing for a concert at the Merida Music Museum. This Yucatecan piece is conducted by José Luis Chan Sabido, Director General y Artístico de la Vienna Music & Art Academy-Yucatán. Mérida is the vibrant capital of the Yucatán and has a rich Mayan and colonial heritage. 

Merida Music Museum Youth Concert Rehearsal

Faces of Mexico

Experience Mexico's warm hospitality and see the faces of locals from all around the country, including Oaxaca, Santa Ana del Valle, San Bartolo Coyotepec, Teotitlán del Valle, San Cristobal, Amatenango del Valle, Chiapa de Corzo, San Juan Chamula, Zinacantan, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Merida.

Faces of Mexico

Faces of Croatia

Enjoy BCD’s ‘Faces of Croatia’ photography slideshow. It features photographs of warm smiling faces of locals in the Konavle Valley, Korcula, Slavonski Brod, Ston and Vid!

Faces of Croatia

Faces of Colombia

Enjoy seeing the smiling faces of locals from Bogota, Cartagena, La Boquilla, Santa Marta and Tayrona Parque. Let Best Cultural Destinations offer you a unique encounter with Colombia's culture and heritage before you travel!

Faces of Colombia