In our November/December 2018 issue
We begin our travel adventures with a sampling of Britain and Ireland’s giant stone monuments and burial chambers … indeed Stonehenge is just one of more than 1,000 documented, illustrated and mapped in a new guidebook. We then ride a magic carpet to Turkey to learn about the cultural expertise of each carpet together with a few tips on shopping for these iconic treasures. We also check out Switzerland’s lesser known, Italian-speaking canton of Ticino where charming villages and towns, and a warmer climate are enjoyed by just 6.5% of the country’s population.
Next, we fly to India to stay in a rural village famous for its wild peacocks, homestays and authentic agri-tourism before returning to Europe for a visit to Slovenia’s equally famous Lipizzan Horse Farm. There visitors get very up close and personal with the famous white horses during a day visit or by staying at a hotel on this 438-year-old estate to sample multi-day activities. Finally, we contemplate winter on Canada’s west coast where we can stroll through Victoria’s beautiful Butchart Gardens during a delightful season not usually associated with this iconic attraction known for its profusion of flowers.
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While England’s Stonehenge is an iconic example worldwide, did you know that the British Isles and Ireland are home to thousands of variants of Megalithic stone ruins from prehistoric times? A new guidebook documents 1,000 of them with descriptions, maps and photos making it easy for visitors to decide if a visit is worth a holiday detour.
Carreg Samson, Pembrokeshire ©Roger K. Read
Appreciating Turkey’s Magic Carpets No trip to Turkey would be complete without a serious carpet encounter; in fact, many in-bound travelers proclaim the purchase of a Turkish carpet to be number one on their shopping list. What they may not realize is that these are not trivial souvenir purchases, so we also include some valuable tips around selection.
Only a mountain range apart from Switzerland’s predominantly French and German sections of the country, the much smaller Italian-speaking Ticino region hosts just 6.5% of the country’s population. Charming villages and towns, a warmer climate, lakeside boat rides, Italian-style cuisine, vineyards and, of course, a third language tell visitors they have left traditional Switzerland.
Our contributor, Khursheed Dinshaw, takes readers to a wild peacock sanctuary and rural farming area located in west central India where the country’s national bird thrives, and villagers offer homestays and agri tourism experiences that provide authentic cultural insights for international guests. Take bullock cart rides, learn to make local dishes and visit a school when not snapping photos of the sometimes-illusive peacocks.
Celebrating 438 years of illustrious history, visit or stay at the original breeding and training estate for the dazzling white horses with dancing feet. Once the exclusive preserve of kings and nobles, it now welcomes travelers from around the world for shows, tours, carriage rides and longer stays at a comfortable hotel on this elegant estate.
When traveling almost anywhere in the world, says Travel with a Challenge editor, Alison Gardner, you just have to say that you come from Victoria on Canada’s west coast and the conversation quickly turns to Butchart Gardens. As winter takes hold for readers in the northern hemisphere, she shares her favorite time of year at this global garden icon … yes, the winter season!
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