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Province;Quebec (North America's France)

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Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
If you live on the North American continent and are yearning for a taste of France without the jet lag you'll find it in the beautiful province of Quebec in Canada. Quebec is a French speaking province with much to see and do. There's the exciting international city of Montreal, the peaceful Laurentian Mountains which are considered some of the oldest mountains in the world, Ile d' Orleans with its idyllic charm and Quebec City one of the oldest settlements in North America. Saguenay Fjord National Park is a gem as are many other national parks throughout Quebec.

Summer is a splendid time to visit the province of Quebec when the days are sunny and long butthe fall season has its own perks with the brilliant colorful foliage that brighten the already spectacular scenery and the crisp fresh air that makes one wish for fresh picked apples at one of the many farm orchards.

Quebec is a very large province and it happens to be the largest…

Midsommar (Midsummer) in Sweden

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The Swedes most favorite holiday is Midsommar. (Midsummer).  It's a huge deal all around Sweden to gather outdoors and celebrate the longest day of the year when the darkness of night is replaced by twilight. This year Swedish Midsummer was held on Friday the 24th of June.

The countryside is often the preferred place for Swedes to celebrate because of the tranquility and array of wildflowers but parks and town squares are also popular spots to celebrate Midsummer. It's a tradition for Swedish women and men to wear floral crowns for Midsummer while they enjoy dancing, drinking, feasting, and singing on "summer solstice."

A popular drink for Swedish Midsummer is the "elderflower cordial cocktail. 

Elderflower Cordial Cocktail:

Take 2 parts Bourbon, 1/2 part St. Germain, and 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters. Stir the ingredients in a glass and top with orange twist. 

June is a perfect time to visit Sweden when the days are extra long for exploring this beautiful Scandinavi…

Cornwall, England...The Southwest Jewel

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England is famous for The Queen and Royal Family, for Shakespeare, London, the countryside,
biscuits, crumpets, and tea, fish &chips, black cabs, driving on the left, Aston Martin, Big Ben, Harrods, the Beatles, Harry Potter, James Bond, cricket, Cambridge and Oxford Universities....one could carry on about the wonders of England.

On the southwest peninsula of the island of England lies "Cornwall" famous for being the birthplace of pasties. The "cornish pasty" a culinary heritage evolved in the 18th century when wives of Cornish tin miners prepared this simple meal made of a short crust pastry and filled with beef, potatoes, onions, and swede for their husbands who worked hard in the dark and damp mines.


                                         Cornish Pasties are famous in Cornwall

Today with its mind temperatures, lovely scenery, and relaxing seaside resorts Cornwall is a splendid vacation spot for those living in or visiting the United Kingdom. Popular places to…

Reflecting on Nature in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park: VIETNAM

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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnamis designated a Unesco Heritage Site as of 2003. This national park contains the oldest Karst mountains in Asia and over 800 vertebrate species. Composed of 300 caves and grottos, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a recreational outdoor paradise where reflecting on nature is what to do


Explore and reflect at the Botanic Garden, Hang Toi, Hang Va, Paradise Cove, Tu Lan Cave and much more. 

Where to stay:

Phong Nha Farm Stay 

phong-nha-cave.com/farmstay/rooms

Phong Nha Mountain House

phongnhamountainhouse.com

Where to eat:
Bamboo Cafe
Tuan Ngoc Restaurant 
Vung Hue
Wild Boar Eco Farm 

What to Do:
danangexperience.com


Vietnam is world famous for it's creative and delicious cuisine. A popular beverage in Vietnam is the Sinh to Bo (Avocado Shake)


Sinh to Bo (Avocado Shake)

Blend together 1 cup of ice cubes, 1 ripe and scooped avocado, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup condensed
milk. Blend at high speed until smooth.

Stir before pouring into small glasses.



Brazil and the Acai Bowl

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An Acai Bowl is the best meal in a bowl

We have the Brazilians to thank for introducing the world to acai berries.Acai, pronounced (a-sa-EE) are nutritious berries that grow on a species of palm trees in Central and South America. They're a deep purple color and are best enjoyed as a frozen puree. It was in Brazil where the delicious "acai bowl" was created in the 1990's and enjoyed by Brazilian surfers. The recipe for "acai bowl" soon made it to Southern California where it became a smashing hit. No matter where you live in the world, once you  try an "acai bowl" you'll be hooked on this good for you meal that's loaded with antioxidants, and vitamins. An "acai bowl" is vegan and tastes terrific.

ACAI BOWL RECIPE

Sambazonis a big producer of pure unsweetened superfruit acai packs. These packs are often found in the freezer section of grocery stores and supermarkets. 


Acai Bowl Mixture

2 p…