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Erie Canal bike trail

Cycle the Erie Canal Trail in Upstate New York

I went biking along the Erie Canal last month, but it wasn’t what I was originally planning for. I learned a lot when I wasn’t on two wheels, however, and you can read about that in this month’s Perceptive Travel issue:
Golden Temple in Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal

Rising From the Rubble: Patan, Nepal

Patan was once an independent city state in Nepal, one of three kingdoms run by three princes that were the offspring of a single king. The three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu sprung up in these places centuries ago: in Kathmandu proper,
museum of surveilance Tirana

Exploring the Dark History of Communist Albania

Albania is hurtling forward into a future that looks brighter all the time, but as the most recent country to shun communism, it is haunted by a repressive past. This is true for many ex-communist countries of course, but for this
Texas history Spanish mission

Texas History Beyond the Alamo

After you’re done visiting the Alamo, then what? Texas was once part of Mexico, it had a major port, and for a little while it was an independent nation. Texas history is convoluted, the area claimed at some point by France,
1493 Colombian Exchange

It All Started in 1493…

Before there was anything on the world maps for what we now know as North America, Central America, and South America, the people on this planet weren’t doing a whole lot of mixing. So this book outlines the start of a