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Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel - Connecting the World Through Storytelling
Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel - Connecting the World Through Storytelling

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My jaw dropped when I discovered this brilliant red bloom on a tree in Lamphun, #Thailand. It was the most astonishingly weird flower I’ve ever seen. “Alien” flashed through my mind. The pistil and anthers protruding from the lacy white center petals looked like eyes. I almost expected them to raise their spotted red and green heads to scan me with some otherworldly laser ray. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2018/09/19/scarlet-passion-flower-lamphun-thailand/
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NEW BLOG POST: The Welsh Dragon, Symbol of #Wales Since Time Immemorial. The Welsh love their symbols. The leek has been a national symbol of Wales since Saint David ordered Welsh soldiers to wear a leek on their helmets to identify themselves. The daffodil, also known as “Peter’s Leek,” apparently became the national flower of Wales when David Lloyd George, the only Welshman to serve as Prime Minister of Britain, decided it was a more attractive symbol than the stinky leek. But nothing symbolizes Wales more than the red Welsh dragon. To learn more click the link below. https://holeinthedonut.com/2018/09/15/welsh-dragon-wales-symbol/
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Cardiff Bay in Cardiff, #Wales - From Wasteland to Tourist Mecca. Today Cardiff Bay is home to scores of shops, cafes, museums, and a five-star hotel. The Wales Millennium Centre hosts ballet, dance, theater, comedy, and musical performances, and is home to the Welsh National Opera. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2018/09/13/photo-cardiff-bay-wales/
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Cardiff Castle, A Must-See For Any Visitor to Cardff, #Wales. Fans of horror movies take delight in the dungeon beneath the Black Tower, were untold prisoners were tortured. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2018/09/11/photo-cardiff-castle-wales/
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Tahiti! It’s 5 a.m. and I’m bleary eyed from the 8-hour flight from San Francisco, but excited to finally be in the South Pacific. Now to get to the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort for a few hours of shuteye.
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NEW BLOG POST: Monumental Cemetery in #Milan, #Italy is the second most popular tourist destination in the city, after the magnificent Duomo Cathedral. A stroll through the broad tree-lined paths reveal Greek temples, a lighthouse-shaped tower carved with scenes from the Stations of the Cross, tombs with soaring plate glass facades, obelisks, angels, and sculptures in poses ranging from agony to eternal peace. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2018/09/08/monumental-cemetery-in-milan-italy/.
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Taking a lunch break in #Sequim, on the Olympic Peninsula of #Washington State. Found this fantastic place, Nourish Sequim, which is located on the old Bell Farm, one of the earliest homesteads in the area, started by John Bell, who came from England to work for the Hudson Bay Company Farm. He didn’t much like the life of servitude, so he rowed across the straits to the peninsula. By 1857 he’d filed for a 160-acre homestead land claim, married, and opened a lodge. The current restaurant was opened in 2013 as a way to showcase artisan products of local farmers, ranchers, fishermen, wineries, cideries, and distillers. Their kitchen is also gluten free and they bake all their own breads and pastries! I’m loving my potato, ginger, carrot sour with toasted sesame seeds and this fab salad.
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The Arch of Peace in #Milan, #Italy, Ridicules Napoleon Bonaparte's #France. Initially, the chariot and horses on the top faced France, but the Austrian Hapsburgs ordered them to be turned 180 degrees as a symbolic snub to France. Today the Arch of Peace in Milan is one of the symbols of the city. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2018/09/05/arch-of-peace-in-milan-italy-napoleon/
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NEW BLOG POST: Visiting Chisinau, #Moldova. I enjoyed my short stay in #Chisinau, and found Moldovans to be a cheery sort. With only about 110,000 visitors arriving in the country each year, it is one of the least touristy destinations on the planet. Yet it has much to offer. Despite having strong ties to Romania, where meat and potatoes are the order of the day, Moldovan food features delicious salads, fresh vegetables, and specialties like quiche and gourmet soups. https://holeinthedonut.com/2018/09/01/visiting-chisinau-moldova-tour/
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Subterranean Wine Tasting Room at Cricova Winery in Chisinau, #Moldova. Grapes have been grown in Moldova for thousands of years. The low rolling hills and Bordeaux-like climate make it the perfect location for wine production and today it is the the most important industry in the country. To learn more click https://holeinthedonut.com/2018/08/29/moldovan-wine-cricova-winery-chisinau/
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