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'Iron Road' in the Balkans Is Restored to Its Heart-Pounding Glory

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 03/04/2019, 1:00 PM

Dropping through cliff caves, tip-toeing along hanging bridges, clambering up iron ladders drilled into mountain faces—if any of these sound like part of an ideal adventure to you, then open your guide books to a new page: Kosovo.   The newly opened Via Ferrata Berim has joined the ranks of Europe’s most thrilling climbs. On Europe’s unsung Eastern side (in a territory that's east of Dubrovn...

Superbloom! In California, Flowergeddon Approaches

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 02/14/2019, 5:00 AM

Superbloom may sound like the name of a '90s rock band to you, but in Borrego Springs, California, it means millions of rare wildflowers carpeting thousands of acres of desert. And Superbloom is coming soon. In California's ecosystem, seeds might hide dormant for years until conditions are perfect, and this year, there are signs they have been awakened by recent wildfires and intense rains. Co...

The World's New Best Chef Works at a Hotel in North Denmark

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 02/05/2019, 9:30 PM

Chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen of Svinkløv Badehotel, a hotel on Denmark's northern coast, just beat out a Swede and a Norwegian to win the prestigious Bocuse d'Or prize for gastronomic excellence in Lyon, France.    Imagine Beat Bobby Flay, a cooking contest in which chefs go head-to-head with the same core ingredients, but where a win can actually change your life. Scandinavian chefs have repeat...

What to Do on (Very Windy) Gran Canaria Island

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 07/11/2017, 12:00 AM

Touring the highlights of Gran Canaria island, or Grand Canary Island, in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco....

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