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Destination: Singapore

I barely slept through the train from Kuala Lumpur when I was filling out the immigration form at Woodlands Checkpoint, my first ever land crossing. In a haste to book the last remaining bunks on the night train to Johor Bahru, I chose an upper bunk that was a tad small, and shaky for a service named the ‘Senandung Sutera’ – the silk serenade. 1,023 more words


Rembrandt in Geneva: a hundred etchings that leave a lasting impression

More than any other painter, in my opinion, the great Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) captured in his paintings the essence of his sitter’s soul.  567 more words

Events And Exhibitions

DC Off The Beaten Path

I love DC.  I lived here as a kid, visited the area at least once a year for over twenty years, and now have lived here as an adult for the last two years.   308 more words

North America

Making a home for black history

A few years ago, Rex Ellis, the associate director of curatorial affairs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open in September on the Mall in… 159 more words


Stott Park Bobbin Mill

The Stott Park Bobbin Mill in Cumbria was in use from 1835 (when it was founded by John Harrison) until its closure in 1971. It was placed in State Guardianship in 1974 (and is now in the care of… 223 more words

Heritage Sites

1922 Mack Water Truck outside Automotive Museum.

For many years, a very cool old water truck has been parked in an outdoor alcove near the entrance to the San Diego Automotive Museum, which is one of the outstanding museums in Balboa Park. 245 more words

Balboa Park