The former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau is way off the tourist trail, and it can be a rewarding place to visit.
Most visitors will arrive in the capital, Bissau, packed with decaying colonial buildings. This is especially true of Bissau Velho, the old town, and other highlights include Fortalea d’Amura, a historic fort still used by the army.
Outside the capital, the Bijagos Archipelago is one of the main attractions. Formed of 88 islands, the archipelago is home to some great beaches and amazing wildlife. Look out for saltwater hippopotamuses on Orango Island, and sea turtle nesting sites all over the place.
The area is also known for mask dances, with wild bull dances used to celebrate the harvest. Learn more about the local culture at the museum in Bubaque, the largest village in the archipelago.
Nearer the mainland, Bolama Island is another intriguing place to visit. This former trading post used to be the capital of the country 1871–1941, but now lies abandoned. It’s an eerie ghost town you can explore on foot.
Another place worth a visit is Quinhamel, a city west of Bissau. It’s great for birdwatching thanks to its flooded mangrove forests.
Celebrate the holidays at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. Throughout the month of December, the Houston hotel offers guests a selection of unique festive experiences.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
With the cold weather coming and the long winter months ahead, it's time to start investing in some cozy loungewear — whether you buy it for yourself, add it to your holiday wish list or buy it for your loved one. Nowadays, loungewear is so popular and in demand with everyone working from home; there are so many different brands and types to choose from, but a new one just hit the shelf. Chrissy Teigen is known for many things, specifically her cookbook Cravings.
Riggs Washington D.C., set in a historic Washington, D.C. building once home to Riggs National Bank, partners with RdV Vineyards to offer world-class wine tasting experiences exclusive to Riggs guests. RdV Vineyards is situated on a steep, granite hillside 60 miles outside of the nation’s capital.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
The Florida beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel invite guests to celebrate the holiday season with beachside festivities.