The holiday season is usually devoted to celebration and cheer. But in Edinburgh, Scotland this New Year’s Eve, keeping evil spirits at bay is also on the agenda. That’s what Hogmaney is all about. It’s a friendly, inclusive twist on an old pagan tradition.
It takes a moment to find it, the entrance to the Morrigan’s cave. Growing above it is a hawthorn tree, upon which ribbons are tied. In the mud at my feet is a guttered-out candle. A place of magic, a fairy tree with tributes on its boughs.
While dinosaurs may have disappeared from the planet eons ago, they did leave behind some impressive evidence of their time on earth. And in the heart of Bolivia you can get up close to a mile-long wall covered in dinosaur footprints.
The Brothers Grimm themselves could not have dreamed up a more exquisite fairytale town than Annecy. Set in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region in southeastern France, the small medieval town is all cobblestone streets, graceful bridges arching over ﬂower-decked canals, and bustling food markets ﬁlled with woven basket-carrying locals.
There are depressed oil and gas stocks, and then there are really depressed oil and gas stocks. Many of those in the latter category trade on emerging market stock exchanges.
My favorite day of the week is Friday in my country town of Atenas—although since moving to Costa Rica, every day is pretty good. On Fridays, I pile all of my five dogs into the car and head early in the morning for the farmers’ market, followed by a lively off-leash hike on a forested mountain trail near town.
My husband David and I rent a lot of house for $630 a month. It’s a 2,690-square-foot place that came fully furnished, including a washing machine, heating, and air conditioning.
A perfect climate was a major requirement for Brandy and Bob Gregory when they sought their overseas retirement home eight years ago. They found their ideal weather in the highland town of Boquete, in western Panama.
In the southern U.S., summertime heat and humidity drive people indoors into the air conditioning. That means enjoying the outdoors is a no-go for much of the year. And utility costs can go through the roof.
For Ray and Michele Martin, the year-round temperate climate of Costa Rica’s Orosí Valley leaves them with no need for heating or air conditioning. Temperatures stay in the 70s F most of the time, which means that they can get out on their farm all year-round.