WHEN IN PARIS for the first time, one of the normal procedures for tourists is the visit to the Arch de Triomphe. The huge stone mass rates high among Paris attractions — with the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Folies Bergere.
My husband, Bob, (also known as Bicycle Bob) is more comfortable on the seat of a bike than at a kitchen counter. Nonetheless on a recent trip to Paris, I talked him into joining me for a lunchtime cooking course.
Sankt Goar, a sleepy little town nestled at the base of Burg Rheinfels, once noted as the largest fortress along the Rhine, is roughly 45 miles from Wiesbaden and an easy 50-minute drive on the B9 highway — just enough time for a game of “I spy a castle.”
Bamiyan, a picturesque but deeply impoverished province in north-central Afghanistan, has remained largely peaceful since international forces left earlier this year, but now a neighbor’s instability is making life difficult for residents.
Less than an hour’s drive from the sleepy city of Bamiyan, with its giant Buddhas, nascent tourism industry, and zero foreign troops, this rugged mountain district in what many consider the safest province in the country has quietly become a tense battleground between government forces and insurgents. It may provide a peek at what Afghanistan faces in a post-NATO world.
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