8 Top Blog Posts of 2014

The year is coming to a close! We dug into our statistics to bring you the top blog posts of 2014. Some of these favorites were actually written years ago, but they continue to draw readers. Here is a round-up:

Bagan Temples

Bagan, Burma, The City of 1,000 Pagodas

Writing about seven hundred years apart, the great explorer and merchant Marco Polo and the noted author Somerset Maugham expressed their awe of the many temples of Bagan. Find out what’s so remarkable about Bagan in this blog post. Want to see the city’s pagodas? Join Arrangements Abroad in 2015 for our “Treasures of Burma” tour, which will visit Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay.

Sea CloudSeeing Red

This blog post looks at the importance of the color red on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Examples include the official flower, national bird, and flag. Interested in seeing the island’s official flower, known as the Chaconia, Wild Poinsettia, and Pride of Trinidad and Tobago? Our 2016 “Gardens of the Caribbean” cruise  calls at Trinidad, where travelers will stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Manatee and ManSeven Amazing Hotels for Nature Lovers

We ran this post for Earth Day, but it continues to attract readers who love the great outdoors. Find out where you can swim with manatees, sleep in a deluxe ger in the Gobi Desert, or have breakfast with giraffes.

Meet Lonesome George

Lonesome George walking in 2008

By Arturo de Frias Marques

Who is Lonesome George? He was the last surviving Pinta Island Galapagos tortoise, and the subject of much fanfare since his discovery in 1971. Although George, who weighed 195 pounds, lived to be more than 100 years old, unfortunately he passed away in 2012.

Fusterlandia by Sara Kosyk

Fusterlandia by Sara Kosyk

Fusterlandia: A Ceramic Wonderland on the Outskirts of Havana

Cuban artist José Fuster is the brains behind Fusterlandia, a neighborhood in the village of Jaimanitas that the artist has been transforming with his ceramic creations for years. This blog post includes stunning images of Fusterlandia. To find out more about Academic Arrangements Abroad, one of the pioneers in offering legal travel to Cuba, visit our website.

Camino de Santiago Albert Rodriguez

Camino de Santiago by Albert Rodriguez

14 Fascinating Facts & Figures About the Camino de Santiago

For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), seeking penance, enlightenment, and adventure. This blog post includes some of our favorite facts and figures about the famous pilgrimage trail. Want to explore the history, legends, and legacy of the trail? Consider signing up for “In the Footsteps of St. James,” a program of selective hikes along Spain’s Camino de Santiago in August 2015.

 An Architectural Challenge

Nimes' Maison Carree, (c) Merle ja JoonasIn 1984, twelve of the world’s most famous architects were invited to submit plans for a new museum in Nîmes, on the square anchored by a stunning Roman temple. A building designed by the winner of the competition, Norman Foster, opened in 1993. Read the post to find out more about the contest and the new museum.

Olivia in the NetherlandsMeet Olivia Balsinger

No… Olivia isn’t another giant tortoise. This post is actually one of our popular staff Q&As, and Olivia works in the tour coordination department at Academic Arrangements Abroad. Check out the blog post to find out more about Olivia’s favorite destinations, what she loves about her job at Arrangements Abroad, and her summer working at a Boy Scout camp as a lifeguard.

 

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