Tag Archives: You Tube

Visit Chris Pavone’s Luxembourg

At the wonderful website for travelers who read–Packabook– you can sign up for a newsletter “book club” and read a book, as Packabook provides analysis and background information, then find out what it would be like to travel to that country. Recently Packabook’s newsletter focused on Luxembourg in Chris Pavone’s book, Expats.

You may have read my review of Expats (“Sex, Lies and Living Abroad”) here, so I wanted to share this little bit of the travelogue published as part of Packabook’s newsletter, which focused on the question of whether Luxembourg is boring. Certainly not this spooky castle–a world heritage site. It was built by the French in the 16th century and contains miles of subterranean tunnels.

Have you been to Luxeumbourg? Boring??

Afghanistan: Rebuilding the Bamiyam Buddhas

A Video  for Arab Countries in Troubled Times.


Meanwhile, continuing our look at troubled mid-eastern country, Afghanistan continues its confusing struggle between anti-Western and more modern thinking people, between pro and anti Taliban. A struggle includes the question of rebuilding the Bamiyam Buddhas.

I want to thank Pack a Book, a terrific web site for readers who travel, for bringing to my attention, this video by Al Jazeera – English about the attempts to rebuild the Bamiyam Buddhas. [UPDATE: the Al Jazeera videos are no longer available. I have substituted another video I found on You Tube. This one is by UNESCO, the U.N. organization trying to save Afghans heritage sites.]

Because of your interest in the Freya Stark travel book,The Minaret of Djam, I thought you might want to see this story of the Bamiyam Buddhas.

In this video, you will see what the Bamiyam valley that she visited looks like today.

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Do you have an opinion about whether the Bamiyam Buddhas should be rebuilt? If you had several million dollars to spend in Afghanistan, where would you spend it?