Welcome to the May '09 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors, and the latest notable world music CDs. Here's what we've got in store for you:
A Technicolor Dream Cruise - Amy Rosen
Moving along the North Atlantic Coast of Norway in a ship stopping in Arctic Circle towns along the way, Amy Rosen watches gray and white give way to resilient rainbow houses and the flickering Northern Lights.
Where Queens Come for a Fight - Donald Strachan
In Italy's Valle d'Aosta, offbeat sporting passions run high, especially when it's time to gather in a stadium to watch fighting cows...
The Goddess Still Lives Here - Beebe Bahrami
While following up on tales of villages where women have always called the shots, the author of Spiritual Traveler Spain encounters surviving vestiges of Northwest Spain's matriarchal past.
Salmon and Red Cedar - Pam Mandel
Crossing the Canadian border to British Columbia, Seattle resident Pam Mandel moves from the new world to the old, seeing the local creatures through the eyes of First Nations people. The salmon are less cooperative.
Plus Travel Book Reviews
Editor Tim Leffel reviews the vodka-soaked Murders in Mausoleums and National Geographic's 10 Best of Everything Families.
Graham Reid checks out the slick sound of Mali from its most popular export; a collection of funky Afrobeat from 1970s Lagos; a live recording of a deeply moving Italian singer-songwriter; and tango from an unexpected source.
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