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For Karen Schwartz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Italy's Tuscany is best savored on foot

Nov 8, 2014

Italy's Tuscany is best savored on foot

Walking from the towns of Buonconvento to Montalcino as part of a weeklong trek through Tuscany, I was faced with a tough decision. How many bottles of wine could I reasonably carry in my daypack? The road that led to this quandary had passed ...

Exploring France's Loire Valley on two wheels

Oct 4, 2014

Exploring France's Loire Valley on two wheels

There are hundreds of kilometers of bike trails through the chateaux towns of the Loire Valley in France — and that’s what tripped us up. We’d been trying to cycle the 27 km from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting lost. We even asked ...

Alone with your thoughts on a silent retreat

Aug 16, 2014

Alone with your thoughts on a silent retreat

A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five-day trip with her husband and didn’t speak to him once. They weren’t fighting. They were attending a silent retreat. Berger, 33, a web developer, had attended a number of silent retreats over the past decade. Her ...