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AROUND THE BLOCK with Victor Block: Myanmar will long linger with us

By Victor Block

My first surprise was that a Buddhist monk in Myanmar speaks enough English to carry on a conversation. Imagine how astonished I was when he pulled a smartphone from his robe and showed photographs of his recent trip to Japan.

Umbria boasts magnificent landscapes


In 1996, a best-selling book titled, “Under the Tuscan Sun,” which recounted how the author restored an abandoned villa in Tuscany, established that area of Italy as a popular vacation destination for Americans.

Umbria, Tuscany’s next-door neighbor, hasn’t been so glorified. Yet that often-overlooked region encompasses scenic, artistic and other treasures that reward those who seek them out.