Upon arrival in Paro we anxiously, yet reluctantly prepare for a climb to the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ and are all excited for the opportunity to finally see and experience one of Bhutan’s most famous and revered monuments. We are sad, however, as we know our remaining days in Bhutan are dwindling. Upon arrival at the base we considered ourselves fortunate as the day is cloudless and the temperature is in the low 60’s. Peering up at the sheer rock face some 3000 ft above the valley floor, the ‘nest’ appears to be magically suspended in midair. The stark contrast between the gray, foreboding granite face of the mountain and the pristine, whitewashed exterior color of the building adds to the intrigue. Throughout our pleasant two hour climb we were periodically teased and rewarded with spectacular glimpses of the nest as we round various corners of the trail. The view and the personal satisfaction from the top is as expected, absolutely remarkable.
Enjoying the Hike to Tigers Nest in Bhutan
Throughout our personal tour, we learned that the nest had been painstakingly reconstructed after a devastating fire a number of years ago but from our perspective they had unilaterally succeeded with their efforts because all we saw was beauty and felt a sense of peace.
If you are among the believers that the internet killed the local travel agency you’re about to be proven wrong.
Well, at least that’s the case for Largay Travel Inc. in Waterbury, started in 1969 by Roland Largay at a time before the infancy of the web and ability to instantly purchase airline tickets and book hotel rooms from your iPhone.
Paul Largay, Roland Largay’s nephew, joined the business in 1982, also a time when the business model was different. “What is really unique and kind of neat about it is I grew in the Waterbury area and I have always been a very large part of the Waterbury community and this business has really blossomed because of the community,” said Paul Largay, chief executive officer. “Like every industry there are some challenging times we have gone through in 48 years, but the business has never been stronger.”
Largay said the business started with just two people and a dream. Now nearly…
Emotions Enhance Memory
by Damien Martin
Close your eyes and think of your most vivid memory. Got it? Good. What did you feel in that moment? Joy? Heartache? Odds are, you can recall almost exactly how you felt because you were experiencing powerful emotions. It’s no secret that people remember emotional events well, but a study by New York University recently published in Nature Neuroscience has found that these events have a “hangover” effect. This means that right after an intense experience, we remember little things better too.
That explains why I could tell you all about the friendly bartender who let us take our bottle of wine outside to celebrate along the Seine the night I proposed to my wife in Paris. It’s also why I remember the smell by the river causing us to cut the evening short. The point is, I remember everything about that trip, not just the big moment.
That’s what makes entrusting your memories to the Virtuoso travel advisors at Largay such a wise investment. Paris is …