Not only was the lake gorgeous, but there were people everywhere -- walking, running, skating, cross-country skiing, playing hockey, chasing dogs -- ignoring the cold. I was smitten. I had found my people.
As countries go, Romania often gets a bad rap. But on a recent visit, I found a different Romania, one with bucolic valleys, scenic mountain villages, fine wines, verdant parks and chic boutique hotels.
A series of beautiful lakes in Udaipur, Rajasthan are in danger. These lakes a major magnet to the city -- one of the reasons 1.2 million tourists who visited the city last year nicknamed it "Venice of the East."
Collectively, the power industry sucks in approximately 80 trillion gallons of water annually to cool their equipment. In the process, they kill on a massive scale fish, larvae and other aquatic organisms.