Bourbon Country. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). It may sound like the name of a Grand Ole Opry stagehand, but Pappy Van Winkle is the name of the world’s most sought-after Kentucky bourbon. Sixty cases of this 20-year-old elixir, valued at more than $25,000, were stolen from Buffalo Trace distillery in October, thus making it an even more exclusive treat.
A wealthy art lover has stepped forward to help fund the restoration of Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca’s fresco 'The Resurrection,' once hailed as “the greatest picture in the world” by writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley.
In spite of its sophisticated sciences and developed writing system, Mayan culture collapsed around A.D. 1100 in circumstances that have gone mostly unexplained. Scientists have recently found compelling evidence that two 100-year droughts may be to blame for the mighty culture’s demise. | Via Travel + Leisure
The Japanese Ministry of the Environment compiled 100 Soundscapes of Japan, a list of distinctive sounds they deem worthy of governmental protection. Along with bells, tree frogs, silk looms, and waterfalls, the whisper and rattle of wind blowing through the Kyoto bamboo forest holds a place on the protected roster. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).