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Visiting Garifuna villages on the coast of Honduras

Visiting Garifuna villages on the coast of Honduras

Honduras is a small country in Central America that is best known for its Bay Islands where foreign tourists scuba dive along the second longest coral reef in the world. I had the opportunity to go further down the coast to the tiny Garifuna village of Ciriboya. Ciriboya is on the Caribbean Coast, an 8-hour bus trip over largely unpaved roads further south from where you would catch the ferry to the Bay Islands. Cirboya’s setting … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Mexico’s Pacific coast

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A family vacation on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

A family vacation on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

In February 2012, we went on vacation with our two children, ages 5 and 1 1/2, and their paternal grandparents to the Pacific coast of Mexico.  This is our third vacation with extended family, and we thoroughly enjoy the intimate times in a relaxed environment. Bucerias We spent our first week in a condo apartment in the small town of Bucerias, 25 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, and the second week in a remote and exotic community, … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, perched on the edge of the USA

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, perched on the edge of the USA

There is much to admire about the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, not far from Freeport. First is its location, which is at the end of a peninsula surrounded by salt water. Secondly, it’s not one of those botanical gardens that is run like an institution but instead a “People’s garden” driven by volunteers. It has loads of personality and is just a fun place to be in. There are also quiet, contemplative perches. I … Read entire article »

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A scooter on cobblestones in Bucerías, Mexico

A scooter on cobblestones in Bucerías, Mexico

Judith and Charlotte have travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America. During the 1980s, Judith travelled for six months with her 14-year-old son and Charlotte took a year off work to travel around the globe. Circumstances, however, have changed. Judith: Now we’re in our 60s and retired. I am also mobility challenged so that can be a worry when you’re planning a trip to a Mexican village famous for its cobblestone streets. I recently … Read entire article »

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May I introduce: The fairies of Maine, USA

May I introduce: The fairies of Maine, USA

While travelling in Southeast Asia earlier this year, I learned a lot about the spiritual world. Many people there believe spirits are everywhere and outside virtually every house in Thailand and Laos you will find a little temple where the spirits live so that they don’t have to stay in heaven all the time. Great efforts are made to keep the spirits happy, with gifts of food, incense and even vases of flowers. In the countryside … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Lijiang, China

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Lijiang, China, an ancient town in a dramatic landscape

Lijiang, China, an ancient town in a dramatic landscape

China’s province of Yunnan is one of the world’s must-see destinations. The “mobs” are starting to go there so be sure to stop in if you’re in the neighbourhood. That may not be as difficult as it sounds for the province borders Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. To its north is Tibet and it’s from there that a series of high mountain chains branch southeastward across the province in a fan-like fashion. The result is sharp differences in … Read entire article »

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How not to hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

How not to hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Tiger Leaping Gorge in northern Yunnan is considered to be one of China’s best hikes. Foreigners have been trekking it since the 1980s although few Chinese do. I was travelling on my own and feeling a little weary so decided to forego the hike. But I did want to see the gorge and take a few photos. So when the owner of the B&B where I was staying in Lijiang told me he could … Read entire article »

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Why we travel

Why we travel

Editorial: “That sign says ‘Welcome to Massachusetts,” I say to my daughter, Jessica, who is the one holding the map while I drive. “No it can’t say that,” she replies. “Massachusetts is south and we’re supposed to be heading north to Montreal.” “Well, this exit is for Boston and I’m pretty sure Boston is in Massachusetts.” And so goes another mother-daughter road trip. Once again we’re lost but we know we’ll eventually get turned around and going in the … Read entire article »

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