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Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia

Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia

Santa Rosa de Cabal is a small mountain town on the western slopes of the Central Andes in Colombia. Stephanie Jack and two of her friends spent a couple of days there during their travels through the country. We stayed in a hostel in Santa Rosa that was run by the nicest people ever. They told us about the nearby hot springs and in fact drove us there in their pick-up truck. The thermal water pools are … Read entire article »

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Yellowstone, America’s most beloved park

Yellowstone, America’s most beloved park

The first national park in the United States as well as in the world was Yellowstone National Park. Almost 3 million visitors go there every year. It’s huge—over 2 million acres with 5 different entrances. Most of it is in Wyoming in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Erin and Andrew Sunter and their children Aidan and Parker spent a few days in the park after leaving the Black Hills of South Dakota on the American … Read entire article »

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Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India?

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India?

Varanasi, located on the banks of the Ganges River, is one of the holiest cities in India. Hindus from all over the world come here to bathe in the purifying waters.  Wide steps called ghats run for almost 7 km along the Ganges’ bank and from early morning until late at night men in various stages of undress, women in saris and holy men wearing nothing but ashes congregate on them before washing away their … Read entire article »

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May I introduce: My drivers in Sri Lanka

May I introduce: My drivers in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a gorgeous country, no doubt about it. But you need to travel the back roads to truly appreciate it, past the villages, the jungles, the temples and the majestic trees. The island is only 445 km (277 miles) long and 225 km (140 miles) wide so getting to its corners it not too hard to do. Many roads are being widened and paved although the construction crew can be a little unconventional. I … Read entire article »

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Night watchers in the Sri Lankan jungle

Night watchers in the Sri Lankan jungle

I never thought too much about elephants until I visited Sri Lanka. Like I never thought I’d meet up with a wild one when I was just driving down a road. But on my second day in the country that’s just what happened and it gave my driver a fright. He said elephants are “very dangerous”, that they can run very fast and will charge you. I knew there were elephants in Sri Lanka’s national parks … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle

Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle

What is most striking about Sri Lanka, the teardrop shaped island lying south of India, is that it offers such amazing diversity within a small space. In a matter of hours you can go from an ancient city rich in history hidden in the jungle to perfectly planted (and perfectly picked) tea plantations in the hill country to wildlife sanctuaries just about everywhere. There are beaches all along its southern coast and several of them … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Medici Gardens, Florence

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The Medici Gardens of Florence, Italy

The Medici Gardens of Florence, Italy

As an amateur gardener, I’ve been captivated by British gardens, first in books and then through actual visits. It was not until I toured Italian gardens that I realized the considerable influence Italian Renaissance design had on early British landscapes.  I also learned that the ‘art of gardening’ emerged in 15th century Italy through the work of architects such as Leon Battista Alberti. It was Alberti (1401-72), the multi-talented Renaissance man, who strongly affected landscape gardening … Read entire article »

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Boomers are travelling ‘outside the box’

Boomers are travelling ‘outside the box’

Editorial: A few days ago, when I was in Amritsar, I ran into a fellow Canadian who has been travelling in India for four months. He’s probably 61 years of age, a medical doctor who retired at age 55 because he wanted to devote 20 years to seeing the world. His goal? To travel through 100 countries before he’s 75. His itinerary, although unrestricted by time, is methodical for he’s passing through each place but once. … Read entire article »

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