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How not to go birding in Cape May, New Jersey

How not to go birding in Cape May, New Jersey

A good friend of mine is a birder and one of the go-to places on her bird watching list has been Cape May on the coast of New Jersey in the United States. So when she suggested we go there last May I was all for it. I’m not a birder but I knew a little about Cape May such as it is one of the oldest resort towns in the country and filled with gorgeous … Read entire article »

Filed under: Memorable moments, Must reads, United States, Wildlife

The drama that is Ronda, Spain

The drama that is Ronda, Spain

I did Ronda on a day trip from Seville, catching a bus early in the morning and returning late afternoon. I was not interested in spending the night there because I was haunted by images of revolutionaries being thrown off the cliffs as described in Earnest Hemingway’s novel on the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bells Toll. It’s not that he said it was Ronda but that’s what one hears. Hemingway did write though … Read entire article »

Filed under: Spain, Trip

A September tour of British gardens

A September tour of British gardens

Fran Pride and Colette Walker, who operate Sisley Garden Tours, wondered if the September tour they had planned for gardens in Yorkshire and the Lake District was such a good idea. It is generally acknowledged that the best time to visit British gardens is either spring or early summer and that the best gardens are located in the south of the country. Would there be ample interest to fill a more northern tour and would … Read entire article »

Filed under: England, Featured garden, Gardens of the world

Road trip itinerary: Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador

Road trip itinerary: Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador

Many visitors to the Maritimes want to see all three provinces (Nova Scotia including Cape Breton, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) and some continue on to Newfoundland & Labrador. I regularly receive questions about how best to do this so offer this itinerary based on articles I wrote on my travels to the region, particularly: – My favourite road trip through Canada’s Maritime Provinces – Road trip around Cape Breton Island, NS – A special place called … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Road trips, Travel itinerary