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Becoming a birder

Becoming a birder

Editorial: I once went on a bird safari and it was a bit of a failure. It was in Bundala National Park in Sri Lanka. I even bought binoculars on my way there during a … Read entire article »

Mexico City, page 2

Click here to return to first page Paseo de La Reforma to Chapultepec Park Mexico City’s ceremonial avenue, Paseo de La Reforma, was modeled after the Champs-Elysees in Paris and as you walk down it towards Chapultepec Park you pass many fabulous monuments—to Cuauhtemoc (the last Aztec Emperor), El Angel (representing Mexico’s independence), and Diana fountain (goddess of the Hunt). The most important monument is probably El Angel, a golden angel on top of a tall column with sculptures around the base representing law, justice, war and peace. Take a slight detour for a look at the Monument to the Revolution, a tall arch topped by a polished copper dome. On a spring-like day in February my stroll down La Reforma was delightful. The walkway is wide and spotless, there are stone benches if you just want to rest for a while, and stands with bikes that you can … Read entire article »

Wilson Botanical Garden, Las Cruces, Costa Rica

Wilson Botanical Garden, Las Cruces, Costa Rica

There are many reasons to visit the Wilson Botanical Garden in Costa Rica, two of which have nothing to do with the garden itself. The Wilson Botanical Garden is located at 1200 m (3,935 ft) … Read entire article »

They left the farm to see the world: First stop Thailand

They left the farm to see the world: First stop Thailand

Barb and Ben Dietrich, who live on a family farm in southern Ontario, Canada, retired from their jobs, rented out the land on their farm to others, and set off for 3 months in Southeast … Read entire article »

Blue Cruise photo gallery

7 of the World’s Best

7 of the World’s Best

Best Hikes Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Spain Inca Trail, Peru West Coast Trail, Canada Nijmegen March, Netherlands Dogon Country, Mali Tiger Leaping Gorge, China Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, Canada Best Gardens Les Quatre Vents, Canada Great Dixter, England Sissinghurst Castle, England Barnsley House, England The Humble Administrator’s … Read entire article »

Photo gallery of Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Photo gallery of Medici Gardens, Florence