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Flores: The End Of The World

  I became quite ill after the rough flight to to the tiny island of Flores (The Azores). In a wild storm, and after several aborted landing attempts and a rugged one-wheel landing, I could barely stand up when getting off the plane. There was dark magic in the roaring winds that sent wild waves crashing onto jagged rocks and a fearful wind that tore the leaves and branches of every tree on Flores. It sent waterfalls flying backwards into the air and onto the highway. Yes, backwards! Photo Credit http://www.thisiscolossal.com   Flights were cancelled indefinitely. It seemed that the earlier … More…

The Liebster Award

  Thank you to Leslie Foster of The Bug That Bit Me for nominating my website, Travel To Little Known Places, for The Liebster Award. It’s an award given to new websites by fellow website bloggers. It has German origins and the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, and sweetheart. Kind of cute.    Leslie is ” a girl with restless feet” who looks for inspiring locations and unexpected travel experiences, much like we do. I love the name of her website, The Bug That Bit Me which I believe refers to … More…

The Shortest Runway In The World

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  Given our preference for little known and quieter places, we headed to the smaller islands of the Azores. The smaller islands also have the most rich green countryside, and the most genuine people. Of the nine islands of the Azores, Sao Miguel, Terceira and Faial are the three islands with the most amenities. Six of the nine islands – Sao Jorge, Pico, Santa Maria, Graciosa, Corvo and Flores are the smaller, least-commercialized islands.   We chose tiny Flores with its many lakes and waterfalls, and its abundance of flowers; it is known as The Flower Island. Flores and Corvu are also the … More…

Why Are The Azores So Horn’y?

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  There was one contrast on The Azores islands that we found intriguing. While the countryside was serene and quiet, the pastoral settings unavoidably relaxing, and the people quiet and gentle, the main streets of the towns echoed with the clamour and whine of car engines and constant horn honking! One might just get ear damage.   Drivers zip along the narrow winding streets, their engines reverberating off the buildings as they pass through the small channel perhaps up to 150 decibels! If a driver is unsure of whether a vehicle or pedestrian is aware of their oncoming approach, especially at … More…

A Pig Butchering in Pico

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  As people kept referring to farms in the Azores – often right in the centre of towns and villages, we would look around expecting to see an expanse of field, and never find it! All we could see were houses, and trying to be polite (and not wanting to look foolish that we did not see something that was perfectly obvious to them), we refrained from exclaiming “Where? Where?!”.   Later we discovered that everywhere, in town and countryside, there were tiny stone-fenced corrals about five to ten feet square. Apparently these little corrals behind the houses made up … More…

Win A Free App

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To thank you for supporting this site and remaining a loyal reader we’ve partnered with GPSMyCity to offer you a chance to win one of twenty of their Full Version City Guide Apps. Suppose you are in Venice, Italy… What should you be sure not to miss? You want to choose carefully because you only have two days. You’ve read that it is very difficult to find your hotel in the maze of tiny streets and alleys. In fact, if you are anything like us you will drag your suitcases through the zigzags and criss-crossing bridges of Venice for hours, … More…

The Azores Diet Plan

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  The problem, you see, was that almost every restaurant we went to in the Azores served only fish dishes.  At first we thought we had accidentally chosen “fish-only” or “seafood-only” restaurants, but after the 4th or 5th restaurant, it finally dawned on us that perhaps, just perhaps, people in the Azores ate mostly fish because fish were abundantly available in the ocean around every island!   Now maybe that is not a problem at all for you “fish-lovers”.  And maybe you’re healthier than all get-out, but I cannot stand fish. I wish I liked it; I really do, but … More…

10 Reasons Why “I Love My Island”

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  “I love my island” the guide said, gazing across the majestic vista of land and sea.   She fell silent for a few moments, then, when she turned toward me, I saw that her face was flushed with emotion.   “Every time I come up here, it seems to catch me anew.”   She was referring to Terceira, one of the islands of the Azores, and then she continued to point out and explain various historical sites and points of interest. Her love of the island was not difficult to understand. Dreamy panoramas of ocean, hills and sky caused … More…

Aww… Don’t Cry – Xmas Gifts Here Under $10? No joke.

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  OMG – Only how many days till Xmas???    Don’t cry – get these now and avoid panic! This gift works for almost anyone aged 12 to 80, so if you’re stuck for Christmas (or birthday) presents that are unique, funny and entertaining, this is it.  Everyone on your list is likely interested in travel, and according to our readers, this book will take you on a trip Around The World, vicariously. Check it out. Up to 70% off for 7 days only – November 24th to December 1st. Order below. P.S. Great gifts for girl friends, guy friends, sisters, brothers, … More…

Drunk On Flower Pheromones

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  In The Azores, the terrain consists mostly of rolling green hills with vegetation that was an odd cross between desert cacti and tropical fern – an unusual mixture.   But most of all, I was enthralled that my favourite flower, Hydrangea was literally growing everywhere!   Hydrangea flowers create a magical highway lined on both sides with purple and blue flowers, like something out of the Wizard of Oz. How awesome is this!   The Hydrangea bushes kissed the entire edges of rivers and lakes, flowers dancing in the water reflections.   Terceira is often called the Lilac Island … More…

History Is Boring

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  Some people find history fascinating; others find it completely boring. I used to be the latter, finding all those dates absolutely meaningless (stop scowling). Random dates and events seemed like completely useless knowledge. I wanted to know what was happening today! Not 500 years ago.     In high school, I hated history. Memorizing lists of pointless dates was excruciatingly dull, and I barely scraped through Grade 9, 10, and 11 History courses with marks like 51% and 53%. Then in Grade 12, the principal, Mr. Warick taught Grade 12 History. All he did was wander around the front … More…

Close Your Eyes & Spin The Globe

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  We couldn’t decide where to go so we just closed our eyes and spun the globe. Crazy way to choose a place, but exciting none the less. Wherever the finger landed was where we would go. We landed on some little dots in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. What the heck is that, we wondered? Closer inspection revealed that it was a group of islands called The Azores. We knew absolutely nothing about them, but that’s where we were going.    The lost islands, the flower islands, the lonely islands, the forgotten islands, the pastoral isles – these … More…

Halloween Apples, Peanuts & Cake; If You Don’t…

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  Halloween Apples, Peanuts and Cake, If You Don’t Give Us Any, Your Toilet Will Shake!   Remember that? Ok, that was even before my time, before indoor toilets even! – but it has a lovely rhythm, n’est ce pas?   Moving to Ontario has been almost like exploring another country. On the prairies, few people go all out in decorating their homes like they do here. It was a surprise to see scary Halloween monsters everywhere I looked, from on the street, to in the country, to at the stores.   Here’s are the gloomy decorations on our neighbour’s … More…

How Many People Can You Fit On A Bicycle?

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  This post is a photo journal of a variety of random “along the road” photos we took on our travels through Belize. Sometimes it’s the unintentional photos that tell the best stories. We hope it gives you an authentic feel for the real Belize.    Little girl on Caye Caulker…   Animals near or on highways…   Old men on bicycles, motorbikes and tricycles…   School children…   Animals in bars and other odd places…   “Hey bartender, I’ll have another Scotch, straight-up.”   Unusual buildings…   Amusing signs…   Unusual Bars… this one was called Cheers. Talk about … More…

Mr. BIG Moneyyy

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  Ok, so maybe Belize wasn’t so bad after all. One of the few times in Belize that we saw that inimitable Caribbean turquoise water was when we were on the ferry heading toward Caye Caulker from the rather ugly Belize City. It was thrilling to see the true blue Caribbean waters after only seeing wild dark waters banging against cement walls on the coast.   We deliberately chose quiet Caye Caulker over the expensive and over-developed Ambergris Caye. It seems that most of the beautiful blue water is found on the islands off the mainland. Who knew this? Why hadn’t … More…

Wild Monkeys Jumping On Our Boat

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  At Orange Walk, in Belize, we stayed at the Orchid Palm Inn, a lovely inn filled with  – you’ll never guess – orchid plants. Reasonable rates and very nice rooms: Orchid Palm Inn.   The owners of the Orchid Palm told us about the Lamanai Jungle River Boat, so the next morning, we drove to the Lamanai River and waited for the boat.   Within a short time, we were gliding down the New River in our little boat.   Our knowledgeable Guide educated us about all the animals and birds along the river.   Noisy and playful Howler Monkeys were … More…

Orange Walk: The Smell Of Belize

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  We tend to travel using only our sense of sight. We look around. We see stimulating new things. We see beautiful scenery, a giant waterfall, a vast blue ocean, a sparkling lake, majestic mountains, a gorgeous hotel, or ancient ruins. Sometimes we use our sense of taste when we try new exotic and delicious foods, but even then the artful presentation of the food plays a big part in appealing to our sense of sight.   How much more enriching would a travel experience be if we paid more attention to the other senses while travelling: taste, touch, sound and … More…

Belize, A Bit Of A Disappointment

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  Belize is a tiny Central American country on the Caribbean side, so that usually means amazing turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and Spanish-speaking people. Because I have wanted to go to Belize for about 10 years, I could hardly wait, but to be honest, it was a tremendous disappointment.   Belize does not have those beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise water. Most of the beaches are walled in with wild water banging against rock or cement walls. As an English-speaking country, it definitely was easier to communicate in English, rather than Spanish, but the only place we found the … More…

Mexico To Belize

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  As I was saying in the last post, Belize is located directly South of Mexico, below the Mayan Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula. It was cheaper to fly into Cancun and then drive down the Mayan Riviera coast, scattered with luscious turquoise beaches, and then drive on into Belize.   We started in Cancun, and after sorting out problems with accommodation and the rental car, we headed south towards Tulum (see last post: An Inflatable Car? ).   When we were in Tulum 7 years ago, it was a tiny village. Now it was more like a town. Development is happening … More…

An Inflatable Car?

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  For years, we have wanted to go to Belize.    Belize is located directly South of Mexico, below the Mayan Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula. It was cheaper to fly into Cancun and drive down the Mayan Riviera coast, scattered with delectable turquoise beaches, and then drive on into Belize.   Something always goes wrong on most trips. Seldom are they disasters, but still they are disappointing at the time. We expect to have little problems, so we never get too wound up about them.   We flew into Cancun, and took a taxi to the Solymar Beach Resort … More…

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