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Love Your Momma! (Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day)

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  No one deserves more special attention than your MOMMA.   Mother’s Day is that special opportunity one day of the year to make time and attention for your Mom.   Mother’s Day is only a week and a half away – May 8th!   Have you made some special plans? Have you bought her a special gift?   The most pure and unconditional love comes from our Mothers.   Who has been more fiercely protective of you?   Who held your hand when you were sick or fell down and hurt yourself?   Who said your art was beautiful? … More…

Of Accidental Heroes

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  One never knows when an opportunity may come along to be a hero. It is never planned, and probably the last thing on your mind at the time.   My friend, G, loves to snorkel and spent many an afternoon at the far end of the lagoon at the North Beach in the deeper water where the fish and other sea creatures are thick and flourishing. The lagoon is the perfect place to snorkel because the water is so clear and it’s shallow a long way out until you get near the rocks and the bridge.   One morning … More…

If I Had One Thousand Dollars…

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  We’ve been researching all kinds of travel accessories to see if there are any that are truly worthwhile, and which ones are just another tech toy to take up more precious room in your carry-on.   But I wish they would invent one friggin’ cord that works in ALL DEVICES. I’m really tired of packing all these individual cords and chargers and accessories for each devices. Aren’t  you?   Of course we all have a cell phone or an Ipad or a small laptop today with many travel apps to guide us in our travels. Be they for maps or … More…

Little Boy Gets Buried in Sand

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  One evening on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, the sunset was particularly beautiful. We walked out onto the beach, closer to the water, to take a few colourful sunset photos. A Mexican man and his four children were laughing and playing beside a table and chairs. I asked if I might sit on one of the chairs to take some photos, and they said, yes, of course. As I was taking sunset photos, I couldn’t help but take a few photos of this family having so much fun. They were digging a deep hole in the sand, then the youngest boy … More…

Which Beach Would You Choose?

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  Isla Mujeres is an island surrounded by beaches and depending on the weather, you can choose the best beach. Having a choice of 4 unique beaches is really quite fun, and the best ones are all within walking distance of the North third of the island.   If it is very windy, you can go to the calm West side of the island, facing Cancun, where it is protected by the mainland. You can get a reasonably priced massage here too.   Cancun across the water at dusk…   If it is just a little breezy, The North Beach (Playa Norte) on … More…

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

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  Isla Mujeres, Mexico, has a wild side, a very wild side. In fact, it has two wild sides.   It’s worthwhile to rent a golf cart and drive the length of the 7 km island.   Along the way, you will find Chedrauil, the big grocery store, a village, the natural bush land of the island, treed roads, a turtle farm, a dolphin experience, roadside food and seashell crafts.    As the Southern tip of the island narrows you can see both sides of the island at once and it is quite spectacular.   Usually there is a Mayan … More…

The Golf Cart Pole Dance (and Other Golf Cart Disasters)

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  The day after we arrived at Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), a tiny island off the coast of Mexico near Cancun, we were all set to enjoy a lovely afternoon at the gorgeous North Beach, when the rain started. A downpour filled the streets to overflowing within a short time, climbing over the sidewalk opposite our hotel. So much for our first beach day.   The next day we started looking for a golf cart to rent and were barraged with salesman trying to convince us that they had the best carts for the best prices and beckoning us to … More…

The Sparkle In His Eyes

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  There once was a man who always had a sparkle in his eyes.   He was that special type of guy that EVERYONE LOVED.   He treated everyone the same – young or old, black or white or brown, fat or thin, quiet or outgoing, religious or not, rich or poor – with RESPECT.    He LAUGHED easily at anything and everything, and TEASED everyone mercilessly. Children loved him. Strangers meeting him for the first time loved him. He paid special attention to each and every person he met. In the picture below, you can see his total attentiveness when talking to … More…

Azores: 15 Top Recommendations (plus Bonus for Doughheads)

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  You really cannot go wrong visiting The Azores. Aside from these top recommendations, the Azores is one of the most genial, pastoral, relaxing, beautiful countries we have ever visited. The closest to it might be New Zealand. Here are just a few tips for getting the most out of your adventure in the little known Azores Islands.   DRESS: If you go to the Azores in our North American winter, dress for fall, not for summer. Although it is a warm winter compared to ours, with temperatures ranging from 14-18 C, you will look completely out of place in … More…

New Year’s Eve in the Streets of Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

  There was considerable contrast between the smaller islands and the island of Sao Miguel, especially in the main town of Ponta Delgada. Suddenly we were in a bustling metropolis! Whoa! The noise, the horn-honking, so many people. We weren’t used to this after the quiet peaceful Azores countryside.   The town of Ponta Delgada has been developed for the tourist and while we appreciated the shopping and availability of conveniences, some of the charm was inevitably lost. The people of other islands refer to Sao Miguel with a mixture of envy and resentment because Sao Miguel is one of … More…

Azores: A Guide Like No Other

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  Before we met our guide for the island of Faial, and during a three hour wait between island flights, we went for a long walk and ended up at a snack bar where a table of 10 or 12 robust working men were having a year-end dinner. When I asked if I could interview them, they giggled like school girls, and became quite flustered. I chose the best-looking man. They all laughed nervously.     “What type of work do you do?”     “We’re construction workers.” Big smile.     “Do you have a good boss?”     “He’ll be a `good boss’ if he pays … More…

How Many Countries Do You Know?

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  Do you know the countries of the world? Can you tell which country is marked on this world map? Are you able to recognize countries like the USA, Australia, France, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Mexico?    Go to: How Many Countries Do You Know Quiz    We were only able to get scores of B+. Can you beat that? Imagine, world travellers, and we don’t know all the countries in the world. Kind of embarrassing…   The quiz only takes one minute, and if you find the quiz too easy, you can play again and it will bring up different … More…

Valentine’s Day: FREE Book

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      Need a Valentine’s Day Gift? How about a free book?!        TRAVEL TO LITTLE KNOWN PLACES (my ebook), is FREE for the next 5 days: February 11 -15.       Grab it now, for yourself, or for someone special.     Amazon Canada: Travel To Little Known Places Amazon US: Travel To Little Known Places       Happy Valentine’s Day to you!      Because WE LOVE YOU to pieces…     It’s a little Valentine’s Day gift for you!     What’s it about?       TRAVEL, of course.     And EXOTIC … More…

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…

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…

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