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A Secret French Village

This time the waiter at the restaurant spoke English. He was actually from Ireland, travelled all over the world, and ended up in Southern France. He was very helpful when we asked what we could see that was close by, and suggested Vieux Village (Old Town), though most of Marignane and Vitrolles, he said, are industrial areas. He also mentioned… Continue reading

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Half-Asleep, Half-Awake

Half-asleep, half-awake, over-stimulated in airports, under-stimulated on long flights, out-of-sorts, out-of-routine, off-keel, and off-base, much like when you wake up after surgery with the effects of heavy-duty drugs. In short,  jet lag.   And in this condition, you are expected to navigate new airports…   And take off your jacket, sweater, shoes, belts and jewelry, have your Boarding Pass and Passport ready at… Continue reading

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French Riviera – Get Packing

  In a few days we will be landing in Marseilles, France. It’s a little surreal that you can be on the French Riviera in Europe on the other side of the world in just one day, your whole environment completely changed in a few hours.   We are house sitting near Toulouse for a few weeks (4 dogs and 4… Continue reading

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Never Too Old: A Caribbean Cruise (Guest Post)

*This is a Guest Post by a Dear Friend, Irmi M. NEVER TOO OLD December 13th: A Real Commotion First I was worried about the date. On top of it being the 13th, it was Friday. I had to leave that thought loose and not start making up something in my mind. Monika had given me a present and I… Continue reading

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The Gilligans’ Island Experience

Internet Hut: After receiving 3 or 4 completely different directions for getting to the only Internet access on Little Corn Island, we traipsed through the jungle to the East side of the island and after ten minutes came to a tiny Gilligan Island style hut with two old computers. We paid $12 an hour to use the computer. It was… Continue reading

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Bad To The Bone and Tall Boy

  It was another warm sunny day, and we were down for breakfast at the Lobster Inn on Little Corn Island. Everyone was friendly and chatting, including the staff and locals.   One of the staff, the owner’s niece, tells us that there was a big fire on Big Corn Island last night. Two people died and it looked like the people may… Continue reading

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Someone Stole My Shoes!

  We couldn’t take enough pictures of the demure children of Little Corn Island.   One morning when we walked past the school on the path through the jungle to the centre of the island, we took some photos of the school children on a break.   We stopped to talk to the teacher. He said that they desperately needed… Continue reading

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Chocolate Withdrawal & Turtle For Supper

  For such a tiny island, we had some amazing varieties of food on Little Corn Island. There was mostly Nica (Nicaraguan) food, but our favourite restaurant was the Cuban Café, which served delicious Coconut Lobster.    The dinners at our hotel, the Lobster Inn, were typical Nica food: fried pork or ribs or chicken, rice and beans, coleslaw and… Continue reading

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Bags of Money Floating On The Ocean

  Someone told us that bags of money and/or drugs have been found floating in the ocean around Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.   Drug dealers on the ocean might see another boat, perhaps a police/army boat, get scared of getting caught and quickly dump the drugs or money overboard.   When we asked what people who found such bags did… Continue reading

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Little Corn Island – No Cars, No Roads, No Worries

At last! Big Corn Island disappeared far off in the distance. No more threatening thugs, no more loud music, no more hurtling cars – just crystal clear blue water, soft sand, and the sweet sweet quiet of Little Corn Island.   That’s right – there are no roads on Little Corn Island, and no cars.   A taxi driver on… Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day On A Dangerous Island

  We didn’t want to go to crime-and-drug-ridden Big Corn Island but we had no choice. It was the only way to get to gorgeous Little Corn Island on the virtually unknown Caribbean side of Nicaragua.   First we had to fly from Managua to Big Corn Island, then take a small boat to Little Corn.    We had contemplated a long… Continue reading

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A Free Luxurious Villa

  We had been offered an opportunity to stay at  a new upscale development of villas on the Pacific coast near Rivas, Southern Nicaragua, for a free luxurious weekend. Rancho Santana was spread over 2700 acres on the rocky Pacific coastline with 5 beaches.  The homes were for sale of course, and they hoped, by offering a free stay, you might invest in… Continue reading

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No Food, No Water, No Phone

  It was hard to leave charming and colonial Granada. After playing like children on an uninhabited island, being amazed on our walk in the cloud rain forest and screaming through an invigorating zip line across the top of the Nicaraguan jungle, it was hard to imagine that anything could beat those experiences.   But we had this idea that we should… Continue reading

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Flying Across Jungle Treetops

  While we were still enjoying the lovely town and relaxing atmosphere of Granada, Nicaragua, we wanted to see the Volcano Mombacho, still active we had been told, as well as the cloud forest in the mountains and to experience the jungle zip line.   We were both a little worried about the zip line and whether we could manage climbing… Continue reading

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2013 Year in Summary for Travel To Little Known Places

 

A very special thank you to my top readers/commenters in 2013!

 

Marnee, Wendy, Ashley, Tami and Joanne – you are the best!

 

Connie and Marlene, thanks for sharing on Facebook.

 

We’ve had over 6000 views and we now have 1500 subscribers – that’s 1 in 4 readers who subscribe – not bad for 6 months since launching the site.

 

Thank you to all of you who read our travel stories and we hope we can continue to amuse, confuse and enthuse.


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ALONE On A Deserted Island

  After missed and delayed flights, and a cramped old hotel in Managua, arriving in Granada was a delightful surprise.     It was a pretty town with a gorgeous town square featuring a huge pink and white gazebo, food vendors selling all kinds of snacks and sweets, vendors selling jewelry and hats and balloons, children playing, adults chatting, and everyone… Continue reading

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Stomping Your Feet Does Not Help

  It started with a comedy of errors. Freezing rain cancelled our flight out of Toronto to Nicaragua so there were 40-minute line-ups at the pay phones just to try to re-schedule. T was relatively new at “travel glitches” and was wringing his hands in anxiety. After many years of travel I was used to flight delays, but this long forty-minute… Continue reading

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Bored With Typical Travel?

Are you totally bored with typical canned packaged same-old holidays? Longing for something a little different?   Are you tired of walking half a mile down corridors, waiting for elevators, then walking another half mile of paved walks to get to an over-stuffed pool or a crowded beach with people lined-up like dominoes?   Are you sick of having to… Continue reading

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The Friggin’ Truth About Christmas

  Ok, here’s the thing. Everybody is too friggin’ busy at Christmas to read (or write) a blog post. So we’ll keep it short and sweet.   You’re not the only one freaking out about all the things you still have to do before Christmas. Everyone is! Well OK, maybe it’s more likely the women in every family.   If… Continue reading

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Mr. T is Mr. Christmas

  T is Mr. Christmas.   You’ve heard about his smart remarks and wry sense of humour in previous posts, but I think we shall reveal a little more of his character, since he is always the silent partner in our escapades around the world.   Did you ever in your life hear of someone having 30, yes thirty, Mr. and… Continue reading

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