New Orléans: Disney World For Adults Mardi Gras is an event which must be experienced in order to be understood. It is a mixture of traditions and high-tech. It is a Disney World for Adults! New Orléans has experienced disaster after disaster. Hurricanes, yellow fever, floods, wars, and just plain tough living are a few of the reasons it became something to celebrate to be a “Survivor”. Since New Orléans is an eclectic mix of cultures with a mix of those languages and traditions, their survival is a constant source of celebrations! There are all kinds of celebrations happening all … More… →
Recently, someone said to us, “I wish you would write about….”, and it occurred to us that we have never actually asked our loyal readers exactly what travel information they wish we would write about! So this is your opportunity to say what you are thinking. Don’t be shy. Tell us what you would like to know more about in terms of travel and vacations. We will do our darnedest to research thoroughly and provide the information that you are seeking. Is it the cheapest places to travel? Is it the best bang for your dollar? … More… →
Wow, who would have guessed that travelling could be so healthy?! According to a survey of more than one million people, Expedia says that travellers reported that getting away from home and exploring the world increased their sex drive. Why? Because travel results in an improved mood and more body confidence, which in turn makes travellers more amenable to closeness. The article below goes on to explain that as our stress levels decrease, our positive moods increase resulting in many benefits such as a higher perception of self, higher motivation levels, higher productivity and a generally more positive … More… →
So you are in MEXICO, and there you are eating Asian and Caribbean and Italian and French food!!? Not Mexican food, but exotic foods from all over the world. What’s up with that? You’re in Mexico. Oh sure, there are traditional Mexican restaurants – good ones too, and we’re not complaining at all, but it gets tiresome eating the same food (Mexican) all the time. Aren’t we spoiled!. The truth is, Isla Mujeres is now more of an adventure in international foods, than the quaint little Mexican island it used to be years ago. But what a cool … More… →
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 that moment. My friend, G, loves to snorkel and spent many an afternoon at the far end of the lagoon at the North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, 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 … More… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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 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… →
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 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… →
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… →
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… →
Taking the Trans-Canada Highway from our home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to our home in London, Ontario, is a long, long drive. 7000 kilometers, to be exact. Crossing Saskatchewan and Manitoba over miles of prairie and whispering grain fields holds a wonderful sense of freedom. You can see for miles, the roads are straight and the driving is easy. The land is as flat as a pancake and sunsets are sensational. Wheat field. Canola (yellow) and Flax (blue) fields. We have to say we were shocked to see giant marshmallows growing in the fields. (Until we realized … More… →
We don’t agree! T and I, that is. Usually we pretty much agree about a country. Not only do we disagree about our favourite best bits of Ireland, but we can barely decide which of half a dozen places we individually feel are our favourites. T says, “The most fascinating place was Ballynahinch Castle (see Ballynahinch Castle) because it seemed like stepping back in time. It felt real and authentic.” “For me, it was Wicklow County. Those amazing rolling green hills and deep valleys were mesmerizing to me. I could easily live there.” I say. “Yah, it was nice, … More… →
My print book is done! Well at least it’s big news for me. It was a ton of work, I mean it really was hours and hours of painstaking editing and review. I’ve read it and scoured it and changed it and revised it at least one hundred times. Now I think I am satisfied that it is the best I can do. I hope you agree. Feedback graciously accepted! DESCRIPTION: Travel. Exotic destinations. Once in a lifetime adventures. What could go wrong? Often revealing their silliest fears or dumbest travel mistakes and consequent misadventures, you will be … More… →
What a thrill it was going to be to actually stay in a real castle! We were excited. After spending a few days in Limerick and driving out to see the Cliffs of Moher, we were on our way to our first castle – Ballynahinch Castle. We drove down quiet roads winding through the countryside towards Galway, passing by small towns, green fields with endless stone fences, driving right by impressive castles, and crossing bridges over creeks and rivers. The scenery was always engaging and quaint. There was even a flooded road… where we had dutifully followed … More… →
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