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Galapagos Islands Recognized as one of the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure Readers


NEW YORK (Aug. 1, 2015) – Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism is proud to announce that the Galapagos Islands have been honored as “World’s Best” by Travel + Leisure magazine. This consumer-based nomination recognizes the best of the best in travel across various categories including airlines, cities, destination spas, hotels, islands, tour operators and safari outfitters among others. The Galapagos Islands were not only ranked first on the list of … [Read more...]

Notes of a Curious Traveler, Exploring Northeast Spain

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After leaving my brothers friend's Catamaran dry docked in the port of Canet France - I drove several hours to Barcelona. I arrived in the center of town - which was very crowded with narrow streets and no parking spots. One must have nerves of steel to drive here - I finally found an underground parking garage, one of the smallest I've ever been in - I had to make a 10-point turn or something numerically similar to that - just to get into and … [Read more...]

Most Scenic Drive in the World? Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way!


This is a story about brilliant branding. It’s about Ireland, but it begins in Chile. In the early 90s one had to head to the far south of South America to sample the tasty, thick, snow-white fillets of a large, deep-water cod called the Patagonian toothfish . No eatery in the U.S. wanted to serve a fish with that name. But when marketers came up with the alluring but meaningless name, “Chilean sea bass,” the fish was on its way to … [Read more...]

National Orchid Gardens, Port Moresby – Papua New Guinea – August 2015

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This attraction on the outskirts of Port Moresby (mile marker 14) is well worth visiting. The gardens are meticulously maintained and there are always a number of orchids in bloom regardless of the time of year your visit. Workers are available to help guide you or answer any questions. The orchid gardens are part of a fairly new Adventure park which also contains a tall water-slide when you want to beat the heat. This orchid garden was … [Read more...]

Lonely Planet – How to Survive Anything


Lonely Planet released this very interesting visual read earlier in the year. This entertaining book focuses on a variety of problems travelers invariably face during their travels (especially those who travel independently). The book is not only a fun read but delivers practical advice for specific problems focusing on outdoor activities such as surviving an earthquake, surviving a night in the snow or a Tsunami. But the book also offers … [Read more...]

A Memorable Visit to Chateau Siaurac in Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux

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There are wine regions that hang on the tip of the tongue of serious wine enthusiasts - those regions that quickly come up in conversation when discussing good wines from around the world. One of those is Bordeaux and all of its accompanying appellations. Working in the wine business for the past 10 years I've heard so much about this part of France, its history, the quality of wines, and vineyard practices. As a result upon personally … [Read more...]

Visit Paso Robles, California, (Before Everyone Else Does)

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Rolling hills, gnarly oak trees, thermal spas, an innovative food scene, and some of the best wines produced in California (or anywhere) -- no I’m not talking about Napa Valley, or even Sonoma. Wine Enthusiast rated it a top destination in 2013. The Guardian calls it “the place to visit before everyone else does,” but the word is out - fine wine is being produced by boutique wineries in Paso Robles, California. Actually wine grapes have been … [Read more...]

Best Beaches in Bali

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White sandy beaches. Coconuts. Aquamarine waters. Colorful coral. Epic surf spots. That’s the vision dancing in people's heads when they book a beach trip to Bali, and with a little luck, that’s what they’ll find. But while Bali’s beaches can be all of the above, overly crowded tourist spots and heaps of trash piles can leave not-in-the-know vacationers wondering if the fabled beaches really exist. On my arrival in Bali, I fell victim to … [Read more...]

Saskatchewan, Moldovan Wine Cave & a Saskatoon Restaurant: How do they all Connect?

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As we descended onto the twinkling lights of Saskatoon below we flew next to a significant lightning storm. Jagged bolts of lightning lit up massive thunderheads for a moment - alternating between bright white and pink light. This lightning is the cause of hundreds of fires that are burning out of control in the northern part of the province having displaced some 13,000 people. The economy seems to be doing well here according to my driver … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh: Inspiring Awe and Nostalgia

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Visit Pittsburgh. It’s a vibrant city with fantastic views and all kinds of easily accessible ways to see them, a sports legacy to envy, and vital American history. But more importantly, it is a tribute to what city government, public and private enterprise, and concerned citizens – what we, as human beings – can accomplish. In the last 50 years or so Pittsburgh has orchestrated a miraculous environmental transformation. Ride to the top of the … [Read more...]