Walled City Cartagena ….Colombia

Many interesting and well preserved historic sites to see within the Walled City of Cartagena. Easy to maneuver around the narrow street….all within walking distance. We enjoyed our time visiting here in 2020. Pedro de Heredia First historic statue we come upon is Pedro de Heredia (1505-1554) a Spanish conquestador and founder of Cartagena. Plaza […]

Lobster Thermador –

I love lobster and easy to cook. Step 1- Add onions, garlic, celery and salt into the pot with water. and boil. Step 2 Add the lobster head down into the water. Once it begins to boil ..Usually about 12 minutes for a 1.4 pound lobster add about 3 minutes for 1.5 pound lobster. Step […]

Mehrangarh (Mehran Fort)- Jodhpur

This is just spectacular site to see and rivals any we’ve seen in the World. We take a taxi from our hotel and its only a short drive to arrive at the Fort. We buy the audio guide and enjoy making our way to the top. The fort is in bright red sandstone and is […]

Ranthambore Fort – India

We were too ambitious booking 6 safaris. So, we decide to forgo this morning safari and take a trip with our driver Happy to see this ancient historical site. An impressive fort that towers above the area. Steep climb to various levels where it is situated atop a 700-foot-high hill, bounded by an enormous stone […]

FOTD – April 14- Pink Peony – International Day of Pink

Pink Shirt Day, celebrated in February in Canada, aims to stop bullying and raise funds to support programs fostering self-esteem and empathy in children. The international movement began in the small community of Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, when two Grade 12 students took a stand against an incident of bullying.  Travis Price and David Sheppard noticed […]

FOTD -April 6- Pieris

This variety is named Pieris Mountain Fire – As soon as Spring arrives the red burst on the end of the leaves. Later white clumps of flowers bloom. Here is the link to Cee’s Flower of The Day Photo Challenge  FOTD page.

Train to Sawai Madhopur

Well, first class has a whole other meaning when it comes to trains in India. I never expected a lot but this certainly took me to a whole different level of a first class experience. Our seats are in a little box like compartment with a window that is blocked and we can’t  see any light. […]

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Serena Lodge – Ngorongoro Crater Perched high on the crater rim, blended into the cliffs this is a wonderful lodge. Even for the toughest critics this lodge would not disappoint. It has a wonderful atmosphere with lots of exposed stone, both inside and out , heavy beams and a cozy fire pit in the lobby/bar […]

Lens-Artists Challenge #139 – Special Moments

We were in Digby Nova Scotia last week and noticed these whale bones lying by the ocean shore. It’s been a long ago since we have been here. At least we can travel around our Province. Paddling through the Jungle in the Amazon, Ecuador, is something I will never forget. The Rainforest is so full […]

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Part 2

Black Rhinoceros – Endangered After our break we keep going .The highlight for us was seeing the endangered black Rhino. They were quite far off but we had a pretty good look with our binoculars. They are the reason many come to the crater. At the beginning of the 20th century their numbers in Africa […]

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Part 1

We feel so fortunate in the morning, the skies are clear with no low lying clouds or fog, both common in this area. Our view is spectacular as we descend the breathtaking 610 meters to the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater,  is the world’s largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera . The crater, was formed when […]

Mosquito River -Tanzania – Part 3

We are taken to visit three of the many tribes that live in the village. The first is the Mukonde Tribe, who are originally from Mozambique. Surprisingly they speak Portuguese as this is the language of their homeland. They are also skilled wood carvers. The works we saw was so beautiful and intricate it was […]

Medicine Trees – Tanzania

As we walk through the Mosquito River Village our guide Sunday points out the Muiri Tree, locally known as the Medicine Tree and also named Red Stinkwood in Kenya. The real name is Prunus Africana. Liquid extracts from bark are used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate gland hypertrophy. Leaves are used […]

Mosquito River-Tanzania

Part 1 The word Mto wa Mbu literally means “Mosquito River“. We visited here on our return to Arusha. Leaving the lands that are plagued by drought behind, Mosquito River looks like a desert. Not so however, as this area gets its name from the large number of mosquitos that breed here and sadly the […]

Ngorongoro- Day 2

The Serena Lodge is even more beautiful and luxurious than we imagined. A wonderful bar off the lobby with leather chairs it is first class all the way. We are met at the entrance with trays of hot damp towels and cool exotic drinks. Rooms are arranged in round chalets with thatched roofs ( Maasai […]

Welcome to the Serengeti

We enter the Serengeti and see some Coke’s Hartebeest. The one upfront is winking at me. Other than that, not much else. We are starting to worry that we won’t see many animals during this extremely dry season. Now…excitement soon returned. We spot two photogenic cheetah near the road way. Our guide tells us they […]

Vatican – Italy

We awoke this morning to teaming rain…had to use our ponchos on the walk to the metro. When we reached the Vatican we were so pleased to have booked our tickets online. There were a group of tourists waiting to buy their tickets as we could bypass the line. Georgian Egyptian Museum. We started with […]