To a naturalist, the Canary Islands are pretty much a dream. My mother once told me that the true test of a relationship was hanging wallpaper together. But having returned from the fantastic Canary Islands, I can go one better: we rented a car in a foreign country and survived. In fact, we had a blast. We were cruising the islands of Macaronesia, which are […]Continue reading
Morning in a Madeira market First-time travellers sometimes over-plan. I know I used to; there’s a real security in knowing exactly what you’re going to do when you arrive in a new place. And there is genuine risk in spontaneity: there’s so little time when we travel, and the last thing you want to discover is that you missed something great because you hadn’t done […]Continue reading
How quickly Mother Nature reclaims her own here in Dominica. A few years ago I had the privilege of traveling the Caribbean as the naturalist/presenter aboard the exquisite Azamara Quest. The Quest is a smaller vessel, as cruise ships go, and visits lesser-frequented ports of call. Thus we made our way to Cabrits, on the tiny Caribbean island-nation of Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EE-ca). (Don’t confuse it […]Continue reading
On the occasion of my impending 50th birthday, I took a few days and jetted off to NYC with my old friend Dave. I had never been, and my expectations were pretty high. I’ve dreamed of seeing the Big Apple since I was a kid reading Marvel comic books. This was a bit of a departure for me, in that I decided at the last […]Continue reading
Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Paris are chock-full of beautiful cyclists. Tom and I spent a couple of summers over the last few years in northern Europe. Our mission was simple: find a bakery in every port, drink the world’s best coffee, and photograph the people. Europe’s cycling culture is inspiring. There’s no fuss, no special clothing, no fancy gear, no $3000 bikes. It is simply […]Continue reading
The Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia are surely one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. I would stack them up against the most beautiful of the world’s island retreats, and yet you can travel there in the height of summer and be surrounded by nothing but waves, eagles, and laid-back locals. My favourite feature- aside from the bird life- is the local transit system: they’ve set […]Continue reading
Completed in 1919, Helsinki’s Art Nouveau central rail station, by Eliel Saarinen, has inspired a number of film sets including Batman, apparently. For us, it was the site of a massive gathering of hard-core goth-metal music aficionados that we happened upon, one beautiful summer day. Scary-looking and perfectly peaceful, the young people were there to attend a nearby outdoor concert. Apparently Finland likes its thrash music.
Cádiz is western Europe’s oldest continuously-inhabited city. Yes, older than Rome. Okay, first things first: Cádiz is pronounced KA-dith. Like Judith with a ka. Or KA-diss, if you’re Latin American. Like bupkis without the bup, sort of. But the only place on earth it’s pronounced ka-DEEZ is on the lido deck of a cruise ship, which is where I am standing now, in the warmth of the southern sun, […]Continue reading