my favourite things: CASCO VIEJO, PANAMA CITY

CASCO VIEJO, where elegant mansions rub shoulders with dilapidated ruins in the oldest most vibrant part of Panama City. Originally the home turf of Panama’s elite, the second half of the 20th century was not kind to this old quarter. Rapidly re-gentrifying, it is once again the place to be. James Bond himself, well, actually…

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my favourite things: BOGOTA

BOGOTA is where I want to die. Colombia is my new favourite country and Bogota is its capital. This city has it all. Fascinating history, over the top culture, bad traffic and lots of edge. Great food is endless: restaurants creating haute cuisine, cafes pouring hot wine (odd but true) and stalls serving delicious empanadas. People…

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in the pink

Once upon a time, an oh so very young Jack would spend hours creating imaginary animals. A dark blue creature with the head of a lion, wings of an eagle, feet of an elephant. You get the picture. When we heard that fabled pink dolphins swim the Amazon it seemed so Jack. We had to…

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jack of the jungle

“You never took us to Disney land” my kids complain whenever we fight. What a bad mother I have been. “But you got to swing, Tarzan style, on a vine in a real jungle” I can now snap back, at least at Jack. I thought I’d been to the jungle before. But, once I got…

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calanoa amazonas

Seems gap years are absolutely not for hanging out with your mother. So I was particularly pleased when Jack agreed to spend two weeks of his surprisingly action packed year traveling with me. We met in Bogota. Then we headed 1000 km south to the small town of Leticia right where Brazil, Peru and Colombia…

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can you say party

Sometimes a picture speaks louder than words. There is just no way I can describe the chaos and color, foam and flour, drinking and dancing, crowds and celebrating that make up the Barranquilla Carnival. Hence the montage! Billed as the second largest in the world after Rio, for over 125 years this rather ordinary town…

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