the difference a day makes

St Pierre reigned as the Paris of the Caribbean. On May 7, 1902, this, the most glamourous city on Martinique, had it all…  fashionable inhabitants, a swanky theatre featuring top French performers, wealthy plantation owners and enough bars and brothels to keep the most jaded sailor happy. By 8:15 am on May 8th, Asunción Day…

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oh the places you’ll go!

No shortage of ego here. I adore being asked for advice and love answering questions. Makes me feel important and that I am an ‘expert’.  I’m thrilled when someone wants to go where I’ve been or finds my website inspiring. But the truth is I don’t always have enough time to plan full trips for…

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how do you make the best of a stopover?

What to do with 16 hours in Miami? The same as I’d do anywhere… a meal, a walk and a museum. We landed at 8 pm. We were leaving at 1 the next afternoon. And I hoped to include 8 hours of shut eye.

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what have i got in common with blackbeard?

Well, thankfully, not the beard! But we did both seek shelter from high winds and rough seas in Admiralty Bay. So did, rumor has it, Henry Morgan and Sir Francis Drake. A terrific natural harbour in Bequia, pirates and boaters have sought its protection for hundreds of years. I didn’t run into pirates, just a…

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four facts about whistler bc you may not know

Whistler is wonderful. Every ski magazine says so. Gourmet restaurants, cool bars, amazing hiking trails and of course, world class skiing. Sometimes I forget, taking it for granted.  I’ve been coming for ages. Watching the Olympics was a life highlight. John brought me here for our first holiday together and my kids know every slope.…

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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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