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India’s Exotic Pushkar Camel Fair

We had been traveling with our trusted Indian driver for more than a week on our 17-day odyssey through India and Nepal. He weaved expertly through the Pushkar Pass (Ghati), a twisty 30-mile road that connected the city of Ajmer to our destination, Pushkar, on the...

Breathtaking Blend: Tokara Wine Estate

By Mary James South Africa -- Art and architecture, vineyards and gardens, wine-making and fine cuisine - all are equals in the stellar blend that is Tokara Wine Estate, the first of the area’s wineries we visited. A half-hour Uber drive from Franschhoek (only 3 miles...

Postcards from Vietnam

      Dear Ron, Traffic in Vietnam is famous. Maybe not tourist-attraction famous, but definitely a phenomenon. We’re talking about motorbike traffic. Motorbikes swarm Vietnam like monster bees. Buzzing, roaring, put-putting down every street, along every alley,...

Rough Seas

  By Ron & Mary James Mary and I have had many chats lately about our upcoming booked cruises. We wonder if they will be cancelled as the pandemic persists. We speculate about radical changes in the cruise experience as cruise lines focus on keeping passengers...

The Corona Corridore

The world is a much different place than it was when our last edition published. Since then, the Covid-19 pandemic has turned life upside down. Chances are, travel as we have known it will never be the same. Many airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour companies, and...

Wadi Rum: Where Camels & Martians Roam

Our destination was Wadi Rum, a nearly 300-square mile patch of stark, very Martian-like desert in southern Jordan. T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, called Wadi Rum “vast, echoing and God-like.” And the description fits its long desert valleys punctuated by spectacular red sandstone mesas and peaks that change colors with the passing of the moon and sun. It’s both amazingly beautiful and a little spooky.

A Most Excellent Cuban Adventure

By Kitty Morse Last December, my friend Susan and I bucked conventional wisdom, and headed for Cuba on the spur of the moment. Planning our custom itinerary was a breeze thanks to Vermont-based Karin Eckhard of Espiritu Travel (https://espiritutravel.com) We were in...

Dancing through the Panama Canal

By Maribeth Mellin Dancing was foremost on my mind while planning a recent Panama Canal Cruise. I needed a ship with at least one great music venue where my husband and I could let loose—and it had to open at a reasonable hour (late nights are not our forte). I'd...

A Stormy Sundowner in Kenya

Ron and Mary James thrill to a perfect sundowner on their last night on the Masai Mara. There bliss it interrupted by a lightning and thunderstorm.

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