Category: PEOPLE & LIFESTYLES

anse chastanet chocolate

Chocolate Tourism at Anse Chastanet (Resort), St. Lucia

As it relates to nature adventures, trekking, zip-lining, snorkeling and diving are among the most frequently engaged in activities for tourists in St. Lucia. It can make all the difference where you stay and who your guide is. That said, how often does one want to do the same activities on a trip? Once, twice, […]

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Whiffen Spit, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Whiffen Spit, Sooke BC by Jason van der Valk

Whiffen Spit, one of Sooke’s special treasures

(Exploring this rugged and beautiful coastline). Whiffen Spit: this quiet waterfront community in Sooke, South-west Vancouver Island, is noted for its coastal ambiance, picturesque scenery, and bird watching activities. Length-wise, Whiffen Spit extends almost one mile and is a narrow tract of terra firma. It reaches into Sooke Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Since one […]

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Handweaving Tibetan Rug in Nepal by Varanada

Hand-weaving Tibetan Rug in Nepal

On the outskirt of Kathmandu, Nepal, watching a craftsperson make a Tibetan rug by hand, the process may seem brash to an outside observer. Mario López-Cordero, senior editor at Veranda, wrote fondly “a newly woven rug is being tortured.” But, centuries worth of practice and knowledge combined means that the rug makers are experts. Cultural […]

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Treetop Haven Sheila Arsenault

TreePODS accommodations (geodesic domes up in the trees) coming to Prince Edward Island

The project, which is slated to be completed by the first quarter of 2017 will feature five, fully functioning tree pod accommodations, collectively named Treetop Haven. The resort is being marketed as an all year-round wellness and adventure destination. As well, it is being depicted as a premier venue for forest bathing and weddings. Named […]

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Mustang Monument Nevada
Mustang Monument, Nevada. An eco-resort and wild horse preserve.

Mustang Monument: A Foundation for the preservation and protection of America’s wild horses

“America has been blessed to have wild horses. We have wild mustang. A hundred years ago, there were two million of them roaming the plains and today we are down to the last twenty-five thousand,” says Madeleine Pickens, owner of Mustang Monument— an eco-resort and wild horse preserve in northeast Nevada/western United States. Mustang Monument […]

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inuit fishing

What the Inuit Eats? | Traditional cuisine (series)

“The blood and flesh of walrus, seal, whale, caribou, and polar bear make up much of the Inuit diet. They also eat birds and eggs, and fish including sculpin, Arctic cod, and lake trout. And plant base foods such as seaweed, grass, roots, and berries.” Said John, a western scientist, at a recent briefing on […]

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tofino storm watching
WINTER STORM WATCHING AT WICKANINNISH INN, FOFINO, CANADA

Stormy Holiday in Tofino, Vancouver Island

The locals say it rarely snow in Tofino. But it can happen. Instead, the region is known for its storms. So much so that “Tofino Storm” watching and chasing is sought after by both vacationers and residents. The areas comprising Tofino and Ucluelet (West Coast, Vancouver Island, Canada) attract people who want to experience the […]

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FOLKDRÄKT (FOLKDRESS) of Sweden
The royal family dressed in traditional Swedish dresses.

FOLKDRÄKT (Folk dress) of Sweden

Last week, my good friend, Ester, a Swedish girl emailed me a collection of photos of herself and a group of friends wearing traditional clothing. The dresses were striking in colors and simple, but intricate in their designs. ‘We are wearing Swedish folk dresses or as some people refer to them Swedish national costumes’, she […]

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elves and hidden people
Scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Icelandic Elves. “Hidden people among us”, says Icelanders

“She’s an educated woman, a scientist at that and here she is telling me that she believes in Elves“, joked the gentle man conducting the interview. “Oh, I do”, she replied laughing. “And a family of Elves live in this rock?”, she continued, pointing to the boulder behind them. This was my first time hearing […]

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Bahamas Shark Sanctuary

Bahamas Shark Sanctuary: Safeguarding Marine Life Since 2011

Commercial fishing is forbidden in the stated designated Bahamas ocean area ever since the 243, 244 square miles was converted into a haven for the sharks. Sharks and some other marine species are being over-fished and disappearing at an alarming rate from the world’s reef. But, “It’s Better in the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary” says marine researchers. Global […]

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