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Paradise Found

Paradise Found

DEPARTING DENAREAU and sailing into the blue, en route to Sacred Island in a catamaran, we find the welcoming committee ready for us. First is a school of playful dolphins, keeping pace off both the port and starboard sides. They...

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Greece Off The Grid

Greece Off The Grid

THE CITY RISES ON TWO HILLS, buildings of white and pink and orange and blue, climbing away from the sea. One is crowned with a Catholic Cathedral, the other, an Orthodox church. Settlement on this island dates back more than...

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Dispatches from the Galapagos

Dispatches from the Galapagos

I AM HELD CAPTIVE by the beauty of the Galápagos Islands and the wildlife that inhabits them. It reminds me that one of the reasons to travel far and wide is to see and experience remarkable events, life-changing moments, and...

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Staying Places: Oceana Santa Monica

Staying Places: Oceana Santa Monica

LAYOVERS AND LUXURY don’t usually go together. Too often, we forfeit comfort for convenience. But the next time you fly through Los Angeles, or take a cruise from that southern California city, consider that you can have both at Oceana...

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Nova Scotia Calling

Nova Scotia Calling

WE MADE OUR FIRST VISIT so many years ago, there was no internet to consult! Instead, we wrote to the province’s tourism office and then pored over glossy brochures, wondering if everything could possibly be as great as it looked...

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Rotterdam Rocks

Rotterdam Rocks

IT’S ALWAYS A DELIGHT to sail on a Holland America ship, or as I affectionately refer to them, “another Dam ship.” The latest “Dam” for me is the Rotterdam, the newest ship in their fleet, which set sail last year...

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Uncovering the Secrets of the Douro

Uncovering the Secrets of the Douro

LAST SUMMER, two weeks after we received our second COVID-19 vaccinations, Emerald Waterways announced that Emerald Radiance would return to sailing Portugal’s Douro River. Travel Karma! We were yearning to travel and an Emerald cruise in Portugal had oodles of appeal....

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Belize: More Than Just a Pretty Beach

Belize: More Than Just a Pretty Beach

A NUMBER OF WORDS appear on the blackboard, but, even before I’ve checked in, only one registers: puma. Getting here took a while, the roads growing thinner and thinner as we made our way through the heart of this small...

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