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Mauritius & the Mekong

November 26th, 2022
Mauritius & the Mekong

Greetings from Mauritius!

I'm here quite some distance east off the coast of Madagascar and the African continent, in the southern Indian Ocean, checking things out so we can add it to our slate of tropical LiveAway trips for the end of next year and the beginning of 2024.

It's been a beach destination for the well-heeled European and Indian elite for some time, but for obvious reasons of distance fewer Canadians make it all the way out here.

The ethereal yaguara of costa rica

November 25th, 2022
The ethereal yaguara of costa rica

“The beast that kills in one bound.”

That’s what Yaguara, or jaguar, translates to from its original Guaraní Indian.

The largest cat in the Americas, jaguars have been revered through countless native mythologies for their stealth, beauty, and power.

Sardinia & Her Secrets

November 19th, 2022
Sardinia & Her Secrets

Greetings from Sardinia!

I'm just wrapping up my journey through Corsica and Sardinia, with my last day here in the charming town of Bosa, on the northwest coast of Sardinia. Though you may not have heard of it, it is touted to be one of the most beautiful towns in all of Italy, and from where I stand it most certainly has a strong case.

The Ancient World Was A Riot Of Colour – So Why Do We Pretend It Wasn’t?

November 17th, 2022
The Ancient World Was A Riot Of Colour – So Why Do We Pretend It Wasn’t?

The beginning of Wheel & Anchor’s brochure for our 2023 trip to Greece says this:

“Close your eyes and imagine the Greek Islands - what do you see? I think for most it’s something like blue-roofed houses atop steep cliffs that plunge into the sea, surrounded by the sparkling cobalt waters of the Mediterranean….”

After having spent a lot of time there over the last decade, this is absolutely the same Greece I conjure up in my mind’s eye: a palette of colours so piercing they take your breath away: not just that unique, luminous blue of the sea and sky that’s also made its way onto the roofs of buildings, onto doorways and windowsills and even onto the national flag, but the rich hues of the fresh fruit, the orange of a good honey raki, the sparkling gold of a glass of Naxos’s famous kitron - and really, the whole spectrum, set gloriously aglow in the Aegean sun.

Greetings from Corsica + a New Island-Hopping Adventure

November 12th, 2022
Greetings from Corsica + a New Island-Hopping Adventure

Greetings from Corsica!

I've spent a lovely few days here doing reconnaissance for an upcoming LiveAway, and I'm very impressed with everything I've seen so far.

The roads along the coast are full of really incredible views, and the whole vibe has been very peaceful as the end of the shoulder season here winds down.

Food is a fundamental expression of love

November 11th, 2022
Food is a fundamental expression of love

Food is a fundamental expression of love—anyone who enjoys cooking (or eating) knows it.

While living on Koh Phangan, the smaller sister island to Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, my favorite mom-and-pop Thai restaurant is my second home.

Any given evening when I go there for dinner, the wife greets me with kind eyes and a sweet smile, checking to see which of my usual orders it’ll be.

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