Central & South America

One of the pools with view of the Caribbean
Caribbean / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts

Barefoot Luxury in Tropical Placencia, Belize – Chabil Mar Villas

Chabil Mar Villas, Placencia, Belize The driver took us a short way along this narrow peninsula that is Placencia, through the heavy, expertly carved, gigantic wooden gates and into this eye-popping lush tropical paradise. We had arrived at Chabil Mar Villas. The first thing I noticed was the verdant, tropical […]

In Pursuit of Grasshoppers, Spices and Malbec
Asia / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Mexico / Wines & Spirits

In Pursuit of Grasshoppers, Spices and Malbec

“Try tasty deep-fried grasshoppers,” calls out Niza Lopez of Oaxaca Tourism to onlookers as they walk by the Mexico Tourism Pavilion at the 8th World Culinary Travel Expo at EAT! Vancouver Festival. Tasty it is, crunchy and toasty, wings, legs, head and all – splashed with some chili-lime seasoning. The […]

A Memorable Panama Canal Christmas Cruise aboard Holland America’s Amsterdam
Central & South America / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

A Memorable Panama Canal Christmas Cruise aboard Holland America’s Amsterdam

We live in California and two of our best friends reside in Florida. We wanted to visit them during the holidays, but didn’t want to endure the stress and aggravation of crowded airports and airplanes – so an opportunity to sail from nearby San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale through the […]

Youthful hillbillies sing traditional songs.
Central & South America / Chronological / Food

Clandestine Junina: A Brazilian Festival the World Doesn’t Know

In addition to the business of finance, there are but three reasons to visit São Paulo: football, food and festivals. Every fourth year, when the World Cup takes place, Brazilians embrace these three elements for an intense, month-long monster party.  This year, since the games are actually being held in […]

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia
California / Central & South America / Cruises / Florida

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia

On a recent Panama Canal cruise on the Holland America ms Amsterdam, we met a most extraordinary passenger with a remarkable past. Her name is Julia.  We do not usually write about fellow travelers, but Julia is exceptional for several reasons that stirred our interest and imagination. Julia’s most noteworthy […]

Turtles to Tortillas in Cancun
Caribbean / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / Mexico

Turtles to Tortillas in Cancun

The freshly hatched sea turtles tickle my hand as they squirm to paddle against real or imagined currents, then spread out en masse on the beach like a reptilian carpet disappearing into the sea, leaving nothing but a cool breeze and smiles behind. This is not your parents’ Cancun, nor […]

7 Hot Culinary Travel Destinations for 2013
Asia / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Europe

7 Hot Culinary Travel Destinations for 2013

Culinary travel is the next big thing, from cooking classes in Tuscany to street-food tours in Istanbul. So where will you plan your next foodie adventure? Whether you prefer chasing Michelin stars or channeling your inner Andrew Zimmern, these global destinations will wow your taste buds. Here are the top […]

Children of Guatemala
Central & South America / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts

Humanitarian Tour: Santo Tomas, Guatemala

When you travel internationally, you generally want to maximize your experiences in each locale. And most destinations offer a plethora of choices to the visitor. But only rarely do you get an opportunity to intimately experience the local culture and interact with the locals in a humanitarian exchange. One such […]

Lagoon-like waters of Roatan vary in stunning shades of pale emerald to turquoise and aquamarine
Caribbean / Central & South America / Chronological / Destinations / Island Nation

Roatan, Bay Islands – A Jewel in the Caribbean

Legend has it that pirate treasure once buried on the island of Roatan in the 17th century remains hidden to this very day. At least that is what the locals claim as they speak of the island’s history with a gleam in their eyes. Whether or not there is any […]

M/Y Grace
Central & South America / Chronological / Cruises / Destinations

Cruising the Galapagos Islands in High Style

Last month, when I was cruising the Galapagos Islands on Princess Grace’s yacht, the weather could not have been more delightful…“Oh, sorry. Was I name-dropping?” You’re darn right I was, because trust me, just about the only thing more incredible than exploring these “Enchanted Islands” is to be doing it […]