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Radishes, Revelry and Ruins of Oaxaca!

“All Mexicans love Oaxaca.” “I came for a week, and stayed a year!”  “An extraordinary place.”  These are some of the comments we hear from other visitors and expats as we mill around the city of Oaxaca (pronounced Wah-HAH-kah). It’s a week before Christmas when we arrive, and the main city square Zócalo is ablaze with activity.  Villagers from near and far have come in droves to sell their handmade crafts. My eyes feast on stunning embroidered blouses, wooden bowls, dazzling clay ornaments, beadwork jewelry and more.  Helium balloon sellers grip such humongous bunches, it’s a wonder they are not lifted off the ground.  Kids are drawn to the balloons shaped like cylinders in various sizes which they launch into the air like rockets then gleefully race off to retrieve, repeating the process again and again.  Sidewalk restaurants are filled to capacity. Talented street performers draw crowds.  As we sip…

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Strolling Palermo, Sicily

With a week left in Italy, a jaunt from Naples to the isle off the toe of Italy’s boot sounds like a place to zero in on, and specifically to Palermo, the capital. Our ten hour ferry ride is relaxing and fun nestled in our private cabin with bunk beds, our own facilities – only…

Magical Mystical Myanmar (Burma)

Also Published in Inspired Magazine. The most sacred Buddhist site to the Burmese lies in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. Gigantic legendary half-lion, half-griffin figures guard the entrance. Respectfully we remove our footwear and climb the covered stairway to the expansive Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda). My husband Rick and I are awed by the ageless splendour…