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Arctic Expedition – Baffin Island & Greenland

Our anticipation is high! Seeing fjords and soaring peaks, icebergs and glaciers, glimpses into the lives of the people who call the Arctic home, and hopefully coming across some species of wildlife – for me a polar bear sighting would be the ultimate!  Our cruise booked through Fresh Tracks Canada is with One Ocean Expeditions. What a fabulous summertime adventure ahead! Baffin Island here we come! Our very own renowned Canadian Arctic! The starting point for our expedition is Ottawa, from where First Air delivers us to our first stop – Iqaluit, the provincial capital of Nunavut!   We are let loose to wander the community at our leisure. Pedestrians stay to the sides of dusty roadways with vehicles passing to and fro. Welcoming smiles greet us everywhere. Unique architecture catches our eye. St. Jude’s Cathedral is shaped like a super-sized igloo. Nakasuk School is constructed of fibreglass and is…

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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…

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…