Remembering Sensational Syria

Syria Video by Irene and Rick Butler- Syria “wowed” us with its rich culture, its fascinating history, its ancient sites,…

Egypt’s Sinai Region

Mt Sinai The Sinai Peninsula is a stunning desertscape of rugged limestone and granite mountains with substantial areas of shifting…

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Our Antarctica Expedition

“Otherworldly” comes to mind as we gaze upon the dramatic landscape of Antarctica – gargantuan glaciers, cliffs draped in ice and snow with coal black rock protruding through, flat areas and hills blanketed in stark whiteness. Icebergs shimmer aqua and turquoise under sombre skies and glisten in glaring white brilliance when old sol makes an appearance. Our adventure commences as we board the Sea Spirit from Ushuaia, a city dubbed “the end of the world” for its location on the southern tip of Argentina. From the Beagle Channel we start our two-day crossing of the Drake Passage, known for some of the most turbulent waters on the planet. Fortunately the Drake was kind to us – only 4m (13ft) waves, which still made for wonky balance when walking to and fro on the ship. Then – we begin our many incredible landings! Always toasty in our bright red parkas and…

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How to Travel with Carry-on ONLY

Published in Europe Up Close Whether travelling for long periods, through several countries, or just going for a week; we only travel with carry-ons. My husband Rick and I travel consecutively for many months annually, visiting a number of countries, hence numerous flights. Regardless of the length of these travel-stints (our last one entailed 25…

Singapore Debriefing

The last 9-yards as they say….the last week of our 9 months of continual travel through 25 countries…which brings our total of countries visited over the years to 110! And with Singapore being our usual last stop before flying home after visiting countries in Southeast Asia…we always leave time to seek out our long-time Singapore…

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chinatown

No time to unpack! After placing our luggage in our hotel room, we are out the door in a flash, almost tripping over our own feet to get to the pedestrian streets of Chinatown. Settling in at the “pink tablecloth” restaurant, our attention is soon solely on scooping out the chicken and veggie rice from…

India – Third Time Around

A Mumbai Street Market

The Milieu of Mumbai One doesn’t just walk the streets of Mumbai….we find ourselves weaving through the masses, bumping shoulders with locals, besieged with vendors calling, “just take a look”, are dazzled with street-shop colour, enticed by whirling wheels to sample juice from ubiquitous sugar cane grinders; the scorching air wafts with tantalizing food scents…

Cyprus

Cyprus

Nicosia (Lefkosia) Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love smiled fondly at Cyprus, the island of her birth, giving it an extraordinary beauty, a tender climate, and plenty of sunshine. Is it any wonder so many earthlings over the centuries have desired to own this Mediterranean Island? And being at the crossroads of Europe,…