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Haiti’s Creative Spirit

Haiti’s Creative Spirit

Many Caribbean destinations have their signature appeal. Jamaica is powered by its thrilling music, St. Lucia by its scenic beauty and Trinidad by its celebratory Carnival. I can envision a time when Haiti’s tourism will have its own generator, the beauty of the painting and sculpture produced by Haiti’s artists.

Rosarito by Rod and Reel

Rosarito by Rod and Reel

Catch and release makes a lot of sense in some fishing circles. But I’ve always been of a different frame of mind: I like the idea of catching dinner. On a recent evening in Rosarito Beach, I enjoyed fresh ocean breezes and a beautiful sunset while catching enough fish to feed our family of eight.

Surf’s Up in Los Cabos

Surf’s Up in Los Cabos

Surf culture and Los Cabos are a perfect match. Not only are there great surf breaks, there’s also an over-the-top nightlife scene that supplies an adrenaline rush after the sun goes down.

Sailing Into Art on Oceania

Sailing Into Art on Oceania

When I signed on to teach art to Oceania cruisers, I really didn’t know what to expect. I had taught college studio art, but this would be a mixed bag of people at all sorts of levels, who might come for one session or all of them.

Surprise: You’re Getting Remarried

Surprise: You’re Getting Remarried

Just remarried. On a family trip to Yosemite recently, I thought my parents were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal. What I didn’t know was that all of us -- me and my... 

Visiting Tahiti’s Vanilla Island

Visiting Tahiti’s Vanilla Island

Food is definitely a focus for residents. Tahaa is known as Tahiti’s Vanilla Island for its prolific production of the vanilla bean and vanilla extract, and most locals are employed by the vanilla industry.

A River Cruise into the China Psyche

A River Cruise into the China Psyche

The Yangtze River is not what it once was, but neither are the ships that sail it — that was the gist of my review of Century Cruises’ new ships, the Century Paragon and its now-released sister ship, the Century Legend. What I didn’t get to discuss in length was the other portion of the equation — the Yangtze River.

Tasting Thai Street Food

Tasting Thai Street Food

One of the joys of Bangkok is its street food. From early in the morning until long after midnight, pots are simmering in makeshift kitchens and eateries on the streets and in the alleys.

The Sweet Taste of Colonial Costa Rica

The Sweet Taste of Colonial Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s El Viejo Wetlands set up a 5,000-acre sanctuary for native wildlife species in the tropical dry forest, where visitors can take tours of one of Costa Rica’s most unique ecosystems. On a morning riverboat tour of the area, I was lucky enough to see howler monkeys, crocodiles, giant iguanas and too many species of birds to try and recount.

Visiting Modern Myanmar

Visiting Modern Myanmar

As our cruise ship slowly entered the mouth of the Irrawaddy River, I wondered what it would be like to be in a country so cut off from the world. What I discovered was that, despite the fact that there were some societal differences, it was still easy to navigate life in Myanmar