Yesterday afternoon we strolled a seaside cobblestone promenade on the island of Ischia just outside Italy’s Bay of Naples, taking in a view dominated by towering Aragon Castle. This morning, in that impossible light unique to the Mediterranean, we gaze skyward at this castle from our perspective in its lee, at anchor on our chartered Sunsail yacht. Over coffee in the cockpit I savour our ringside view, considering the castle’s backstory.
Wild and rugged, yet brimming with culture and history, South Africa’s second largest province feels like its own country – an exotic and captivating one at that. The Eastern Cape, situated in the country’s southeast and bordered by the warm Indian Ocean (Cape Town, by the way, is in the Western Cape province) is known for its incredible natural diversity both on land and in the waters.Explore
I didn’t realize how many preconceived notions I had about the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. When I booked my trip, I was looking forward to seeing animals, sea life and a few birds in their natural habitat, but I wasn’t prepared for the vast numbers of sea lions, marine iguanas, as well as the great variety of spectacular birds.
Jacques Cousteau referred to the Sea of Cortes as the “world’s aquarium”. What he didn’t write about was the beauty of the land surrounding it. On an UnCruise ship out of La Paz, we could enjoy the water with its diverse sea life while admiring the unique topography from the sea. The Sea of Cortes (also known as the Vermillion Sea) is known locally as the Gulf of California, a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland.Explore
A visit to Paris should require at least a week or two to get the most out of it. But if you’re pressed for time, hopping on a boat is a time-tested method where you’ll get to see as much of this lovely city as you can. Cruises are a popular mode of travel in Europe as highlighted by Waypoints Global’s exploration of the Belgian canal system. I personally think it’s one of the best ways to kick off any destination as it builds up the excitement of visiting each highlight one by one. Explore
Disembarking from the motor coach that has delivered us from Vietnam’s capital Hanoi to the cusp of Halong Bay on the northeast coast, we get our first delighted look at the RV Angkor Pandaw, a classic small river ship that is to be our home for the next 10 nights on a one-of-a-kind cultural and historical journey through northern Vietnam.
She is a great beauty, the polished brass fittings and handcrafted teak of her double decks gleaming in the late afternoon sun. While the Angkor is a replica of an 1890s Irrawaddy Flotilla Company K-class river steamer, this luxurious 16-cabin craft was custom-built in 2013 and sports current mod-cons. (In 1995, Burmese historian Paul Strachan revived the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company — which, during Burma’s British colonial era, sailed the world’s largest private fleet — and restored an original steamer named Pandaw, thus Pandaw Cruises was born.)Explore
A memorable phrase by Nietzche reminds us that the goal of life is to become who you really are. Combine that with the gift of time, relaxation, pampering, few decisions, exploring the unknown, and experiencing the opposite of what we encounter in our daily lives. If I made a list of what is missing from my daily life, all of those items pop up. To say I found it all in an eight-night cruise with Windstar on the Star Pride sounds like hyperbole but perhaps it took the cruise for me to realize that with everything in one place, it was to be an epiphany week for how I want to live life. Explore
“Who wants to go first?” I do, so up I step up to the controls of our 34 ft. Le Boat cabin cruiser. A few minutes earlier, my two friends and I had been eyeing the cruiser eagerly and a touch anxiously from the safety of dry land. It’s our new home for the next week.
In the interests of full disclosure, I’m not a boater. Not from lack of interest, just lack of opportunity. But here was opportunity staring me in the face, in all its brilliant white expansiveness.Explore