The sun is just beginning to set across the large expanse of water that is the Atlantic Ocean.
You are on a cruise ship heading south towards warm sunny beaches, blue skies and tropical locations where they speak Spanish, French, Dutch and even Portuguese.
The welcoming sound of ice cubes bopping up and down in a cocktail glass beckon you back to reality.
Welcome to the lifestyle that is cruising. Your destination? The Caribbean.
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If you’re ready for a break from all that snow on the ground, you’re ready for a trip to the Caribbean - our feature destination of the month!
Sun, sand and surf are just a flight away… all you have to do is figure out which island to jet to. We have the lowdown on some the best spots (hint: they’re all the best!) for the perfect winter getaway!
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On May 10, 1503 Christopher Columbus sailed along his fourth and final voyage to the New World when a wind blew his ship off course. Intending to sail to Hispaniola (present day Haiti and the Dominican Republic), he was blown westward toward “two very small and low islands, full of tortoises. He called these islands “Las Tortugas” after the thousands of turtles on shore.
The two islands sighted were Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. By 1530, the islands were called the “Caimanas”, derived from the Carib Indian word for the marine crocodile that formerly inhabited the islands. “Caimanas” evolved to become the Cayman Islands, and we’ve been calling it that ever since.
The genuine Caribbean Experience
Trinidad and Tobago, officially the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean, just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles.
The true Caribbean (as residents like to refer to the islands), Trinidad and Tobago offers visitors a ‘true’ Caribbean experience like no other.
When you visit, you will have the opportunity to explore these Caribbean islands which are rich in history, culture, and biodiversity.
But! Before you go, be sure to learn about the many special events taking place throughout the year in Trinidad and Tobago, because you won’t want to miss many special events that attract visitors from around the world!
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Since 1936, the town of Zundert in the Netherlands has played host to what has become one of Europe’s (and possibly the world’s) largest flower parade, Bloemencorso Zundert.
The parade, which takes place the first Sunday of September, features large floats made by volunteers that consist of steel wire, cardboard, papier-mâché and flowers. But not just any flower - only dahlias are used as decoration, and it can take anywhere between six to eight million flowers to produce the elaborate floats.
The Bloemencorso is also a competition, and each competing district of Zundert (which was the home of Vincent Van Gogh) is responsible for constructing their own entry to compete. Volunteers and builders of all ages are involved in the event, with older volunteers tasked with planting and growing the dahlias, while the younger volunteers are responsible for construction.
A professional and independent jury decides which float is the most beautiful and which hamlet will be crowned the winner of that year.
You can find more information on Bloemencorso, pictures, and video of this year’s winner by visiting www.bloemencorsozundert.nl
The Bread and Puppet Museum has absolutely nothing to do with bread and everything to do with creepy, traumatizing puppets. Like the nightmarish kind. Now located in a 150-year-old barn in Glover, Vermont, this giant mask and puppet collection originally breathed its first breath in New York City during the 1960s. German immigrant Peter Schumann’s Bread and Puppet Theater toured college campuses across the country with politically charged shows before retiring to this quiet town near the Canadian border. Retirement isn’t the right word as this theater is still very much active, check out these pics from a recent show (really like the part where they chop off Bernie Madoff’s head). The vast contents of the museum were created communally by Peter and his puppeteers, who applied layers of paper-mache over sculpted clay models, then used rummaged materials to create life-size figures. Today you can still watch puppets being created in the museum’s front yard next to a Quebec-style clay oven where Schumann bakes sourdough rye bread, which is free to all visitors. OKAY! That’s where the “bread” part of the name comes from. The dude likes his carbs. Unlike other museums, Schumann’s purpose is not to preserve, but let his deformed, German expressionist puppets gracefully decay. Even though the place just closed for the season, I suggest to visit this place as soon as you can before it’s too late. Or if you don’t like creepy things, then stay far, far away.
In a valley, secluded from the bustling tuk tuks of the city lays an Asian Elephant utopia.
Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand is the vision of Sangduen Chailert (Lek), a Thai native who grew up in a small village not far from the park. The Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center where one can volunteer to help. The park provides a natural environment for elephants and other animals.
Elephants have deep ties within the culture of this magnificent land and throughout much of Southeast Asia. Elephant trekking (or riding) is a highlighted tourist enticement.
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