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Inside the Antelope Slot Canyon

Wandering inside the Antelope Slot Canyon is kind of going into an unknown but wondrous world where the sun makes a stunning chiaroscuro on every slit that opens up like slithering waves carved and perfected by time. These are just a few photos I’m showing you for now. I’m kinda

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

When traveling, I have this habit of talking to locals and asking them for their portraits whatever they are doing. I’d ask their names and I’d give mine even if they won’t ask. Most of the time, I got affirmative answers but there were few times I was refused but

Xilamuren Grasslands in Inner Mongolia

Some time ago (that time when I wasn’t travel blogging yet), I went to this verdant Xilamuren grasslands in Inner Mongolia, a two-hour drive from the capital, Hohhot. It was a chilly October day and the wide expanse of the open land could compete with that of the azure sky

The Best Section of The Great Wall of China

I have yet to meet someone whose bucket list doesn’t include climbing the magnificent Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It was built to ward off enemies. The photos you see of this architectural feat are stunning but when you are in there

Maple Syrup Sugar Bush Tour

At the Maple Syrup Festival yesterday at Elmira, my friends and I joined the Maple Syrup Sugar Bush Tour just outside the township. It cost us $5.50 each which included transportation to and from the sugar bush. The weather was already a bit windy when we decided to go and

The Taste of Maple Syrup Festival in Elmira

Canada is synonymous to maple syrup. No wonder, its flag bears a maple leaf on it. For 49 years, a little town in Waterloo, called Elmira, has been hosting the Maple Syrup Festival which the Guinness Book of Records recognized as the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival! An

The Joys of Traveling Solo

While it doesn’t suit everyone’s tastes (because we are basically social beings) there is a lot to be said about traveling solo, particularly backpacking alone. If you’re the adventurous type that enjoys your own company, being out on some of the world’s best trails, or even some you create on

Mexico – Tulum Ruins aka Tulum Ruinas

Less than 20 minutes by public transport from Sirenis Beach Hotel and Resort is the Tulum Ruins archaeological site that dates back to the days when the Mayans rule the state. This site is different from Chichen Itza and other ruins in the region for this one is strategically built

Old Montreal

A visit to Montreal wont ever be complete without walking on the cobblestoned streets of Old Montreal where the first arrivals of the city settled, minutes walk from the St. Lawrence River where a port was established and is still serving the locals and tourists. In summer, the port and

Montreal Panorama at Night

Therese are photos of Montreal Panorama at Night. I think, there’s nothing more romantic in Montreal than watching the citys panorama of glimmering lights and a luminous moon that hangs on a deep, dark night sky–while your lovers arms are wrapped around your waist or his fingers caressing your hair

Montreal – View from Mont Royal Chalet

This is the view from Mont Royal Chalet in Montreal. Montreal got its name from a mountain, Mont Royal. When youre up there at Mont Royal Chalet, youll be greeted by the sweeping panorama of the city–as if youre just sipping your morning coffee in your own front porch. Though

Montreal Gay Village

A street with three names: Montreal Gay Village, The Village and Le Village Gai. Getting off at Beaudry Metro Station, the village is a vibrant neighborhood of everything fabulous along St. Catherines Street. In summer, the village is closed to cars to promote the local businesses that serve in the area.

The Old Quebec: Within the Citadel

I had no idea that Old Quebec City is a city within a wall–just like Xian and Pingyao, two ancient cities in China. Thus, the city within is called “Old Quebec” where tourists and visitors would mostly find all the things they must see in one of Noth Americas oldest cities.

Montreal: La Banquise Poutine

Poutine (Yeah, it can be pronounced as Putin. Hehehehehe…) is french fries drowned in special kind of sauce and cheese curd. And when in Montreal, a visit to La Banquise in Mont Royal area is ALWAYS worth a visit to savor its delicious poutine featured in many travel books. Dont

Quebec City – Montmorency Falls

When visiting Montmorency Falls, a few minutes ride by bus from Quebec City, anyone will always be reminded that this Falls is nearly 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls in southern Ontario. Every brochure, every tourist guide, every Quebecois would say that with pride. “It is a splendid introduction to

Santo Domingo Carnaval 2012 and a bad experience

Carnaval Infantil Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic After almost three years, my Swiss friend and I met each other again–but this time, in Santo Domingo. We met on a Sunday when there was festival going on in the north part of the city. We went there for some dancing, music and
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