48 hours in New Orleans

The tourist throngs usually flock to New Orleans hoping to discover the soul of American jazz music. But in this friendly, muggy little town on a bend in the Mississippi, the stories go beyond music: to freedom struggles, voodoo shops, crawfish gumbo and the literature of Tennessee Williams. Glimpses of history The best place to…

It’s all Maya

Just over ten years ago, Mexico found itself in the global tourism spotlight when one of its most famous sites, the Chichen Itza was included in a list of the seven wonders of the modern world. The list, compiled through an online poll by the Swiss ‘New Seven Wonders Foundation’ had other illustrious worthies stretching…

Friday photo: one for the birds

Late this August, I went on a week long cruise on the Norwegian Getaway around the Gulf of Mexico, with pit stops in Honduras, Belize and Mexico along the way. At each of these ports, I got off the massive cruise liner and went on a shore excursion. The first stop – Roatan Bay in…

My vegetarian food odyssey in Mexico

It doesn’t sound appetising. Neither the name, nor the description. Huitlacoche (pronounced whee-tla-ko-cheh), commonly defined as corn smut or corn fungus. Of course, a few hopefuls call it Mexican truffle, but yeah, that doesn’t take away from what it really is: a fungal growth on corn ears. But when this soft fungus is plucked at…

Friday photo: Faces from Cuba

Of all the countries I have visited so far, Cuba has to be one of the most fascinating, complex, warm and friendly. I have so many stories from Cuba waiting to be told, but for now, an image…

A walk in Muir Woods

America’s most beloved naturalist John Muir called it “…the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world.” Close to San Francisco, just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Muir Woods National Monument is a primeval forest of coastal redwoods. On my first trip to SF,…

San Fran’s Famous Five

In this small city by the bay in the west coast of the USA, many believe that dreams come to life. And that has certainly been true of entrepreneurial dreams, beginning from the mid 19th century, when gold hunters from all over the country came here lured by the city’s special sparkle. Almost 150 years…

Walking on thin ice

In a year filled with once-in-a-lifetime kind of travel moments (Machu Picchu and Niagara Falls, to name just two) one of my most memorable experiences was walking on the Athabasca Glacier in Canada. I had written about it for DNA newspaper then – and here it is, if you ever decide to head to Canada….