But this tranquil and tropical archipelago of 40 islands (eight inhabited), located where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic just south-east of the Bahamas, also boasts the clearest and brightest turquoise water we’ve ever seen, fantastic white sand beaches and several resorts that rate among the best in the world.
The island is also committed to nature with its Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW). With a full-time vet, many students and a corps of volunteers, it’s dedicated to finding and healing injured birds and animals from the local counties. The clinic has an owl rehab centre and three fully equipped, modern operating rooms. More than 4,000 ‘patients’ are treated each year before being returned to the wild.
The 270 passengers on our ship, Aegean Odyssey, were among the first in many years to be welcomed to Burma (also known as Myanmar), now that the military/civilian regime has finally opened itself to democratic reforms. Part of that openness is the realization that tourists bring dollars and should be encouraged to visit.
We’ve always wanted to experience the culture and cuisine of Southern France and friends recommended a river cruise with Tauck, a touring company that’s been in business since 1925. The “French Waterways and Vineyards” itinerary along the Rhone sounded ideal.
North Carolina cuisine still reflects its southern roots but a new generation of talented chefs has raised the bar and brought a high level of imagination and sophistication to the state’s tables.
The regions of Italy are full of astonishing landscapes, historical sights and culinary treasures, none more so than Florence and Tuscany.
At first they looked like white birds skimming across the ocean surface before diving into the restless water. But we were in mid-Atlantic, far from shore, sailing on an ultra-luxury cruise ship from Barbados to Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa.