It’s hot and sensuous in Cuba, but the climate is changing. Tourists are arriving in droves to taste the authentic Cuban passion for life… before the Americans arrive.
Maximon isn’t an easy idol to comprehend. He is both divine and devilish, fiend and friend, a communicator to Ajaw, the supreme Mayan god, but also a trickster that may double cross whoever presents an offering.
Ports of call included the Honduras’s Roatan Island, with snorkelling on the Meso-American Barrier Reef, one of the longest in the northern hemisphere, and second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef.
A long weekend getaway gave me the opportunity to test Club Med’s former slogan and my particular favorite, “The Antidote to Civilization.” Their new one is fine, “Where Happiness Means the World,” but I’m already happy enough, I just needed to tune out for a bit.
After a long flight, some people like to hit the hotel bed. I’d rather start exploring. I like to walk the area near my hotel and find a spot where I can hang out with locals. These photos are from a tiny yakiton bar I found under some train tracks in Tokyo. The beer was cold, the people were warm.
Bhutan is an ancient buddhist country situated between China and India – tightly squeezed between these two superpowers. High in the Himalayas Bhutan was long withdrawn from the world. Due to it’s difficult terrain and remote location it has been never conquered by a foreign enemy.
In the past I have thought that in order to take wonderful and interesting photographs, I have to go somewhere different, somewhere exotic, somewhere that isn’t here. But one thing I am learning from my ongoing photography project is that this is not the case.
The Canary Islands, and particularly Tenerife, have been high on my “must visit places” on my bucket list for years but will only an inking as to the cause of this yearning.
We’ve visited this part of the US on several previous occasions and, in spite of typical Canadian trepidation about guns and violence, have never failed to be impressed by the genuine hospitality, tons of attractions and outstanding cuisine in the Lone Star State.
Christmas markets show they’re special in eastern Germany with annual events that highlight regional traditions and local craftsmanship featuring their own unique touches, such as a Miners’ Parade in the ancient mining town of Freiberg and kids’ elf services in Annaberg with its rich tradition of handmade wooden toys.