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#bucketlist

Fallingwater in autumn

It may have taken me two decades, but I can finally cross “visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house” off my bucket list. In the nearly 20 years I worked at Masterfile, a stock photo agency, I frequently heard clients call in to request images of this magnificent estate. Unfortunately we couldn’t supply the images, because the commercial rights are […]

Viva Cuba

Dog and bicycle taxi

When my wife Jody and I were at home researching our trip to Jibacoa, we checked out a variety of travel advisory websites for tour guide recommendations, and wrote down the contact info for a man whose name kept recurring: Humberto Mesa. Once we were at our resort and had hooked up with the lovely […]

#endlesssummer

Patio at our resort in Jibacoa

For two people who love to travel as much as Jody and I do, going a year and a half without so much as a camping trip was a long haul. Unfortunately we had one newly adopted dog who was too neurotic to board, and one elderly dog who was too sick to leave. When […]

Throwback Thursday: NYC

Statue of Liberty and Hudson River seen from Battery Park, New York

New York’s been in the news a little more than usual lately, what with their new mayor finding his snow legs (we can only dream of such minor squabbles over snow removal here in Toronto), and Jimmy Fallon about to move The Tonight Show back to its 30 Rock roots next month.  It’s made me […]

Into the Wild – Part Two

Aloe plants

I needn’t have worried about sleeping in on day two of our safari; I was crawling around in the brush outside our hut with my camera just after dawn.  Heaven.  My heart stopped at least twice when the grasses that brushed my ankle mimicked the tickle of spider legs, or the slither of a snake…but thankfully […]

Into the Wild – Part One

Entrance to Garden Route Game Lodge, Albertinia, South Africa

January 7, 2013:  the day I checked “safari in Africa” off my bucket list. Deciding which game reserve to visit when planning this trip was no easy task.  Jody consulted all the tourist advisory websites, and as you may expect, everyone extolled the virtues of Kruger National Park, with everything else apparently paling in comparison. […]

Privilege

Khayelitsha Township, Western Cape

We passed this township many times on our South African trip, as it was located next to the highway we used to reach our safari, winery tours, and so on. All the activities that tourists are supposed to enjoy, encouraged to do, yet which left me feeling ashamed each time this scene whizzed past our […]

Cape sunset

Chapman's Peak, Western Cape, South Africa

   

Desperate times

White rhino mother and daughter

The experiences we had on our safari were so varied and unique that we were hard-pressed to name a favourite.  However, Jody and I both wrote on our feedback form at our lodge that seeing the white rhinos was the highlight for each of us, and it was.  We caught sight of the mother and […]

Boulders Beach Penguins

Boulders Beach entrance

Times have changed. When Jody was last here, part of the attraction of going to see the African penguins at Boulders Beach was the physical interaction with them.  It was possible to walk along the rocky beach where they lived, and even swim in the water with the small birds.  Sounds idyllic, but the reality […]