Cuba is a socialist country and therefore a very safe tourist destination. But, I would say common sense precautions should be taken. Be aware of walking on dark streets at night. Purse snatching happens, so if you are a woman, don’t bring your handbag! Eating food on the street or from underground restaurants may be a healthy risk. It happened to me one time, when I got giardiasis. But this unpleasant incident didn’t change my love for Cuba. Theft happens; don’t leave anything of value in your hotel room. Lock the valuables in the safety box and other belongings in your suitcase.

From Kensington Market to Harbourfront – a photo walk during one of Toronto’s winter storms.

“Bad weather always looks worse through a window.”

The Harbourfront area on the shores of Lake Ontario offers an escape from the busy city of Toronto, a transition between city and nature, between skyscrapers and Lake Ontario. A pretty deserted area during a winter storm…

Toronto winter storm warning: 15 cm of snow expected! The snow was falling all day long. It was more like a blizzard, with strong winds and low visibility. Especially on the shores of Ontario lake. Time for more winter photos.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It is the time for Christmas – a time for joy, celebration and reflection, a time to look back to the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.

Looking back many years, the Christmas caught me in some unusual places such as in a deserted lounge of the Lagos airport, near the bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand, on the top of Carpathian Mountains or at a cabaret show in Havana.

From Lake Louise to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

One of the most scenic hikes in the Canadian Rockies, starts at the end of the Lake Louise shoreline trail and ends with stunning glacier views, after climbing through forests and passing by moraines and gravel debris from the Victoria Glacier.

The moderate hike can take 5 to 6 hours with stops for photos. It is recommended to hike in group of fours. Grizzly bears also like the area! We were two with one bear bell, who worked hard to scare the bears. September is also the berry season, so it was a good push for us to go faster through the bushes – especially when you feel the bear smell!

Once out in the opening, you will be surrounded by spectacular mountains with a panorama view of the Lake Louise. Climbing more and passing the Plain of the Six Glaciers Tea House, you will get closer to the glaciers by following the Abbots Pass.

Fall in High Park Toronto in full  bloom! Photos and quotes. See Part 1 for more.

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron