Galleone(s): sailing ship in use (especially by Spain) from the 15th through 17th centuries, originally as a warship, later for trade.
Brisa(s): A gentle to moderate wind.
Brisas Los Galeones is an intimate, adults-only all-inclusive resort set on top of a hill, overlooking the Carribean Sea and Sierra Maestra Mountains (two hours drive from Santiago de Cuba). With only 32 rooms and most of the guests being retired Canadians, the place is pretty quiet – except for the occasional goat bleats during the day and the beautiful Cuban music – performed by local jazz and salsa bands during the dinner time.
“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 the airplane flying from Toronto to Bucharest, 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.
The Ban-Tod-Ja-Roen School in the Aranyaprathet District is a small school in the Thai countryside, few hours drive from Bangkok. I visited the school with my Thai friends to bring donations to the school children.
We bought school requisites, a water cooler, toys and other items. The women from our group prepared Thai food for children. And we even had ice cream!
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Enjoy my favorite travel quotes coupled with stories I lived and photos I took during my travels.
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown and accept whatever comes in the spirit in which the gods may offer it.” – Freya Stark, Baghdad Sketches
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus
The best time to visit Canada is in the fall. Warm weather and beautiful autumn foliage, with gold and red coloured leaves.
Get a glimpse of a Canadian fall through photos and quotes.
October 1st is the World Sake Day and we are celebrating!
Made from fermented rice, sake is the national beverage of Japan. Sake can be served at the room temperature, hot or cold – depending on the type of sake. With 18% – 20% alcohol, sake is not a strong drink. Easy to drink, but so easy to get drunk!
Follow my “sake” story from wonderful Japan.
It depends of your travel style and if you travel alone or in a group. My travel philosophy consists in not relying entirely on maps, but rather getting lost – and using a combination of transportation vehicles and walking – a lot of walking, on average 40 km per day.
Spending my first afternoon in Lisbon, the time came for a full day of sightseeing. “Lisbon in one day” is a two part series photographic journey starting with Alfama and ending with Chiado and Bairro Alto neighborhoods of Lisbon.
“Get lost for a while, and find your target later”