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Postcards: Gardens of Chicago #Frifotos

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When I read that this week’s Frifotos theme over on Twitter was gardens, my immediate thought was: Chicago!

My first visit to the windy city was this summer, and Chi-town blew me away — the lake views, the beaches, the stunning architecture and river, the grand plazas with statues and monuments, and lots and lots of parks. I almost felt as if I were in western Europe.

Everywhere I turned, there was a bench or a verdant corner where I could sit and watch the world go by. And did it ever go by! Cyclists, runners, moms with strollers, lovers napping and picnicking on the lawns, kids splashing about in fountains – it seemed as if  >> Continue reading »

Publication Update & A Note: “The hidden beauty of Garifuna Belize” on CNN Travel

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I’m super pleased to share — especially for those not on my Facebook page — my latest article for CNN Travel, “The hidden beauty of Garifuna Belize,” with my advice on ways to experience the vibrant Garifuna culture, and encouraging travelers to venture south of Belize. The majority of businesses and activities cited in the article are locally-owned and operated and I am grateful to each of them for sharing their culture with me during my many visits to Belize, which started long before Moon Belize.

As a side note – I’m also glad to see this piece published at this moment in time, in light of all the very recent news and upset about Norwegian Cruise Lines purchasing an island off the southern coast, and announcing, in a recent meeting, future plans to offer up the most sacred Garifuna ritual — the dugu ceremony — as entertainment for cruise ship passengers. I feel compelled to share, given my >> Continue reading »