To Understand the Amazing Country of Morocco

Solar panel in Sahara oasis below Erg Chebbi

To understand the amazing country of Morocco, I think you have to begin with the sun above, the sand beneath, and water that flows both above and below. Travelers tend to ascribe a certain mystique to Morocco. Often it focuses on notions of the exotic... Read More | Share it now!

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Moroccan Sahara with Camels and Kasbahs

Entry to Xaluca Maadid

Playing in the Moroccan Sahara with camels and kasbahs and Bedouin hosts used to seem remote and unlikely, also exotic and potentially dangerous. I’m sensitive to what a difficult environment for humans this desert has presented historically, so... Read More | Share it now!

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Minaret to Mansion in Cowboy Country

Civic Center in Moorish Revival

When you first encounter Helena, Montana, you might wonder how such a diversity of architectural lines could happen, from minaret to mansion in cowboy country. We drove into town on Prospect Avenue. About the time it intersected with a street called... Read More | Share it now!

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Cathedral of Saint Helena to Gates of the Mountains

Missouri River, Helena, MT

For our final day in Helena, Montana, we moved from an early mass in Cathedral of Saint Helena to Gates of the Mountains Boat tour on the Missouri River. In a way, the architecture of a Gothic cathedral with the nave and transept below soaring arches... Read More | Share it now!

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Suggestions for Exploring Victoria in a Day

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

These are my suggestions for exploring Victoria in a day. I’m assuming you’ve already visited Butchart Gardens, which is a must-see, and I understand you’d probably prefer a week. But if it’s only one day you’ve got, begin it early with a... Read More | Share it now!

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Enchantment in Victoria’s Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

There’s a particular kind of enchantment in Victoria’s Butchart Gardens. Maybe it’s the vastness of such a cultured space, a certain grandeur. Perhaps an audacity of vision that it takes to create something so lovely that it matters deeply to... Read More | Share it now!

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Visit Utah’s Unique Pando Forest in September

Pando Forest

For patrons of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City who want to explore the state a little between performances, be sure to visit Utah’s unique Pando Forest in September while the aspens are displaying fall colors. I’ve enjoyed the beautiful... Read More | Share it now!

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Stolid Forbearance as a National Quality

airplane

I hadn’t recognized stolid forbearance as a national quality until I waited in a silent line of passengers that snaked back and forth over a concrete floor for over three hours at US Customs in Washington-Dulles International Airport. Date: Tuesday,... Read More | Share it now!

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Ferry to Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island

Pat Webber tea service

If you take the Crofton ferry to Saturday Market on Salt Spring Island for the day, the only thing more fun would be if you never had to go home. We just missed the 8:45, so we parked our car in the line-up and took a stroll along the boardwalk... Read More | Share it now!

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Capture the Wild Notes in Photos and Perfumes

Amphitrite Lighthouse 1915

Capture the wild notes in photos and perfumes from Cowichan Bay to Tofino and Ucluelet, so you can always remember Vancouver Island. That’s my advice. The drive south from Chemainus through Crofton to Cowichan Bay is lovely, with glimpses of the... Read More | Share it now!

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