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Peru: Once upon a time in Huacachina
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Peru: Once upon a time in Huacachina

Legend has it that there was once a beautiful Inca princess who lived in the Peruvian desert. She fell in love with a handsome prince who suddenly died. With a broken heart her tears created a lagoon, where she sat longing for her lost love. A hunter suddenly scared her […]

Greece: Chilling in Lipsi  on Juliette’s beach
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Greece: Chilling in Lipsi on Juliette’s beach

Lipsi is our new favourite Greek island, and when we make that statement we’re not merely paying lip service to its charms. We arrived on a small, passenger-only ferry called Patmos Star. It was a topsy-turvy trip. Once ashore in Lipsi town, the main port, we were greeted by an […]

Photo gallery: Peruvian faces and places
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Photo gallery: Peruvian faces and places

During the winter of 2012-13, Barbara Moser toured the area around Cusco, Peru. This is a selection of her photographs.

Australia: No shirt, no shoes, no problem
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Australia: No shirt, no shoes, no problem

Travelling by bus down the east coast of Australia I found a little hippie-chic town that many tourists—from backpackers to the wealthy—frequent to laze in sun and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery. Take Haight-Ashbury to a pristine Australian surf beach, add a few millionaires and such high-class celebrities as Elle […]

Rotorua, New Zealand, stinks. I loved it there!
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Rotorua, New Zealand, stinks. I loved it there!

I only had a few days in New Zealand. Of all the activities that New Zealand is best known for—skydiving, bungee jumping, zorbing (plunging oneself down a hill in a giant plastic bubble), searching for Frodo and his ring, or just basking in the glory of its infamous mountainous landscapes—I […]

Chilling in Lima a scrumptious affair
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Chilling in Lima a scrumptious affair

We arrived in Lima to start our winter vacation December 13, after switching planes in Orlando and Panama City. Our driver, Fernando, was waiting for us, holding a sign that said “Barbara Moser.” He drove us to Hostel El Patio in Miraflores, a safe, green, comfortable area, and we were […]

Hawaii: A timeless, ageless magical mystery tour
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Hawaii: A timeless, ageless magical mystery tour

The little Hilo airport was eerily empty. The 20 or so people on my flight from Honolulu grabbed their belongings and quickly went on their way. Left were just one young man, and me. My driver soon arrived and picked us both up, as we were staying at the same […]

A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece
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A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece

We learned two lessons on our visit to the Greek island of Sifnos: always check your ticket before boarding a busy ferry, and it pays—big time—to explore the lesser-known island destinations. We boarded the ferry precisely at the right time, 1 pm sharp. Our tickets were snapped up. The voyage […]

Cuba by taxicab is faster, more interesting than taking the bus
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Cuba by taxicab is faster, more interesting than taking the bus

Marion and I began our three-week sojourn in Cuba with a one-week stay at the Tuxpan in Varadero, a Soviet-styled block building fronting a beautiful sandy beach and an expansive swimming pool. The price was right: Canadian tour operators offer all-inclusives that provide the inexpensive packages and offer tours outside […]

Peru’s Inca Trail: No horsing around
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Peru’s Inca Trail: No horsing around

The heroes of Machu Picchu are the porters, descendants of the peoples who were part of the Inca empire. The Inca made up the largest civilization in South America, which dominated what is now Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and into the mountains of Bolivia and Argentina from about 1300 until […]