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"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Augustine of Hippo

Africa-Elephants

"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

- Louie Armstrong

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

- Anita Desai

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

- Lawrence Block

" Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

We have seen places our parents could only imagine in their wildest dreams!

As we travel, we plan to fill the pages with what we learn as we explore this beautiful world and meet its magnificent people. We hope all who stumble upon these pages will enjoy what they find here and will be inspired to get out of town!

Togo

Oh, my. We were blown away by the poverty in Ghana earlier this week, but it turns out that Ghana was the warm-up act for Togo. I think many people came in from the tours yesterday afternoon shell-shocked. It has taken a little time to process what we saw. I am going to write about…

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Chocolate’s Dark Secret

  It has been estimated that a billion people eat chocolate each day, so a post about chocolate should be the sweetest story ever told, but this week we heard a lecture that made it all so very bittersweet. The journey from cacao bean to chocolate bar leaves a wide swath of destruction in its…

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The Island Nation of Cape Verde

  Quick show of hands: who has ever heard of Cape Verde? I don’t see any hands, so I will move ahead with enlightening one and all. In the grand scheme of nations, Cape Verde is a new kid in town, only having gone out on its own in the seventies. Before then, Portugal was…

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Tree Huggers

  The Canarians are crazy for their Pinus canariensis and the love is well deserved. I am quite sure I have never written a post about a tree but, as they say, there is a first time for everything. This is an amazing conifer with powers that are nothing short of miraculous. If you give…

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The Benagil Cave

If Fred Flintstone went looking for a new cave after Pebbles was born, Wilma would have gone ape over the Benagil Cave and insisted that they make the move. She would have loved “The Eye,” a large natural skylight. The wide sandy beach would appeal to her, too. Pebbles could play there for hours every day.…

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Enigmatic India

It’s no secret that we love to travel and do so as much as time and money allow. We’ve jokingly said that we will go anywhere that isn’t under a State Department advisory. Truth be told, that’s not totally a joke, but it is also certainly true that you won’t find us booking a flight…

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Mother Ganga

  O Goddess Ganga! You are the divine river from heaven, you are the savior of all the three worlds, you are pure and restless, you adorn Lord Shiva’s head. O Mother! May my mind always rest at your lotus feet. ~~From Adi Shankaracharya, Ganga Strotram, 8th Century   Muslims make a pilgrimage, or Hajj,…

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