Customs when entering The Bahamas
Apr22

Customs when entering The Bahamas

The Customs officers in The Bahamas were deeply suspicious of my motives for visiting their country on two separate occasions within one week. My itinerary was taking me from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay and then on to Nassau, before heading over to the Turks and Caicos Islands. I was returning from Providenciales to Nassau and then flying to Great Exuma from where I was returning to Vancouver via Toronto. I was travelling on my own...

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Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island
Feb19

Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island

Along Duke Street are some lovely restored buildings dating from around one hundred years ago with casuarina, frangipani, and Caribbean pine trees in the gardens. The sea is never far away with its clarity and light-blue colour being a constant feature all the way into town. There is a bank on Duke Street, which has a technologically advanced ATM with a touch-sensitive screen. On nearby Pond Street is Her Majesty’s Prison, which is...

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Pintxos, San Sebastian, Basque Country
Aug24

Pintxos, San Sebastian, Basque Country

Pintxos in San Sebastian When Seeing Pintxos, Think Tapas Pintxos, In Spain’s Basque country, it’s important to know a few words of the Basque language especially in the city of San Sebastián. This hotbed of Basque nationalism is known as, Donostia, locally and there are other words that visitors should become acquainted. In the Basque Country there are no tapas bars – instead they are referred to as pintxos bars, but the idea is the...

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Gazientep, Turkey
Aug06

Gazientep, Turkey

Alternate black and white stones lined the windows of the Kurtulus Camii mosque in Gazientep. This was the most noticeable architectural feature I saw as I walked around the outer wall. I eventually found an open gate and walked through. There was a good view of the minaret in the late evening sun and I took a couple of pictures. As I looked at some further possible images through the viewfinder I gradually became aware of someone...

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Two New Books on Amazon
Jul30

Two New Books on Amazon

Our Friend and Author Julian Worker Julian Worker has been writing for In The Know Traveler for years. He is a traveler and writer who has been everywhere. I am jealous. I recently learned that Julian has penned two new book. We, at ITKT, applaud his efforts and hope everyone will consider supporting his latest writings. From Julian Worker Hi Devin: Further to your tweet of earlier today, July 2013, here are the URLs for the books on...

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Gobekli Tepe, Turkey
Jul30

Gobekli Tepe, Turkey

Gobekli Tepe is an unprepossessing archaeological site in Northern Mesopotamia – the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. No postcards of the site are on sale and no guidebooks. Indeed, the gatekeeper has only one book for sale and that’s an English translation of the work by Klaus Schmidt that first alerted the world to his significant discovery in southern Turkey near the Syrian border. The archaeologists believe that...

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St. Lucia’s La Haut Plantation: Part II
Oct18

St. Lucia’s La Haut Plantation: Part II

After breakfast the mistiness persisted as I read my book. I was distracted only by the hummingbirds frolicking in the bougainvilleas and by the happy chattering of the room maids. The manager offered me the services of the plantation driver to get me to the airport, where my suitcase could clear customs only with my presence. The driver, Hugh Paul, made the journey pass quickly – we talked about West Indies cricket, Arsenal Football...

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St. Lucia’s La Haut Plantation: Part I
Oct15

St. Lucia’s La Haut Plantation: Part I

The road curved up and over the forested mountain sides. Heavy rain, pot holes, and a complete lack of lighting meant the night time journey of 40km from the airport to La Haut plantation lasted 1.5 hours. I was in St. Lucia, but my suitcase was still in Barbados. Damn! Eventually the taxi turned into what seemed in the darkness to be a huge bush. I then saw the white smile of the attendant who raised a metal barrier. He saluted me...

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Visiting Marigot, St. Martin
Oct11

Visiting Marigot, St. Martin

Named after St Martin of Tours by Christopher Columbus, Sint Maarten/St Martin is administered by both Holland and France. Marigot is in St. Martin on the French side–No border controls – don’t worry. I was in transit and there were no left luggage lockers at Princess Juliana airport, so I decided to hire a taxi for the duration of my stay. Marigot is the largest town on the French side. There is a large outdoor...

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Kitsilano: Vancouver’s Lovely Western Suburb
Oct08

Kitsilano: Vancouver’s Lovely Western Suburb

Kitsilano, or ‘Kits’ as locals know it, used to be the Vancouver version of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Nowadays, it is still a fascinating area to visit and worth a day of anyone’s time. Defining the exact area of Kitsilano is not an easy thing to do. The boundaries are roughly from Blenheim Street in the west to Main Street north of 33rd Avenue in the east. What Kits certainly does contain is excellent beaches, an ample...

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