Monday, June 25, 2018

Next Stop: Greece


This week, I'll be diving into the extensive history and culture of Greece, courtesy of Greek Tourism. My trip kicks off in Athens, where I'll visit the iconic Acropolis as well as the Monastiraki flea market. The rest of my journey is focused on the Peloponnese region, where I'll roam monasteries, the Mycenae and Epidaurous ancient sites, the town of Kalamata, which I'm especially excited to see as an olive fan, and wineries, caves and a beach! Stay tuned!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Chasing Waterfalls in Tobago


Many people consider Tobago as an example of the"true Caribbean." That means that this 120 square mile island isn't filled with resorts or tourist attractions and the traditional family-focused culture is still in tact. It was enlightening to view this small island from a local perspective as we traveled from the capital of Scarborough on the Southern coast, to the Northeastern tip of Charlotteville with my daughter's gregarious cousin Glen. Each town has its own feel and personality but the constant was the unspoiled, natural beauty and friendly people.


We hiked up to Argyle Waterfall and gained an eyeful of Tobago's beautiful landscape. The waterfall cascades down from 175 feet and after the sweaty hike, we were tempted to take a swim but the freezing water changed our minds. Instead we, dipped our feet in the stream and rested on the nearby rocks.


It was a soothing experience listening to the waterfall and watching fish swim by our feet. We had the waterfall to ourselves and only saw one  family passing through on our way out.  A laid-back, peaceful vibe is what Tobago is known for and the trip to Argyle Waterfall proved that this island still retains it's "true Caribbean" style.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Next Stop: Tobago


This week, I'm returning to the lovely island of Tobago and it's a homecoming of sorts. I'm taking my daughter to see her grandmother, they haven't seen each other since she was three-years-old. As a revered teacher on the tiny island, Hermia Yeates holds quite an influence so besides reconnecting, we will be meeting calypsonians, dignitaries and possibly even the prime minister.  Gobbling up doubles, chicken pilau and shark and bake will be major highlights of our trip as well as taking in the natural landscape. The last time I was on Tobago, I was there to see Wendy Fitzwilliam be crowned  as Trinidad & Tobago's second Miss Universe. I remember being swept up in the pride and euphoria and I also recall a certain narcissistic "billionaire" who owned the pageant and went on to open hotels on the island. It will be interesting to see the changes on Tobago as well as experience the island through my daughter's eyes. Stay tuned.