Thursday, July 25, 2019

Next Stop: Switzerland


Switzerland is one of those places that everyone loves. When I visited Lucerne years ago, I was astounded that the mountains and lakes, the medieval squares, were as charming and pristine as all the photos that show Switzerland as this kind of outdoor paradise. Even the Swiss cows, responsible for that life essential, Swiss chocolate, looked pretty as they delicately munched impossibly green grass. So it goes without saying that I'm excited to return to Switzerland, courtesy of  Swiss Tourism, this time to the famous Lake Geneva region.  I'll be visiting Mt. Santis, and the folkloric village of Appenzell , the textile center of St. Gallen and lovely Lausanne. But what I'm really stirred up about is attending the Fete des Vignerons. Never heard of it you say?  That's because this viticultural celebration of the regions wine making traditions happens only once in a generation. There's even a rule that it can not  take place more than five times in a century! It's the first living Swiss tradition recognized by UNESCO and I'll witness a performance commemorating the history of winegrowers as well as the coronation of the winegrowers. Of course, I might also sample a bottle of wine or two. Please look out for posts, photos and videos!


Monday, July 22, 2019

Grenada Waterfalls


The natural beauty of Grenada extends well beyond lovely beaches, lush rain forests and verdant mountains, this small island is also dotted with waterfalls! Grenada hosts dozens of waterfalls to explore and I was lucky to visit two of them. Rolling along the island's hills, you will discover a waterfall for every taste.



The most accessible waterfall is Annandale Falls, located just outside the capital of  St. George. Surrounded by a garden of ferns and trees, you just walk down a clear path  and you're rewarded with a cascade of water ending in a small pool. It's a great spot for a dip on a hot day although the water was icy cold from the recent rainfall when I visited.


Concorde Waterfalls requires a little more effort to reach. Sitting on the edge of a rain forest on the western side of the island, these falls stretch high over a mountain. This region of Grenada is filled with wildlife, I saw monkeys, lizards, rabbits and a few posing cats. There are actually three waterfalls located in this area and they are all striking, with crystalline water pouring over rocks and ferns. Local men jump off the falls for fun and if you offer a small tip, they''ll perform flips and spins. Check out my video of a thrilling Concorde Waterfall leap below.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Next Stop: Grenada



The beauty and culture of the storied Spice Isle also known as Grenada has been on my radar for years. This Southern Caribbean paradise is famous for lush topography, including beaches and waterfalls, as well as the production of nutmeg and mace, supplying some of the largest exports of these spices in the world. I will be exploring the natural beauty of Grenada this week, hopping on a dune buggy tour, a waterfall walk (Seven Sisters Waterfall is shown above) and a river tubing experience. I'll of course, also take in the island's history and notable foodie culture with a visit to St. George's spice market and  House of Chocolate. I'm especially excited to discover the history of revolutionary and Caribbean hero Maurice Bishop, who was the second prime minister of Grenada and was able to transform an oppressed society with a mass literacy program and developing the island's infrastructure and agricultural programs for self- sufficiency. Please stay tuned for posts and videos!