Locro de Papa (Ecuadorian Potato Soup)

Breathtaking landscapes, Andean villages, Amazonian rainforest, picturesque and historic centers, and much, much more, Ecuador has an array of amazing wonders to experience. The most biodiverse country in the world, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, for example, are justly famed for their wildlife. For many, the association with the word Galapagos is the name “Darwin.” Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands… Read More

Burma, A World Apart

This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about. — Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898) Kipling was right. Burma (also known as Myanmar) is such a very unique and fascinating place. For years it was a pariah state and isolated from the rest of the world. As a result, it… Read More

Le Château Frontenac, Québec City’s Landmark

Legendary. Historic architecture. Impressive in size. Majestic stone towers and grand copper turrets that resemble a magic castle from a fairy-tale. Magnificent location on a high bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Elegant and luxurious rooms that have hosted royalty, world leaders, and movie stars for over a century. The indisputable symbol of Québec City.… Read More

L’Épicerie J.A. Moisan: A Historic Jewel of Québec City

In my last edition of Petit World, many of you guessed correctly that I’m visiting Québec City, one of  oldest and most picturesque settlements in North America. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful and historic cities I’ve ever visited. Wandering the streets of Vieux-Québec (Old City) is like exploring a provincial capital in Europe—a pleasurable… Read More

Petit World: What City is This?

I’m on the move again. This time to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Walking down cobblestone streets and stopping in small shops that sell everything from antiques and art to artisanal cheese and pastries, this romantic city seduces from first view. Hint: Filled with European sensibility and old world charm, fortress walls still encase… Read More

Sydney’s Wildlife

It seems no trip to Australia would be complete without some type of encounter with its iconic animals: koalas and kangaroos. We were able to see them and dozens of other strange and amazing creatures—wallabies, echidnas and the endangered bilbies—while visiting Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and its Wildlife World. I’m not one who normally likes zoos, seeing animals caged… Read More