Helen Keller’s birthplace stirs the senses

Museum honours ‘America’s First Lady of Courage’

Helen Keller’s birthplace stirs the sensesTUSCUMBIA, Alabama - The irony is striking. I’m free to tour the childhood home that was for a while her prison, though happily also the site of her liberation. I can hear birds she couldn’t hear, from somewhere in the magnolias and mimosas she couldn’t see. I can trace in an hour the life that…

A soft egg in the Nahanni National Park Reserve

Discovering Virginia Falls, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site – and learning a little German

A soft egg in the Nahanni National Park ReserveON THE ALASKA HIGHWAY – In German, weichei means soft egg. It defines a person’s character. In Canada, we call them wimps. Charly Kudlacek is from Frankfurt in the German state of Hesse and, as eggs go, is hard-boiled. We met Charly and his wife Marion in a remote campground at Summit Lake on the…

Hilton Head: nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina

The island is known for its green and pristine landscape. An oasis for golfers and tennis players, it also offers abundant wildlife, walking trails and beaches

Hilton Head: nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina[slideshow_deploy id='114026'] HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. /Troy Media/ ‒ One great blue heron ‒ regal, silent, still, fixed in hunting mode; one elegant great egret ‒ stately, equally still; one wing-splayed cormorant – drying; two long, rubbery, black alligators ‒ comatose in the water; three white-plumaged ibises ‒ with carrot-like beaks; six sun-basking turtles ‒ heads…

From a bohemian past, Taos, N.M. crafts a family-friendly future

The area is full of surprises, from the Earthship environmental community, to the dazzling galleries, to the jaw-dropping Rio Grande Gorge, to Taos Ski Valley

From a bohemian past, Taos, N.M. crafts a family-friendly future[slideshow_deploy id='113751'] TAOS, N.M. Mar. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Carpio Bernal Watercrow carries his age with dignity and a certain style. With his tied-back salt-and-pepper hair, his tanned brown skin and leathery hands, he has the stereotypical look of the wise tribal elder from a Hollywood western. Bernal is from one of a handful…

A Mexican village welcomes ecotourists

From the hospitality to the extraordinary food to the sublime experience among the butterflies, this is a place of exceptional grace

A Mexican village welcomes ecotourists[slideshow_deploy id='112857'] SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico March 12, 2017 /Troy Media/ – When you drive up the paved road into Macheros village in Donato Guerra, Estado de Mexico, you enter a high altitude (2,600 metres) ejido (essentially a Mexican communal farm) that has a unique relationship with about 400 million monarch butterflies. There's a lot to…

On the trail of a monarch deep in the heart of Mexico

Taking rough roads, with an eye out for bandidos, in search of the increasingly endangered species

On the trail of a monarch deep in the heart of MexicoSAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico March 5, 2017 /Troy Media/ – “We’re going to see the monarch butterflies at the Cerro Pelon Butterfly Sanctuary.” What? When my friend Scott said he’d booked us into JM's Butterfly B&B in the remote Mexican village of Macheros, Donata Guerra, Estado de Mexico, I admit to some misgivings. “It’s…

Fresh (cooking) lessons from Mexico’s mercados

Our columnist attends a four-hour cooking class with successful San Miguel, Mexico, restaurateur Paco Cardenas

Fresh (cooking) lessons from Mexico’s mercados[slideshow_deploy id='112857'] SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico Feb. 26, 2017/Troy Media/ - My friend Scott loves to organize vacation activities that go on beyond the call of normal vacation duty. This now entails full-time planning for three couples who gather once per year, sometime between the Dia de Meurtos (Nov. 2) and the end of…

Santa Fe: a bit of old Mexico in the U.S.

Santa Fe consists almost entirely of brownish sandy coloured low-rise buildings of the Pueblo Revival or similar styles

Santa Fe: a bit of old Mexico in the U.S.SANTA FE, N.M. Sept 14, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Santa Fe, New Mexico, population 69,000, has a strange almost other worldly aspect to it. Clearly it's a city but it has no high-rise buildings to speak of and its civic architecture displays an eerie uniformity. For many decades its building codes have not only restricted…

Disney’s newest resort promises lots of family fun

Disney’s newest resort promises lots of family funJanuary 7, 2013 [slideshow gallery_id="38"] ORLANDO, Florida, Jan. 7, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Prepare to suspend all reality as you enter Disney's Art of Animation Resort located at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. From the moment guests enter this colorful, three storey resort they are transported to the magical world of classic Disney and Disney…

Disney World celebrates its 20th anniversary Marathon Weekend

Disney World celebrates its 20th anniversary Marathon WeekendJanuary 7, 2013 [slideshow gallery_id="37"] ORLANDO, Florida, Jan. 7, 2013/ Troy Media/ - The 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will take place January 10 to 13, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney World's annual marathon attracts nearly 50,000 participants from 63 countries and offers races and events for the entire family.…