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Month: July 2016

History, excitement and more ghosts in Douglas

History, excitement and more ghosts in Douglas

Douglas (Doolish in Manx) became the capital of the Isle of Man in 1869 when the seat of the Tynwald, the world’s oldest continuous parliament, was moved there. It sits on the eastern coast, is the main port of the island and boasts a stunning Victorian Promenade along the water’s edge. In the waters of the bay sits the Tower of Refuge, a castle-like structure built on Conister Rock to provided shelter for shipwrecked sailors. Ride on a horse-drawn tram…

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Land of legend and mystery

Land of legend and mystery

The Isle of Man is notable for it’s many legends and tales of ghosts, fairies and mythical creatures.  It is said that the Isle of Man was first ruled by the sea god Manannán Mac Lir who wrapped his cloak of mist around the island as a protection from hostile invaders. The island seems to have also inherited a cloak of mystery and superstition.  It is a common theory that the Isle of Man is in fact, the location of…

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Next destination-The Isle of Man

Next destination-The Isle of Man

Our next destination is the Isle of Man, where I am told that my distant ancestors came from. I am not sure that it is true, or who in my family was the one that told me, but I have definitely developed a certain curiosity about this place and some of the pictures and information I have seen have made me excited to explore this magical place. Located between Ireland and England in the middle of the Irish Sea, the…

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What about the liqueur? ABC Cocktail

What about the liqueur? ABC Cocktail

To wrap up our exploration of the ABC Islands, I thought it necessary to make mention of the famous blue liqueur that shares a name with the island of Curaçao. It has become a staple of beach bars everywhere. Although Curaçao comes in various colors –  clear, green, red & orange – it is the blue that is most famous. There are various other orange flavored liqueurs on the market that are considered to be Curaçao but have no association…

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Aruba

Aruba

Once a sleepy, neglected, almost barren island, Aruba is now a major tourist destination and one of the richest Caribbean Islands. The settlers and explorers in this part of the world were so unimpressed with the island, that they actually left the Indians alone here, making it almost an unofficial reservation for the Caiquetio. As many as two thirds of Arubans are part Indian as a result. The island is actually a desert and most vegetables are grown hydroponically. Large…

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The Flamingos of Bonaire

The Flamingos of Bonaire

Bonaire, the most eastern of the ABC Islands (the order from left to right on the map is actually ACB) is widely considered a nature lover’s paradise. Most notable on the long list of Bonaire’s unique inhabitants is the pink flamingo. There are only a handful of places on earth where there are such large numbers of flamingos. They do like their privacy though and are notoriously difficult to photograph as they do not seem to appreciate being disturbed by…

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Dining ABC style.

Dining ABC style.

The ABC Islands count among the best places in the Caribbean for fine dining. At the many upscale resorts and in the restaurants of the main cities, you are likely to find anything you might be looking for. But what about the traditional cuisine of the Netherlands Antilles? What can you find that is unique to the islands? It seems that there are culinary adventures to be experienced. If the sight of a iguana or a cactus makes you hungry,…

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