Destinations

  • Photo/Video Essay: The Andes of Ecuador

    I recently spent two weeks in Ecuador, visiting the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, and the Andes. More stories will follow, but I wanted to go ahead and share some of my photos from the Andes region. It was my second time in this area (the first time was about 13 years ago), and it didn’t disappoint. As you can see, the bird life in particular is special in the Andes. I’ll start with a video, followed by several stills. (All photographs copyrighted by Melanie Votaw and cannot be copied or used elsewhere without permission.) 

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Hotels

  • Hilton Quebec City: A Room With a View

    The Hilton is one of my favorite places to stay in Quebec City. It’s very near the historical section, and it has simply spectacular views from its top floor executive lounge. So if you stay there, I’d say it’s a must to spring for an executive floor room, where you’ll have your own view, as well as access to the lounge. And that lounge is spacious with complimentary snacks and drinks. You can read or spend time on your computer (or the complimentary computers provided), or you can do as I did – just stare out of the panoramic windows ...

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Entertainment

  • Princess Cruises is Creating Shows You Can’t See Anywhere Else – With the Composer of Broadway’s ‘Wicked’

    Princess Cruises is the first cruise line to create entertainment that you can’t see anywhere else. In a partnership with Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics to such shows as “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin,” the shows are designed to touch the audience rather than just offer pure entertainment without a human element. Schwartz worked with Princess on a show called “Magic To Do,” which included magicians and some of his original music. The latest show is called “Born to Dance” and chronicles the progression of choreography from the beginning of Broadway to present day. It also ...

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Food & Wine

  • Chips ‘n Pints: A Norwich, England Pub Partners with a Fish ‘n Chips Shop

    To a Brit, the only thing better than fish ‘n chips is fish ‘n chips with a pint. That’s why Grosvenor Fish Bar in Norwich, England partnered with The Birdcage across its cobblestone street in the picturesque medieval city in Norfolk. Both businesses are housed in historic buildings at St. Gregory’s Green, Pottergate, in the heart of the well-known Norwich Lanes. Lauren Gregory, owner of The Birdcage suggested to Christian Motta, one of the owners of Grosvenor Fish Bar, that customers be allowed to take their fish ‘n chips to the pub. “We only had the downstairs seats, and a ...

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Ecotourism

  • Photo/Video Essay: The Andes of Ecuador

    I recently spent two weeks in Ecuador, visiting the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, and the Andes. More stories will follow, but I wanted to go ahead and share some of my photos from the Andes region. It was my second time in this area (the first time was about 13 years ago), and it didn’t disappoint. As you can see, the bird life in particular is special in the Andes. I’ll start with a video, followed by several stills. (All photographs copyrighted by Melanie Votaw and cannot be copied or used elsewhere without permission.) 

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