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Newfoundland: a unique land

Sep 16th, 2018 | By

Irene visits the wilderness, scenery and the food of Newfoundland

Cusco – a destination in its own right

Aug 28th, 2018 | By

Irene visits Cusco in Peru, once the capital of the Inca empire until the Spanish conquest.

Loveland, Colorado: “A sweetheart city which has a love affair with the arts”

Aug 3rd, 2018 | By

Irene writes of her home town, Loveland, a place re-mails some 110,000 valentines each year, to every state and 110 countries around the world. And Britons send the most!

A Colorado too few know – the San Luis Valley

Jul 10th, 2018 | By

Irene visits the San Luis Valley which straddles the US states of Colorado and New Mexico.

Deep-fried Twinkies, fuzzy llamas and fireworks – who knew? County fairs are fun!

Sep 18th, 2017 | By

After Adrian’s report on a British county show, Irene attends her first American one – the Arapahoe County State Fair. How similar are they?

On safari – Arctic style

Feb 4th, 2017 | By
polar bear and photographer

The experience surpassed my wildest dreams – every day we were just feet, and in one case inches, from enormous, gorgeous polar bears.

Colorado’s Western Slope

Jan 24th, 2017 | By
Western Slope of Colorado

Irene visits thelush, fertile region of Colorado known as the Grand Valley which has many award-winning wineries, succulent peaches and other fruits, and dramatic western high desert landscapes.

Affordable Aspen? – just head down Valley

Nov 11th, 2016 | By
panoramic view of mountains near Aspenn

Irene finds that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to see Aspen when you can be just a short drive from the glitz and status for so much less?

A week of whales, water and wildlife in Baja California

Oct 21st, 2016 | By
whale being photgraphed

Irene goes whale watching and kayaking in Mexico’s Baja California and regrets not seeing mantas jumping out of the ocean in moonlight.

A red rock paradise in southwest Utah –Bryce and Zion

Jun 29th, 2016 | By

In the centenary year of the US National Parks Service, Irene visits the magnificent red rock serenity of southwestern Utah’s National Parks and Forests.

The Rio Grande Valley – a whole different Texas

Jan 6th, 2016 | By

On Irene’s last day in the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas, we visited Estero Llano Grande, one of nine World Birding Centers located here, where we were captivated by a flock of some 30-40 soaring white pelicans high in the sky.

New Orleans – much more than food and Bourbon Street

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By

“It’s a little city with a big attitude,” said Albert Francis, Irene’s taxi driver, who escaped Katrina’s wrath by snagging a cab fare who paid him to transport his family to Atlanta.

Ecuador – four worlds, one place

Sep 7th, 2015 | By

Stepping out from the opulent marble palace-like Casa Gangotena boutique hotel in Quito, Ecuador, I found myself in a bustling plaza dating from the 1500’s. The ornately decorated San Francisco Church and Convent fronts this enormous cobblestone-paved square. On this sunny, crisp morning, in every direction there were moms with their youngsters in tow, scurrying off to school – some with their breakfast plates in hand! There was a small group of rowdy men in a corner, apparently recovering from the festivities of the night
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St. Louis – the Arch is only the gateway

Jul 25th, 2015 | By

Irene is bowled over by the sights of St Louis in Missouri.

Remember to Breathe – it’s Alberta

Jul 15th, 2015 | By

With a beaming smile that splendidly broke through the cloudy day, my almost 88-year-old mother rode her segway down the wide trail at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park in Edmonton, Alberta.

Lake Charles: true Cajun country culture

Apr 20th, 2015 | By

It’s not just New Orleans that has a Mardi Gras. Irene visits Lake Charles, which hosts the second largest Mardi Gras in Louisiana.

Puerto Morelos – the Mexican Caribbean

Apr 8th, 2015 | By

Irene describes Puerto Morales in Mexico as being like Cancun – before it became the Cancun many of us now know!.

Cycling the Big Island of Hawaii

Mar 7th, 2015 | By

Irene and her husband head to Hawaii not to enjoy the beaches but for a bicycling adventure.

Nebraska – 80,000 sandhill cranes meet here

Feb 27th, 2015 | By

Last year in March, Irene visited Nebraska, the migration destination of half-a-million birds. She shares with you what you can see if you travel there next month.

Try Nordic Skiing and avoid queues

Feb 19th, 2015 | By

Irene ventures into the Rocky Mountain National Park to try some Nordic ski-ing also known as cross country ski-ing.

What’s new in Travel Gear?

Feb 5th, 2015 | By

Irene explores some of the new products around that make your travel plans just that little bit easier. Readers can get a discount of 20% off some products.

Keep Boulder weird

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
Boulder Colorado

Irene visits Boulder in Colorado which, she says, exists in a wonderful world of its own.

Knowing Nayarit

Jan 6th, 2015 | By
Nayarit river

Irene visits Nayarit, a small Mexican state which will open up now that there are direct UK links into Puerto Vallarta.

Chiapas – the Mexico so few know (let’s keep it that way)

Dec 19th, 2014 | By

Here in verdant, mountainous Chiapas, one of the least westernised Mexican states, I was already used to seeing native people in traditional costumes, speaking a wide variety of tongues.

Healdsburg – a sip, a tour and maybe another sip

Sep 10th, 2014 | By
In the wine area of Healdsburg

Irene visits the small town of Healdsburg in the wine country of California and finds that, for some reason, it is still uncrowded compared to some other parts of the Napa Valley.

Door County, Wisconsin – like nowhere else, and proud of it!

Aug 19th, 2014 | By
the lighthouse on Cana Island

Irene heads to Door County in Wisconsin where she finds goats grazing and wild turkeys near the lighthouses and a life almost protected from the modern day.

Snowmass, Colorado – music, mammoths, mastodons, and more

Aug 11th, 2014 | By
Maroon Bells image

irene visits Aspen’s not so well-known neighbour in Colorado, Snowmass and finds that its not just a place for a winter vacation; there is a lot happening in summer too.

Taos, New Mexico – magical, mysterious and marvelous

Jul 6th, 2014 | By

Raja’s big brown eyes looked sideways at me with a touch of suspicion. Irene’s trip to Taos in New Mexico could only get better.