Americas2018-09-16T15:28:16+01:00

The Americas – north, south and central, and the Caribbean – have loads to offer. Have a look through our America travel stories for inspiration.

Latest Americas travel stories

Chasing ghosts in New Orleans

By Alexandra Redisch in New Orleans Have you ever been chasing ghosts in New Orleans? This delightfully spooky city just beckons us to come ever closer, to hear just one more spine-chilling story. When we were in town, my mum, my little sister and I joined a haunted history ghost tour and we all enjoyed it heaps. Our little group met [...]

World at a Glance: Black Rocks and petroglyphs in St Kitts

There's more to little St Kitts than great beaches and UNESCO listed military installations. This tiny Caribbean nation is also home to black rocks and rock carvings. OK, I hear you say. Rock carvings are interesting. But black rocks? I'm glad you asked. At one of the spots where the wild Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean, these odd rocks by the shore are [...]

Laura Plantation – Portrait of a Creole family (Day out New Orleans)

By Alexandra Redisch in Vacherie, Louisiana At the earnest insistence of my three children, Lollie, Daisie and Charlie Jr., I write the memories of my childhood days on the old plantation in Louisiana for them. I have concluded to do so, before my memory begins to fail me, for I realise that I am the last one of my generation [...]

Where to stay in New Orleans: The Saint hotel

Is there a city in the USA more fitted to play naughty or nice than New Orleans? I don’t think so. And The Saint plays that particular game very well indeed. Located on Canal Street, The Saint is just a stone’s throw away from the delightful French Quarter, without the disadvantages (read: noise) of actually being in the French Quarter. [...]

World at a Glance: The place where the gods were created – and high heels

What does Teotihuacan have to do with stilettos? Nothing, really... except I'm reminded of several local women standing on top of the Pyramid of the Moon alongside me, in their impossibly high heels, looking out on the Avenue of the Dead. I can't help but wonder what the women of ancient Teotihuacan would think, looking through the veil of time.

Texas mirrors

This week's #frifotos* theme is mirrors - and these huge Texas-size mirrors immediately popped to my mind. Not only are they Texas-size, they are actually Texas mirrors. The first skyscraper in Dallas was constructed in 1909. I took this photo a million years ago when I was in town for a football game (which, I'm happy to say, OU won [...]

By |15 November 2013|Art and architecture, Texas, Travel photos|

Coxen’s Hole

Ah, Roatan. You probably think of sandy beaches, Caribbean waters blue as blue could be, scuba diving and snorkelling on the gorgeous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. And you'd be right. Then there's wildlife: iguanas the size of dogs, birds of every imaginable colour, dolphins, sharks, macaws and adorable capuchin monkeys. All the ingredients for a fabulous family holiday. In fact, I [...]

By |23 October 2013|Americas with kids, Honduras, Islands, Quirky corners|

A Washington DC photo walk

I was first in Washington DC more than 20 years ago. And at the time, I had other things on my mind than wandering about. You see, there was this boy... But let's get on with it, shall we? And let's get the bad over with right away. Bad photo, yes, but, I think, appropriate to illustrate a bad reality: [...]

By |30 September 2013|Magic of Cities, Virginia, Washington DC|
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