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

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|

Antigua Guatemala – a photo essay

Two years ago, the girls and I had an opportunity to visit Antigua Guatemala. Wandering about this little city was an absolute delight. It's well-maintained and pretty, with quirky and colourful colonial architecture along cobbled streets. However, my favourite feature was the stunning location among mountains and volcanoes. Antigua Guatemala photos As we approached Antigua, one of the surrounding volcanoes [...]

Zip lining and crystal cave tubing in Belize (Day out Belize City)

By Catarina Redisch in the jungles of Belize When we were recently in Belize, my sister and I had the opportunity to zip line again. I love that! This time we were also going to be cave tubing - in a crystal cave. I had no idea what that was, but it sounded exciting. Zip lining After riding a bus [...]

By |10 July 2013|Adventure and sports, Americas with kids, Belize, Daytrip|

Pictou, birthplace of Nova Scotia (Day out Halifax)

Travelling between the Canadian mainland and Prince Edward Island, you have two options: you can either travel cross the 13-km long construction marvel that is Confederation Bridge, or take the ferry from Caribou in Nova Scotia. We tried both. Luckily for us, we had time to kill whilst waiting for the ferry, and decided to have a look at the [...]

By |22 May 2013|Canada, Daytrip, Nova Scotia, Road trips|

Mississippi paddlewheeling – and the War of 1812 (Day out New Orleans)

Rambling along New Orleans' riverside one day, we come upon the Creole Queen. She is about to sail down the river. Do we want to come along? Now or never... Of course we hop on - and are glad we did. It wouldn't feel right to be in New Orleans without boating the mighty Mississippi in one of the iconic [...]

Mardi Gras World: where the magic happens

Have you ever wanted to experience Mardi Gras? Me, too. As it happened, however, life (i.e. other travel plans) meant we would be in New Orleans 10 days too late. As with most things in Louisiana, Mardi Gras came with the French settlers. Records from as far back as the early 1700s describe masked balls and parades in New Orleans. [...]

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