Roger Sutherland

Whirl Traveller

Roger Sutherland

My name is Roger and I am originally from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia but now live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My wife Jeanette and I have travelled to all the continents with the exception of Antartica but nevertheless have many other countries and areas still to experience in the future.

I did my first blog when we visited Europe for the second time in 2012, entitled Europe Potpourri. Had I known that I would have enjoyed blogging as much as I do, I would have started doing it earlier and included our first trip to Europe and Morocco and most certainly Australia, New Zealand and China. I believe that since then I may have improved my blogging a little and I hope that you enjoy what I share with you this time around.

Jeanette and I love to travel and usually before a vacation is well underway, we are busy making broad plans for the next, God willing.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

By the way, I welcome comments.




If you like my blog I would appreciate your leaving a comment at the end please. It helps widen readership and also serves as motivation for me. For the others on this European trip, simply scroll to them. This will most likely be my last blog while still traveling on this trip. The last leg takes us to Belgium and we may drive to Germany but I think that I will wind down this blogging activity and completely relax as we prepare to return to life in Calgary towards the end of July. Leaving Genoa for France initially presented somewhat of a stressful start for us. Everyone knows that the only sensible and comfortable way to travel across Europe by train is First Class and that has nothing whatever to do with prestige. Particularly if you ... read more
A view from the long veranda of our apartment in Roquebrune Cap Martin.
From our veranda.
Looking upwards from the beach below.

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre July 2nd 2014

If you like my blog, please leave a comment in the appropriate section. Thanks. I have to credit Rick Steeves for letting the Cinque Terre capture my imagination, especially the village of Vernazza. Once I saw the picture of this quaint village, I wanted to pack my bags. And that is what we eventually did. As we boarded our Turkish Airlines plane in Istanbul for Genoa, I was not to know that some surprises awaited us. Everyone I had met before who had visited the area, raved about it. We first had to decide where to base ourselves and finally decided on the the town of La Spezia, located south of the Cinque Terre but giving us both train and sea access to the five villages. Once in La Spezia, we headed off to find ... read more
On the train.
The street in La Spezia where we stayed.
Near our apartment.

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean June 30th 2014

From the moment you step off the plane in Istanbul, you notice immediately that this vibrant city is all about business and making money. Thanks to the over 30 million of us who now visit Turkey in a year, especially this burgeoning metropolis of Istanbul, coping with such crowds, in my opinion, is a huge challenge that has the potential to derail some of the pleasure, especially when visiting the major sites of interest. That having being said, it was certainly very much worth the time we spent there, lodged as we were, in the heart of the city and walking distance to everything that we wanted to see and do. Our hotel, and full credit to Jeanette who changed to it from the one that I initially found, was excellent. The owners were excellent hosts. ... read more
Grand Bazaar Main Street.
The main thoroughfares had no shortage of vendors.
From the sea to the pot to the mouth - all fresh fish.

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese June 25th 2014

"Running naked in Greece!" Don't be alarmed at the title of this blog because it really happened. However, you will have to read on to find out later in this section what that was all about. Jeanette was in for a big surprise. But really, where do I start and how do I describe our journey through the Peleponnese to do justice to the experience? It is impossible to do, so while the enormous amount of fascinating historical information is extremely valuable and certainly educational, I will refrain from attempting to emphasize that too much where possible for fear of omission, error and of course, boring you to death. One idea is to Google an area or specific item if you are interested in more detail. I can assure you that it was an incredible experience. ... read more
Disembarking our luxury coach in Corinth.
The incredible theatre in great Epidauraus
Front row seats were for the royalty and were the only ones to have back rests.

Europe » Greece » South Aegean June 20th 2014

Cruising the Aegean and stopping at the islands and ports that we did was nothing short of a spectacular revelation for me. Linguistically, it is almost impossible to adequately capture the essence of this area so my comments for each will tend to be brief for the most part. However, I start with an entreaty to visit this part of the world yourselves if you haven't already done so. Hopefully my pictures will serve as sufficient enticement for you. Mykonos A playground for the rich and famous following Aristotle Onasis' "discovery" of its summer vacation uniqueness. Walking through its narrow pedestrianized streets filled with cafes, restaurants and shops was a sensory delight. Homes here cost Euro 400,000 per sq. metre so I had to quickly change my mind about buying. Ha! Ha! Kusadasi (Turkey) For reasons ... read more
Jeanette has just disembarked at Mykonos
Mykonos with Little Venice in the background.
A typical little cafe on Mykonos

Europe June 14th 2014

Everyone of the major cities that we have visited around the world have each had something unique and special about them to create great memories for us. Without taking anything away from any of them, there is only one word that I can use to describe Athens from atop Lycabettus Hill as we emerged from the tunneled funicular and walked through the restaurant perched precariously at the top- breathtaking! Breathtaking because the 360 degree panoramic view of the city was as spectacular as I have ever seen.bWe used both Jeanette's research and the advice of a couple New Zealanders we met over lunch earlier, that we should go in time for sunset. We walked from the excellent Amalia Hotel where we are staying (which is at the centre of Athens near both Syntagma Square and the ... read more
An evening view of the Acropolis from Lycabettus Hill
Athens from atop Lycabettus Hill
Acropolis in the distance from Lycabettus Hill

Europe » Greece » Attica » Marathon June 10th 2014

After crossing nine time zones from Calgary, Alberta, here we are finally in Greece for one week of relaxation on Marathon Beach before starting the planned tour of this ancient country. After picking up our rental car at Athens airport and following the directions given, we headed off to the resort, or so we thought. First of all, we landed earlier than planned which gave me my first opportunity to use my new international phone to call Kosmos Car Rental. Anyway, the employee brought the car to us and he said that I should follow the sign to Marathon. I recall bypassing a sign which said "Marathon Avenue" without realizing that that was the one I needed and sure enough Jeanette eventually picked up that we were headed in the opposite direction. A quick retrace to ... read more
The Bay of Marathon where the fleet sent by King Darius 1 landed its army to battle the Greeks in 490 BC.
One of several homes that line Marathon Beach near our resort.
One of several restaurants on the beach, Isidora's is famous for her cuisine.

North America February 5th 2014

Many have asked me, "What is the best cruise you've ever been on?" and without hesitation, I answered, "Azamara's 18- day Panama Canal cruise on "Journey". Having answered in that vein, I should say that our other cruises were also very enjoyable and had many memorable moments for us. And so, by special request let me tell you all about this particular Azamara cruise. To a great extend enjoyment of a cruise all depends on what you want out of the cruise. I have friends who are destination focused while some are totally ship focused and seldom venture away from the vessel but prefer to simply relax on board and rid themselves of work and other home-bound stress. On this voyage we had several days at sea and also visited some fascinating ports so I will ... read more
Fast asleep on the first night.
Superb cuisine
A smile says it all.

Europe January 26th 2014

The lure of the European continent is too strong for Jeanette and I to resist with any vigour whatsoever. That is why in August 2013, one year after our return to Canada from our second European visit, we laid out broad plans for our third, in 2014. Sitting in our bedroom with maps, literature, DVD's and the laptop strewn over the bed, we slowly began to piece our ideas together. Exciting stuff! We get almost as much pleasure in the planning of these exotic escapades as we do from the vacation itself. I can happily say that we have now finally completed the finishing touches, secured airline bookings, accommodation, booked the tour of Greece and the islands, booked the rental car and even settled on a number of activities in Istanbul already. Part of our plan ... read more


To say that Saint Lucia, the Helen of the West is "simply beautiful" is an enormous under statement. Saint Lucia's beauty encompasses not only its awesome terrain, lush green landscapes and the spectacular World Heritage Pitons but the wide variety of scenery from north to south and east to west. I will attempt through my blog to give a sense of what the island is and what its people are like. Enjoy it and you are most welcome to contact me or comment as you like. I was privileged to have been born on this jewel of the Caribbean which changed hands between Great Britain and France in earlier centuries fourteen times, before been finally ceded to Britain. Because of its strategic importance in the extended European conflict for the New World, it conjures up images ... read more
Stunning Reduit Beach
Reduit
The spectacular Pitons




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