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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Chennai September 30th 2010

Oct 2 - 12, 2010 - Toronto to Chennai Well, its that time of year again! I'm about to head off on a 2 month trip to India and Nepal. This is my first trip to this part of the world. My girlfriend, Shelly, will be joining me in India for the first three weeks, and then returns to Canada. I will then fly to Kathmandu, to spend the next 5 weeks touring Nepal and the Himalayas. Many people have asked me how I plan these trips. Do I use a travel agent? Is there a tour company involved? Isn't it going to be dangerous? Are you concerned about your safety? What about your health? Well, I don't claim to be a travel expert. Up until recently, most of my travel was business related, and as ... read more
Shelly and her dad, Dougie
Our Chefs, Belinda and Peter
Shelly, Justine, Mike

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 22nd 2010

Editor's note Ok, better late than never! It is now September, and I am just finishing my blog from my May trip to Europe. Out of sight, out of mind. Follow along, as I depart for my 2 month fall trip to India, departing Oct 12, 2010. ... Enjoy, Mike May 18, 2010 - Dubrovnik to Lubljana We left Dubrovnik at 8:30. On the way out of town we stopped for a photo opp at the top of the hill. Dubrovnik really is a stunning place. Its hard to believe that just 15 short years ago it was attacked and was under shell attack by the Serbs. Who would want to destroy such a beautiful place, and why? Its hard for us to imagine, living in Canada where everything is so civilized. In my generation's lifetime, ... read more
Adriatic fisherman
Adriatic May 21 016

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana May 17th 2010

Beautiful Balkins Adventure Friday, Saturday, May 7 - 8, 2010 Ljubljana, Slovenia May 7 - I arrived in Ljubljana at 10:30 pm. Our guide Rozje, met me and took me to the hotel. The next morning I met our group, which included: Our guides with Adriatic Motortours , Rozle, a 30 year old Slovenian who has been tours for 10 years in this area and Clemen, also Slovenian, very familiar with regional history. Rod and Mary O'Beirne - New Zealand: Malcolm and June Taylor - New Zealand: John and Jan Fensom - New Zealand: Phillipa Saxton - New Zealand Dave Williams and Sally Chapman - Australia Dave and Julie Francis - Australia Mike and Becky - Sacramento, California Mike Egan - Aurora, Canada Rozle filled us in on some of the background of this trip. Slovenia, ... read more
Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana
Rozle, Tour Guide
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice May 4th 2010

Saturday May 1-3, 2010 - Lisbon Portugal Diogo (From The Varzea The polo club in Portugal) emailed me yesterday to invite me to play a game at the club at 11 am. I was up early, grabbed a bite to eat, then rented a car. I had a rough idea of how to get to the club, since we passed it on Day 1 of the motorcycle trip. I made it to the field with 5 minutes to spare. Diogo informed me that this was one of the first practise games of the season and that he had arranged for me to play six chukkers. One thing you learn in polo, is that when you are traveling, and play polo on strange horses, you never know what to expect. Of course, I asked for safe ... read more
Pony Lines
Liberty Park Portugal
Chillin' in Old Town

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Cascais April 23rd 2010

Spring Trip - April 20 - May 18 This spring I decided to take a month before summer polo starts in Toronto, to travel to Europe. My plan is to depart April 30 and return May 18. The first part of the trip is a motorcycle trip through Spain and Portugal for 10 days, and then I'll figure it out from there. Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - Toronto Canada I had a bit of a shaky start. My original flight was to depart April 20, from Toronto to London, and then on to Lisbon. Due to the volcano in Iceland, my flight was cancelled on April 19. I phoned my travel agent, Lisa, and she re-booked me through Munich. I arrived at the airport, only to find that the Munich flight had been cancelled. The agent ... read more
Slumming it in Cascais
Beautiful Shoreline in Cascais

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town November 8th 2009

Wednesday, Nov 4 - Cape Town Well, Rob left yesterday and I'm on my own again. He was great company and I am going to miss him, as I miss all of my kids. This morning I caught my flight from Nairobi to Cape Town. Who would have guessed that it was an 8 hour trip - 4 hours to Joburg, a 2 hour lay over, and a 2 hour flight to my final destination. Africa is a big continent!! My friend John Jesson, our tour guide on the motorcycle trip with Ayres Adventures met me at the airport. I did not book a hotel in advance, so John took me down to the waterfront area to look around. I ended up staying at the Breakwater Hotel that I had read about in the Lonely Planet. ... read more
Good point!
The 12 Apostles
Lion's Head

Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Lamu October 31st 2009

Sunday, Oct 25 Nairobi Yesterday was a hectic day. We flew in the morning from Maasai Mara to Nairobi (in a Cessna Caravan), checked in our hotel, went to the National Museum and then shopping for our climb. The Museum was very special as Rob has a keen interest in the theory of evolution, and Africa, Kenya in particular, is one of the main archaeological areas where skeletons and fossils dating back millions of years have been discovered. Back at the hotel we were busy rearranging our bags for the next phase of our trip together. We decided to do the Mt Kenya climb, starting tomorrow for 5 days, then fly directly to the Island of Lamu, for 4 days of R and R. We also wanted to get our blogs, and photos up to date. ... read more
Beautiful view on hike up
Freezing in Moses Hut
Ready to commence summit climb

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Masai Mara NP October 24th 2009

Oct 14 - Flew to Nairobi from Joburg and met up with Robbie Oct 15 - Spent the day in Nairobi. We thought we would be clever, and walk from our beautiful hotel, The Fairmont Norfolk, to the downtown business center, get some breakfast , and do some shopping. Before you know a local approached us and struck up a conversation. We engaged with him and asked him where some stores were. He took us to a street with many local stores. Two more locals then approach us to try to get us to go to their stores. The 3 of them followed us around for a while, so I told them that we just want to get a decent breakfast. They escorted us to a nice place - the Nairobi coffee shop. The first one ... read more
Triston From Offbeat Safaris
Deloraine Lodge
Polo at Deloraine

Africa October 9th 2009

Thursday, October 8 - High 38 Low 20 Mokuto Lodge, Etosha National Park We were up early for another morning game drive in Etosha Park. I didn't mention earlier, but at the park, we drove our own vehicles. We had 3 vehicles with 4 people in each vehicle. They provide a map of the park, descriptions and photos of the various animals and birds found in the park. This morning I went out with Malcolm ( The Argentine who drives the support vehicle for Ayres) and Jon Wyrick from Texas. Malcolm is a great addition to the team as he is an expert photographer, a horticulturist, very knowledgeable about animals, and an all round good guy. As an aside, I plan to visit Malcolm in his home town of Cordoba later this year. The first 2 ... read more
Resting after the kill
The prey - a Rhino
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Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park October 7th 2009

South Africa--Botswana--Namibia Wednesday, Sept 30 - High 28, low 16 - Nata to Kasane, Botswana 320 kms Last night was our first night in Botswana. Botswana has a population of 1.6 million people. It peacefully gained independence from Britain in 1966. Shortly thereafter, diamonds were discovered making it the fastest growing economy in the world every year for the next 20 years. After breakfast at Nata Lodge, we headed out on our bikes. We had been warned that on route to Kasane, we might encounter ostrich, giraffes, baboons, and possibly elephants on route. Sure enough, shortly outside of town, we see our first wild animal, an elephant at the side of the road making a meal out of a good size tree (see photo). We pulled over probably about 100 feet from him. It was just ... read more
Nata Lodge
Wild Elephant on the side of the road
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