Monthly Archives: January 2013

Devil’s Island, French Guiana

Devil’s Island (Ile du Diable) is the smallest of the three Iles du Salut (Salvation Islands) located off the coast of French Guiana.  The islands were a French penal colony from 1852-1946.  The actual facilities are on Ile Royale where … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Trinidad and Tobago

When Christopher Columbus set foot on these islands in 1498 they were populated by the Arawak and Carib Indians. Today, they are a cultural melting pot of descendants of settlers from Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The ABC Islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao

I have been to all of these islands before.  They were once known as the Netherlands Antilles.  We first stopped at Orangestad, Aruba.  Aruba has been settled since 2500 BCE. The earliest known peoples have disappeared, but the island was … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Georgetown, Cayman Islands

These islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503.   Georgetown, the capital city,  is on Grand Cayman.  The islands derive most of their revenue from tourism and secondly from international banking and there are 568 banks on Grand Cayman.  However, … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Amazon and Carnival Cruise

I am embarking on a 49 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Brazil and return.  The following is the route map. This is a wonderful way to get away from the cold winter in Canada. I will do detailed posts … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments