The first pic is the divide between the Caribbean and the Atlantic, with Nevis in the background. Total population of ~ 65,000, with about 15,000 on Nevis. Craig my guide lives in the village which was the first ones to free the slaves. The biggest sugar plantation is now a heritage site, once owned by Samuel Jefferson (yes roots of Thomas Jefferson). A very beautiful island, still intact in its natural beauty and one which respects its heritage right through to the indigenous people who lived here way back when.
Bliss. Day three. Family. Love. Abundance. Seven of us in a van. Have not laughed so hard in a long time. Impromptu sing-alongs. Food our best friend. Go with the flow, everyone cares more that the others have a good time. Thanks to Zeenat Ladak and Din for being such such amazing hosts. Aleem was great to see you all! . #family #irreplaceable #mylife
Only in Romania. Would an epic reunion of our “old gold” team be carried off with such passion, hospitality and warmth. Where people show up despite busy schedules and party like there’s no tomorrow. A big thank you to everyone who helped organize the 3 day event and specially to Flori. Was special to have people travel in from Singapore, Dubai, Istanbul and Cairo. On a personal note, I am back in Bucharest after almost four years and same hotel I stayed for several months on my way in from Moscow and on my way out back to Canada. Nothing like a walk down memory lane, everything comes back like it was yesterday, reminding me why I loved this place.
Transnistria. So they have their own currency, banks, president, parliament, and everything which would appear like a country. Passport control, security checks, military, and Russian peace officers. They are half a million in population (larger than Iceland), and the capital Tiraspol has about a 100,000 people, more than the country Seychelles. In size they are larger than many resort islands. The citadel in the pics is from 1538 built by Suleiman the Magnificent. So this land has a long history. For 25 years now they claim they are independent. They can claim Russian or Romanian passports pending eligibility. Their currency not accepted outside. In Moldavia they speak of them as the country which does not exist, a view which seems to reflect the position of the United Nations. So are they a country? P.S. The last four pics are from Chisinau during my walk yesterday.
Milestone: headed to country #150.
Barcelona was special. Montserrat a totally worthwhile visit, seeing the “Black Madonna” and hearing the oldest boys choir in Europe (standing room only) – both 13th century. The crucifix in the basilica was a beautiful piece said to be by Michelangelo. Park Guell a bit of the gawdy Gaudi for me but seems to be a big draw. On that note I also really liked the work of Montaner, the palace of music an example. The highlight of the day was dinner with all the wonderful guides and James, to celebrate Ernestor’s birthday. Yordee Calf Vitello, Marc, the whole gang made this trip one is the best sightseeing urban trips I have had. You guys just rock!!!! Thank you!