Marie Claude Arnott

Marie-Claude Arnott is a freelance writer and a global citizen. Raised in France near cosmopolitan Geneva, Switzerland, she speaks four languages, has lived in five countries and visited close to fifty. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from California State University East Bay, and studied Feature Writing with the London School of Journalism. In addition to writing real travel stories, she writes short stories about real people in imaginary places. She enjoys fashion, golf, French pastries and her grandchildren.

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Boating from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef

Pontoon at Norman Reef, Queensland, Australia (With permission: Great Adventure Tours)

When we asked friends from Brisbane and Sydney what’s the best time to visit Australia we hoped they would say March, which is the only time we had available for our trip. Instead, they said September to November. Our timing to go to the Great … [Read more...]

Pondering Old Growth Forests at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California

Carving at the Trees of Mystery park in Klamath, California (Photo MCArnott)

I am looking at the top of a tree that is so tall, I have to hug it to keep my balance. Let's do the math: It was a seedling around the time Christopher Columbus discovered America. Before the 1800s, the American Northwest was still a dangerous … [Read more...]

Teeing-off over Rice Paddies at Nirwana Golf Club in Bali, Indonesia

Players and caddies ride on a golf cart at Nirwana Bali (Photo credit: MCArnott)

She briefly scouts the fairway and points to my ball, in a narrow ditch along a rice paddy. All eyes are on me as I give it my best shot. When a splash of mud squirts in all directions including mine, I am miffed. Yet, my caddy smiles and my … [Read more...]

Attending the Traditional Cart Marking Ceremony in London, England

1920 Fowler Road Locomotive (Photo credit: MCArnott)

What do Montgomery’s Rolls Royce and a butcher’s handcart have in common? They appeared in a London ritual dating back to 1667: Cart Marking. The first time I heard the name of this ceremony -- Cart Marking Under the Worshipful Company of Carmen … [Read more...]

Learning about Totem Poles in Vancouver, British Columbia

Totem poles in Stanley park, Vancouver (Photo credit: MCArnott)

Bulging eyes at the top gaze at the horizon, a grinning mouth bares teeth at the base of the pole. A bear? A wolf? The various symbols engraved in the wood still hold mystery, and sometimes misconceptions, about Canadian aboriginal culture. … [Read more...]

Searching for the Yellow-eyed Penguin in New Zealand

Yellow-eyed penguin in nest (Courtesy Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust)

The word “maybe” is out. We might see some, but there is no guarantee. Do we still want to go? We do. A guide points us toward our transportation, an 8-wheel-drive Argo. We'll be taking this vehicle, a cross between a tractor and a boat, to see the … [Read more...]