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Isle of Eriska Hotel Manor House (Stillman Rogers photo 2012)

“The Sweetness of Doing Nothing” on Scotland’s Isle of Eriska

A private island, a staff to indulge my every whim, a skilled chef to please my palate, a 19th-century Scottish manor house as a setting, and a day with absolutely nothing I needed to do. My goal was to spend a blissful day basking in something the Italians have perfected ...
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A statue in Pamplona depicts the city's famous running of the bulls. ©Melanie Radzicki McManus

(Almost) Running with the Bulls in Pamplona

The screams of the crowd are distracting. Am I doing well and staying ahead of them, or about to be gored? My legs feel like lead as I try to maintain my pace on the uphill route, and my breathing becomes labored. How much longer can I keep going? When ...
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Bird watching in Suriname's largest lagoon: Bigi Pan (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

A Bird-Watching Boat Trip to Suriname’s Bigi Pan Natural Reserve

Herons skim the water, their white bodies reflecting in the inky-black water smooth as glass. Green kingfishers nosedive from branches and resurface with a thrashing fish, roseate spoonbills scratch around in shallow waters, and jacanas do what Jesus Birds do: they walk on the water. Stephanie, our guide, has eyes like ...
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Boat trip on the Sweet Merodia in Suriname (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

A Boat Trip through Suriname’s History with Author Cynthia McLeod

A teenager holds a baby caiman in her hands, a young boy feels its rough skin. There is nothing to fear as the reptile's jaws have been tied for the occasion. We admire sweet water turtles, decipher dilapidated gravestones and buy dried shrimp. I am enjoying this eclectic combination of attractions ...
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Cresson Covered Bridge in Swanzey, NH (Stillman Rogers Photo)

A Fall Foliage Tour of Covered Bridges in Southwestern New Hampshire

Suspended in a cloud of red, orange and yellow foliage, a covered bridge -- the most cherished of New England icons – becomes a metaphor for everything autumn.  A covered bridge tour ranks right up there with apple picking and pumpkin carving as a seasonal rite. In Your Bucket Because... Nothing ...
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Leadlights of the St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo, Suriname (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

A Guided Tour of Suriname’s St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo

I stood in front of the largest wooden structure in the Caribbean, Latin America, the Western Hemisphere or the world, depending on whom I talked to. Verifiable facts are that the St Peter and Paul cathedral is 161 feet long, 54 feet wide, 48 feet tall, and is the biggest ...
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