Travel Stories

Travel Stories

When I first traveled to places I’d likely never go back to—the world is a big place—I was frustrated and even sad to leave beautiful and interesting sites behind. Sure, I’d bring back photographs galore, souvenirs and other mementos, and books, but they weren’t enough. They wouldn't keep my memories alive.

But writing stories about these places would let me keep them forever. And since everything is better when it’s shared, I am sharing them here, in an uninterrupted reading format that, I hope, will let your mind drift to those places and engage in the experiences. I hope the photographs will then visually take you back there, as they never fail to take me.

Most articles were first published at Buckettripper.com, the multiple-award-winning digital travel magazine. Other original travel articles appeared in my travel column in the West Vancouver Beacon. More stories will follow as I format them for Writing is Living.

Travel Memories Marie-Claude Arnott
France – The Vimy Ridge Memorial

France – The Vimy Ridge Memorial

We turn onto Rue des Canadiens, yet we are not in Canada, not even in Québec. Some ten minutes later, the forested road opens onto the National Historic Site of Canada on the plain of Douai. On our right, the 27-meter-high twin towers of the Vimy Ridge Memorial, representing Canada and France, aim..

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Canada – Halloween in Québec City

Canada – Halloween in Québec City

A sailing ship has run aground in front of Québec City Hall and a humongous spider crawls on the side of a nearby office building. In any season, the capital of la belle province shows off its historic landmarks, but in the Fall, Québec revives its past with a Halloween twist.

Ships have..

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Hawaii – The Future or Fate of Seahorses

Hawaii – The Future or Fate of Seahorses

Marine biologists could compare the intriguing miniature ‘horse of the sea’ to the canary in the coal mine. Wild seahorses are disappearing at an alarming rate. Yet, the same unsustainable fishing practices endanger other sea life too.

I am getting acquainted with seahorses in Kailua-Kona,..

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Morocco – Vintage Textiles and Jewelry

Morocco – Vintage Textiles and Jewelry

We leave the grayness of Tangier’s bustling medina at 66, rue Les Almouhads where the open massive front door no longer repels assailants. Boutique Majid owner welcomes us by a trickling fountain. We immediately fall under the charm of a vivid ensemble of colors, textures, and shapes, all from generations..

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Morocco – Made in Morocco

Morocco – Made in Morocco

When in Morocco, buy what you can afford or pack. Not only nothing is mass-produced but you will also support the traditional skills that give a décor that personal touch. The Kingdom of Morocco protects its traditions—under the Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts, and Social Economy—by..

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New York City – Urban Life in the Big Apple

New York City – Urban Life in the Big Apple

Numbered streets run into numbered avenues, except for those with names. The thought is on my mind, if I can make it here, I can make it anywhere. Interesting bridges connect neighborhoods to the waterfront. All of this could remind me of Vancouver, except that New York is a bigger, multi-faceted..

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Hawaii – Aqua Farmers and the Apple Snails

Hawaii – Aqua Farmers and the Apple Snails

I am standing at the lookout over the Hanalei Valley and enjoying another day in Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Decade after decade the Garden Island pleasantly looks as if nothing has changed.

Pristine pastures, continual warm rainfalls, isolation from industrial pollution, and..

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Bali – Teeing-off at Nirwana Golf Course

Bali – Teeing-off at Nirwana Golf Course

My caddie briefly scouts the fairway and points to my ball lodged in a narrow and soggy ditch bordering a rice paddy. I take in her encouraging smile as I deal with the outcome of my first drive. With all eyes on me, I give it my best shot, mud flecking my face. I know my ball is out when caddies..

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England – Cart Marking in London

England – Cart Marking in London

What do Montgomery’s Rolls Royce and a butcher’s handcart have in common? On that day, they appeared in a London ritual dating back to 1667.

I admit that the first time I heard the name of the ceremony—Cart Marking Under the Worshipful Company of Carmen—I wondered who ‘Carmen’ was…

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Mexico – Sand to Sky Adventure

Mexico – Sand to Sky Adventure

“No special skills needed,” the young man says. Never mind that I’ll be ‘sailing’ 200 meters up in the air, suspended to a parachute, and connected by a rope to the boat that will pull both the parachute and me—so we stay up over the Bahia de Acapulco.

After watching people parasail..

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