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, a multiple-award-winning digital travel magazine - no longer collaborative. 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
Vancouver – Travel-wise Tips

Vancouver – Travel-wise Tips

Don’t laugh, but some people think we live on ice. Let’s get it straight: Vancouver is an approximately three-hour drive north of Seattle and a six-hour flight to the Canadian Arctic. This should clear some misconceptions and allow for recommendations with a dash of wit.

Yes, in wintertime..

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West Vancouver – The  Seawall

West Vancouver – The Seawall

I can’t say I’d take up dancing in the rain, but I enjoy its drumming on my umbrella as my wellies (read: Wellington boots) splash in puddles.

As a non-indigenous Vancouverite, I’d rather cocoon on a wet day, but I admit that the cocktail of marine and mountain air of the..

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France – the Volcanoes of Auvergne

France – the Volcanoes of Auvergne

I hold my breath while exhilarated fellow voyagers scream at the top of their lungs. We are tumbling at a vertiginous speed into the magma chamber of an active volcano. The idea of hell crosses my mind.

Then I remember: we are in a simulator at Vulcania, a science amusement park, and an education..

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Vancouver – The Aquarium in Stanley Park  

Vancouver – The Aquarium in Stanley Park  

I am looking at a creature with no bones, no heart, no brain, and no eyes. Shredded ribbons of white jelly drift away from its flamboyant bell-shaped body. And yet the orange jellyfish is only one of the fascinating exhibits of the Vancouver Aquarium. What’s more, you never see the same thing twice.

Like..

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Italy – Lake Como

Italy – Lake Como

I had planned to walk the trail from the Lenno dock to Villa del Balbianello overlooking Lake Como, I am sitting on a taxi boat instead. The trail is closed on Mondays but glimpsing the villa through the trees couldn’t have matched its awesome setting from the water.

The villa..

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California – The Trees of Mystery Park

California – The Trees of Mystery Park

I am looking at a redwood tree so high that I hug it to keep my balance. I imagine the seedling that it was some hundred years ago, but wonder whether it will make it as a forest elder 2,000 years from now.

If this tree could talk, it would be about gold miners becoming lumberjacks after the..

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Tuscany – The Villages of the Chianti

Tuscany – The Villages of the Chianti

Something is missing in Tuscany. It’s mid-September: too late for the golden fields of sunflowers and too early for the glowing foliage of vines. Never mind, I settle for the serene views of hills capped with matronly hills, stone houses morphing into heads, and olive groves and vineyards into long..

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India – Textiles, Jewelry, Handicrafts

India – Textiles, Jewelry, Handicrafts

Even Ganesha the deity for wisdom is of no tempering influence. As a result, I deal with temptation by giving in and the laughing Buddha appears to agree. Besides, if I resisted buying something in Delhi, it tempted me in Agra, the last city we visited on our train tour through Rajasthan.

Past..

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California – The Oakland Zoo

California – The Oakland Zoo

Once upon a time, a female elephant called Effie lived at the then downtown Oakland Zoo. Effie was used to watching the owner’s family stroll on the grounds, so one day, she did what she saw them do, she helped push the baby’s buggy.

The zoo of the 1950s is incomparable to the one of the..

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New Zealand – The Yellow-Eyed Penguin

New Zealand – The Yellow-Eyed Penguin

The word maybe is out. We might see some, but there is no guarantee. We came to this spot on New Zealand South Island to see the yellow-eyed penguin, the rarest and most endangered of all penguins. Surprisingly, more of them live in this warmer climate than in ice-covered Antarctica.

Our guide..

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