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
India – A Train Trip in Rajasthan

India – A Train Trip in Rajasthan

Persistent and cheering children swarm around me as if they could read my mind, but the sacred vagrant cows remain unflappable. It’s our last day in India and I can’t sleep. My senses are teeming with sights, smells, sounds, and contrasts: the riches of the palaces and the mud huts of the desert..

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British Columbia – Shopping for Jade

British Columbia – Shopping for Jade

I am looking at a jade bangle with the price tag of some car, and that bracelet will outlast it.

As a traveler to Beautiful British Columbia (its Canadian reference), you might wonder about buying authentic jade. I have never visited a jade extraction site, but what I have learned about the..

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Sicily – The Godfather’s Film Locations

Sicily – The Godfather’s Film Locations

We left our sea legs on the m/s Radisson Seven-Seas Voyager to board a coach that will take us to Savoca, the mountainous location of The Godfather II. 

From the seaside resort of Santa Teresa, as soon as we turn left toward the mountain, it quickly becomes an unnerving experience. I hold..

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India: The Taj Mahal’s Marble

India: The Taj Mahal’s Marble

The grand finale of my trip to India is not a massive fort or a sumptuous palace, it’s a mausoleum: the legendary Taj Mahal.

In interviews published in the Indian English newspaper Asian Age, about the Taj’s 350th anniversary (in 2004), Indian celebrities revealed a fascination either with..

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Tennessee – Christmas in Nashville

Tennessee – Christmas in Nashville

Streams of lights fell like incandescent snowflakes; children’s books and cartoons characters hung from small-scale hot-air balloons and parachutes. Only Santa had brought more excitement at the Opryland Hotel!

Nashville is famous as the home of country music, the Blue Bird Café, the..

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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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Hawaii – The Future or Fate of Seahorses

Hawaii – The Future or Fate of Seahorses

For marine biologists, the intriguing ‘horse of the sea’ is like 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, on the volcanic..

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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 all you can afford and take home or ship. Designers like Morocco because nothing is mass-produced. Besides, you will support the traditional skills that personalize a décor.
The Kingdom of Morocco protects its traditions—under the Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts,..

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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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