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
Australia – Learning Aboriginal Survival Skills

Australia – Learning Aboriginal Survival Skills

Should we ever get stranded in the Australian Desert, we might have a better chance to survive than I thought. My husband just showed surprising skills at throwing a spear.

This walk in the bush gives me plenty of food for thought. As it turns out, survival in this harsh environment is..

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Italy – Capri and the Blue Grotto

Italy – Capri and the Blue Grotto

The tour guide says it’s impossible, but I couldn’t give up the hope that there might still be a chance to see the Grotta Azzura.
We are on a cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice on the Regent Seven Seas Voyager. Today’s port of call is Sorrento, on the Amalfi Coast, where we’d visit the..

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Tahiti – A Wet Walk in Polynesian Waters

Tahiti – A Wet Walk in Polynesian Waters

It will be weightless underwater I am told as I stare at the eighty-pound helmet that will encapsulate my head. And a stingray had accidentally killed the Australian diver and conservationist Steve Irwin. Our guide tries to reassure us about this shark-related fish, “If a stingray comes near you,..

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Australia – Sunrise at Uluru

Australia – Sunrise at Uluru

I feel as if I am part of an entourage waiting for the awakening of the Sun King. Except that here at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park—aka Ayers Rock, in the Australia Red Center—cameras, tripods, binoculars, and phones are contemporary evidence that the real sun is rising, and the event is not..

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Morocco – A Shopping Marathon in Tangier

Morocco – A Shopping Marathon in Tangier

I am rushing through the crowded streets, minding my steps, keeping up with the pace. Our first day trip to Tangier has turned into a shopping marathon with a guide we nickname ‘Speedy’ Mustafa.

Morocco is one hour behind Spanish time, so we arrived before the shops opened. Never mind…

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Morocco- Tangier for Foodies

Morocco- Tangier for Foodies

A labyrinth of streets in the medina, haggling in the souks, spices, antiques, a sputtering moped, Moroccan wares aplenty, a loaded camel, these are the sights and sounds of Tangier. But its pulse is truly taken through the taste buds. When in Tangier, I never miss the food market.

Tangier’s..

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Australia – Interpreting Aboriginal Dot Paintings

Australia – Interpreting Aboriginal Dot Paintings

Dots are everywhere in Sydney and seem to follow me like curious eyeballs. They peek from every shop through vibrant boomerangs, didgeridoos, and other crafts and souvenirs. Surely, there must be more to them than polka dots.

Back to School in an Art Gallery

The first thing the art gallery..

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Sicily – In the Footsteps of The Godfather

Sicily – In the Footsteps of The Godfather

We are among the few people who signed up for the tour of the Godfather trilogy’s film locations, most of them opting for the fashionable mountain resort of Taormina. After leaving our sea legs on the m/s Radisson Seven-Seas Voyager, we joined other tourists at the seaside resort of Santa Teresa..

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