Traveling in retirement is part of enjoying an active lifestyles. Ranked among the best hotels in Charleston in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards, The Dewberry is a one-of-a-kind property. Originally a 1964 federal building located across from Marion Square, the mid-century modern structure was transformed into a luxury hotel in the heart of the city, complete with a vintage-inspired rooftop cocktail club and spa. This year, the hotel got a retro holiday makeover, travel insurance and it looks like a perfectly mid-century Christmas postcard with plenty of tinsel, lights, and 1960s-influenced decor. The appropriate clothing when traveling to India would be to wear light pants. Shorts are to be avoided so you are safe to roam the cities and towns of the country. A safe tip when traveling anywhere is to always seek comfort before fashion. Wear comfortable shoes like sneakers or flipflops rather than heels or any other sandals that would kill your feet.

The Ranger’s were very helpful in sharing information about the battlefield and the people who were caught up in the middle. They also gave us the teacher’s guide and the information for the students as we are now a homeschooling family. This is great information to teach about the Civil War and the reasons behind it. One of the packets is about “No easy choices; Taking sides in Civil War Missouri”. What we learned will help with the Civil War history that we will be working on this year. There are no places in California that have this kind of history and being able to walk on the battlefields and visit one of the original homes makes it real. It’s not just book learning. Having been to several of the other battle fields in Virginia and Pennsylvania, this one strikes me the same way. With such beauty comes such tragedy.

I split my time between the Hotel Tropical’s Zoo and the larger Bosque da Ciencia, both ranked among the top local attractions. The latter is a rescue and research center set in a park configured as a natural wildlife reserve. The admission was under $3.00. Although I was told the #120 bus went there, having never made the connection after several conflicting directions, I opted for the more costly taxi for the 30 minute ride to the suburbs. When I had just arrived, a fast moving local inhabitant (a small rodent?) dashed across my path before I could whip out my camera. The key attraction near the entrance was a large underwater manatee pool with an observation window below ground. Harder to see were monkeys in the treetops overhead. At ground level, a number of curious rodents crossed my path, including one with bright red ears. For my return, there was a taxi stand outside, a welcome sight after hovering under a covered picnic table while a quick but heavy tropical rain fell. Although the center is technically closed to incoming visitors during lunch, those of us already inside were allowed to stay.

We soon came to Giles Weather Station. This was another prohibited area, and no one could go there unless it was an emergency. I’m writing too much. Buy my book. So you can read about the water wind mill that we fixed at Blackstone camp, and how our trailer broke down. Laverton was still far away. It was also on this leg of the journey, that a can of sardines may have saved our lives. Also in book. About 100 Km’s out of Laverton we hit a made road that belonged to a town called Malcolm. When we arrived, only a couple of building remained. The rest of the town was reduced to rumble. Today, NOTHING remains at all. We stayed over night in one of the abandoned and empty homes. The following morning we had crossed the Gibson dessert and after a couple of thousand Km’s arrived at Laverton.

Visitors can engage in many different snow activities, here, including skiing, of course. Sapporo has an abundance of great ski resorts suitable for everyone’s tastes. But once you’re in Sapporo, you should do more than just ski. Don’t miss the hot springs, ice fishing, shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and sightseeing. Cuba is one of the more safe travel destinations available. However, there are minor crimes, such as pickpocketing and stealing from tourists occurring, and major crimes are on the rise in the larger cities. As you go about your vacation, remember to be cautious and aware of your surrounding and personal items just as you would at home in Canada ,or in any tourist city, to ward off potential disappointments or petty crimes of opportunity.