Amazon River

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”  ~  Rudyard Kipling While still in the Atlantic, we began seeing debris in the water of small branches, pieces of wood some of which were blackened and also a change of color of the water from blue to brown.  There was a noticeable […]

Devil’s Island, French Guiana

O-fish-ally on island time. Part of French Guiana, the three Iles du Salut, or Islands of Salvation, were a much feared penal colony for the most notorious French criminals.  The movie “Papillon” tells of one such criminal. Too violent for me, I didn’t watch it.   We went ashore but we didn’t walk to the prison. […]

Barbados and Misc.

The easternmost of the Caribbean islands, Barbados is rich in British history and often called “Little England” for its lasting influence. Cricket matches and afternoon tea are common.  A bus tour took us past sugarcane fields and plantations.   Many of the islands are mostly Catholic, but Barbados is mostly  Anglican.  The below is the St […]