Zimbali Retreats, Negril, Jamaica

At Zimbali Retreats, the tall, lean man who goes by the name of Fire scrambled around among the foliage surrounding the very — very! — modest wooden lean-to which serves as his home. After collecting several herbs and spices, he seasoned the simple, nourishing meal...

Sicily — Food, Nature, and Archaeology

Sicily is a wonderful blend of the modern and ancient worlds “You can steal my money, but not my food.”  “If lunch or dinner doesn’t have at least five courses, it’s just a snack.”  “If you want things to go exactly as planned, don’t come here.” These words, spoken by...

Nevis' sweet plantation life

This “Rooms to Explore” feature focuses upon places throughout the country and the world where I have stayed that became part of the experience of visiting a destination. Places that bring to life the local history, culture and lifestyle in a very meaningful way –...

St. Kitts — A sweet tourism Nirvana that sugar built

A Caribbean island presents a sugary past and a warm present When Christopher Columbus sighted two small, adjacent islands during his second voyage to the New World in 1493, he named the larger of the two St. Christopher (now St. Kitts). Because the single peak that...

Offbeat Museums: From Bananas to Bones, Mustard to Magic

These are not your mother’s museums Question: What do staplers, candles and ear rings have in common? Answer: They’re among the items on display at a wacky and wonderful museum in California which claims that it has the largest collection in the world devoted to...