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    the world Trinidad a preserved Spanish colonial settlement virtually unchanged from the mid 19th century and Cienfuegos a pretty seaside town built along the country s most spectacular bay We will read and discuss relevant works of literature and eat in paladares small restaurants located in owners homes We will soak up the tropical atmosphere and think about Cuba under Battista Cuba under the Castros and the Cuba yet to be But above all we meet a cross section of citizens those who remember pre revolutionary times and young people whose entire lives have been spent under a Castro regime We will listen to writers artists musicians architects and photographers to hear from them what they wish to hold on from their way of life and their hopes dreams and fears for the future What will change and what will remain Prognosticators of all stripes offer a variety of scenarios some grim some banal some optimistic While we will not be able to predict the exact nature of Cuba s future we will certainly be able to appreciate the things the Cubans hope to hold onto and those things to which they will happily say adieu Our first trip April 2 13 sold out quickly We have added a second trip April 13 24 Limited space remains I would very much enjoy the pleasure of your company but you must act quickly otherwise we might have room for you on the trip but be unable to get you to Cuba as flights are filling very very fast Literary Cuba What Now What Next A Country in Transition Vamos a lo largo Ann Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at

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    a unique opportunity to try the Japanese arts ourselves under the guidance of expert Japanese artisans We will practice tea ceremony calligraphy flower arrangement and woodblock printing Zen encourages stillness and serenity This resonates for many of us never more so than now in our age of instant communication We can feel bombarded with texts and emails demands on our time and attention Perhaps it is only by being still that we can best respond to each other and the world Pico Iyer thinks so When he was twenty nine Iyer left New York for the contemplation of Kyoto and he writes movingly about it in The Lady and the Monk In a new book and TED talk The Art of Stillness he argues for the restorative power of slowing down and being fully present Iyer gives an analogy It s like our lives are a huge screen or canvas but we are too close too caught up in all the details the thousands of spots of paint or pixels It is only by stepping back that we can gain the proper perspective And from this quiet place we can engage with others in a meaningful way Central to all Travel Pursuits are the Shared Inquiry discussions I m especially looking forward to how we speak and listen as a group after we have been touched by contemplative nature of classical Japan Kyoto is the Florence of the East It is the city that I as a Western artist most want to visit I can understand why Japanese art had such an important influence on Whistler Degas and Van Gogh This theme is explored in a new exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco Looking East How Japan Inspired Monet Van Gogh and Other Western Artists I m

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    50th in its history In the coach builder category Wally Buono Football Diane Clement Athletics and Allison McNeill Basketball have been selected Induction recognizes excellence in sport contribution to sport and the impact on sport in British Columbia in the categories of athlete builder team pioneer and media The BC Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee is comprised of 15 individuals representing the BC sport community at large members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame the Board of Trustees and the media he 2016 Inductees the Hall s 50th Induction Class will be formally inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame at the Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 9th 2016 Read the full article here Learn more about tour leaders Diane and Doug Clement here Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder Puff plant taken by tour leader Glenn Barrett in Cuba We Want To Hear From You Have a travel tip or news item you want to share with us Please send us an email with the details and if we can credit you for providing us with the info Questions Ready to book Call 1 800 387 1483 or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO Reg 2667946 Sign Up for our Newsletter Great travel articles and specials all sent directly

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    800 CE We knew they were there but could hardly pick them out Their large eyes give a clue that they re nocturnal and because they re active at night much of their behaviour is a mystery In the jungle of the Peruvian Amazon we found the Collared Tree Runner known locally as Plica plica It blended in perfectly on the bark of a tree Active during the day high in trees this lizard only comes down to the ground to lay its eggs The Dido Longwing is a large graceful butterfly found in the Amazon where it flies in the shadows of tall mature trees looking to feed on nectar Machu Picchu is one of the top archaeological wonders of the world Perched high in the Andes this was once home to hundreds of Incas in pre Hispanic times Today thousands of visitors pass through daily fascinated by Inca culture and the beauty of the site Yet how many notice the Viscachas the modern residents of Machu Picchu resting quietly among the slabs of the ancient buildings Here a mother takes care of her young Viscachas are closely related to Chinchillas and resemble large rabbits with a long bushy tail Quest Nature Tours is looking forward to the next Highlights of Southern Peru tour in October 2017 Request a detailed itinerary here Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder

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    compiled a list of page turning literature that is sure to heighten your knowledge of the mysterious lands of India A Passage to India by E M Forster a novel selected as one of the 100 best English language novels of the twentieth century by the Modern Library Recommended Reading Flight By Elephant By Samantha Clark As we ponder the possibilities that await us in Myanmar next March it s only natural that we are curious about the history and crave context Our tour leader Paula Swart recommended this gripping read for us Flight By Elephant by Andrew Martin the untold story of World War II s most daring jungle rescue The full synopsis is as follows The incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese e Marooned Among the Polar Bears By Justin Peter Early last November near Churchill Manitoba our Quest Nature Tours group was watching two Polar Bears at close range from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy a hulky vehicle specially designed to allow us to safely watch Polar Bears which are the largest of the world s eight bear species weighing upwards of 1 800 pounds They had been unenthusiastically chewing on seaweed on the shore of Words from Morocco By Laurielle Penny I discovered the gorgeous seaside town of Essaouira it s a little jewel filled with craft shops like this shoe store I discovered Who could resist raffia sandals made to measure Latif has an array of brightly coloured shoes pick the style and the colour and he will measure and cut the sole to fit Latif is the fourth generation of shoe maker here carrying on a tradition that is still fre First Previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

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    east side of the island was long thought to comprise the same species as that in the west However the eastern ones were known to be isolated from the larger western population Subsequent genetic investigation has recently revealed that the eastern tortoises are more closely related to the tortoises on faraway Chatham Island to the east than to the western population on their own island The genetic gulf between the eastern and western tortoises was enough to have the eastern population christened another species bearing the name Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise Relatively little is yet known about the Eastern Santa Cruz Tortoise s life history and the peculiar survival challenges that it faces but its naming will also confer special attention on its members and ensure more is learned about them We won t have a chance to see this species with our own eyes but we re just happy to know that they are there and that there are dedicated researchers studying them closely We thank the Galapagos Conservancy for disseminating this news Quest Nature Tours is proud to work with Galapagos Conservancy Canada GCC the Canadian affiliate of the Galapagos Conservancy GCC raises funds and awareness for research on and preservation and restoration of the Galapagos unique habitats and wildlife Quest makes a donation to GCC for each Quest traveller who books on one of our Galapagos departures There is still space on our February 2016 departure and we are taking bookings for November 2016 To learn more about our upcoming departures please click here Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a

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    the bushes outside my cabin Loons and eiders nest on islands Jaegers and Peregrine Falcon soar overhead I return for the unscheduled performances of Caribou Wolverine Grizzly Bears Muskox Arctic Wolf and Arctic Hare As we ply the waters and walk the land I try to develop the Inuit s ability to scan a landscape and see what doesn t belong there Maybe someday I ll be the first to point out the day s best sighting I come for the garden of Arctic flowers abloom on the tundra lousewort lupine fireweed avens and orchids and so many more that Page Burt the lodge s naturalist has documented in her Arctic flower guide Barrenland Beauties And I come for the rock gardens along the shoreline with their beautifully coloured and shaped and layered rocks laced with patterns of yellow orange and grey lichen I return for the early human history of the area evident at Inuit archeological sites with tent rings meat caches and caribou runs and in demonstrations of traditional tools and clothing We learn the European history in the area such as Franklin s exploration of the Inlet while seeking the Northwest Passage and the lodge itself being a former Hudson s Bay trading post And always I return knowing that I will be met with the gentle and tireless hospitality of lodge staff the Inuit families the Warners and Page Burt I can think of no better place to connect with and learn about Canada s amazing Arctic than with these people and at this place Bathurst Inlet Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on

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    November 4 7 00 9 00pm Toronto Botanical Garden at 777 Lawrence Ave E Please RSVP to Samantha to reserve your seat samantha worldwidequest com or 416 633 5666 1 800 387 1483 Click to browse Literary Adventures Music Tours and Cultural Explorations Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder Puff plant taken by tour leader Glenn Barrett in Cuba We Want To Hear From You Have a travel tip or news item you want to share with us Please send us an email with the details and if we can credit you for providing us with the info Questions Ready to book Call 1 800 387 1483 or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO Reg 2667946 Sign Up

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