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    mix of contemporary and period touches A lap pool for a reviving dip Fusion cuisine fresh fish of course and lots of light vegetarian dishes served at the open air rooftop restaurant Chettinad is the cultural home of the Chettiars a community that dates back to the Chola period and made its fortune as money lenders merchants and jewellers Most Chettiars migrated to Sri Lanka Singapore Burma Vietnam and Malaysia in the 19th and 20th centuries They sent back lavish fittings and furnishings for their ancestral homes Thousands of these magnificent mansions still stand Far from the tourist heart of India seventy dusty villages hide these incredible homes Visalam is one of these This 80 year old home in the village of Kanadukathan is now a restored heritage hotel with 15 rooms The open central courtyard is flanked by tall pillars intricately carved thresholds heavy doors and black and white marble tiled floors The mix of architectural styles is delightful Art Deco mixes with colonial mixes with traditional south Indian All in all much more home than hotel Guestrooms are huge and airy Tiled floors and overhead fans keep the rooms cool and there s AC too if you need it High antique beds are fitted with gorgeous fabrics Colonial style furniture keeps the right feel Bathrooms are blissfully modern There s a lovely swimming pool for lolling away the quiet hours Ask the chef for a tour of the hotel s organic garden where most of the vegetables for the kitchen are grown Chettinad cuisine is known for its flavourful and fiery cuisine which the hotel tones down for us Breakfast includes a nice choice of western items as well as local fare paniyaram fried dumplings eaten with chutneys and idiyappam string hoppers with kosumalli a local stew Meals are served either in the cool of the dining room during the day or outside on the covered terrace Dinners are served in traditional style my banana leaf is filled with dollops of the aromatic and perfectly spiced delicacies Chettinad chicken mixed vegetable kootu drumstick sambar Village ladies are in the kitchen sharing their recipes with younger chefs Every afternoon I m invited to watch a dish being prepared and learn a recipe While exploring the area I also enjoyed moments of daily life The local market is a cornucopia of lush vegetables and fruits The tile workshops at Athangudi are re introducing the turn of the last century tradition of hand made floor tiles the clever use of colours and techniques create stunning floor tiles in floral geometric and paisley patterns The weaving centre in the village features cotton sari lengths and fabrics purchasing here means funds go straight to the villagers to keep traditional crafts alive Are you ready for Sublime South India 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

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    We ll be finding and enjoying birds interpreting their behaviours and giving you bird finding and identification tips too Lunch and Learn Sessions Quest leaders will be presenting a number of the Park s Lunch and Learn presentations at the Visitor Centre Sessions presented by Quest Nature Tours leaders include the following Birding By Ear with Justin Peter Friday May 6 at 11 30 AM and Friday May 13 at 12 30 PM Improving Your Bird Photography with Tony Beck Friday May 6 at 12 30 PM Improving Your Hawk Identification Skills with Chris Earley Saturday May 14 at 11 30 AM Northbound Shorebirds Shorebird Identification with Jean Iron Sunday May 8 at 12 30 PM and Saturday May 14 at 12 30 PM Worldwide Nature Travel Presentations We ll present noon hour talks on a variety of Quest destinations such as Cuba Madagascar India and the Galapagos The dates are May 5 7 9 10 11 12 15 Talks will be in the Park s Visitor Centre A schedule will be posted there We will also be operating our Quest Nature Tours booth at the Birder s Roost from May 3 through May 15 inclusive You can come by to find out more about our latest tour news and special offers and meet our staff and leaders You can also fill out an entry form for our draw prize of a brand new Bushnell Elite 20 60X 80 mm spotting scope courtesy of Bushnell Canada We re very excited to work again with the Friends of Point Pelee and Parks Canada in this very special place To find out more about the Festival of Birds please visit the official Festival site at www festivalofbirds ca On behalf of our leaders and staff we hope to see you there Recent

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    immediately seems so perfectly at home in its surroundings right from its appearance to its rollicking song which also recalls something tumbling from atop the highest reaches of the canyons within which the bird dwells This was my first introduction to the American Southwest My second came a few months later during a July visit to one of North America s nature hotspots southeastern Arizona Located adjacent to the Mexican border and with Mexico clearly in sight at many points during the trip this biodiversity mecca is a favourite destination for travelers seeking both temperate and sub tropical birds mammals reptiles and plants Over 12 species of hummingbird 2 trogons Olive and Red faced Warblers Vermilion Flycatchers numerous rattlesnakes Collared Peccaries and the charismatic Acorn Woodpecker are stand outs in an already impressive cast of characters which also includes the iconic Canyon Wren Then there are of course the canyons themselves The state s license plate reminds us that Arizona is The Grand Canyon State and there s no question that the famed canyon is very grand indeed It is an absolute geological marvel of size shape and colour running for a remarkable 446 km with a width and depth of 29 km and 1 6 km respectively but what if I told you that across the border in the northwestern reaches of Mexico lies a canyon four times as large and with an even more tropical flavour to its flora and fauna Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce to you the Copper Canyon A few years after our Nevada encounter with that lone Canyon Wren my father began leading annual Quest trips to the Copper Canyon in Mexico s Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range Since then this tour has become a particularly special hand me down tour as I have gladly taken the reigns In preparing for the upcoming September departure it has been fascinating to pore over my father s old notes from past visits to one of Mexico s surprisingly least known major natural attractions One passage of chicken scratch no doubt hastily written during a canyon side descent simply reads scenery with ever changing light awesome at all times not a bad starting point This awesome scenery is front and centre on the tour and provides a constantly awe inspiring backdrop whether we are hiking along a rocky ridge or passing a cascading waterfall aboard the Chihuahua al Paci fico train An added bonus of an autumn visit to the Copper Canyon is the bevy of blooming flowers borne of the recently concluded rainy season We can find a flourish of colour from the blooms as well as the orioles tanagers and hummingbirds feeding among them especially in the moist tropical milieu of the canyons floors There are also tropical specialties such as the Military Macaw Elegant Trogon and lovely Lilac crowned Parrots that remind us that we are at the gateway of mega diverse Tropical America As for the tiny bird whose descending song introduced

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    next day we saw the Lesser Anteater as well The guides were knowledgeable and very helpful The drivers were excellent Katherine H Brazil The main driver exceeded my expectations He was terrific The local guides ranked from met to most that exceeded my expectations A special mention to Sandiq who I felt was terrific and should be commended Always level headed quiet and watching everyone s back Compassionate and able to deal with every situation without creating undue pressure or excitement Wonderful with all of us and a great people person And a special thank you to Lewie who was always on top of things also a great people person and who I am certain created new experiences for us on the spot by virtue of being able to make instantaneous decisions Kudos to Sandiq and Lewie Stuart F India As you well know this experience is one of a kind diverse unique mind blowing and very special We had a truly amazing time and the itinerary couldn t have been better The weather too was magnificent especially as we floated along on the ocean in our ship and pangas Suffice to say I am most grateful for all that Worldwide Quest put together on my our behalf and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me live out my dream in the enchanted islands of the Galápagos Julie B Galapagos Islands To learn more about Private Journeys with Worldwide Quest 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 Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the

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    reading and on site discussions coupled with unrushed and thoughtful travel to deepen my understanding of a people and a place In this instance before leaving home I had formed some preliminary impressions I had expected the stark remote and beautiful landscapes but the gla Going with the Floe By Robin McKie It was the sight of a beached whale that provided us with a hint that we might soon get up close and personal with one of the planet s greatest predators Our party was drifting in Zodiac power boats over the icy waters of Coningham Bay on Prince William Island in Canada s high Arctic when the beluga was spotted lying on the shore A couple of others were seen Tales from the Ioffe Spotting Whales and Bears in Canada s Northwest Passage By Ian Shanahan Our second consecutive day highlighted by jaw dropping Arctic whale encounters was drawing to a close After spending the final day of August exploring the dramatic Gibbs Fjord and sighting 2 pods of Narwhals surfacing against a backdrop of cascading outflow glaciers September greeted us with glass calm seas sunny skies and upwards of twenty Bowhead Whales perhaps the planet s longest liv Two Japanese Recipes from Diane and Doug Clement By Diane and Doug Clement Diane and Doug travel the world and find inspiration through the culture s cuisine They recently led our alumni UBC group tour through Japan called Japan Food Fitness and Healthy Ageing They returned home with two special recipes to share with us Like many Canadians Diane and I have a real interest in extending our independence and active years as we age Can we learn something from Japan in First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 22 Next Last Recent

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    memories But what if you had to choose a favourite city Would you choose the romance of Paris the grandeur of Rome the energy of New York Perhaps your special city is Barcelona or Buenos Aires In June Travel Leisure magazine published its annual awards Thousands of readers voted on the best city in the world to visit which was Tour Leader Diane Clement Earned a High Honour By Samantha Clark We are very excited and honoured Diane and her husband Doug Clement The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame has selected 11 outstanding individuals and one team for induction as part of its 2016 class the 50th in its history In the coach builder category Wally Buono Football Diane Clement Athletics and Allison McNeill Basketball have been selected Induction recog Laurielle s Favourite Travel Books By Laurielle Penny In my family holiday gifts mean one of two things booze or books Almost all of my gift giving this season will be happily reduced to these two choices I m happy to share a few of my favourite travel books The Road to Oxiana by Robert ByronThe diary of a journey made by the author in 1933 34 through the Middle East visiting Beirut Jerusalem Baghdad Thick knees Lizards and Viscachas in Peru By Jean Iron Bright colorful birds such as macaws and parrots and large mammals like Polar Bears lions and tigers are always big attractions and high on everyone s must see list But sometimes we come across animals that are small and so cryptic they are almost overlooked yet they have interesting lifestyles On our recent Quest Nature Tours trip to Peru we had several encounters with inconspicuous wildlife First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 22 Next Last Recent

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    are giving talks on literature classical music and rock cut churches of Ethiopia Also a special feature will be a presentation of India s classical Odissi dance Wednesday November 4 7 00 9 00pmToronto Botanical Garden at 777 Lawrence Ave E Please RSVP to Samantha to re Scotland Wildlife of the Highlands and the Islands By Justin Peter In July 2016 we re headed to Scotland the seat of Great Britain s largest wild spaces Surprising to some it has been the topic of re wilding debates as many are convinced it contains enough wilderness to sustain the re introduction of Moose and Brown Bear While we won t see these species there yet we will have the fantastic opportunity to discover the extent and gra The Dawn of Civilisation Pre Bagan Urban Cities in Myanmar By Paula Swart Limited space still available to join UBC Study Leader Paula Swart on a trip of a lifetime along Myanmar s Irrawaddy River For more information and to request a detailed itinerary please click here At the annual meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held in June 2014 in Qatar it was announced that the Ancient Pyu Cities of Myanmar were officially inscribed as cultural property on the o Dubai or Not Dubai That is the Question By Ann Kirkland Confession I want to sell you a Travel Pursuit to Dubai from March 7 to 13 2016 Selling does not come naturally to me but I think this trip deserves an extra push since if you are anything like I was Dubai may not be on your radar My vision of the emirate such as it was could be summed up by this anonymous quote an affluent bubble in a cloudless sky confected in a First Previous 1 2 3 4

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    office as we ve been putting together our Quest Nature Tours catalogue with exciting line up of tours for 2016 2017 One of the tasks that we face each year is choosing the cover photo for the next catalogue and this process sometimes leads to vigorous debate in the office As usual we ve narrowed our selection of photos down to Cappadocia Vs Fiction By Miranda Hueston Have you ever been reading a book or watching a movie and found yourself wishing that you could be transported to these beautiful fictional lands Cappadocia in Turkey is world famous for its fairytale landscape But what exactly does such a landscape entail Its unique otherworldly features may border on overwhelming to the curious traveller who doesn t know what to expect W The Unstoppable Diane and Doug Clement By Samantha Clark We d like you to meet one of the most passionate and energetic couples we know former Olympians Diane and Doug Clement This week we had the pleasure of welcoming this unstoppable duo from Vancouver to our office in Toronto as they re leading our upcoming tour with alumni UBC titled Japan Food Fitness and Healthy Ageing Diane and Doug are currently in Toronto to get Has Two Leaves Dies Hard By Justin Peter One of the truisms and clichés we hear about desert environments is that their resident life forms are specialized to survive and even thrive under difficult conditions It isn t generally difficult to imagine how a desert organism s shape and behaviours make sense insofar as they contribute to its survival for instance it is intuitive to us that a cactus stores water when ava First Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 22 Next Last Recent Articles Lynette

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