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    great curiosity trying to pick up our scent and figure us out Walking slowly along the shore they sniffed old Beluga skeletons The young cubs rolled over almost like they were playing always under the watchful eye of their mother Cameras had a good workout Across the bay we noted another female with two larger cubs probably about a year and eight months old almost as big as she was while another large bear rested on shore oblivious to our quiet presence One more bear swam with ease out to a small ice flow and stood on the submerged ledge of the berg stretching up to check for food Glaucous Gulls and Thayer s Gulls waited nearby for something to happen We cruised again in the afternoon to enjoy close safe views of at least 20 Polar Bears for the day We wondered why so many skeletons of Belugas were on shore Coningham Bay is very shallow and this attracts Belugas to rub on the gravel bottom and slough old skin creating an opportunity for Polar Bears Possibly the whales become trapped at low tide and fall prey to Polar Bears which haul them onto the shore Bears gulls and other wildlife scavenge on the dead whales After we returned to the ship conversations buzzed over what each person witnessed on this fine day in the Canadian High Arctic We were all so happy to share this memorable wildlife experience and anticipated with enthusiasm the next day s wildlife viewing 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

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    that has something for every type of naturalist I m always amazed by the eclectic mix of plants at this location as the trail winds its way through a forest whose dominant species appear to be tree ferns palm trees and pines Lizards are commonly found during the hike along with numerous bird species including the endemic Cuban Pygmy Owl and Cuban Trogon The latter known locally as tocororo is an incredibly striking bird with its mixture of red white and iridescent green plumage The name is reflective of the distinctive call that sounds like to co ro ro Our trail includes access to a cave where interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations can be observed along with cave centipedes Back at the hacienda we enjoy delicious campfire roasted pig as the main course for lunch along with tasty tropical fruit for dessert We may also be treated to great views of a large Cuban Treefrog gazing down at us from the rafters of this open air restaurant Leisure time after lunch allows us the opportunity to watch for Cuban Emerald one of Cuba s two hummingbird species feeding at some of the many flowering plants or to relax in a comfortable chair enjoying the enchanted views from the hacienda s covered porch After lunch and relaxation we board our limousine for the return trip to Topes We stop along the way at Casa del Café for tasty local coffee before checking in to our garden rooms at Los Helechos Hotel Another location with fantastic tropical plants this hotel also has a collection of cycads growing in the courtyards Cycads have changed little since the Jurassic period and look something like a cross between a palm and a fern Our day ends with a refreshingly tasty Mojito during dinner at the

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    of its older buildings have been demolished to make way for government offices and the Sultan s blue and gold waterfront palace a kind of orientalised Art Deco built in 1972 The city certainly has its imposing buildings like the astonishing Grand Mosque which can hold 20 000 people and where the prayer hall boasts the largest chandelier in the world eight and a half tonnes of Swarovski crystal and what is claimed to be world s biggest single piece of hand woven carpet One of the original buildings is an aristocratic mansion that now houses the Bait al Zubair museum Here women wear traditional abayas dress with niqab veils and men are wearing dish dashas with a tassel hanging down from the collar These tassels would traditionally be dipped in perfume On their heads they wear either kumma a round hat or msarr which are wrapped like turbans Most people are in traditional dress Arabic is the first language although English is widely and well spoken The fabulous Mattra Souk is the most famous in the country The market is full of clothing and jewellery and traders chiming in after one another trying to catch your interest It seems hard to imagine that the harsh dry sands of Oman produce something much of the world once sought after The golden sap oozing out of incisions made in scrawny trees in the Omani desert becomes frankincense when left to harden in the sun Trade began many thousands of years ago with archeological evidence showing Neolithic remains of frankincense As a result the area was covered in fortresses providing security for the area as well as being places where traders could spend winter months The sap from the boswellia tree the one from which frankincense is tapped is not the only type of tree that produces a useful liquid Violinists ballet dancers and bull riders all need rosin derived from various coniferous trees to increase friction and reduce slippage Tree sap is also used in chewing gum cement and fossilising dinosaur teeth And what about the food of Oman Dates are used extensively in Omani cuisine Much livestock is fed on dates and there are countless varieties of dates in Oman Oman dates are different from what we find in North America syrupy inside when ripe and smaller in size A bite into the thin skin produces a little spurt of addictively sweet date syrup Some fruits are particular to the region the zam fruit looks like an olive and has a sweet chalky taste The butt fruit resembles a blueberry sweet and juicy like a cross between a red grape and a syrupy berry There is a marvelous selection of fresh fish skeel is particularly prized Salted dried fish is a common ingredient in Omani cuisine Click here to begin your own cultural exploration of Oman Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave

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    planning to row the Northwest Passage Their goal is admirable collect scientific data for Fisheries and Oceans Canada that will help provide early warnings of how the Arctic is changing 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 to your

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    to the considerable changes in elevation it is possible to visit old growth tropical cloud forest at lower elevations and over a relatively short distance move up into the stark landscapes of the scenic páramo grasslands above the tree line where snow will fall during the wet season Going hand in hand with Venezuela s varied landforms is its incredible variety of wildlife Over 1400 species of birds have been recorded there including 48 endemic species over 300 species of mammals and many reptiles Many of the birds are particularly striking in their forms and colours The Sword billed Hummingbird counts among these Its namesake and extremely long bill allows this denizen of high altitude forests to probe even the deepest of flowers in its quest for nectar There is plenty more variety for all nature lovers no matter the intensity or focus of their interests The sheer quantities of wildlife can also be spellbinding This is in clear evidence on Los Llanos pronounced yanos These extensive plains occupy a great part of the middle of the country and feature seasonally flooded grasslands and savannahs During the dry season water loving wildlife tends to become concentrated and this can make for particularly impressive sightings Huge numbers of conspicuous birds are seen in the open amidst the Capybara the world s largest rodent and various reptiles Ultimately one of the reasons we like Venezuela is its out of the way nature Venezuela has experienced very limited development of mass tourism and so many of its routes are untrammeled One can get a sense of the authentic while enjoying comfort You can begin your very own exploration of the road less travelled here Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You

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    Security Administration in the US A revised list has been posted to help you with what you can and cannot take on board 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 to your inbox Sign up today Order Your Catalogues

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    biodiversity conservation and will be on display at the Museum for a limited time starting this winter before he is returned to the Galápagos 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 to your inbox Sign up today Order Your

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    Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970 s the finger dance is now becoming a common sight at public ceremonies Another good reason to head to Indochina 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 to your inbox Sign up today

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