Our place in time…

I remember walking through Venice in a trance.  As my eyes took in the overwhelming beauty of the city my mind reeled with questions of how history and culture had carved out this unimaginable place.  Around every corner the bridges and pathways laid out a labyrinth of intrigue and story.  Each doorway was an invitation to explore the nature of this way of life.  How did this place come to be?  Who envisioned this remarkable water lined community and how am I so lucky to be here?  As I sat alone along a quiet canal, photographing homes that rose straight out of the water, I was struck by an awareness that I too was now part of its history.  My own footsteps had been added to the record of time as Venice and I took each other in.

As I travel I inherit fragments of each place, and take them with me on my path.  Venice inspires in me a sense of awe at what the swell of humanity is capable of.  Lives and footsteps and stories combine through history, each impacting its course, resulting in the very moment that I experience here and now.  As the culmination of time arrives through my senses I accept that my contribution is underway, and smile at the opportunity to make my mark.  I believe that each of us are here to participate in the unfolding of time and the evolution of culture.  As we expose ourselves to the world we open within ourselves new doors of understanding of what it means to be alive.

My arrival in Venice in 1996, was by train.  Railpass in hand, and backpack as companion, I scraped Liras out of my pockets for cheap accommodations and dined on pizza truck delicacies drinking stowed bottles of Italian wine.  The shoe string of my budget could not diminish the deliciousness of the experience but my next voyage will be by sea.

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Windstar Cruises

 

“Vacation with Europe’s elite along the sun-drenched shores of Croatia, Montenegro, and tiny Capri. Let your imagination soar as you travel through time to discover the magic of Venice, the grandeur of Rome, and the stunning beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. From the Grand Canal to St. Peter’s Square, this is a voyage of superlatives. “-www.windstarcruises.com

 

Are you are ready to make your mark on Venice?  Can you hear the flap of the sails as you travel the coastline of Italy; taste the wine and feel the Mediterranean sun on your skin?  If you are, call the expert agents at Niche Travel Group to make it happen.  Ask about a special discount rate for Canadian Travellers.

Niche Travel Group  902-407-4567

Faith@nichetravelgroup.ca

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Destination weddings are fun for everyone!

I have been to many weddings, most of which were a lot of fun and full of love.  My own was a winterland love fest in Lethbridge in the dead of March.  What we lacked in sunshine and warm weather we made up in revelry and dancing.  I honestly wouldn’t have had it any other way and, ten years later, the marriage has stuck.  However if I was to do it again, and just may (loving nod to my husband), I would seriously consider a destination wedding. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to have a friend oblige me in my travel lust by getting married in Mexico and while it may well be true that she chose a destination wedding for her own love of sunshine and good times, I felt like a winner none the less.

It all started with some margaritas at the airport with friends who were also attending the wedding.  We had parked all our children and pets with caring loved ones for the week and could let our hair down from day one.  Boarding the friendly West Jet flight that took us towards the sun we were greeted by none other than the bride and groom, and while I can’t be certain, I think they enjoyed our overly boisterous excitement of their impending nuptials. The week at the stunning Grand Palladium Vallarta was spend visiting with friends, lounging on the beautiful beach, dining on delicious food, partaking of free surfing lessons, drinking frosty beverages from one of many great bars, and swimming in one of the lovely pools.  The ceremony took place on a patio overlooking the ocean and the reception was right on the beach.  It was perfect in every way.  http://www.palladiumhotelgroup.com/en/Riviera-Nayarit/Palladium-Vallarta-Resort-Spa/

The ceremony.
The sunlit ceremony overlooking the ocean
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Another one? In the pool? Well maybe just one more…
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The view from our room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a reunion, a party, a vacation and a wedding all rolled into one sun drenched good time.  I would recommend to all you will be brides out there to think about booking yourself in for a whole week of love rather than just one day.  Your guests will love you for it!

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We might just have to do it again.

To book your destination wedding I would highly recommend calling Faith at the incomparable Niche Travel Group.  (902) 407-4567

She has booked hundreds of happy couples into stunning beach resorts and can help you make your trip a dream come true.  I would also recommend the Grand Palladium Vallarta as your wedding venue.  They went above and beyond!   Niche Travel Group Dartmouth Nova Scotia