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Sculptor of the Sea Dimitrios Demu

One of the most delightful aspects of foreign travel is the discovery of massive talent in remote locales.  Such a place is the Museo Dimitrios Demu in Lechería, Anzoátegui, Venezuela.  Here is a museum of such diversity that it almost …

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Cruising to Cumana

Dave and I recently cruised to Cumana, Venezuela, in our classic trawler, Swan Song.  We go there often to buy diesel for the boat but rarely stay long enough to tour the city and outlying area so this visit was …

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Visit Isla Cubagua – Island of Pearls

One of the most enjoyable aspects of cruising is the discovery of beautifully deserted islands, many of which have fascinating histories.  Venezuela is filled with such locales – while most cruisers in this area have been to both Isla Margarita, …

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Decades of Living Aboard Three Albas

Serafin Varela of Madrid, Spain, had neither a boating background nor a bank account full of money when he started boating.  His first boat was a 420 Olympic class purchased with the profitfrom selling his motorcycle. He taught himself how …

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Andy Brandt – Sea Beans and Art

Have you ever walked along the beach and noticed the large sea beans that are sometimes scattered about?  Andy Brandt, an international artist, has directed her talents to painting, in oils, on just such large pods.  “While cruising the Bahamas, …

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How to Beat Stress on a Yacht: Meditation Yoga Sailing

Science has now proven that meditation and yoga are excellent for both mental and physical health – an evidenced way to manage stress.  Recently, when meditating, I have caught myself fantasizing about sailing.  I see myself behind the helm of …

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Fort Napoleon – Guardian of Guadeloupe Waters

I love Guadeloupe—each time I visit I discover a new source of wonder and delight.  On our recent return to Venezuela we made our customary stop, anchoring in Isle de Saintes where we usually do because of its accessibility and …

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Maria Esther Galban – The Sea in Sculpture

One of the most interesting aspects of cruising is learning about the art forms of other cultures and how they relate to the sea.  Maria Esther Galban is just such an artist; her relationship with the sea provides the focus …

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Angel Falls and the Waterfalls of Venezuela

Although I am a person who loves spontaneity, there is something to be said about knowing that you are about to have a great adventure in life.  Such was the occasion when good friends Nels and Linda Hagenson, along with …

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Alain Foy Jr – Artist and Builder of Saintoise Boats

Local Saintoise boats, built in Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, have always held a fascination for me.  When my friend, Yves Cohen, owner of Maogany Boutique, suggested that I write an article about Alain Foy Jr, a young artist/designer/builder of these strong …

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Saban Photographer and Artist Aaron Soares

Having lived in the Caribbean for 22 years, I have always found the interrelationships of old island families extremely interesting.  Such families include the Soares family from Anegada, BVI, and Every/Johnson families from Saba. I had the opportunity recently to …

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