For Mandie Adams, the total solar eclipse on Dec. 4 will be the 12th one she’s seen. It will also be the 12th for her teddy bear, Dinky Doo.
Seeing it won’t be easy. The eclipse will be visible only on a sliver of Earth in Antarctica, the South Orkney Islands and the surrounding ocean. Ms. Adams, a rental-property owner who lives in Southend-on-Sea, England, flew from London to Madrid to Buenos Aires to the town of Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina. From there, she will board a 15-day eclipse cruise, which sails through the notoriously turbulent Drake’s Passage, to see just under 2 minutes of total eclipse darkness—if there aren’t clouds.
Fun! Silliness! Sickness! Genius Mollusks! Death! Food! Romance! (Genius Mollusks?) Yes, you’ll find this and more in the following 11 posts, plus info about fascinating places you’ll be able to get to, let’s hope later this year.
This bespoke binge collection takes you around the world while you still aren’t getting out of the country, with what I consider my best travel posts of the past year. It’s become a tradition of mine over the last six years at forbes.com; this year a gift of good travel experiences in Europe, South Africa, Bali, Mexico, Guatemala, the U.S. and more. Easy to share them with friends who love to travel.
I fell in love with “My Octopus Teacher,” the recent documentary on Netflix. It may be the most beautiful, thought-provoking animal/man connection I’ve ever seen. (Well, definitely the most touching mollusk/man connection.) And so when I realized I had traveled to the area at the tip of South Africa where that little smarty-tentacled octopus lived in a kelp forest, I wrote about the environs above and below the water, with great pleasure.
Let’s get serious for a moment. I am among the many in 2020 who caught Covid-19. It was pretty bad, and the worst part for me was that it kept being bad from March to August. I am so much better now, but it was a long journey I never wish to take again. Please, keep yourself and others safe and wear a damn mask until the scientists tell us we don’t need to!
Riding the rails in privacy throughout some of the most beautiful scenery on earth, and then stopping at parks along the way — nifty. This article will interest you even after the pandemic, and is a good one to share with nature lovers.
As soon as I can safely haul myself into the world again, if I had to choose to visit one city — besides Paris, a given — it would be San Sebastian, in Northern Spain. That is, if they’d let me in. I can taste the fresh fish in the charming harborside restaurant, see the spinning art-nouveau carousel near city hall, imagine the sound of the waves at the festive beach area … soon. I hope.
I’ll end at the beginning — in January of 2020, when I thought about this somber topic. It’s a fitting end to my grouping of favorite posts, as it shows us how bad things can get, and that we can go on from there.