Shopping the World


Oh, I love the internet!  SHOP LATITUDE has come in to my box for months, and it has always been axed by my delete button.  Until yesterday.  Looking for a little daily candy (remember that gem?), I opened the site and started traveling.  And shopping.  Forty minutes later I was still trawling the site, looking at sale items (really…those earrings for $16.50??), taken by the designers’ backgrounds, inspired by the global give, and delighted to find old friends – Kenya’s Adel Dejak, New York’s Susan Easton, Mumbai’s Bungalow 8 among them.  The stuff is good, really good, and the prices are too.  And the site is going to the destination you can source the best shopping in that city.  Hang on to the list for your next jaunt to Istanbul or Rio.

One tip..there is lots of product, and  I found the best way for me to navigate the content was to click on Shop Designer and then scroll down through the names.  Each time you hover over a name, that person’s wares are featured above, and you can get a good sense of whether they appeal to you.



CO2010_0009 Scandola from Piana village

There is a Corsican saying:

 “If you live in Corsica, when you die and go to Paradise,

you will be disappointed.”

 Black and green schist, red and white granite, snowcapped peaks, mountain slopes

dense with pines, ancient olives and tangled bush, marine-rich turquoise water.

An infinity of bays.

 The Greeks called it Kalliste, “the most beautiful.” View full post »

Talk to the Animals

thumbs2Anna Breytenbach

Anna is a professional animal communicator who has received advanced training through the Assisi International Animal Institute in California, USA and has been practising for 12 years in South Africa, Europe and the USA with domestic and wild animals. Her conservation experience includes working with cheetahs, lions, wolves, baboons and elephants in educational and rehabilitation programmes. Anna’s goal is to raise awareness and advance the relationships among humans and other species, on both the personal and spiritual levels.

Watch Anna in action and be deeply moved:


Meditations on Travel #56


Vermillion walls with sea green trim, these houses, built cheek by jowl on this rocky lip fronting the Atlantic and the New World beyond, had been warehouses of misery, holding pens with a single exit — the “last door” as it was called – a bolted gate through which men, women and children, Africa’s black gold, were thrown on to waiting dinghies and ferried to ships anchored on the horizon.

Mali #2


Wide and sluggish, clogged in places with sansevieria, smooth as satin in others, the River seems to feed a country.  Capitaine and catfish, fresh and dried, are on offer everywhere, and the emerald gardens along the Niger’s bank, watered painstakingly with calabashes, produce the most astounding vegetables.  The Niger is a highway, an irrigation source, a trough, a washbasin, a pool to splash in.