DANCING WITH DOLPHINS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
On a trip to the Maldives, C. James Dale has a once-in-a-lifetime encounter, thanks to his pregnant wife
We had barely begun breakfast when my wife made a muffled sound, as though the coffee had burnt her mouth.
“Mmm…mmm…dolphins,” Katie blurted out, running to the railing of the Four Seasons Explorer, a luxury catamaran that plies the turquoise-blue waters of the Maldives. “Get the camera.”
Although we’d been together for nearly a decade, I’d only just learned of Katie’s deep-seated obsession with these cetaceans (I mean, she’d cried during The Cove, but who hadn’t?). I fumbled with the equipment, clumsily attaching the zoom lens, and ran to join her, squinting to see what she was pointing at. Then I caught the flash of a dorsal fin breaking the surface and snapped away. Seconds later, it was gone, but the rush remained.
**The rest of this piece will be published in an upcoming issue of Signature Magazine.**
History and great buys in Okinawa’s Tsuboya Pottery District
The traditional Okinawan industry still lives in the hills and back streets of Naha. Here’s where to find it
The air is fresh from a recent rainfall as we step onto a tiny street in Okinawa’s capital of Naha. On a cloudy day, it’s even more apparent that this city — with its chunky concrete buildings designed to withstand typhoons — would never make a “Most Beautiful Places in the World” list.
But it does have its share of charming nooks and crannies.
One of them is the centrally located Tsuboya Pottery District.
A different approach: Golf in Okinawa
Amid ocean breezes and tropical scenery, even amateur golfers can’t get upset with their games in Okinawa
Failing at golf in a beautiful, outdoor setting feels so much better than shanking 5-irons in front of a computer screen with a bucket of balls and some local champion in a Tiger Woods wardrobe at your side.
Which is why I’ve chosen the Kise Country Club (KCC) in Okinawa to make my not-so-triumphant return to the game.
Healing waters: The Japanese onsen experience
Soaking up one of Japan’s best-loved traditions is a tonic for both mind and body
For a brief moment, I feel like a Japanese snow monkey — those furry, red-faced creatures that descend from the cliffs and forests of Nagano to sit and soak in hot spring water.
Flakes fall around me. Steam drifts into the air. I’ve nothing much on my mind.
It’s after 7 a.m. and I’m tout nu inside a private bath on a terrace at Arcana, a boutique hotel hidden in the trees of Japan’s Izu Peninsula.
The setting and time of day conspire to make me feel as though I’m the only one in the world who’s awake.
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Next time you’re in Chiang Rai, Thailand and you have $50 burning a hole in your pocket, why not try a cup of Black Ivory Coffee? It’s a new brew made from beans eaten by elephants and plucked a day later from their dung.
Click over to the Toronto Star to read about the coffee, and the Canadian behind it.
Insider Guide: Best of Toronto
The New York of the “Great White North” is a standout international destination
Toronto would be just another dot on the map of the United States had Canadian, British and First Nations warriors not banded together to beat the Americans and win the War of 1812.
Two centuries later, the city once known as York is the biggest in Canada and one of the most multicultural in North America, home to 2.5 million people (5.5 million in the Greater Toronto Area, or GTA) of more than 200 distinct ethnic origins.
Other Canadians often mock Torontonians for their center-of-the-universe attitude, but top dogs are always targets for those with bones to pick. This city is the country’s economic and social powerhouse.
Once ruled by Victorian and Protestant morality, it has matured over the past few decades into a truly international destination, with a vibrant bar, restaurant and club scene, not to mention world-class sports teams and arts institutions.
Toronto the Good, as it was once called (and sometimes is still called in jest), isn’t afraid to show its bad side — or any of its sides.
It’s a city of neighborhoods — Chinatown, Little Italy, Riverdale. It’s a city of festivals — the Toronto International Film Festival, Caribana, Gay Pride. But above all, the best of Toronto makes it a livable city, one full of promise and potential.
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Tokyo: The sweetest city in Asia
From donuts to ice cream, chocolate to scones, the Japanese capital is the place to get your sugar fix
C. James Dale
Tokyo — home of sushi, soba and sake — is no slouch when it comes to sweets.
Bakeries abound. Candy is plentiful. Chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes.
If the folks who put together the Michelin guide gave out stars for businesses devoted to sugar in all its glorious incarnations, Tokyo would no doubt grab a galaxy’s worth.
Here are some of our favorite high-calorie hangouts.
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