In Calum Glenny’s latest travel blog he visits the beautiful village of Frigiliana in Andalusia, Spain and explores the Main Street in the Old Town, Calle Real. He visits fabulous local bars, restaurants and shops in his walk through the stunning pueblo blanco. Calum discovers local food and delicacies such as the village honey and berejena’s.
Calum touches on the local transport available and for such a small village the great sports facilities within and on its doorstep in Nerja.
He names some of the local people who work tirelessly in the village shops, restaurants, and bars to ensure the village provides a superb service to both tourists and locals alike.
From both a short-term or longer stay perspective he covers all accommodation budgets and standards of flats, apartments, and villas, also including boutique hotels.
Calum also takes us to some of the popular tourist attractions and activities as well as some of the lesser-known. One unusual venue highlighted in the blog is used in the film ‘Death of Antonio Sanchez Lomas’. Filmed in Frigiliana, it demonstrates the effects of the violence stemming from Franco’s dictatorship and how the tragedies of that period are still reverberating through the village inhabitants today.
As fiestas are plentiful, especially in smaller villages in Spain, Calum speaks of the last weekend in August when the village hosts the Three Cultures Festival. The event highlights how and why Jews, Muslims, and Christians should live in peace and harmony. Despite a turbulent history, this celebration gives Frigiliana the opportunity to show off to the rest of the world.
Barbadians are extraordinary people; they are superb hosts, keen to please, unassuming, obliging, and witty. Barbados Innovations in Tourism result from its creativity and passion. This passion for innovation has produced a treasure trove of different and unique ways to explore and experience the island. Land, sea, underwater, underground, in the air, and up in the sky are the palette of their creativity.
Above the Ground and Into The Cosmos
Take the sky, for example, which is free and filled with wonder. On a clear Barbados night, you can see forever. Barbadian ingenuity has enhanced what you can see and how you can experience the wonders of the universe by the work and passion of the man who created a new way to understand the cosmos. He is cosmic pioneer Leo Branch.
Cosmic Pioneer Leo Branch
Renowned astronomer, Leo Branch, pioneered nighttime beach gazing at the stars. Small groups gather on the beach at night to explore the cosmos with his 10-inch portable telescope. He is filled with passion and has dedicated his life to helping people understand the cosmos. With fifty-four years of studying the stars, he is a walking encyclopedia with a profound knowledge of the universe. With humour and insight, he makes astronomy exciting and easy to understand. In addition to his signature beach events, Leo offers private lectures to groups in their homes and in other venues. Now in semi-retirement, he has been sought by major media including the BBC, and has entertained earthly stars with his knowledge of creation.
I looked through his telescope to my zodiac sign, Sagittarius, which he explained is the largest constellation in the Southern Hemisphere. Its many bright stars shining through the night are visible to the naked eye. The constellation was recorded in the 2nd century by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy, he named it Sagittarius, latin for the Archer. In the Sagittarius constellation, Nunki marks the vane of Archer’s arrow. He said Nunki is an important star nine times bigger than the sun. Pronounced as NunKee I heard Nookie and mused that it was more carnal than cosmic, which prompted a few giggles. Later, he explained to Anny that her sign, the constellation of Aries, the ram, is most compatible with Sagittarius. All eyes landed on me, they were eager for a confirmation of a budding romance: “Ah!” I said rather cheekily. “She just likes Nookie.”
Leo Branch Astronomer – leobranchbarbados (at) gmail.com
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Underground are the caves. Harrison cave tour is one of the most popular activities on the island. The tour includes an educational video explaining the geological history of Barbados. A submerged coral formation that was pushed out of the ocean by volcanic activity, it is unlike any other Caribbean island in many respects.
Again Bajan ingenuity created a unique cave train that takes visitors up to a hundred feet below the surface, in comfort and style. The buggy carriages look like modified golf carts. The winds along the twisting paths like a snake, a string of rubber-wheeled carts pulled by a custom-built, non-polluting engine.
Under the ocean, there are shipwrecks, corals, technicolor fish, turtles, firns, and sea plants. You can swim with the fish, in fact, swimming with the turtles is one of the most popular activities.
Specially built Catamaran sailing ships leave from the wharf in Bridgetown and sail to favorite picnic spots where guests dine onboard, as well as swim, snorkel, and relax.
You can snorkel or scuba dive right off the beaches in Barbados, many of the underwater features are within easy reach of the shore. Also, inshore reefs are within wading distance and are favorite spots for beach walks and interpretive tours. Local fishers cast their nets from the shore and fish with line and sinker from the rocks.
You can jump aboard the Atlantis submarine if you don’t want to get wet. This is a real submarine built in Canada as a recreational vehicle. The Barbados Atlantis operation has several vacation submarines which are piloted and managed by accredited Bajans.
Surfing the Wind and Waves
Bajans excel at surfing on the water, and the island has been called the “Surf Capital of the Caribbean”. The book Rogues in Paradise has an entire chapter about the wild sport of windsurfing and kitesurfing with wind hunters in the waves. In Rogues in Paradise, the true story of Barbados’ extraordinary-ordinary people, outrageous characters, rogues, heroes, places, and history, you will meet world-renowned windsurfer Brian Talma and some of his inspired guests who join him in hunting the perfect wind to jump the perfect wave.
See this and more about surfing with the Wind Hunters on the Barbados Blog Wind Hunters
Summary Video of Surfing with the Wind Hunters
Leo Branch Astronomer – leobranchbarbados (at) gmail.com Telephone: land line (246) 420 6384 , Mobile ,whatsapp app (246 ) 230 0572
In a first of its kind interactive map application, Barbados is using advanced map technology to illustrate the story of Barbados in the soon-to-be-published book Rogues in Paradise. Mapping Travel Literature is a GEOCADDER application that tells a story visually and interactively to enliven the story and display content related to locations in the book.
Mapping Travel Literature Brings The Story To Life
It is traditionally used to map and visualize resources, people, business operations, farmings, sport, tourism environment, and land use. This latest application animates the story of Barbados Rogues in Paradise. The story is about people, places, and history in 38 chapters. The people places history and events noted in the chapters relate to locations on the island. By clicking on the Table of Contents in the online documents, readers can navigate the chapters and read a summary. The maps can also animate tours and trips of the island that include events, places, and characters mentioned in the book.
Maps and books about maps or mapping have been around long before the digital age. Before photography and television, printed and hand-colored maps told the story of exploration and discovery. Maps are no stranger to storytelling. Mapping America illustrates maps of the Renaissance and the American Revolutionary War. Yet one does not often see interactive digital maps as an aid to navigating a true novel. Static maps often help give location context to a novel, but navigating a book with a GEOCADDER interactive visualization has never been done before.
What is New In Mapping for Travel and Tourism
The interactive map in the book Rogues in Paradise is a new way to navigate the story. Every chapter is about the outrageous characters, rogues, and heroes of the book. Where they live and where the story takes place is mapped, and online readers can simply click a chapter to read the summary. History and events are also related to locations that are similarly mapped. You can do this with google maps, but the Rogues application is built on GEOCADDER, making it very fluid, fast, and fun to zoom around the island and navigate the story.
“How Caribbean Travel Literature Powers Tourism” explores the evolution of travel writing and its impact on travel and tourism in the Caribbean. Todays’ traveler is looking for meaningful and transformative experiences, and travel literature is the key to discovering real meaning and culture. It explores the psychology of place, people, and culture, exposing uncomfortable truths with valuable insights into people, place, and history.
The blog How travel literature evolved reviews the writing and thoughts of leading literary masters, such as Paul Theroux. It delves into the classic Caribbean literary artist like Barbados’ George Lamming, Trinidads’ V.S, Naipaul, and St. Lucias’ Derek Walcott. It shows how travel literature is no longer a showcase of the best features of a destination but an essay of the psychology of place, time, people, culture, and history.
The Real Purpose of Travel
Travelers travel to escape, to have fun, and to learn. We learn by understanding differences and appreciating cultures from an intelligent and aware point of view. A view that is inclusive and accepting of other people and customers. It may be fiction and non-fiction, essay, poetry, memoirs, biographical accounts, and first-person narratives that search for the heart and soul of a destination. Travel lit opens up new frontiers withvagabond, footloose and fanciful stories about faraway places, and local communities.
Rogues In Paradise Compared
How Travel Literature Evolvedis also a contextual review of the book Rogues in Paradise. It compares and contrasts Rogues to others travel books including Bill Brysons, illustrating the differences in approach and treatment of the characters.
Rogues in Paradise is a masterful example of How Travel Literature Powers Tourism. It paints a compelling story of people, lifestyles, and history with wit and subtle humour. At the same time, it is a provocative narrative of a troubled past with lessons on humanity and inclusion.
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Video-CaribLit: Caribbean Travel Literature &Tourism
The Story Behind Rogues in Paradise is the Story of the making of Rogues in Paradise. It is almost as intriguing as the book itself.
The Book Rogues in Paradise is the upcoming true Caribbean saga by Ian R. Clayton that is abuzz in the Media. Reviews say it sets a new standard for travel literature as it combines journalistic research & reporting,lyrical storytelling, history, place, and culture with travel memoirs and literature.
In the latest Blog about Rogues in Paradise, Clayton explains:
“After 20 years of travel blogging and developing the very first Caribbean Digital Tourism Encyclopedia, I set out to describe the people of Barbados and capture their wit and humour. What intrigued me most was why, after centuries of slavery, Bajans were so inclusive, welcoming, and full of fun. I wanted to capture and understand the special characteristics of these remarkable people. In the process, I started a life journey with more books on character and meaning to come.”