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Holi, India’s Festival of Colors is a raucous spring festival that can be fun for tourists.

The ancient Hindu religious festival usually falls in early March, the date determined by the lunar calendar. It’s also known as the Festival of Love.

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a ritual of spring and a  family affair in Goa, India. Photo by Terri Colby

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a ritual of spring and a family affair in Goa, India.

There are bonfires and drinking, but the festival is notable because of the throwing of colors. Locals and tourists participate freely by chasing each other and tossing the colored waters or powders at anyone and everyone during street festivals. So be careful if you don’t want to participate. In any event, don’t wear your best clothes.

The throwing of colors once had particular significance as a rite of spring. Not only a time to imbibe and to frolic, the colorful powders made from natural herbs and plants were used to fight off colds and viruses that came with the change of the seasons.

The celebrations begin with a Holika bonfire the night before Holi. The next day, everyone is fair game for the throwing of the colors, no longer made from natural herbs,  in parks and nearly any open space. Groups carry drums and musical instruments and sing and dance along the way.

Some men have become intoxicated and aggressive toward women travelers in recent years, so caution is important.

My story about Un-Cruise’s Legacy of Discovery Cruise appeared Jan. 18 in the Chicago Tribune. Here are a few photos from the cruise and a link to take a look at the story as it appeared in the Tribune. Click on Rivers_of_History to see a PDF.Legacy Beer Trib 589 copy Legacy Canyon for Trib 323 copy Legacy River View Trib 580 Legacy Wagon Trib 449 copy

You might like to see my review  of a reasonably priced, custom suitcase, that was recently published on the ChicagoTribune.com website. From California company Ugobags, this is my new favorite piece of luggage.

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This is my custom-designed suitcase, using my photograph of an Oregon waterfall as the main image on the front of the case.

I hate waiting for my bags to come around on the luggage carousel at the airport. Even when I have a bright red piece, or have attached a flashy ribbon or tag to a black suitcase, there always seems to be another piece that looks a bit like mine. With this suitcase, I don’t think I’ll be doing any double takes. And I love looking at one of my favorite photographs on the front, along with advertising for this website and my twitter handle, @colbyontheroad.

My bright green handles and wheels really stand out. There are a lot of color choices and you could even do multicolored wheels and handles if you like. You are the designer.

Pick out a really cool photo and get one of these for yourselves. You won’t be disappointed.

Happy travels.

Chopin and Warsaw

If you’ve been to Warsaw, no doubt you’ve noticed the adoration that still swirls around composer Frederic Chopin.

Now, there’s news that his heart, kept in a Warsaw church, has been exhumbed and examined.

Take a look at the story here.

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A lovely park in Warsaw with a statue of Frederic Chopin, where free concerts are performed on summer Sundays.

Sun-Sentinel Cover story

Kenya Sun Sentinel

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Sunset on the savannah.

Of my many recent travels, none compare with my safari in Kenya. It’s a trip of a lifetime and definitely worth saving for. Naturalists say it’s possible that the safari experience could be decimated in another 20 years because of decreasing animal habitat, poaching and the encroachment of modern life.

I can’t recommend it more. Don’t wait. Europe will look pretty much the same in 20 years. Not necessarily so for the African savannah.

If you’re afraid of Ebola, think again. Europe is closer to the sites of the Ebola outbreak than are the western African safari destinations.

Here is a link to my safari story that appeared in The Chicago Tribune Travel section on Nov. 9, 2014. There are 11 more photos there, so please take a look.

 

On safari in Kenya

 

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One of the big birds at sunset.

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Up close with a giraffe.

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Elephants are one of the big 5.

Cruising Greece

Think about a small ship cruise if you want to spend some time in Greece.

A room with a view.

A room with a view.

Here’s my story published in October in the Chicago Tribune Travel section. Have a look. For more information, you can contact Adventursmithexplorations.com or Varietycruises.com.

 

 

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