Two Cuban Recipes; One History Lesson

Gabrielle Joyce's avatar By Gabrielle Joyce | 11 Nov 2016
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Considered a national dish in Cuba, Ropa Veija, has Shepardic Jewish origins. While the history of the classic Mojito is still up for debate, some think this crisp, vibrant cocktail was made by African slaves working the Cuban sugar cane fields during the 19th Century.

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Rally; to come together in support

Gabrielle Joyce's avatar By Gabrielle Joyce | 25 Oct 2016

...long after the holiday is over, you will look back on these moments to revitalise your mind and re-focus on what is important. Your journey will become part of the layers of experience that you draw upon when you feel challenged. The adventure will be part of your personality.

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Stories from the Guide - Chesapeake Bay Yacht Rally - Where am I?

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 24 Aug 2016

​Looking at all these names on the chart – Oxford, Cambridge, Suffolk, Norfolk, Woodbridge – where am I?

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Stories from the Guide - Sweden Yacht Rally part 2

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 08 Aug 2016

Sweden, the land of many bas. There are so many here, you couldn't possibly visit them all if you stayed for a lifetime. But the locals, yachties and power boat owners, obviously have their favourite,go-to places.

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Stories from the Guide - Sweden Yacht Rally and Siaröfortet

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 03 Aug 2016

When you think of Sweden, swimming is generally not the first thing that comes to mind. But from the moment we arrived in the gracious city of Stockholm where water is always close by, to anchoring amongst nature at the tiny summer island of Siaröfortet, the 2016 Sweden Yacht Rally crews could no longer resist testing the waters. 
 

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Stories from the Guide - Contrasts of the French Riviera

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 27 Jun 2016

Strolling along pine scented pathways beside the sea on one day and parading with the beautiful people in St Tropez on the next. 

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Stories from the Guide - Porquerolles - The French Riviera

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 23 Jun 2016

The beautiful Porquerolles National Park and the tiny Port Cros enjoyed the best weather we have experienced in any of the three rallies we have organised on the French Riviera.
So close to busy hubs on the mainland, this natural paradise surprises with quiet charm, delightful sand beaches, elegant dining in friendly restaurants, excellent local wines and of course fresh baked French breads.

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Stories from the Guide - Hyeres - The French Riviera

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 21 Jun 2016

Not the simplest city to get to. And braving the French lightning strikes was always going to be a challenge, notwithstanding – forty nine travellers from down under arrived in good spirits in the beautiful town of Hyeres, near Toulon for the start of our rally.

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Stories from the Guide - Dining with birds in New Caledonia

Lauren's avatar By Lauren | 09 Jun 2016

“Did something just hit the dinghy?” Pierre-Olivier asks?

We are sitting in the saloon, drinking red wine and picking at leftover prawns from the beach BBQ earlier today. The sudden thump has the whole crew searching in the dark for the cause, but aside from the masthead lights of the other rally boats bobbing in the distance, we can’t see a thing. 

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What is shareboating?

Lauren's avatar By Lauren | 20 May 2016

As a single traveller, one of the road blocks I often come up against is finding a bunch of ocean loving friends to join me. Organising 6 people for a catch up dinner in Sydney is hard enough, let alone getting them to meet me in Athens for 2 weeks of sailing. But, that doesnt mean I have to go it alone. If you are a single traveller like me, it's important to know you have options for chartering a yacht overseas.

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5 minutes with Tim Wheeler - Shareboats, Cameras and Croatia

Lauren's avatar By Lauren | 19 May 2016

We interviewed professional photographer Tim Wheeler, on his experiences on a shareboat in Croatia, taking great photographs from a yacht and sailing Croatia in general. Here are his thoughts on all things Croatia...

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5 Reasons to Sail Croatia

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 06 May 2016

Maggie Joyce, co-founder of Mariner Boating Holidays, professional traveller, writer and entrepreneur gives you 5 great reasons to sail in Croatia and invaluable hints and tips to help you on your way.

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Travel the edge of Maryland

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 06 May 2016

Travels may have landed you in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, perhaps you have seen the fire dancers in Tahiti or hiked steep mountains in Croatia with the smell of wild tea under your boots. Everyone loves to picture the places you talk about in your stories. It feels good. So…Now what?

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Cruising Greece in style

Lauren's avatar By Lauren | 18 Dec 2015

Island hopping in Greece is a dream for many. Yet the reality of it isn’t such a dream, especially if you do the traditional way, by ferry; Waiting at ferry terminals in scorching heat, fighting through pushy crowds and being herded like cattle with your luggage to get on and off ferries, long stints on uncomfortable boats…doesn’t sound so dreamy does it!!?

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Fancy a beach house in New Caledonia?

Lauren's avatar By Lauren | 16 Dec 2015

A catamaran is like a beach house on the sea; but you don’t have to drive to it, park the car, drag all the stuff down to the beach, and survive the blowing sand and maddening crowds!

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