Diane Slawych, Special to QMI Agency

Diane Slawych.

Freelancer Diane Slawych wrote travel articles for Sun Media.


A Tufted-Coquette feeds on vervine flowers at Yerette - Theo and Gloria Ferguson's hummingbird garden in Trinidad. The colorful creature is the world's second-smallest bird. THEODORE FERGUSON PHOTO

Hummingbird heaven in famed Trinidad garden

The largest concentration of hummingbirds in the Caribbean can be found in a nondescript neighbourhood in the lush Maracas Valley town of St. Joseph.

People walk beside colonial style homes in Havana. DESMOND BOYLAN/REUTERS FILES

Colonial Cuba worth exploring

Of Cuba's nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, five are in colonial cities, which are rich in history and culture, and ideal places to explore.

Carriacou, the sister island of Grenada, is the kind of peaceful place where beaches are mostly deserted and goats graze in fields of pink flowers. (Handout)

Quiet corners of the Caribbean

You won't find any of that on the two-dozen or so smaller Caribbean islands, where a slower pace is the main attraction.

A popular thing to do on Mae Koh, one of the 42 islands in Thailand's Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park, is climb the stairs leading to a beautiful viewpoint. DIANE SLAWYCH/Special to QMI Agency

Bowled over by Thailand

It's a perfect day to swim in the "bowl of gold," aka Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park -- an archipelago of 42 islands 30 km northwest of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.

Thousands of unique snowglobes are on display at the Snowglobe Museum near Vienna. Invented in Austria about 100 years ago, the novelty quickly became popular worldwide. (DIANE SLAWYCH/Special to QMI Agency)

Holiday outings with a twist

Looking to do something a little different this holiday season? Options cover the gamut.

If you only have time to visit one Frank Lloyd Wright building in Buffalo, make it Martin House (1903-05), which Wright once called "the most perfect thing of its kind in the world -- a domestic symphony." (Mike Peake/QMI Agency)

Tourist attractions in Buffalo, New York

For many Ontarians, Buffalo is a popular gateway for cross-border shopping, but tourism officials there are keen to entice visitors to explore the city's many other attractions.

The endangered and colourful Saint Lucia parrot is making a comeback on the island. (Handout Photo)

St. Lucia's Jacquot on the rebound

A few decades ago, you couldn't go anywhere on this island without hearing about the St. Lucia Parrot.

When in Melbourne, film fans should put Screen Worlds on their must-see list. The fun film exhibition is in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image on Federation Square. PHOTO COURTESY FEDERATION SQUARE

Lights, camera, Melbourne

Wide-ranging in scope, Screen Worlds is enlightening, entertaining and has something for visitors of all ages -- plus it's free!

Oscar Wilde, J.R.R. Tolkien, five kings and 40 Nobel Prize winners are among those who studied at the world renowned Bodleian Library, which contains millions of books. VISIT OXFORDSHIRE PHOTO

Ahead of the class in Oxford

If you want to walk in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest figures, in almost every field, hop on a train in London, then head northwest for 87 km and get off at Oxford.

Kuehlungsborn a seaside resort between Wismar and Rostock bills itself as the "German Riviera" (TSK GMBH PHOTO)

Germany's coastal pleasures

Wide sandy beaches, fascinating islands, and plentiful seafood, may not immediately come to mind when you think of Germany.

A competitor ploughs through muddy water in the annual World Bog Snorkelling Championship in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. More than 100 people are expected to take part in this year’s event on Aug. 26. (VISIT WALES PHOTO)

Wales boggles mind and body

There are some seriously oddball sporting events in the world and, last year around this time, I took part in one when I entered the World Bog Snorkelling Championship.