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Joan Larsen Remembers: Leaving a Piece of My Heart in Patagonia

March 8, 2017

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By Joan Larsen I am so sure that I speak for all of us when I say that we come to a point when we need a change of scene… and we need it now.  “Please,” I will say, “let the world go away!”  Whether we go far or near, we need time and we […]

Joan Larsen Presents: In Photos – Searching for the World’s Most Unusual Trees

October 26, 2016

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By Joan Larsen I admit. . . searching for trees usually is way down the list of things we plan to do in life. Way down. But then – then – I actually spent the night in a nest, a so-called human nest lodged in a tree in Big Sur, California. If you are “into” […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Life and Near Death – On the Edge in Patagonia

June 15, 2016

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By Joan Larsen Death.  If we are to be honest, passing that midway point in our years, the subject of dying, of death, drifts into our thoughts a bit more often than we might wish.  Before this time – well – we felt pretty invincible, didn’t we?  Many of us took chances — often more than a little bit […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: High Adventure in a Very Thin Country

April 6, 2016

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By Joan Larsen As we enter mid-life and then a bit beyond, I believe we all look forward to what we want “the rest of our lives” to be.  Our children are on their own, vacation times are longer — but we want to make each moment count now.  Our own country is our “comfort zone” […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: The Wonder of Journey’s End – Easter Island

March 2, 2016

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By Joan Larsen A dream had played in my head since childhood.  Books of the time tantalized me with the stories of what I was soon to read was ‘the most isolated inhabited island on our earth.’   I knew even then that I must set foot on Easter Island.  But it was well over half […]

Joan Larsen Presents James Bond: Shaken, Not Stirred – The Iconic Destinations of All the Bond Movies

October 28, 2015

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By Joan Larsen, adapted from Chris Leadbeater, “Around the World with Every James Bond Film,” Travel Section, The Telegraph, October 24, 2015. Spectre. The James Bond of old is back . . . achingly cool, tackling the action and the romantic scenes with an almost boyish relish that is – well, almost impossible to resist. […]

Joan Larsen Travel: Searching for the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

September 2, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Over a lifetime of travel, I have always looked for those hidden wonders of nature – mostly so far off the beaten track that they are not known by most travelers.  Some of the most spectacular hidden treasures have been waterfalls that had to be flown into or hiked into in quite […]

Joan Larsen Presents: In Photos – Searching for the World’s Most Unusual Trees

November 19, 2014

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By Joan Larsen I admit. . . searching for trees usually is way down the list of things we plan to do in life. Way down. But then – then – I actually spent the night in a nest, a so-called human nest lodged in a tree in Big Sur, California. If you are “into” […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Far Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia

November 12, 2014

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By Joan Larsen So much of my life has been spent in the world’s most remote places, and often many of my fellow companions are the crème of the crop of the world’s most famous photographers – the ones vying for those National Geographic covers. They have climbed the highest peaks, photographed underwater, and been […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Life and Near Death – On the Edge in Patagonia

May 7, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Death.  If we are to be honest, passing that midway point in our years, the subject of dying, of death, drifts into our thoughts a bit more often than we might wish.  Before this time – well – we felt pretty invincible, didn’t we?  Many of us took chances — often more than a little bit […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Very Windy Adventure – Tierra Del Fuego

March 12, 2014

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By Joan Larsen The pilot of our large aircraft warned us to be prepared for a rough landing as we were descending into the southernmost city in the whole world . . . a place called Punta Arenas, Chile.  As if the passengers were used to this drill, all around I saw everyone clutching their […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Eye Candy – Unbelievable Waterfalls!

November 13, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Over a lifetime of travel, I have always looked for those hidden wonders of nature – mostly so far off the beaten track that they are not known by most travelers.  Some of the most spectacular hidden treasures have been waterfalls that had to be flown into or hiked into in quite […]

Joan Larsen’s Tales of Very High Adventure: Start the Revolution Without Me

October 30, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   As we have all come to know, it is a single phone call that is often responsible for changing the direction of our lives – for good or for bad. Rarely do I recall dancing around the room after a call… in fact, never.  But this time – when the phone […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: High Adventure in a Very Thin Country

August 21, 2013

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by Joan Larsen   On a map of South America, the country of Chile looks like a gnarled finger – or perhaps a shoestring – rippling down the Pacific side of the continent for 2600 miles.  A window seat is a “must” on this country’s world-class airline, LanChile.  But even if you are not so […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: The Wonder of Journey’s End – Easter Island

April 17, 2013

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By Joan Larsen A dream had played in my head since childhood.  Books of the time tantalized me with the stories of what I was soon to read was ‘the most isolated inhabited island on our earth.’   I knew even then that I must set foot on Easter Island.  But it was well over half […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Life and Near Death – On the Edge in Patagonia

January 16, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   In a place near the very tip of South America lies what is considered earth’s scenic masterpiece, Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia –arguably the second most beautiful place on our planet.  I had said for years that I would give almost anything to get there.  Never in my wildest […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: A Toast With Chilean Red Wine

January 2, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   For most of us, Chile is little more than a place name in South America.  It was for me.  And then I journeyed that far south – first once, then again and again.  I found I had fallen in love with Chile.  It is so easy to do. Imagine – just […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Far Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia

November 14, 2012

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By Joan Larsen I am so sure that I speak for all of us when I say that we come to a point when we need a change of scene… and we need it now.  “Please,” I will say, “let the world go away!”  Whether we go far or near, we need time and we […]