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One of my favorite spots on Earth is about 600 miles west of Ecuador. Actually, it is not a spot—it’s a collection of islands, unique, pristine, unspoiled (for the time being), and the area that spawned Darwin’s theory of evolution of the species—the Galapagos!
I usually recommend a voyage through the islands as the best way to experience the Galapagos and my personal favorite company to use is Lindblad. Yesterday a friend of mine at International Expeditions, Jennifer Reynolds, sent me information on an exciting option for a Galapagos adventure—rent a breathtaking villa and take day trips to various islands.
Here are some photos of the home and photos of the animals of the Galapagos to whet your appetite to visit this amazing destination:
A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” — Moslih Eddin Saadi
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” — Martin Buber
“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” — Mohammed
“The journey is my home.” — Muriel Rukeyser
“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” —Freya Stark
“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” — Robert Frost
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” — Pat Conroy
“I should like to spend the whole of my in life traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.” — William Hazlitt
“Hitler didn’t travel. Stalin didn’t travel. Saddam Hussein never traveled. They didn’t want to have their orthodoxy challenged.” — Howard Gardner