It was awe-inspiring for me to have been present at the re-dedication of Victoria Falls as a peace park in 2011, and this stunning park has been dedicated once again.

IIPT (The International Institute of Peace through Tourism) is honored to announce the re-naming of the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls as the IIPT Maya Angelou International Peace Park in recognition of the inspiration and positive influence that the award winning Poet and Author; Television, Film and Stage Director; Teacher, Civil Rights Activist; and Actress has had on persons throughout the world. Dr. Angelou passed quietly in her home on May 28, 2014.

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Dr. Angelou’s poems and books have inspired millions of persons throughout the world, in particular her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” about her early life overcoming racism and trauma by turning to the written word. She has been quoted as saying: “My mission in life is not merely to survive – but to thrive – and to do so with some passion – some compassion – some humor – and some style.”

THE VIDEO SHOWING HIGHLIGHTS OF 2011 DEDICATION

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There is nothing quite like experiencing the beauty of spring weeks before nature intended it to arrive! Each year we provide that opportunity for visitors as Butchart brings spring indoors in their signature Spring Prelude indoor garden. Staff spend months planning, growing and forcing plants into bloom to form an incredible indoor garden experience.

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They like to challenge themselves to try to improve what they present in the garden and the same holds true for the Spring Prelude display. This year you will notice a striking change to the display as soon as you walk through the front door as there is a new water feature to greet. Another highlight is many more orchids from theircollection as their exotic presence seems to delight people. We’ll leave the rest of the changes as a surprise for you to discover as it would be a shame to give too much away.

HERE IS A VIDEO I MADE ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE AT BUTCHART GARDENS

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by Bea Broda

Lusaka is certainly a city on the rise. A number of African countries, such as Uganda, Zimbabwe and others, have been putting themselves on the tourism map, which is a direct result of successful development from within and peaceful strategies. The reason I was in Lusaka was a conference, but I’m pleased that there was so much time to tour the city as well as its outskirts. It certainly helps to have a guided tour as it’s a huge city with increasing traffic congestion.

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The following is a video clip I produced from my last visit to Lusaka a few years ago. I will be returning in February 2015, and can’t wait to see how much the city has changed. Because of all the construction on the horizon, I expect things will look quite different. One thing I know will not change is the friendliness of the people there.

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Bea-SkiAs someone that isn’t an experienced skier, I can definitely recommend this list for beginners too! Have a look at this video clip that highlights my first-ever skiing experience which took place in Pontresina, Switzerland. It’s not on this list, but I think it should be, as the elevation and instruction were perfect for somebody learning how to ski.

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