"A truly unforgettable experience".
We booked a two day stay in the River Nila region of North Kerala through Blue Yonder. Thinking back, it actually seems incredible that the whole trip lasted just two days, so rich was the experience.
It included a concert with a unique one-stringed guitar, a potter who made beautiful vessels and vases in just a few minutes on a manual potter's wheel, a musical dance performance and fire dance in the moonlight, a relaxing river cruise, a visit to a coconut plantation, and a performance of an expert young drummer group.
During the whole trip we haven't encountered any tourists, other than another couple who had also booked through Blue Yonder. This allowed us to get a good impression of village life in this part of India, without any feeling of intrusion or of people adapting their traditional lifestyles to the tourist industry.
Everything was perfectly organized, from the pick up at the train station by our very friendly guide Arun to the hospitable stay at the beautiful estate of the Namboodiri family.In addition, Blue Yonder facilitated for us the rental of a traditional houseboat in the Backwaters around Allepey, which was a truly unforgettable experience as well."
— Marius Kleiner
"Opportunity to be more "responsible" tourists"
If we had gone to Kerala as "regular" tourists we would never had had the opportunity to meet the people we did and learn as much from them as we did. So you provided us with an opportunity to be more "responsible" tourists, and we are grateful :-)
— Kremena Diatchka
Each activity was a puzzle piece to the big puzzle of River Nila. So that each activity provided information that helped you understand other things that you saw and participated in.
Allowed the individual to feel that they were discovering this information for
themselves – instead of just being told. This makes you feel like an ‘explorer’
something you do want to feel.
Both music programs were excellent. The uniqueness of the two groups was their endearing feature. For example, the more ‘professional’ performance qualities of the drumming group was a beautiful contrast to the folk group.
Having local knowledge – with the guide meant you felt more connected to the experience.
The cruise on the river was the connecting feature of the program. Cruising down the river, seeing, feeling, smelling allowed you to rasp how this environment has influenced its people & villages.
Visiting the artisans was great. It would have been nice to actually see them at work, as well as seeing the different steps they take. Even for just 15 minutes, so that the visitor can truly appreciate the time, effort and skill required for these crafts.
The small visits along the river were fantastic. If there was a possibility for more of these I think it would be beneficial.
The entire program was well put together relaxing & energising. The only small tiring part was the large amount of car travelling. I understand this was probably due to my extremely short visit though!
Accommodation is excellent. In a longer program you could allow the visitors some free time to explore the house, surrounding land & villages – it’s a great location (so peaceful & so quiet) with delightful hosts.
Although the landscape, people and the couture are what people come to see, it is the guide that makes it possible for you to feel.
Having such outstanding and friendly personalities coupled with the local knowledge is what makes the experience truly unique.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have had such a fabulous time – I will be back very soon
— Jenni Laird
"Great experience with excellent guidance"
Thoni cruise: Very interesting to hear about the river and to see the way of life. We were obviously a strange sight, but people were very friendly. We particularly enjoyed the chai shop.
Potter’s unit: Enjoyed this visit. Would be very interested in more visits to see crafts in action.
Folk art: One of the highlights of the trip so far. Great to see the snake painting, music+ dance but the village people were the best the element especially the wonderful children. It was a privilege to visit.
Martial arts – Good to see genuine students of;. Kalari and to meet the boys. Very impressive display.
Only real criticism: The time spent driving to some of the activities – but that is the fault of the rain + the roads!! Driver was excellent!
Kochi: Malabar House was a fantastic hotel/restaurant/experience. Good idea to ask guests (as Babu and Susan did) what kind of shops interested them. Would be useful right at the start of the holiday to explain briefly the basics of money; where to shop; how much to tip and when; whether bargaining is expected or not. My guess would be that most guests would want to be generous but would also want to be sensitise to issues of fairness, custom etc and not want to offend people, for instance by appearing to be flash and undermining parents.
Chimmini: A great experience with excellent guidance. The real highlight was interacting with the tribal people, though they seemed to be kept behind the scents for most of the time. Their genuine enthusiasm to share their time, knowledge and skills was a delight.
Overall guidance from Blue Yonder:
Pre-holiday: Good website and great to have personal itinerary.
During holiday: Arun very knowledgeable and considerate, both to guests and to hosts.
Overall: Fantastic. Long may you prosper
— Steve and Liz Robert
"A great trip to cherish for the times to come. "
Planning the trip:
There is very good information available at the Blue Yonder website. In fact I was inclined to take up the trip based on the information that was provided in the right amount of detail. I also would like to thank Vinod for taking the time to understand our needs and in customizing the package to it.
Experience during the trip:
Ashok and I were amazed by the hospitality of at the homestays. Our hosts made every effort to make us comfortable in their homes. We couldn't believe that we were the first set of people visiting them; we thought they have been doing this for several years.
It was wonderful to observe and interact with local people, to learn a little about their culture, traditions and way of life and to connect with them. The cultural programme that was put up in Pabyuk-Naitam at a short notice was exemplary. I was amazed to observe such rich talent in children and young adults and also very happy to know that despite their busy lives people are making all efforts to preserve their culture, something that can make all us Indians proud.
Food is an integral part of the local culture and we got to taste some splendid home-cooked food at all our homestays.
Another aspect of the trip was the flexibility we had to modify the itinerary within reasonable limits. Sikkim is a mountainous state and the weather can be very unpredictable. Given this it was often difficult to undertake certain outdoor activities like trekking when it was raining. In these situations Adrian could quickly re-plan and suggest some very good alternative destinations to visit.
About the people:
Ashok and I found a wonderful company in Adrian and Manoj. Adrian has the ability to connect with other people which makes him get along very well with them. Manoj is a skillful driver and still sports a smile at the end of a long and arduous drive through the mountainous roads. Thanks to both of them for giving us some wonderful moments to cherish.
We met some very interesting people during our homestays and we wish and hope that we get to meet them again as we would love to make another trip to beautiful Sikkim. On the whole it was a great trip to cherish for the times to come.
— Ravi Sankar
"A memorable holiday!!"
It is hard to identify a single memorable moment. It was the whole experience that made this holiday so enjoyable. Our trip with Blue Yonder was unlike the typical tourist experience. Although we were in Kerala for only a few short days, we felt that even in that short time we were able to connect with people and develop a better understanding of their land and resources. As we sipped from fresh coconuts and drifted in the luxurious houseboats we felt relaxed and refreshed.
Our sunset boat trip on the River Nila helped us develop a deeper appreciation of the river as a life-source to the region and an understanding of the urgency of protecting its diminishing waters. Our afternoon spent with local musicians was unlike any musical performance we had ever experienced. We developed a deeper appreciation of the way that music, family, religion, and the environment are so intertwined. Our trip would not have been complete without our final afternoon of ayruvedic massages. It was the way that each of our experiences in Kerala was different yet interconnected that made this holiday so memorable.
Tips to other travellers?
Don't hesitate! The Blue Yonder are not kidding when they say this is a "tailor-made" holiday experience! They worked hard to accommodate our schedule and our interests. If you want a relaxing vacation or an activity-packed adventure, they can make it happen for you!
Benefiting local people, and minimized impacts on the environment:
Without a doubt, the Blue Yonder is committed to fostering tourism that is environmentally and socially responsible. Although their tour operation clearly benefits the local people with a focus on preserving the environment, the most powerful impact of our experience at the Blue Yonder was how it shaped our own understanding of responsible tourism.
As frequent travelers, the Blue Yonder helped us to understand how tourism (when responsibly managed) can be a powerful agent for environmental protection and local economic growth. We value all the work that the Blue Yonder is doing within the communities along the River Nila, but we also believe their impact is more than on the local level.
Now that we have seen how powerful an experience traveling can be when it is organized in a way that benefits the environment and the local people, we will search out more experiences like this in our future trips abroad! Gopi and the Blue Yonder certainly deserve the accolades that have recently received for their commitment to responsible tourism.
— Allison and Family
Well we’re back! Thank you all so much for such a brilliant time.
The whole holiday was a fantastic experience and far surpassed my (already high) expectations. It was our first experience of a holiday officially recognized as “responsible tourism”, although the holidays we usually organize for ourselves would probably fit most of the criteria. Nigel had been rather less enthusiastic (being quite happy with our usual trips to France and Italy) but he too was totally bowled over by it all. You made us feel that we had made real friends with you all – and we were so sorry to leave you. There were so many incredible experiences in just 3 weeks – and we felt really privileged to have been able to have them, so thank you for making it all possible. The programme you devised for us, just could not have been better, fitting what I had told you about us so perfectly.
If forced to summarize the 3 things that stick in my mind most:
The Keralan people: smiles everywhere and of course meeting you guys – you really made all the difference.
Syam’s totally irrepressible enthusiasm during our 3 days in Periyar, especially seeing the wild elephants – and the need to recover once we got to Haritha Farm (it was just the perfect sequel)!
Those activities where we felt that we were seeing the hidden Kerala around the Nila – the Pulluvar, the music trip, the Kalari, the 2 Brahmin homes and the boat trip. Having said that, the experience was far better because you had already ensured we understood a bit of the basic philosophy from our visits in Arunmula and to the various museums. Thanks to Arun for his interpretation and his (and Dipu’s) fearlessness at the Kalari session!!! I think you organized the things the right way round for us, seeing the museums etc. first before heading up to the Nila.
A bit more detail..
We ADORED Karikkathi. I had a funny feeling when we heard we were staying there after all other places were booked that it was just meant to be. I just hope that the bay does not get over-developed. I suggest you check regularly before sending future guests there.
The houseboat trip was fun – and I’m glad we did it. Perhaps give future guests a warning that it is getting rather commercialized to manage expectations – is there an option elsewhere which is more environmentally sensitive? I guess you use one of the more environmentally aware providers – perhaps note this in your briefing?
Marari Beach was good. I thought it was a shame that we were not at the Beach Resort for the 3 days, but Nigel was very taken with the reclaimed doors, windows etc at the Beach Homes(!) – and the guy there was incredibly helpful – even retrieving for us the torch we left on the houseboat! I’m so glad we had one of the rooms in the Resort with our own pool, a real luxury. 3 days at Marari was enough though – discretely done and nicely spread out, but you can’t escape the fact that there were large tour parties there.
Periyar experience was amazing. A “sound bite” would be: “ How fantastic to see the Periyar Tiger Reserve with Syam, a wonderfully knowledgeable naturalist. We packed so much into 3 days and it was so encouraging to be a very small part of a scheme to benefit both the wildlife and the local people and it was superb to track and see the elephants in the wild.” The accommodation there was adequate, but we found it a bit strange not getting the room cleaned during our stay. (Soft Europeans, I know!). Now if Shyam had found us a tiger it would have been perfect…. The night camping was an interesting experience – especially the 1cm of foam “mattress” - again though, wouldn’t have missed it.
Haritha Farm was good fun. Jacob is such an engaging host and the food was predictably great – best of the holiday. His little tuk tuk trips were fun too, to give a feel for the area. We’ll be giving him a few little ideas on what he could do to improve the décor of the rooms though!
We enjoyed Cochin and the Old Courtyard fitted the bill fine for us in view of the attraction of old buildings. It did work well having meals out in different locations.
Our time in Nila was a fantastic experience as I’ve already said. We felt just so privileged to be able to experience the different aspects of your culture and heritage, on such an intimate level. It was again good to think that our visit was in a small way helping you to sustain local customs. The Riverside accommodation was probably not really up to standard though and does need some urgent attention I think. The Ayurveda Mana is wonderful and if I come to the Nila again, I’d certainly like to stay there for a few days. There was something surreal about seeing the guests drifting back to their rooms across the garden after their dinners under their parasols…. 3 massages in 3 weeks was great. I’ve just looked up the prices of a 1 hour massage locally – about 6000 Rs! Oh well – dream on…
The overnight rail trip was an interesting experience which I don’t feel the need to repeat!
Dipu our driver was great, albeit the vehicle was a bit ropey and so our progress was perhaps just a little more sedate and bumpy than we may have liked. Having said that we soon got to trust Dipu’s driving and I think that it may have been a good thing that his command of English was not better, otherwise his concentration on the road may have been affected by us asking lots of questions. I had to open the door of my car myself when we got back to Heathrow – quite a shock! Mind you Nigel was quite relaxed with my driving on the way home after the Kerala experience.
Anyway, we are missing you all dreadfully already! Do keep in touch. Better get on now to earn some money for the next holiday!!!!
— Julia and Nigel
Mes grands-parents sont venus visiter le Kerala pendant 2 semaines. On avait organisé leur voyage avec The Blue Yonder qui organise des voyages touristiques responsables. Si vous voulez passer des vacances personnalisées, en découvrant les réserves naturelles de ce pays ainsi que les arts et coutumes traditionnels, tout en respectant l'environnement et en collaborant et aidant les populations locales. Je les recommande vraiment car ils font un boulot remarquable:
Après avoir visité l'école Kalamandalam, nous nous sommes dirigés chez des particuliers, qui font partie d'une communauté héritière d'un art folkorique en voie de disparition, que l'agence aide à maintenir grâce au tourisme responsable.
Ces familles se rendent régulièrement dans les maisons pour chanter des prières au dieu serpent pour repousser les maladies ou assurer de bonnes récoltes. Pour les cérémonies plus importantes, ils dessinent des kalams au sol, à l'aide de poudres naturelles, ce sont des dessins géométriques de serpents entrelacés. Ils chantent ensuite puis effacent le kalam dans une sorte de transe. Les rituels varient légèrement selon les régions et les familles. Le problème est qu'aujourd'hui ils ne vivent plus aussi bien de leur art et sont obligés de faire d'autres métiers. L'initiative de cette agence de tourisme par exemple leur permet de les aider financièrement, tout en perpétuant leurs traditions. Ils ont fait ce kalam et ensuite chanté rien que pour nous, c'était fabuleux !
— Charline Marzin
"When an experience connects you with people and places such that you can remember the touch, sound, sight in a hundred individual moments, you want to share that with others. I was fully engaged by the culture, terrain, flora and fauna, and the thoughtfulness to how we interacted. This emerged through the simple luxury provided by the care of those involved with The Blue Yonder. To have walked so thoughtfully through the lands of those who live and love near the Nila River, Alleppey, Wayanad, Periyar, Chinnar andChimmony was a gift. The Blue Yonder's expertise and commitment to the environment and culture in giving that opportunity to travellers should be applauded.
What is as noteworthy is that The Blue Yonder has incorporated volunteerism, along with the personal and professional development of their colleagues and those who can bring further solutions to challenges of Kerala's many treasures. Saving a river is no small life goal!" (Two weeks of walking tour through the wilderness of Kerala with short stopovers.
AP United States
"Wonderful time in Kerala"
We are home from our wonderful time in Kerala. We have great memories and great pictures to remember it by. The time with your team was a real highlight. We enjoyed hearing the answers to our questions. My comments are only small as we all thought that you reached a fantastic balance between responsible tourism, comfort and excitement. We thought the food was out of this world and highly commend the cook. There was a lot of fuel used and hours of driving from where we stayed (beautiful venue) and therivers. Is it possible to use filtered and bottled water in the house rather than plastic bottles? "
TBY answers: "Chris family was travelling from Cochin to River Nila (Kuttippuram) which is around 3 hours drive by road. One way of avoiding this was to take a public transportation like trains, but with the short notice of their visit, it wasn't really an option. In most of our trips, these points are discussed before hand and decisions are taken jointly in terms of transportation. Regarding bottled mineral water and other related policies, we are requesting property owners to declare their policies and share the same with their guests. We will be happy to be of assistance to both. Read more here on our new initiatives "The Blue Yonder Associates"
— Tamara, Miriam, Carolyn and Chris
North London, UK
"That was an amazing experience!!!"
"The first overnight rainforest camp was a nice warm-up to what lay ahead of us at periyar. The short (3-hr) trek was refreshing and exciting, as was the food and the bamboo raft. The 2-night stay at periyar was absolutely overwhelming in the every aspect. The night patrol and day long trek in the jungle during the pouring rain was extremely fulfilling.
The long drawn journey to rive nila finally did pay off :o). We enjoyed the excellent company of Arun and were extremely delighted when he took us to "ayurveda mana". Besides the wonderful massage, we also had the rare opportunity to watch "kalaripayattu" in real. The institution, its philosophy and its management is truly inspiring. If this were not enough, Arun also narrated us the whole story of River Nila and the thought behind the inception of the blue yonder group. Beyond doubt, your purpose is noble and earns a lot of respect in our hearts. The thoni cruise was a true delight as well. This was a great learning experience for us. clearly, there are a lot of fond memories that will drive us back to the wilderness & monsoons of kerala next year. "
— Malvikaa & Sid
Travelling with you is an education'
"Rarely does one find a group of persons committed to the excellence of travel arrangements so as to permit practically no discomfort at all to first time travellers. The Blue Yonder achieves this distinction with top honours. This is a travel agency with a difference. Not only do they introduce the traveller to the adventure and delights of little-traversed territories, they also sensitize people to the pressing issues facing the planet - inviting participation in important environmental projects, should anyone be so inclined. Travelling with The Blue Yonder is an education and a marvellous experience of true Indian hospitality. Thank you for this! "
— Sarita Kaushal
Kerala was amazing
and I knew it would have a profound effect on us, You have a wonderful thing going there (River Nila) and are very fortunate to have such a committed bunch of guys working with you - say hi to everyone and thank them all for making our trip so special. I found it a very emotional time, each day brought so many new experiences and still brings a tear to my eyes when I think of them - that's what a holiday should be!'' (Classic Kerala Tour of 12 nights)
— Ms Evans
"Fireflies and all"
"After visiting Meenmutty waterfalls, we started our journey to the most exciting site. That was Soochipara Camp site. When we reached there late evening, the place was lit up by fireflies! Spending the night in the tent and in the open was the most amazing experience of my life. Many thanks to "The Blue Yonder for the most memorable time"
"The camp was great, lying awake at 5.30am listening the to dawn chorus was something I will never forget. This has been an amazing holiday for us all, so different, each day there is some new and wonderful experience. The people are so friendly too. We will want to come here always we are sure."Libby and family, UK .
— Jigar Vacharajani
I was so impressed to see what one can do in one week on the banks of River Nila. Really impressive. The way holiday was arranged ,it was easy for us to interact with the local people, which is really missing in any typical tourists programs in Kerala. On one hand we got to see the beauty of the river banks and on the other we got an exposure to the cultural richness of the river in a unique way.''
— Ivan Moura
''Your programs have people at its core. The seven day spent with your team on the banks of river Nila was a seven star experience, especially the cultural interaction and festival trails. Looking forward to visiting you all again. I am not sure if I would have seen Kerala this way if I had travelled with some one else.''
— Jean Francois
UCPA, Marseilles, France
"After traveling through Northern India for 2 months it was something totally different to experience 'nature' without a tourist in sight. The river rapids were fun and apart from just running down a river it was also a very interesting experience to pass by the tribal people of this area. All in all I enjoyed that weekend very much and it was worth every single rupee. Thanks a lot!''.
— Michael Blunck
”The purpose of this email is to say cheers to TBY for an outstanding job. All of us in the family enjoyed Kangass - it was magical for us. And each one of you did ever so much to make it magical for the family. We have always maintained that it was gift to have found all of you. Many members of the family have spoken and written to us stating that the work undertaken by the group was outstanding and that the services would be recommended to all in a heartbeat. splendid. You have been such lovely people to work with. Always calm, always very pleasant, warm and responsive. Always delivered and very professionally. Worked tirelessly and with consistent commitment. You made us proud. You stuck by us through all the trying moments right to the last when we left Poovar together. It was a poignant and spectacular moment riding back with Zorro and all of us in the boat - truimphant and sad. Hope to having many more engagements with you. Until then - will be in touch” Susan & Seema Koshy, New Delhi (KANGASS was a family get together of more than 100 people from different countries organised by us at Poovar Island Resorts)
— Susan & Seema Koshy
''When I started hearing about this river, it was obviously your river. Now I am going back to my country with a difference that the Nila has become my river. Thanks so much for the wonderful experience.'' Christian Roques, Paris(After his trip to River Nila)
— Christian Roques
'Thanks for the good job. You guys were just splendid. We have seen many travel operators, have done many things together, but this experience of 5 days with your team was unimaginable. Really really wonderful experience, wonderful team. All cheerful. Wish all your dreams come true. ''
''We had a very pleasant time on the backwaters. The crew knows to be kindly efficient when needed, otherwise very discreet as appropriate''
— Eric, Marie Laure & Yeraldyn
‘This is like a Paradise, this place is so beautiful’’, (While on the river trails in Kabini, Wayanad),
— Cecile Desille
‘It was a magical experience'
— Anne Julie
‘We had the privilege to see a thunderstorm while in your boat, it was so romantic to see the rain from the boat',
— Julia Greenberg
"Such a work of art! It was a great experience to float along the vast backwaters and then cruising through narrow canals."
— Salam Albana
"Never had such an experience. Perfect honey moon trip. Though born in Kerala, this was the first time we ever ventured into the marvellous backwaters. "
— Divya Prabhakaran
We had a wonderful time Sandeep.
THanks for your timely suggestions, we managed to sneak in a cancelled APTDC guest house.
However, Rishi valley was a blissful stopover indeed. We did not have to pretend 'to be parents', they welcomed visitors. I loved every moment at the study center.
— Arun Patre
Acara India, Bangalore
Dear Sandeep ji,
Thanks for organizing the trip in short period & that too with good Hotels.
Everything is good & we really enjoy the holidays.
— Amit Arora
Agreed and thanks.
Will give feedback after we return- on the whole very good. 3 tigers in Ranthambore and Bundi a delight.
I hate to do this after all the hard work you put into this wonderful tour package. The costs are very reasonable (excellent, really!), but we are having some trouble with people in our group over her.
This really is terrible. I hope we can do this in the future, maybe during our summer vacation time :(
we have limited holidays. a few weeks in winter and summer.
— Miss Kristina Kauss
Professor at Kunsan National University
Kunsan, South Korea
I am Hannah's father and we are really grateful for your help for her in Delhi and the wonderful family trip you organised for us all a before. Deborah and I have both looked on Tripadvisor to give you a write up but this is not easy to do for a tour company. If you ahve any web sites where you would like to give you a recommendation - please let us know. We are keen to support your work and affirm your wonderful customer service!
Thanks so much for the email and apologies for my delayed response. We only just got back in the country this week. We had a TERRIFIC experience with the Blue Yonder. I’m happy to have you post this review on your site if you’d like.
Travelling with The Blue Yonder in Kerala was absolutely a dream come true. Everything they planned worked incredibly seamlessly. Our accommodations were exactly what we wanted (two nights at a boutique hotel in Fort Kochi, one night on a houseboat, and two nights in a small resort on a secluded backwater island). The rooms were comfortable and spacious and all had great AC, which was critical. The Fort House Hotel in Fort Kochi has a great location right on the water and its restaurant served some of the best food we’ve ever had (fish and shellfish cooked in heavily-spiced coconut milk curries). Our Land resort outside Alleppy had an incredibly picturesque and remote location and delicious food. The food on the houseboat was incredibly special as well.
Our transportation also was flawless. Our drivers for each leg were on time and courteous, and answered all our questions about Kerala. Everything went smoothly. In terms of sightseeing, our drivers as well as hosts on the houseboat and Ratheesh at Our Land were incredibly helpful. Ratheesh did a tremendous job showing us around the backwaters. He took us on a sunset canoe ride (and offered another moonlit ride although we declined). He took us on an early morning walk around the neighboring rice paddies where we met his many neighbors. He also canoed us across the river with bicycles so we could ride bikes around the rice paddies.
— Michelle Paratore
(Klahr) | MBA Class of 2012
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Paratore_Michelle@gsb.stanford.edu | 415.259.7107
We are safely back in Switzerland.
We had a great time in the wonderful and colourful Rajasthan and made a lot of photographs and keep a great deal of memories in our mind . The driver was a real acrobat going through all this traffic jam and we were surprised that there were not more accidents. The guide also did a very good job. The only critic we could make is about his French. His vocabulary was a bit limited. Maybe you could suggest him to improve it.
The hotels were as we asked for except the one in Jaisalmer the Nachana Haveli. It could be a very nice one but there were no proper management. Our rooms had no windows. We had no electricity before 7.30 no hot water and the breakfast table was still dirty from the evening. They had to run for fruit jus and fruit etc.
The other hotel we didn’t like was in Bikaner the Karni Bhawan. It was clean but had no windows except in the bathroom. The employees were very friendly.
If there is a next time we would prefer to pay more but having a higher category of hotels.
The last remark we have to mad is about the WILD LIFE SANCTUARY in Kumbhalgarh. We were looking for it with great excitement but all we saw were monkeys and parrots no other wild life.
Beside all that, we enjoyed this very trip and if we could leave tomorrow we would do it without any hesitation.
Thank you for the organisation
What a wonderful idea! A win-win proposition for both the local economy and the tourists. And an important key to preserving the heritage that might otherwise dissappear.
— Sandra Clark-Guillotel, Montreal, Canada