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Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding

Last spring, I spent almost a month travelling on my own in Spain, primarily in its… [more]

Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding

Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Christopher Columbus, that legendary explorer who discovered the "New World" of the… [more]

Seville, the capital of Andalucía Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Bucket List for Kids: Stargazing in a dark-sky place

When was the last time you saw a starry sky? If you can't recall it could be that… [more]

Bucket List for Kids: Stargazing in a dark-sky place Bucket List for Kids: Stargazing in a dark-sky place

Bucket List for Kids: Jumping in a lake

Every summer when I was a kid we would go jump in a lake. It was like the rule. It… [more]

Bucket List for Kids: Jumping in a lake Bucket List for Kids: Jumping in a lake

How not to go birding in Cape May, New Jersey

A good friend of mine is a birder and one of the go-to places on her bird watching… [more]

How not to go birding in Cape May, New Jersey How not to go birding in Cape May, New Jersey

The drama that is Ronda, Spain

I did Ronda on a day trip from Seville, catching a bus early in the morning and returning… [more]

The drama that is Ronda, Spain The drama that is Ronda, Spain

A September tour of British gardens

Fran Pride and Colette Walker, who operate Sisley Garden Tours, wondered if the September… [more]

A September tour of British gardens A September tour of British gardens

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Road trip itinerary: Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador

Road trip itinerary: Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador

Many visitors to the Maritimes want to see all three provinces (Nova Scotia including Cape Breton, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) and some continue on to Newfoundland & Labrador. I regularly receive questions about how best to do this so offer this itinerary based on articles I wrote on my travels to the region, particularly: – My favourite road trip … Read entire article »

Celebrating Canada’s railway hotels

Celebrating Canada’s railway hotels

There is a famous moment in Canadian history when on November 7, 1885 an iron spike was pounded into a railway tie in Craigellachie, British Columbia signalling the joining of Canada’s east with its west by railroad. It was no easy feat, particularly the stretch of track over the Kicking Horse Pass at the Alberta-B.C. border. But William Van Horne, general … Read entire article »

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Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding

Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding

Last spring, I spent almost a month travelling on my own in Spain, primarily in its southernmost district, Andalucía. I started in Madrid, then on to Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, Seville and Ronda, living on a strict budget and going by train or bus. The Pyrenees Mountains form a natural barrier between Spain and the rest of Europe and for a long period … Read entire article »

Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Christopher Columbus, that legendary explorer who discovered the “New World” of the Americas in 1492, is celebrated in Seville. His voyages were supported by Spain’s Catholic Monarchs and Seville became the trading centre through which much of the wealth from the colonies flowed. So Seville is not some provincial backwater but one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. There is … Read entire article »

The drama that is Ronda, Spain

The drama that is Ronda, Spain

I did Ronda on a day trip from Seville, catching a bus early in the morning and returning late afternoon. I was not interested in spending the night there because I was haunted by images of revolutionaries being thrown off the cliffs as described in Earnest Hemingway’s novel on the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bells Toll. It’s not … Read entire article »