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Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community

Patzcuaro, a town perched in the Mexican highlands with a large indigenous population,… [more]

Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community

May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

At one stage in my life I organized conferences, high profile ones with lots of media… [more]

May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

Casa de Las Ranas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

When you’re feeling uninspired by the white, beiges and grays of home, get thee… [more]

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A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal

I know it’s a little presumptuous to propose a walking tour of Lisbon after being… [more]

A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal

A family road trip around the Canadian Rockies

The provinces of Alberta and British Columbia share the Canadian Rockies, famous… [more]

A family road trip around the Canadian Rockies A family road trip around the Canadian Rockies

Bucket List for kids: Ingonish Beach and the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton

Every second summer when I was a kid, my parents would pack my four sisters and me… [more]

Bucket List for kids: Ingonish Beach and the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Bucket List for kids: Ingonish Beach and the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton

Bucket list for kids: Iceberg Alley and L’Anse aux Meadows, Nfld

  The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the best places… [more]

Bucket list for kids: Iceberg Alley and L’Anse aux Meadows, Nfld Bucket list for kids: Iceberg Alley and L’Anse aux Meadows, Nfld

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Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community

Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community

Patzcuaro, a town perched in the Mexican highlands with a large indigenous population, has the reputation of being a magical place. The town, and the nearby lake that has the same name, is particularly well known for the Day of the Dead ceremony (Día de los Muertos) held each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. My guide, Jaime Hernández Balderas, describes it as a time when the people “receive their departed ones in the graveyards and offer them what they use to like when they were with us—food, music, drinks. It is a moment to please them and be with them”. It’s just one of many ceremonies although it attracts the most attention of … Read entire article »

A family road trip around the Canadian Rockies

A family road trip around the Canadian Rockies

The provinces of Alberta and British Columbia share the Canadian Rockies, famous for their rugged peaks and the valleys that separate them. Last summer my family travelled around the Rockies and here is our itinerary. The road trip took us from Banff to Lake Louise to Jasper along the Bow Valley and Icefield Parkways—about the best road trip in the world—over the Robson Pass, past the highest mountain in the Rockies, and down along Lake Okanagan where the climate is dry and sunny. At Osoyoos, a desert town near the American border, we took Hwy 3 east to the Kootenay Rockies region that stretches from the Okanagan Valley to the Alberta border. Then over the Crowsnest … Read entire article »

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A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal

A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal

I know it’s a little presumptuous to propose a walking tour of Lisbon after being in the city for only a couple of days but I knew I had to figure the place out quickly or else leave frustrated with a “never again” attitude. After two days riding hop-on, hop-off buses, walking the shoreline and through several of its parks, learning the stops on the metro, studying the rather useless guidebook I’d brought from home and maps from the tourist bureau, I put together this (mostly) walking tour of Lisbon highlights that I tried out on day three. I think it works. There are several hop-on bus companies in the city and the audio on the one I signed up for was mainly music so it … Read entire article »