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The power of the visual in Western Cape, South Africa

The power of the visual in Western Cape, South Africa

A large water colour hangs on a wall in our home in Canada. My husband Gerrit was very moved by Thabo Nyelele’s interpretation of life in an ‘informal settlement’ in the Cape Flats.  For a man who rarely purchases art, it was an unusually spontaneous and decisive act and ten years later, he continues to appreciate the work. Cape Town is a visual paradise and much of the beauty of South Africa and indeed the entire … Read entire article »

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Two sisters in Bahrain

Two sisters in Bahrain

Darlene Burke and her sister, Sue Burke, took the opportunity while living in Kuwait to visit another Middle Eastern country, Bahrain—a visit made extra special because of a connection with members of Bahrain’s extended royal family. My sister and I had the opportunity to live and work in Kuwait for three years, working at a private girls’ school. We explored and learned about the rich history of Kuwait and also travelled to nearby destinations. Kuwait is … Read entire article »

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A road trip through Northern Canada’s gallery

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A road trip through Northern Canada

A road trip through Northern Canada

Tom Sunter and his son Andrew had a father-son trip through British Columbia, up the Inside Passage to Alaska, over to Whitehorse in the Yukon, to Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories then down to Jasper-Banff before heading back to Ontario. It was a bonding experience! Andrew: I was moving back to Ontario after living in the West for a few years and was about to get married. I had three weeks between jobs and … Read entire article »

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Birding in Costa Rica gallery

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Birding in Costa Rica with Road Scholar

Birding in Costa Rica with Road Scholar

Darby Bayly and her sister travelled to Costa Rica with Road Scholar (Elder Hostel) to see the birds. Birding is something that has always fascinated me. I started when I was really young, four or five, and going out with my dad. Birding is taking an interest in what’s around you, focussing on the birds and understanding how they fit within the ecology. You look for them, listen to them and try to identify them. It’s … Read entire article »

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Riding the buses through Peru Gallery

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Riding the buses through Peru

Riding the buses through Peru

On a three month journey, Alison Payne continued to travel solo through Peru until she finally met up with her boyfriend. The bus trip from Quito to Huaquillas, Ecuador’s main border town with Peru, was my first overnight trip. A guy sitting near me said the border crossing is dangerous for there is a no-man’s land where even locals get taken by crooked taxi drivers.  He (Alberto) became my new friend and navigated us through … Read entire article »

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Gallery of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

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Losing the trail in Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park, Canada

Losing the trail in Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park, Canada

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park in British Columbia is world renowned for its magnificent beauty and many trekking opportunities. It is unspoiled wilderness with trails providing the only land access. Andrew Sunter and his wife Erin just finished a four day hike in the park and were forced to bushwhack their way out after they lost the trail. Q: Is this a physically difficult hike? Andrew: I didn’t find it challenging other than the last day when we … Read entire article »

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Les Quatre Vents gardens photo gallery

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Les Quatre Vents (The Four Winds), Quebec, Canada

Les Quatre Vents (The Four Winds), Quebec, Canada

Last week I visited two outstanding Canadian gardens.  Both are north of Quebec City along the St Lawrence River with a 65 minute ferry ride plus a short drive separating them. The first is Les Quatre Vents, in English, the garden of The Four Winds. It is a private garden, open to the public for only a few days each year (more about that later). It is situated near the village of La Malbaie, Charlevoix County, in … Read entire article »

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Travelling as a solo female in South America

Travelling as a solo female in South America

Alison Payne travelled in South America for three months. Half the time she was on her own. She shares her solo travel tips with us. I was actually surprised by how easy it was to travel by myself in South America. In fact, I never felt unsafe. I wasn`t really lonely for I followed suggested itineraries and ran into other travellers. I also took local tours and would meet other travellers then. You tend to meet … Read entire article »

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Highlights of South Africa: Soweto and Robben Island

Highlights of South Africa: Soweto and Robben Island

Barbara Reinhardus worked as a United Nations election adviser in South Africa in advance of the second non-racial general election in 1999. When family and friends from Canada went to visit her, she became a tourist and saw much of this beautiful country.  When I was in South Africa the country was really in transition. The 1994 election when Nelson Mandela became president was largely organized by outsiders but five years later the election commission was … Read entire article »

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How NOT to fly to South Africa

How NOT to fly to South Africa

Craig Reinhardus missed his flight to South Africa and almost missed a safari. His family would not have been pleased! I was doing shift work in one of the finest hotels in Canada and was a little confused about “a.m.” and “p.m.”. Like when you start work at 11 p.m. you’re not sure if 12:30 is morning or night (we tend not to use the 24 hour clock here in Canada). When I got off … Read entire article »

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Finding my way in Italy

Finding my way in Italy

I am from small-town Canada and had never travelled outside my country until I went to Italy. While you may think Italy is like Canada, it is not. It took me a week to find my way in that country. Right from the start we had problems. The first day we were in the country a train conductor fined us 30 euros because we hadn’t validated our tickets. We, of course, knew nothing about ticket … Read entire article »

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Latacunga, Ecuador photo gallery

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Climbing a volcano in Ecuador

Climbing a volcano in Ecuador

Alison Payne spent three months backpacking from Quito, Ecuador to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a side trip to the Galapagos Islands.  She often travelled alone and off the beaten path.  Latacunga is a plateau town 89km south of Quito on the Pan-American Highway. It is 2,760 metres above sea level and the climate is cold and windy. I went there to climb the Cotopaxi volcano, which is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world … Read entire article »

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West Coast Trail photo gallery

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Hiking the West Coast Trail in Canada

Hiking the West Coast Trail in Canada

The West Coast Trail is part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. It is backed by the Insular Mountain Range of Vancouver Island and faces the open Pacific Ocean. There were so many shipwrecks and drownings along this coast that it became known as “the graveyard of the Pacific”. Today, backpackers such as Andrew Sunter come to walk this rugged path that was once a life saving trail for shipwreck victims and their rescuers. … Read entire article »

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