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Photo gallery of Larkwhistle

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Larkwhistle, the Canadian “Garden of Eden”

Larkwhistle, the Canadian “Garden of Eden”

I suspect most every Canadian who has a passion for gardening has heard of Patrick Lima and his garden on the Bruce Peninsula north of Toronto.  Although he and his partner, garden photographer John Scanlan, only started their garden in 1975, their garden has been an inspiration in a country where the history of gardening is rather thin. Patrick has written many articles and books about this garden called Larkwhistle. For many years the garden has … Read entire article »

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May I introduce: Jesús Lopez, my driver in Mexico

May I introduce: Jesús Lopez, my driver in Mexico

When I reflect upon the various drivers who have transported me within countries as diverse as The Gambia, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan, I am struck by the contribution these men have made to my understanding of their homelands and the enjoyment of my time spent there. For many years, the professional services of a driver came with my work assignments.  The drivers were responsible, not only to move me about, but also to sensitize me … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of monarch butterflies

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The amazing journey of the Monarch Butterflies

The amazing journey of the Monarch Butterflies

High in the mountains of northeastern Michoacán, the Mexican Federal Government has created a sanctuary for monarch butterflies. The 160-sq-km reserve is the winter home of an estimated 100 million butterflies which migrate there each year from as far away as Canada. In February 2012, my husband and I hired a driver in Morelia to take us on a day trip to the butterfly reserve 3 to 4 hours away.  Since we made our visit very … Read entire article »

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Sailing down the River Li, China

Sailing down the River Li, China

The Lijiang River (often called the River Li) starts in the Cat Mountain in Xing’an County and flows 437 km to the West River. The 83 km between the city of Guilin and the town of Yangshuo is the most scenic section and attracts many domestic and international tourists. Here the river winds “like a blue ribbon” and as you cruise along its curves you pass soaring limestone peaks. These peaks have been eroded into the … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Nijmegen March

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The Nijmegen March: 4 days, 40 km/day

The Nijmegen March: 4 days, 40 km/day

The Nijmegen March in the Netherlands is a rigorous and prestigious event that annually draws over 40,000 walkers from 50 nations and is witnessed by over 1 million spectators along the 160-km route. Gerrit Reinhardus was a participant in the 40 km route this year to mark his 70th birthday. The “vierdaagse” (Dutch for “Four day Event”) has taken place in the Netherlands since 1909. Participants walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometers each day for … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Shanghai, China

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The very doable Shanghai, China

The very doable Shanghai, China

It seems to me that just about everyone has heard about the remarkable effort China made in getting Beijing ready for the 2008 Olympics. Well, the country’s efforts for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai surpassed even that. More countries participated in the Shanghai Expo than ever in the history of the event. This Expo also attracted a record number of visitors. Today Shanghai shines. Shanghai is the largest city in the world with a population … Read entire article »

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Riding the buses to Mexico’s colonial cities

Riding the buses to Mexico’s colonial cities

Who would have thought that visiting Tlaquepaque, Guanajuato, Morelia and San Miguel de Allende–by bus—would be such an easy, inexpensive and pleasant experience? Early this winter, my husband and I spent two weeks enjoying Mexico’s beaches with our children and grandchildren before heading over the Sierre Madre Mountains to visit colonial cities.  We boarded our first bus at La Penita, approximately 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, and travelled 200 miles to reach Guadalajara.  The drive … Read entire article »

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New York City with the girls

New York City with the girls

There is something intoxicating about New York City for it’s a place I return to time and again and always find something new to do and see. It’s a 24/7 city where you can grab a bite to eat at any hour. I’ve been to great cities around the world and NYC consistently tops my list. I don’t live there, of course, and my stays are always short. While I appreciate the city’s mad pace … Read entire article »

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Viva Mexico

Viva Mexico

Editorial: It is September, my favourite month, and cooler air is blowing in, at least in this part of the world. It’s actually a relief for the weather has been scorching hot everywhere I travelled over the past eight months. My old bod is used to temperatures changing with the seasons so I am having difficulty adjusting to this constant heat. But hey, I am not complaining for winter follows autumn in Canada and that means … Read entire article »

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