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Road trip around Cape Breton Island, Canada

Road trip around Cape Breton Island, Canada

Cape Breton receives many accolades such as “one of the best island destinations in the world” and “one of the world’s best road trips”. What’s so great about this island on the Atlantic Ocean that is part of the province of Nova Scotia? The Cabot Trail, that’s what, and the inland sea that dominates its center, and Baddeck, the village where Alexander Graham Bell—the inventor of the telephone—spent his summers. Here is Alexander Bell’s take on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Family travel, Road trips, Travel itinerary

A safari in Yala and Bundala National Parks, Sri Lanka

A safari in Yala and Bundala National Parks, Sri Lanka

I was all excited about going on a safari in Sri Lanka because it would be a first for me. Sure, it wouldn’t be like going on one in Africa because  they don’t have the Big Five but they do have elephants and leopards.  Besides, going on a safari in Sri Lanka is relatively inexpensive and not very commercialized and that suited me. The best-known safari park is Yala and since Bundala National Park—famous for its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Memorable moments, Sri Lanka, Travel itinerary, Wildlife

Rishikesh photo gallery

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Rishikesh, the place of sages, India

Rishikesh, the place of sages, India

The city of Rishikesh is in the foothills of the Himalayas, 240 km north of Delhi. It is on the Ganges River, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges. Rishikesh is a pilgrim and spiritual centre that attracts both Hindu holy men and yoga and meditation enthusiasts from around the world.  Most of this activity takes place outside Rishikesh itself, near the hanging bridge that crosses the Ganga about 5 km from the city. This … Read entire article »

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The Lingering Garden, Suzhou, China

The Lingering Garden, Suzhou, China

The Lingering Garden is regarded as a masterpiece of classical Chinese garden style and is one of China’s four most famous gardens. The garden was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. It is said that when you visit the garden you linger between heaven and earth.   Within a space of six acres there are 42 rooms and halls and 700 meters of covered walks connecting them. There is a Small Fairly Isle by a lake that … Read entire article »

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Stopping at Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Stopping at Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Jessica Sunter travelled in the northern part of Uganda near the Congo and Sudan borders in February, accompanying Canadian experts who were working with local cooperatives.  The group decided to take a weekend break at Murchison Falls National Park. Uganda is a land-locked country in East Africa. It is said to be one of the poorest countries in the world and it was certainly very poor where we were travelling. Generally there was no running water, … Read entire article »

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A spiritual journey for Jenna

A spiritual journey for Jenna

Editorial: I was helping a long-time family friend reorganize her garden the other day and in front of a newly planted tree she created a small memorial to her daughter, Jenna, who was killed in a biking accident 18 months ago. As I watched her arrange plants with yellow flowers—one of Jenna’s favourite colours—around a Buddha, I was reminded of the small houses for the spirits that are found everywhere in Thailand. They take good care of … Read entire article »

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