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Turkey from Fethiye to Istanbul

Turkey from Fethiye to Istanbul

This is the final leg of Jessica Sunter and Ian Knight’s honeymoon in Turkey that started and ended in Istanbul and included Cappadocia, Olympos, a Blue Cruise along the Turquoise Coast and, of course, Ephesus (which was a tad disappointing). Our cruise along the Mediterranean Coast ended in Fethiye Harbour but the hotel where we stayed was in Hisaronu, a town about 20 minutes up the road from Fethiye. It is just like little England. All … Read entire article »

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Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Ottawa’s Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Just about everyone who lives in Ottawa is familiar with the Central Experimental Farm. It’s hard to miss because it’s a 400-hectare working farm in the middle of the city just 3 km from the Parliament Buildings. Parents (and grandparents) have been going there for decades to pet the farm animals with their kids. And the Farm’s ornamental gardens are the backdrop in many of the region’s wedding photos. Two of the Farm’s plant breeders brought … Read entire article »

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Ottawa, Canada’s Capital photo gallery

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The colours of autumn in Canada’s capital

The colours of autumn in Canada’s capital

Let me take you on a tour of Canada’s capital in the autumn when leaves are turning shades of red, yellow and orange. We’ll hug the Ottawa River as we cross the city of Ottawa from east to west, then take the Champlain Bridge to Gatineau, in the province of Quebec, and travel through Gatineau Park before returning to Ottawa on the Alexander Bridge. It will be a hop-on-hop-off-bus sort of ride, passing many landmarks … Read entire article »

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Alice Munro Photo Gallery

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On the lookout for Alice Munro

On the lookout for Alice Munro

Was that Alice Munro, the highly acclaimed “master of the contemporary short story” and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, eating dinner at a ‘rib restaurant’ in Goderich? It all started a couple of weeks ago, September 26 to be exact. I was in Goderich visiting my sister Charlotte and doing some research for a travel article on the Lake Huron region for Riding the buses. We were having lunch with Cindy Fisher, tourism coordinator … Read entire article »

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Tirumala Venkateswara, the busiest temple in the world

Tirumala Venkateswara, the busiest temple in the world

Ron Perrier, a retired Canadian physician, visited this Hindu “Temple of Seven Hills”  earlier this year and shares his experience. On to Tamil Nadu (pop 85 million), the southernmost state in India. On the way I decided to stop in Tirumala to visit the busiest temple in the world at Tirupathi. Forty million Hindus visit every year. Arriving after 13 hours on the train at 7:30 am, I caught a bus one hour up the 17 km … Read entire article »

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Indian summer

Indian summer

Editorial: You really should come to my part of the world during an Indian summer. It’s autumn here now in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, a time we often call fall. But it’s warm outside and the light is golden. The September equinox, when day and night are the same length, has passed and the light is slanted. Daylight hours are quickly starting to fade. Indian summer is a heat wave that occurs in the fall between late September … Read entire article »

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Understanding Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Understanding Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

For nearly 6,000 years the native people of the North American plains hunted buffalo. They did this without horses, guns or even bows. Instead, they enticed the animals to jump off a steep cliff to their death. One of the oldest and most extensive sites is Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southwestern Alberta, Canada—a UNESCO World Heritage site. The jump is where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, where the cliffs are as high as 18m … Read entire article »

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