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Travelling around China made easy

Travelling around China made easy

My decision to travel through China was rather spontaneous. It was March 2012, and I was travelling around Malaysia. The weather was getting uncomfortably hot and after seeing so many so-called China towns I thought it would be interesting to see the real thing. Besides, April would be spring in China. I had no itinerary to offer as part of the visa process and only enough time to apply for a rush visa. But it was … Read entire article »

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Château Montebello, the world’s most luxurious log cabin

Château Montebello, the world’s most luxurious log cabin

There has been a tradition in my family of spending at least a summer, during one’s youth, working at one of the great Canadian railway hotels. I started the trend, taking the train from Ottawa across the prairies to work as a waitress at Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta. Jasper Park Lodge belonged to the Canadian National Railway chain at the time, later to be owned by Canadian Pacific Railway. Jasper Park Lodge was just one … Read entire article »

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Kauai, the Garden Isle of Hawaii

Kauai, the Garden Isle of Hawaii

As we sat in the shuttle bus, waiting to be transported from the airport to downtown Waikiki, the driver asked passengers about their travel destinations.  When we told him that we were flying to ‘Kauai’, he responded, “Ah, the most beautiful island in Hawaii and – the most boring”.   If by boring, he meant that Kauai is not known for its exciting night life or great shopping opportunities, his comment is worth considering.  However, if you … Read entire article »

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Lessons from our favourite astronaut

Lessons from our favourite astronaut

Editorial: I was listening to Chris Hadfield being interviewed on TV the other day—he’s the Canadian astronaut who commandeered the International Space Station—and he was talking about the importance of human space travel and why we shouldn’t just rely on robots to provide us with the information. Sure, we can learn everything we need to know about a place, be it space or the Taj Mahal, by looking at pictures and reading reports but it only … Read entire article »

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On to Morocco: Two continents, two countries, two weeks

On to Morocco: Two continents, two countries, two weeks

Stephanie Jack and her boyfriend had two weeks vacation and decided to split the time between Spain and Morocco, two very different cultures. It was a good decision. After driving around southern Spain we took the ferry to Morocco, which was a three hour voyage and easy to arrange. Our itinerary in Morocco was Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fez and Casablanca. We didn’t rent a car in Morocco since we heard that drivers are ‘creative’ there, like stopping … Read entire article »

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Allerton Garden, Kauai, Hawaii

Allerton Garden, Kauai, Hawaii

For those of us who love to explore gardens, it is always satisfying to discover one where the story behind the garden is as compelling as the garden itself. The Allerton Garden in Kauai is such a place, inspiring visitors to get to know the creators of the garden as well as the plants and the design. A visitor’s first view of Allerton Garden is from a cliff, looking down upon a pristine crescent beach of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gardens of the world, Travel itinerary, United States