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Vientiane and the weird Buddha Park, Laos

Vientiane and the weird Buddha Park, Laos

Vientiane, capital of Laos, is often described as laid-back and in the middle of nowhere. The French who occupied the country for about 50 years, did redesign its layout and restore some of the monuments that had been destroyed in earlier conflicts, but then largely ignored it. Even the Communist regime that has been there for some time has not put a harsh footprint on it. So Vientiane is a pleasant sort of place. It’s compact … Read entire article »

Filed under: Laos, Memorable moments, Travel itinerary

Best stops along Ontario’s West Coast

Best stops along Ontario’s West Coast

The area that lies on Lake Huron’s southeast shore is appropriately called Huron County. A sister of mine lives there, in Goderich, the county’s largest town. When I go for a visit we usually meet up in Stratford and take in a theatrical production before moving on to her place. The last time I was there I was into “all things Alice Munro”—Alice being the highly acclaimed “master of the contemporary short story” and recent recipient … Read entire article »

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A look behind Stratford, Ontario’s annual celebration of theatre

A look behind Stratford, Ontario’s annual celebration of theatre

I’ve always visited Stratford, a small Victorian city in southern Ontario, Canada, because of its world-renowned Shakespearean festival.  Well that’s not completely true. I can remember going there when my children were very young and I can’t imagine it was Shakespeare we saw although it was a matinee in the main theatre—the Festival Theatre. I remember we all loved the stage and how the actors kept disappearing through these trap doors. My sister Charlotte met … Read entire article »

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Ethnobotanical Garden, Oaxaca, Mexico

Ethnobotanical Garden, Oaxaca, Mexico

There is a garden in Oaxaca City that both gardeners and non-gardeners seem to fall for.  It’s takes up most of the grounds of the Santo Domingo church and the beautifully restored Museum of Oaxacan Cultures that is attached to it. Both the museum and the garden have a story to tell about Oaxaca’s roots and it is intriguing. When the Spanish conquered Mexico, one of the things they were hoping to find was the perfect … Read entire article »

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Inspired by a festival and a garden, Canada and Mexico

Inspired by a festival and a garden, Canada and Mexico

Editorial: It is perhaps difficult to imagine what Stratford, Ontario and Oaxaca City, Mexico have in common other than being on the same continent. This year I re-visited both and was moved by what I saw and learned. Over the years Stratford has successfully linked itself to Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon in England. This was done through vision, persuasion and a good dose of confidence. The outcome is a summer theatre festival that is known throughout the world. … Read entire article »

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Seven days in Bhutan

Seven days in Bhutan

Ron Perrier, a Canadian retiree committed to seeing the world, visited Bhutan in late 2013. Bhutan, the last remaining Buddhist Kingdom, is perched high in the Himalayas in South Asia. Travel within the country must be paid for in advance and booked through a local licensed tour operator. As we entered Bhutan, the views of the Himalayas were impressive. The plane turns down a high mountain valley before landing in Paro, the only international airport in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adventure travel, Bhutan, Travel itinerary