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Why Cuernavaca, Mexico, disappoints

Why Cuernavaca, Mexico, disappoints

Cuernavaca (kwehr-nah-vah-kah) is one of Mexico’s better-known colonial cities. It’s easy to get to—just an hour drive south of Mexico City. It even has its own airport. Cuernavaca is best known for: 1) its almost perfect weather; 2) the grand homes that are hidden behind high stone walls; and 3) its Spanish schools that attract many international students. There’s also the Catedral de la Asunción de María, one of the oldest churches in Mexico, built in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Memorable moments, Mexico

The River Drive along the St. Lawrence in Charlevoix, Quebec

The River Drive along the St. Lawrence in Charlevoix, Quebec

If you follow the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River along Charlevoix’s Route 362, you will be on one of the most scenic drives in Canada. The drive is relatively short, a distance of 58 km with some side trips—steep dips, I would call them—and if you’re thinking about doing it in a day you’ll be shortchanging the experience. The River Drive, as it is called, links Baie-Saint-Paul in the south and La Malbaie in the … Read entire article »

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Les Quatre Vents, Quebec, revisited

Les Quatre Vents, Quebec, revisited

When I first visited Les Quatre Vents in mid-June, 2011, I knew I’d be seeing one of Canada’s most famous gardens for I had been reading about it and seeing pictures of it for years. The experience was much more than expected, full of surprises as I was led (as part of a group) from one section to another, never knowing what would be next.  That is the charm of Les Quatre Vents and the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Gardens of the world

Travel inspired by Writers and Company

Travel inspired by Writers and Company

Early in 2012, on a bus ride in the Mekong Delta, I listened to a radio podcast that significantly influenced my travel plans. It was an interview with Meira Chand, a novelist who writes fiction about “cracks between cultures.” Chand was born in London to Swiss-Indian parents and had subsequently lived in Bombay and Japan, for 5 and 30 years respectively. She most recently settled in Singapore, a place she described as a multicultural city-state. … Read entire article »

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They left the farm to see the world: Stop #3 Vietnam

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #3 Vietnam

Barb and Ben Dietrich, recently retired, travelled through Southeast Asia for three months last year and sent emails “home” describing the journey.  North Vietnam We have loved Vietnam and we are now much more seasoned to the cultural differences. Many of you have asked about the language barrier and it really has not been a problem anywhere except when you get away from the city and in the countryside. We would probably have more trouble in Quebec … Read entire article »

Filed under: Around the world, Memorable moments, Vietnam

A magical trip to FloydFest in the Blue Ridge Mountains

A magical trip to FloydFest in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Susan Hubay and her husband took their beloved VW van to the world music and arts festival that is held each year near Floyd, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They were there for what Susan describes as “four magical days in 2012”. My husband, Hugh, and I try to go to two or three folk and bluegrass festivals every year. Mariposa Folk Festival is always on our list because it’s in Orillia, Ontario, which is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural travel, Memorable moments, Road trips, United States

Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire, England

Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire, England

Five years ago, my sister and I stood outside the gates of Hidcote Manor in a state of distress. This particular property was high on our list of ‘must see’ English gardens.  I was enjoying a one-week-stopover between work in Afghanistan and a visit home and my sister was joining me after a stay in London, which included time at the Chelsea Garden Show. So there we were, anxious to walk through a visual wonder … Read entire article »

Filed under: England, Gardens of the world

Hiking the Berg Lake Trail in the shadow of Mt. Robson, British Columbia

Hiking the Berg Lake Trail in the shadow of Mt. Robson, British Columbia

Andrew Sunter and his 7-year-old son Aidan hiked the world-renowned Berg Lake Trail around Mt. Robson this summer. The trail brings you to the foot of Mt. Robson (3954 m), a “big mountain with big hazards” and the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies Trailhead (Elevation 862 m; Distance 0 km) The Berg Lake trail is in Mt. Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia. It’s one of the most scenic trails in Canada, and that’s saying something. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adventure travel, Canada, Family travel