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Bucket List for Kids: The Dinosaur Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

Bucket List for Kids: The Dinosaur Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

Canada’s Dinosaur Museum (aka the Royal Tyrrell Museum) has one of the largest displays of dinosaurs in the world. No worry if you know little about palaeontology (the study of fossil animals and plants). You’ll just leave a little smarter because of all the hands-on activities. You won’t run out of things to look at because there are over 125,000 fossils, some small and others enormous. The place can be a little scary too! The museum was named after … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bucket list for kids, Canada, Cultural travel, Family travel, Memorable moments

Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton-Burlington, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton-Burlington, Canada

There are several reasons why the Royal Botanical Gardens is unique, the first being that it is the only botanical garden in Canada with the right to use “Royal” in its name. Two cities (Hamilton and Burlington) on the western tip of Lake Ontario claim it, which seems rather odd and can be a bit confusing, but that’s because The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is not just one big cultivated space but several separate ones. The … Read entire article »

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A classic travel itinerary for Southeast Asia

A classic travel itinerary for Southeast Asia

This Canadian couple, recently retired, travelled independently for three months in Southeast Asia and wrote home about it, highlights of which are captured here. This is the quintessential Southeast Asian travel experience, and one that Barb and Ben Dietrich—new to this kind of travel—undertook with obvious humour, curiosity and class. What missing? Perhaps the Plain of Jars in Laos, Sapa in North Vietnam, the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam, Penang in Malaysia. So what. They left the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Around the world, Southeast Asia, Travel itinerary

Beth Chatto Gardens, East Anglia, England

Beth Chatto Gardens, East Anglia, England

 Beth Chatto was no ordinary gardener, turning what was once a wasteland into 5 distinct and extraordinary gardens. She lived the mantra: Right plant, right place. Gardeners around the world look to English gardens for inspiration. We buy the books, we delight in the magazines and we often try to imitate those features that we believe best define an English garden – large, formal, herbaceous borders, boxwood hedging, symmetrical design, fountains and statues. We also tour … Read entire article »

Filed under: England, Gardens of the world