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Bucket List for Kids: Calgary Zoo, Alberta

Bucket List for Kids: Calgary Zoo, Alberta

The Calgary zoo in Alberta is the second largest zoo in Canada and a popular destination. There are 800 or so animals (not including every single fish and insect, of course) and about 120 different species. It’s a comfortable place to be with kids. The zoo is arranged by geography and there is also a fantastic Prehistoric Park. It’s hard to miss the penguins because they’re right at the main entrance, and that’s great because they’re … Read entire article »

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How I travelled to colonial towns south of Mexico City by bus

How I travelled to colonial towns south of Mexico City by bus

Travel in Mexico is something I do most years and I’m not talking about lounging on one of its many beaches. I go for the history, the arts, the food, and the people. Mexico oozes culture: #6 in the whole world for the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Last winter I spent four weeks ‘riding the buses’ to outstanding colonial centres south of Mexico City. My route was Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Cuernavaca, Taxco … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Bucket List for Kids: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Everyone should see Canada’s most famous natural attraction at least once and that is Niagara Falls. They are among the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Canada and United States share the falls. The Horseshoe Falls, which is in Canada, is twice as wide as the American Falls in the States, and has the highest drop. In between is the Bridal Veil Falls. There’s a walkway on the Canadian side that runs so close … Read entire article »

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Travel with Nana

Travel with Nana

Editorial: Carol Kiecher, a blogger I regularly follow, abandoned her travels in Mozambique a short while ago and returned home to the United States early. This was a surprise (and of some concern) as she is an intrepid traveller, having visited more than 70 countries, and one who usually travels on her own, staying in youth hostels. She’s also 79 years of age. She was worried about falling, which, she writes, “would be a disaster”. The infrastructure … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: White water rafting in the Rockies

Bucket List for Kids: White water rafting in the Rockies

Is white water rafting scary? It depends in large part on the rapids. Rapids rated class 1 are little more than moving water, probably not too exciting. With class 2 rapids there are splashy waves. Class 4? Well the waves are big, the rapids intense and you probably have to be at least 12 years old to go rafting on them. Kids as young as 6 years can go rafting on class 2 rapids on … Read entire article »

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Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Ontario, Canada

I knew nothing about Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse until the owner of the B&B where I was staying in Niagara-on-the-Lake (Darlington House) told me about it over breakfast. She described it as an intimate place, one she especially liked to visit in winter. “It’s a 10-minute walk from Niagara Falls,” she said, “across from the Electrical Development Company. There’s parking there.” Couples still dream of being married close to Niagara Falls and this property is a … Read entire article »

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It’s relatively easy to travel in North Korea

It’s relatively easy to travel in North Korea

Ron Perrier travelled in North Korea in October 2014, entering the country by train from Beijing, China. Most people don’t know that it is possible to travel in North Korea, but with compromises, it is relatively easy. You will be accompanied by two minders at all times and only hear a one-sided account of history. Cost is considerable as visitors pay for their guides, food and accommodation in advance. The one thing you should never do is … Read entire article »

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