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Bucket List for Kids: PEI National Park

Bucket List for Kids: PEI National Park

Kids love Prince Edward Island because no matter where you are you’re not too far from the beach. And what’s so great is that in summer  the temperature of the ocean isn’t too cold and you can actually swim. PEI National Park probably has the best beaches, our favourite being Cavendish, which can be a little crowded but kids meet kids and spend hours burying each other in the sand. Speaking of sand, the sand is … Read entire article »

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

Bucket List for Kids: Rock climbing, Peggy’s Cove

Bucket List for Kids: Rock climbing, Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove is a largely untouched fishing village just 43 km from Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital. When you bring your kids here they’ll probably first notice the red-and-white tower with a beacon on top. That’s a lighthouse and at night its bright light use to warn sailors not to come too close. If your kids are like mine, the next thing they’ll notice are the rocks. These are not little rocks. They’re huge granite boulders that … Read entire article »

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

Riding the buses™ is 5 years old

Riding the buses™ is 5 years old

Editorial: Riding the buses™ had its 5th birthday on March 1, 2015 and it’s taken me this long to write an editorial about it. I’ve been too busy researching trips, taking trips, and writing about trips, all good excuses for the editor of a travel website, I’d say. We’ve changed, or more correctly my thinking about what travel destinations to include has changed. I’m an old time traveller, one who backpacked along the hippie trail in Asia … Read entire article »

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Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community

Patzcuaro, Mexico: A Spanish bishop and an indigenous community

Patzcuaro, a town perched in the Mexican highlands with a large indigenous population, has the reputation of being a magical place. The town, and the nearby lake that has the same name, is particularly well known for the Day of the Dead ceremony (Día de los Muertos) held each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. My guide, Jaime Hernández Balderas, describes it as a time when the people “receive their departed ones in … Read entire article »

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May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

At one stage in my life I organized conferences, high profile ones with lots of media coverage. To do this successfully you have to be a bit of a freak about the details. So when I checked into Hotel Casa Encantada I knew immediately that the owner was someone who really cared about the small stuff too. Hotel Casa Encantada is in the small town of Patzcuaro on the southeastern shore of a lake by the … Read entire article »

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Casa de Las Ranas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Casa de Las Ranas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

When you’re feeling uninspired by the white, beiges and grays of home, get thee to Casa de Las Ranas, the house and garden of two American expats in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I went there on a House and Garden tour sponsored by the local library. According to a LA Times reviewer, it is “the happiest house in San Miguel”. The owners of the property—artist Anado McLauchlin and his husband Richard Schultz—are world travellers and … Read entire article »

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A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal

A Canadian’s guide to seeing Lisbon, Portugal

I know it’s a little presumptuous to propose a walking tour of Lisbon after being in the city for only a couple of days but I knew I had to figure the place out quickly or else leave frustrated with a “never again” attitude. After two days riding hop-on, hop-off buses, walking the shoreline and through several of its parks, learning the stops on the metro, studying the rather useless guidebook I’d brought from home … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural travel, Great cities, Planning your trip, Portugal, Travel tips