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Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding

Travel in southern Spain is surprisingly easy and so rewarding

Last spring, I spent almost a month travelling on my own in Spain, primarily in its southernmost district, Andalucía. I started in Madrid, then on to Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, Seville and Ronda, living on a strict budget and going by train or bus. The Pyrenees Mountains form a natural barrier between Spain and the rest of Europe and for a long period of history it was northern Africa, particularly the area now known as Morocco, that had … Read entire article »

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Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Seville, the capital of Andalucía

Christopher Columbus, that legendary explorer who discovered the “New World” of the Americas in 1492, is celebrated in Seville. His voyages were supported by Spain’s Catholic Monarchs and Seville became the trading centre through which much of the wealth from the colonies flowed. So Seville is not some provincial backwater but one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. There is nothing modest about the place. At its centre is the Cathedral of Seville, the largest … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Stargazing in a dark-sky place

Bucket List for Kids: Stargazing in a dark-sky place

When was the last time you saw a starry sky? If you can’t recall it could be that you, like most Canadians, live in an urban area where artificial lights glow all night long causing the night sky to disappear so that you can hardly make out the stars. These lights also harm the ecosystem of nocturnal animals and the path of migrating birds. In Canada there are 17 authentic dark-sky places (called preserves) that can … Read entire article »

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Bucket List for Kids: Jumping in a lake

Bucket List for Kids: Jumping in a lake

Every summer when I was a kid we would go jump in a lake. It was like the rule. It was usually a lake in one of Canada’s provincial or national parks. Sometimes we’d go for the day and bring a picnic. Other times we’d bring our tent and camp out. But for sure we would get to jump in a lake. It isn’t too hard to jump in a lake in Canada because there are … Read entire article »

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