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Alhambra, Granada’s palace-city, Spain

Alhambra, Granada’s palace-city, Spain

The Alhambra is a palace/fortress in Spain that was built by the Moorish monarchs between 1238 and 1358. Alhambra in Arabic means ‘the red one’ and it sits on Sabika Hill, the highest and largest … Read entire article »

Train travel through Spain: 1st stop Madrid

Train travel through Spain: 1st stop Madrid

Spain is a gorgeous country with a fascinating history. It’s easy to travel around on your own and if you’re not inclined to rent a car, then take the trains and if there is no … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Visiting Mexico City? Here’s my guide

Mexico City is great! Really. So why do so few foreigners visit, even those who travel regularly to other parts of the country? It’s because of the “fear” factor and I think it’s been overplayed. A … Read entire article »

Hong Kong, Asia’s ‘World City’

Hong Kong, Asia’s ‘World City’

Hong Kong is a city of skyscrapers situated on the South China Sea.  It was once a British colony but on June 30, 1997 it was returned to China under the principle ‘One country, two … Read entire article »

Christmas in Vegas with the girls

Christmas in Vegas with the girls

I never could imagine me spending Christmas in Las Vegas and staying at the same hotel as Prince Harry and Oprah. That’s the Harry who is third in line to the British throne and was … Read entire article »

Underestimating San Francisco (and what lies beyond)

Underestimating San Francisco (and what lies beyond)

San Francisco is much more than a travel destination for someone who grew up in the 1960s as I did. Unfortunately I only realized that when I was on board the plane that was taking … Read entire article »

The very doable Shanghai, China

The very doable Shanghai, China

It seems to me that just about everyone has heard about the remarkable effort China made in getting Beijing ready for the 2008 Olympics. Well, the country’s efforts for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai … Read entire article »

New York City with the girls

New York City with the girls

There is something intoxicating about New York City for it’s a place I return to time and again and always find something new to do and see. It’s a 24/7 city where you can grab … Read entire article »

Celebrating my 30th in the great city of Chicago

Celebrating my 30th in the great city of Chicago

I have wanted to go to Chicago ever since I took a history of music class in university. The class focused on the origins and development of popular music in the twentieth century and how … Read entire article »

Ubud, the star of Eat, Pray, Love

Ubud, the star of Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love was Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling memoir about her one-year spiritual journey to three destinations including Ubud, Bali. After it was released in 2006, foreign visitors seeking a similar experience started flocking there … Read entire article »

There’s more to Beijing than the Great Wall

There’s more to Beijing than the Great Wall

Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, lies in the northeastern part of the country, at the foot of the Yanshan Mountain and not far from the East China Sea. It was my introduction … Read entire article »

If you love the Big Apple (as I do) you’ll adore Singapore

If you love the Big Apple (as I do) you’ll adore Singapore

I knew Singapore was different as soon as I got on the MRT (rapid transit system) at the airport and made my way into the city. Everyone around me was moving quickly and seemed so … Read entire article »

Finding Chiang Mai’s magic

Finding Chiang Mai’s magic

I first visited Chiang Mai when it was one of the must-see places along the hippie trail through Asia back in the 1970s. It was a long trip there by bus from Bangkok but probably … Read entire article »

5 tips for leaving Bangkok with a smile

5 tips for leaving Bangkok with a smile

The Thai people refer to their capital as the “City of Angels” but for visitors it can be anything but angelic. It’s a mega-city. At mid-day it can be unbearably hot, particularity if you’re coming … Read entire article »

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

It took little time or effort for me to be fascinated by Antigua when I visited there 13 years ago and knew it was a place I would return to. I had visions of me … Read entire article »