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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 … Read entire article »

San Miguel de Allende, a great place for women

San Miguel de Allende, a great place for women

If you travel beyond the beaches in Mexico you’ll probably know about San Miguel de Allende. It’s the sort of place that expats write books about. It’s cultured and a little exotic. San Miguel is often … Read entire article »

Lively and cultural Guanajuato, Mexico

Lively and cultural Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato (gwah-nah-HWAH-toh) is perhaps Mexico’s most celebrated colonial city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, both charming and sophisticated. It’s 355 km northwest of Mexico City, a four-hour journey on a luxury bus. I had previously … Read entire article »

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Prettiest town in Canada?

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Prettiest town in Canada?

I first visited Niagara-on-the-Lake, a town on the southern shore of Lake Ontario close to the US border, for a romantic weekend with my (then) husband. It’s a place worthy of a splurge. We stayed … Read entire article »

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 »

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 »

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 … Read entire article »

A magical trip to FloydFest in the Blue Ridge Mountains

A magical trip to FloydFest in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Susan Hubay and her husband took their beloved VW van to the world music and arts festival that is held each year near Floyd, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They were there for what … Read entire article »

William Spratling and Mexico’s silver city

William Spratling and Mexico’s silver city

Taxco (pronounced (“tass-ko”) is an enchanting colonial town about 160 km south of Mexico City with white-stucco buildings, red-tiled roofs, and steep cobbled streets that run anywhere and everywhere. It’s a national monument and a … Read entire article »

The art of making Talavera pottery, Puebla, Mexico

The art of making Talavera pottery, Puebla, Mexico

One of the reasons the city of Puebla is so special is because many of its buildings are decorated with talavera tiles, a technique that came from Spain shortly after the city was founded in … Read entire article »

Oaxaca City—Mexico at its best

Oaxaca City—Mexico at its best

It’s beyond me that the city of Oaxaca (pronounced “wa-HAH-ka”) is still one of Mexico’s best-kept secrets because it’s such an exceptional place, particularly if you’re into culture and atmosphere. The climate is sub-tropical and … Read entire article »

Puebla, Mexico—the ‘perfect’ colonial city

Puebla, Mexico—the ‘perfect’ colonial city

If you’re planning a trip to Mexico you should seriously consider putting the city of Puebla on your itinerary (the city and its state share the same name). It’s 100 km east of Mexico City, near … Read entire article »

Trying to be a foodie in Puebla, Mexico

Trying to be a foodie in Puebla, Mexico

There are many good reasons to visit Puebla and one of them is to indulge in its cuisine. After all, mole poblano, the “king of all sauces” was invented here. And according to Alonso Hernández, … Read entire article »

Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage destination

Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage destination

Editorial: I was in Mexico again this winter, four weeks ‘riding the buses’ to what I will loosely describe as ‘cities with historic centres’. A friend said I must really like the country since I go … Read entire article »

A look behind Stratford, Ontario’s annual celebration of theatre

A look behind Stratford, Ontario’s annual celebration of theatre

I’ve always visited Stratford, a small Victorian city in southern Ontario, Canada, because of its world-renowned Shakespearean festival.  Well that’s not completely true. I can remember going there when my children were very young and … Read entire article »

The Maya people of the Yucatan

The Maya people of the Yucatan

When I visited Merida, the capital city of the State of Yucatan on the Yucatan Peninsula, I was struck by how many Maya lived there and how integrated into mainstream life they seemed to be, … Read entire article »

Sri Lanka’s spectacular hill country

Sri Lanka’s spectacular hill country

The heart of Sri Lanka is said to be the hill country and it is astonishingly beautiful, particularly the ‘high country’ where the terrain rises to over 2400 meters (8000 feet) and the cool hills … Read entire article »

Amritsar, home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine

Amritsar, home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine

The city of Amritsar is in the Punjab in northwest India, very close to the Pakistan border. It is an affluent state and the majority of people are Sikh. Unlike some Indian cities, there are … Read entire article »

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India?

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India?

Varanasi, located on the banks of the Ganges River, is one of the holiest cities in India. Hindus from all over the world come here to bathe in the purifying waters.  Wide steps called ghats … Read entire article »

Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle

Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle

What is most striking about Sri Lanka, the teardrop shaped island lying south of India, is that it offers such amazing diversity within a small space. In a matter of hours you can go from … Read entire article »

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