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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 … Read entire article »

Road trip itinerary: Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador

Road trip itinerary: Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador

Many visitors to the Maritimes want to see all three provinces (Nova Scotia including Cape Breton, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) and some continue on to Newfoundland & Labrador. I regularly receive questions about … Read entire article »

My itinerary for the Canadian Rockies

My itinerary for the Canadian Rockies

The provinces of Alberta and British Columbia share the Canadian Rockies, famous for their rugged peaks and the valleys that separate them. Last summer my family travelled around the Rockies and here is our itinerary. The … 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 »

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 … Read entire article »

A classic travel itinerary for Southeast Asia

A classic travel itinerary for Southeast Asia

This Canadian couple, recently retired, travelled independently for three months in Southeast Asia and wrote home about it, highlights of which are captured here. This is the quintessential Southeast Asian travel experience, and one that Barb … Read entire article »

Wilson Botanical Garden, Las Cruces, Costa Rica

Wilson Botanical Garden, Las Cruces, Costa Rica

There are many reasons to visit the Wilson Botanical Garden in Costa Rica, two of which have nothing to do with the garden itself. The Wilson Botanical Garden is located at 1200 m (3,935 ft) … 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 »

They left the farm to see the world: First stop Thailand

They left the farm to see the world: First stop Thailand

Barb and Ben Dietrich, who live on a family farm in southern Ontario, Canada, retired from their jobs, rented out the land on their farm to others, and set off for 3 months in Southeast … Read entire article »

National Palace botanical garden, Mexico City

National Palace botanical garden, Mexico City

The botanical garden at the National Palace in Mexico City is unexpected. Most people go to the Palace (Palacio Nacional) to see Diego Rivera’s murals about the history of Mexico and perhaps the temporary exhibit … 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 »

A Memorable Family Holiday in Dominical, Costa Rica

A Memorable Family Holiday in Dominical, Costa Rica

Our family of twelve spent 2 weeks in southern Costa Rica near the surfing town of Dominical, a laid-back location removed from the maddening crowds.  We chose Dominical primarily because it is situated near mountains, … Read entire article »

Robert Brady’s house and garden, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Robert Brady’s house and garden, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Americans have been coming to Cuernavaca for decades, living in splendid seclusion behind high walls where the weather is just about perfect every day from December to February. It’s just 80 km (50 miles) from … Read entire article »

Vientiane and the weird Buddha Park, Laos

Vientiane and the weird Buddha Park, Laos

Vientiane, capital of Laos, is often described as laid-back and in the middle of nowhere. The French who occupied the country for about 50 years, did redesign its layout and restore some of the monuments … Read entire article »

Best stops along Ontario’s West Coast

Best stops along Ontario’s West Coast

The area that lies on Lake Huron’s southeast shore is appropriately called Huron County. A sister of mine lives there, in Goderich, the county’s largest town. When I go for a visit we usually meet … 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 »

Seven days in Bhutan

Seven days in Bhutan

Ron Perrier, a Canadian retiree committed to seeing the world, visited Bhutan in late 2013. Bhutan, the last remaining Buddhist Kingdom, is perched high in the Himalayas in South Asia. Travel within the country must … Read entire article »

A mountain climbing experience of a lifetime (even if you’re a newbie)

A mountain climbing experience of a lifetime (even if you’re a newbie)

Every summer since 1906 the Alpine Club of Canada has held a general mountaineering camp (the GMC), usually in the mountains of British Columbia. Last summer Andrew Sunter participated in the camp that was held … Read entire article »

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