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If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
....Henry Miller (1891–1980)

April 2018
BULGARIA’S BOUNTY OF ATTRACTIONS
by Irene Butler

The tiny town of Melnik in wine country beckons us a mere day after arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital. Our hotel manager, Asen, has exuberantly offered to drive my husband Rick and me around the countryside on his days off! We accept with delight! Orchards are fruit-laden and fields of sunflowers lift golden heads sunward as we breeze along. “Baba Vanga is a worthy stop along the way,” Asen announces. ... read more »


CAMBRIDGE THEN AND NOW
by Margaret Deefholts

This is not how I pictured it: tourists thronging the narrow, winding streets, the air filled with the sounds of a myriad different accents and languages, the smell of fish and chips wafting out of open pub doors, and giggling couples posing for selfies. ... read more »


THREE SCENIC DRIVES IN NOVA SCOTIA
by Jane Cassie

Although there are more direct driving routes from Halifax to Antigonish, if you have more travel time, take a detour onto Highway 7 and enjoy this prettier route. The ribbon of asphalt hugs up to the rugged Atlantic, curves around tranquil bays and links together quaint fishing villages that dot the way. ... read more »


SPELUNKING IN SOUTHEASTERN FRANCE:
Cro-Magnon Artwork and Other Wonders

by Chris Millikan

A 300-kilometer bike ride in the Dordogne and Lot River valleys offers us many memorable escapades, including two unique cave explorations. ... read more »


March 2018
BERMUDA – A WEE BIT OF ENGLAND WITH A DIFFERENCE
by Ray Chatelin

Bermuda has been called a tiny chunk of England that floated away in search of better weather. And for the past couple of centuries it has been the playground for British and European royalty, socialites, money barons and celebrities from around the world seeking sun-drenched pampering. ... read more »


ROAD TRIP TO MILE ZERO – THE FLORIDA KEYS
by Jamie Ross

I step off a plane and onto the tarmac at Key West’s International Airport, and then out of the humid heat and into an air-conditioned van. My mission – a Florida Keys road trip, a drive northward up the coral cay archipelago that arcs gently down in a south-southwest direction from mainland Florida. It is a journey that I have a vague memory of doing once before, although this time I’m approaching the whole thing in a different direction, and in a much more mature and civilized manor. ... read more »


HALIFAX:
A CITY OF MANY CONTRASTS

by Jane Cassie

Halifax is a city of many contrasts. It's a blend of the young and old and a place where modern skyscrapers rise in juxtaposition to their historical brick neighbours. During this visit to Nova Scotia's capital, we also discover that there are variables with its weather. ... read more »


MESMERIZING MARRAKECH
by Margaret Deefholts

The sun brazens down from a steely sky, shadows sharp-edged. Small dust devils whirl and die. Horses neigh in the distance, the clop of their hooves and creak of carriage wheels drawing nearer. Then, suddenly the deep, sonorous call of the muezzin from the nearby Koutoubia mosque reverberates on the air. ... read more »


MONTMARTRE:THE SOUL OF PARIS
by Rick Millikan

Visiting our daughter Jessica in Paris inspires a vacation extraordinaire! An Air France upgrade provides immediate haute cuisine, cozy sleeping spaces and very entertaining French films! Our favorite reveals the life of Dalida, a beloved Parisian singer. ... read more »


February 2018
QUEBEC’S ILES DE LA MADELEINE
“Islands Brushed by the Waves!”

by Jamie Ross

It is the middle of the night. I am bundled up against the cold and damp and down at the main wharf on Grande Entrée watching the lobster boats slip from the harbour in an organized procession. Their bright guiding lights illuminate the dark and rippled sea, as they churn out past the breakwater. I give the departing boats a jaunty wave and they blow their fog horns, likely wondering what brings a sane man out at this ungodly hour. ... read more »


LA MODE DE MONTPELLIER
by Chris McBeath

If you’re looking for un peu de culture Francais typique, Montpellier, on the edge of the French Riviera, isn’t always top of mind. Look a little closer and you’ll not only find a medieval city with a youthful vitality that’s hard to match, but also a countryside strewn with historic hamlets, vineyards, and brackish lagoons filled with flamingoes. Oh yes, and long sandy beaches. So who needs the Cote d’Azure at triple the expense? ... read more »


TWO DAYS IN PANAMA CITY
by Lauren Kramer

It’s been long overlooked as a tourism destination, but Panama City is one of Central America’s most exquisite gems. With its mixture of ancient history, indigenous culture and tropical jungle, the city’s attractions are diverse and fascinating. Give yourself at least two days to absorb the thrum of Latin American magic, feel the pulse of the jungle and walk the historic corridors of Casco Viejo. There’s a good chance you’ll be longing for more. ... read more »


SCENIC SANTA BARBARA
THE AMERICAN RIVIERA

by Jane Cassie

A blanket of fog cloaks the Pacific in a mystical veil and permeates the palms that line the sandy beach-boulevard. As soon as the morning mist dissipates, the distant powder playground will become a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts and bikini-clad sun worshippers. Surfers and sailors will skim the oncoming waves, while fishermen search for habitants beneath. And while volleyballs rally over sugar fine sand, the paralleling pathway will become a thoroughfare for cyclists, in-line skaters, and those out for a casual stroll. ... read more »


January 2018
A BOTSWANA SANCTUARY
Water for Elephants

by Chris McBeath

Travel across Africa’s landscape, and chances are you will weep at its beauty, its contradictions and its challenges. Find yourself at Botswana’s Elephant Sands Bush Lodge, and chances are it will change your perspective on a part of the world where the qualities of nature and nurture are driving a hard bargain, especially for the African elephant. ... read more »


TRANQUILLITY WITHIN A LOTUS: THE BAHA'I TEMPLE IN DELHI
by Margaret Deefholts

Among the stereotypical images of poverty and over-crowding, India is also perceived as a deeply spiritual country. Notwithstanding this, daily life is clamorous and pressing. So it is appropriate that temples are noisy with the clang of bells, the wail of conch shells, the chanting of priests and throngs of pilgrims. Millions of people freckle the edges of rivers and lakes during religious festivals. ... read more »


HISTORIC JOURNEY ON THE SALISH SEA
by Lauren Kramer

It’s a beautiful Spring day in the San Juan archipelago and I awake to glassy water in the bay overlooking Sucia Island. On the island campers are just emerging from their tents and stretching their legs, but from where I stand on the Schooner Zodiac, breakfast is done by 8am and all hands are on deck as a crew of nine volunteers and 12 guests polish the brass, hose down the deck and scrub the historic vessel’s surface free of dirt. ... read more »


LANAI – IN SEARCH OF THE REAL HAWAII
by Ray Chatelin

LANAI, HAWAII - Every day, Hawaii is challenged by its own image—wind-swept beaches and crystal blue waters edged by palm trees shading grass-skirted hula dancers. ... read more »


LEAVING MY MARK IN FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK
by Jane Cassie

All shapes, colours and sizes are suspended from the yellow twine that spans the pedestrian bridge. Maidenform, Cross-Your-Heart and Playtex intermingle with under-wires, push-ups and delicate lacy garments. ... read more »


December 2017
WINTERTIME WONDERS OF MOUNT WASHINGTON
by Jane Cassie

While strapped into webbed soles, we waddle over the blanket of freshly fallen snow. Beams from trusty headlamps ignite the way and reflect onto powder pathways that shimmer like glitter. The illumination is augmented by the star-studded sky, and aside from my laborious breathing, the night is still, peaceful and serene. ... read more »


BEDDING DOWN WITH THE BEDOUINS
by Margaret Deefholts

He has piercing grey eyes, a strong hawk-nosed profile and a trim beard. Dressed in dishdashah robes, and wearing a traditional chequered head scarf, (Shumag), banded in place with a coiled Ogal, he sits astride an Arab stallion, looking for all the world like a bit-actor in Hollywood’s Lawrence of Arabia. The mountain, Jabel al-Mazmar, arguably T.E. Lawrence’s inspiration for the title of his Seven Pillars of Wisdom, serves as a perfect backdrop. ... read more »


PUFFINS AND EAGLES AND SEALS, OH MY!
by John Geary

“If you look back, you should see a bald eagle trailing not too far behind us,” says tour guide Donelda MacAskill. “She’s looking for some fish, we’ll see if we can help her out! Keep your cameras ready on the left side!” ... read more »


TWO LONELY ROADS
by Hans Tammemagi

In 1986, Life magazine described a 462-kilometre stretch of Nevada’s Highway 50, which traverses forbidding desert terrain, as the “Loneliest Road in America,” warning that drivers better be equipped with survival skills. But surely, I thought, Canada has an equally forbidding and lonely road. ... read more »


November 2017
PALM CREEK PARADISE
by Jane Cassie

Welcome Home! The inviting greeting spans the sandstone archway to the entrance of Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, a man-made oasis in the city of Casa Grande, Arizona. Last year was our inaugural snowbird experience at this 55-plus park. And by the end of our fun-filled stay, it truly did feel like home! ... read more »


‘THE TROUBLES’ AND TITANIC TRAGEDY IN BELFAST
by Margaret Deefholts

I’m with a group of tourists in Belfast, and our coach driver, Sean, is distinctly uneasy. He is a Dubliner and we are driving through Belfast in Northern Ireland, a city with a dark, tormented past and it makes him acutely uncomfortable. Not surprising, for when he was a young lad visiting Belfast in the late 70’s, the savage uprisings of the Sinn Fein and the murderous clashes between Catholics and Protestants terrified him senseless. A Catholic himself, he was profoundly relieved to cross the border and return home to Dublin. ... read more »


THE NORMANDY INVASIONS:
Bayeaux and Juno Beach

by Rick Millikan

Normandy’s D-Day landing site becomes the highlight of a Seine River cruise. At Rouen, American shipmates board motor coaches heading to Omaha Beach, interpretative centers and cemeteries. Joining a smaller group of Brits, Aussies and fellow Canadians, we travel to Juno Beach. ... read more »


EMBRACING REAL WINTER IN LA MAURICIE
Story and Photography by Jamie Ross

The ice fishing is superb here at the Pourvoirie du Lac Blanc. The Brookies and Specs are biting all around me. To the left and right, rods dip on their supports, bowing down to the circular holes augured in the thick lake ice, causing whoops of excitement as flopping fish are hoisted high and displayed with pride. I join in, cheering every catch, applauding each success, while watching my own ice-fishing rod and line do nothing but sway in the breeze. ... read more »


MYANMAR’S MYSTICAL MAGIC
by Chris McBeath

As the U Thein Sein government continues to open up large swathes of Myanmar, no-go zones are quietly becoming history. While there are still some conflict zones and truly remote areas requiring a special permit and guide, this former British colony – Burma -- is becoming one of the worlds most sought after traveler destinations. ... read more »



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