Glasgow Transformed: Modern and Edgy

January 14, 2014 1:23 pm
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Welcomed with shortbread cookies and a dram of whiskey, it was easy to be charmed by Scotland’s largest city, where every corner reveals a pub with a storied history or ingenious work of contemporary art. From one of the largest seaports in the world with a booming shipbuilding and trade […]

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Amsterdam and The Hague: The Dutch Golden Age Continues

July 24, 2013 12:15 pm
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In the 11th century, a tiny community of fishers settled along the Amstel River. By 1275, the residents had gained access to the ocean through a canal – the Zuiderzee, now called the IJsselmeer. Thus began a 200-year period of canal building and the commerce that came with it to […]

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The Most Beautiful Beaches to Discover on Ibiza

June 3, 2013 11:42 am
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                      Whether you’re heading to the White Isle to experience the world-famous clubs, or enjoy a relaxing escape on the quieter areas of the island, you’ll need to know which Ibiza beaches are the very best. The Balearic Island is […]

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Travel: Discover Belgium

April 10, 2013 1:30 pm
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By Emma Truswell Belgium is all about indulgence, whether it is in food, history, beer or architecture, France’s northern neighbour is worthy of exploring. Ypres, now know as Ieper, in Flanders Fields Country, or Westhoek, is the perfect destination for history buffs, due to the town’s powerful associations with World […]

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Travel: Discover Slovenia

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Nestled between Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast and Hungary to the northeast is one of the most beautiful and yet relatively unknown European gems, Slovenia. Whether it’s food, geography, landscape, architecture, activities or even climate, diversity permeates everything. It may sound […]

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Vive la France!

July 13, 2012 2:09 pm
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The best surprise of the Normandy trip was the pleasant drive through the rolling hills and dotted farm houses that encapsulate the entire region. In six days of driving though Normandy we had only one day of overcast skies and rain. Otherwise, it was sunny with not a cloud in […]

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Travel: Arras, Lille & Normandy, France

July 12, 2012 5:22 pm
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We arrived at Charles de Gaulle/Roissy International Airport in Paris and transferred to the Train à grande vitesse for Arras, Nord Pas de Calais. Arriving in Arras, opposite the railway station, is the War Memorial, which depicts a French WWI soldier leaning against the monument, watching over an angel with outspread wings, representing peace. And that set the tone for the trip.

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Austria the Winter Away

March 1, 2012 4:14 pm
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Vienna’s annual ball season is an expression of perpendicular poetry while Salzburg is a gem in the Alps. Both cities are packed with culture!

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Skiing the Unbelievably Beautiful Italian Dolomite Mountains

December 19, 2011 12:05 pm
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Ski touring in Italy is highly civilized and geared to a broad cross-section of skiers. Our stomachs did somersaults as the van winded its way up and down the many passes on our way from Venice to San Cassiano, the starting point for a ski touring excursion with Dolomite Mountain s.r.l. […]

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Italy’s Best-Kept Secret

August 17, 2011 12:19 pm
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I remember the morning when I woke up to a ceiling with frescos and a crystal chandelier. I was lying alone in a king sized bed in suite of Hotel Vittoria, in Faenza, Italy, where as the legend goes, the great Italian poet Giosuè Carducci used to lodge. So this […]

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Tale of Two Cities…Part Two: Bratislava

July 18, 2011 9:00 am
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In the middle of Europe lies a very small but proud country, with a small but lovely capital city. The country that I speak of is Slovakia and it’s lovely capital – Bratislava. Bratislava is in part, a world divided, with half its foot in the past and the other half brightly in the future, architecturally and aesthetically speaking at least.

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A Tale of Two Cities…Part 1: Berlin

July 8, 2011 10:44 am
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A city formerly divided, both figuratively and literally, by a giant concrete wall now adorned with art and graffiti from all over the globe…A city formerly divided by clashing political ideologies and philosophies…but no longer. Today Berlin is a city united both by its past and its present.

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The Coolest Capital in Europe and the German Riviera

May 30, 2011 11:41 am
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The Germans do it all and have it all. Exceptional in every way, it is no surprise that Germany continues to hold the annual record as one of the world’s most visited countries.

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Vienna

March 24, 2009 3:23 pm
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I knew as soon as I stepped on the Austrian Airlines plane that this was going to be a great trip. The airline staff in their classy red outfits were genuinely friendly and made a bit of a fuss over my daughter. Their motto is “we fly for your smile” […]

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BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG — The Way Life Should Be

March 21, 2009 3:48 pm
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We can learn a lot about life from the Europeans. They take immense pleasure in good food, good wine, friends, family, music, theatre and history. While we appreciate those things here in North America, over there, it’s different. We always seem to be in a hurry, wanting things now. In […]

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The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage

March 19, 2009 4:00 pm
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The 7 day cruise headed up the Norwegian Fjords past the Arctic Circle and ended in the northern town of Kirkenes, a twenty minute drive from the Russian border. Due to the Gulf Stream, the climate is temperate but because of the high latitude, during the winter, there are a […]

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IF YOU LIKE THE TULIP FESTIVAL YOU’LL LOVE Holland Art Cities

March 16, 2009 4:25 pm
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In the fall of 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs. The gift was in appreciation of the safe haven that members of Holland’s exiled royal family received during the Second World War in Ottawa; and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played […]

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