Great Britain and Ireland – A Contiki Adventure Part 2

November 6, 2015 1:01 pm

Above: The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland The final part of our three week Contiki adventure was Ireland, where the Craig is Mighty! And where you will find a pub on literally every street corner. We arrived in Dublin, jittery and excited after a three hour ferry ride across the […]

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Great Britain and Ireland, A Contiki Adventure – Part 1

November 4, 2015 1:58 pm

Above: Ruins of Hadrians Wall, England Great Britain and Ireland are popular destinations for travelers from all around the world. These two European islands, settled in the North Atlantic Ocean, have so much to offer both for tourists seeking out popular destinations and off-the-beaten-track travelers. Great Britain is made up of four […]

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A Walk Through Wales

April 1, 2015 2:01 pm
Visit Britain

Above: Brecon Brecons National Park – The combination of rich history, ruggedly beautiful coastlines and rich landscapes dotted with sheep combine to make Wales an unforgettable escape. The Welsh are at the top of their game when it comes to hosting tourists and travellers alike. They are proud of their heritage […]

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Italian Retreat

January 12, 2015 3:30 pm

When we think of Italy urban centres like Florence, Rome and Milan probably spring to mind. But leave the hustle and bustle behind, slow down and soak up life and the beauty and tranquility of Italian village life. Tranquil Tuscany Located 15 minutes from the medieval city of Siena, there’s […]

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The Ardennes in Belgium

December 16, 2014 2:33 pm
Malmedy - Wikipedia

Featured Image: Wikipedia The interest in the exploits and sacrifices of Canadian soldiers and other allied veterans on the battlegrounds of Europe is increasing as the veterans of WW2 continue to shrink with each passing year. We wanted to take a trip allowing us to spend a week leisurely travelling […]

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Medieval Villages of the French Riviera: Saint-Paul de Vence and Èze

July 14, 2014 2:18 pm

(visited in May 2014) There is no doubt that French Riviera (la Côte d’Azur) is a hallmark of beauty in many things: architecture, design, views, people, food, and history. During my second visit to the region, I engaged a local tourist guide Boba ( to personalize my visit. What a […]

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June 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Images: Wikipedia & Martin Luther, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel, writers Goethe and Schiller … all are well-known German cultural icons. However, what is less known, is that they all come from the same general region of Deutschland: the area currently known as LutherCountry. Two states, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia […]

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Céad Mile Fáilte: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

May 30, 2014 9:48 am
A view of the port city of Cobh with The Cathedral of Saint Colman in the background.

I’m of Irish descent and like millions of other Irish Canadians, the pull towards visiting my ancestral homeland has always been strong. My great great grandparents came to Canada from Waterford in County Cork in the mid-18th century at the height of the potato famine and my Irish heritage has […]

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Glasgow Transformed: Modern and Edgy

January 14, 2014 1:23 pm

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
Aug13_Travel_Boten (94) AMSTERDAM MARKETING

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
Cala Gracioneta

                      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
A view of the canal in Ghent. (Credit: City of Ghent Tourist Office)

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
La Pointe du Hoc

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

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

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

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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