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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Travel Diary: South Africa

May 10, 2012 3:20 pm
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Stephanie Vizi recounts her recent trip to Southern Africa, including her encounters with racism and experiences of culture shock.

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Travel Diary: Maputsoe, Lesotho

April 25, 2012 5:56 pm
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Today, there are 57 orphans living at Rachel’s Home, a shelter for children with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. The children go to school on the compound until grade six and then are sent to boarding school and later post-secondary studies in surrounding cities. Stephanie Vizi describes her journey to Rachel’s Home and the work of the charity.

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Maple Magic

April 12, 2012 8:38 am
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April means maple syrup and according to National Geographic, the best sticky stuff in Ontario is in Lanark County just outside Ottawa, in Ontario’s Highlands. Known as the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark’s maple syrup was ranked first in a list of top ten foods to eat in Ontario.

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High Tech, Low Stress

March 5, 2012 4:03 pm
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Winter in Ontario is no time to hibernate. Whether heading outdoors excites you or you prefer to stay indoors, activities in Eastern Ontario await you. Your winter getaway is waiting, and now it is easier to plan and book than ever before with the new Ontario’s Highlands tourism web site at ontarioshighlands.ca.

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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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Giddy up to Colorado!

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From the novice to the most experienced rider, the very young to the very old, whole families come together while enjoying the great outdoors. Valet parking, Colorado style, involves a few cowboys, a chuck wagon and a tour of the grounds. This toss back in time is a great way […]

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Proposed development threatens Jasper National Park

January 12, 2012 10:59 am
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A recent decision by Parks Canada regarding the national treasure that is Jasper National Park is cause for alarm. Given that Parks Canada is mandated to protect our landscapes and ensure ecological integrity for present and future generations, many Canadians are outraged by the possibility of a new ‘visitor experience’ development proposed for Jasper National Park.

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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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Chicago Style

December 9, 2011 7:34 pm
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Having been inspired after an annual girlfriends weekend get-a-way to Chicago this past weekend, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite spots for all things design, especially as they pertain to Chicago.

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Family Vacation Delight: A Week at RIU Paradise Island, Bahamas

November 28, 2011 3:36 pm
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Every year, just after Winterlude, I start to get irritable — like every Ottawan! I am pretty well fed up with winter and want to go south. We have three teenage children so travel destinations south becomes key. For a stress free vacation the best bet is always an all inclusive resort. You can relax and not worry about things like meals, snacks, planned activities or meeting a timetable for planned excursions.

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Love Home Swap: Home Exchanges with Style

October 26, 2011 11:31 am
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Love Home Swap, is the Emerging trend of home exchanges that saves on travel costs during tough economic times.

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Angry Birds in Montreal

October 24, 2011 2:29 pm
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It is clear that getting your hands on Montreal Canadiens tickets can be a difficult task and an expensive one. However, there is another sports team worth checking out just outside Ottawa, the Montreal Alouettes, winners of the 2009 and 2010 Grey Cups.

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Bank on One King West

October 7, 2011 2:31 pm
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Next time you are heading to the Big Smoke and need a place to hang your hat, be sure to check out the digs at the übercool, perfectly located One King West Hotel & Residence. At King and Bay, you just can’t get more downtown Toronto than here and the subway is literally outside your door.

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The Greatest Sailing Adventure Ever!

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site occupy 1470 square km or about 15 per cent of the Queen Charlotte Islands. Located about 100 kilometres off the British Columbia mainland, it includes 138 islands, stretching from Tasu Sound south to Cape St. James. The area was declared a provincial park in 1958 and added to the national park system in 1988.

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The Art of the Weekend Getaway

September 13, 2011 12:14 pm
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As summer days slide into brilliant fall colours there’s no better time for a cozy weekend getaway in the quaint country hamlets of Ontario.

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Weird and Wonderful Venice Beach

August 31, 2011 3:09 pm
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Attention sand-lovers and sun-worshippers: if beaches are your thing, Southern California is for you! The area boasts hundreds of kilometres of idyllic white sand beaches, and is undoubtedly one of the world’s top destinations for sun, fun, sand, and sea.

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