Panama Wow! The New RIU Plaza Hotel

January 6, 2011 1:12 pm
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Panama is derived from an old Indian word meaning “lots of fish and butterflies.” It has one of the world’s most spectacular ecosystems and jungles but less than an hour away, there is the vibrant urban life in Panama City. America spoils back to Spain. I have always been fascinated […]

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An Adirondack Olympic Experience

January 1, 2011 1:50 pm
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Imagine the blades of a bullet-shaped sled twisting through narrow, icy turns as gravity pulls you down a mountain at speeds of up to 50 mph. Crossing the finish line, you hear your name announced over a PA system, you pose for a photograph with your driver and brakeman. OK, […]

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An Adirondack Olympic Experience

December 14, 2010 9:50 am
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Our home for the weekend was the newly renovated High Peaks Resort in the heart of Lake Placid. Surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains, America’s largest protected wilder- ness, and in walking distance from downtown boutiques, High Peaks Resort is just a short three-hour drive from Ottawa on beautiful back country highways.

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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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RV Road Trip — Family of Five – One Heck of a Ride!

March 22, 2009 3:43 pm
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The idea of traveling in a recreational vehicle (RV) with your spouse and kids for three weeks in the summer sounds like one of those amazing things you need to do in life when your kids are the right age. Imagine traveling for three weeks in extreme comfort in a 35 foot recreational vehicle. I always had an interest in purchasing an RV, so I figured why not rent one for a month and give it the old test drive?

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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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IF you like the Tulip Festival, you'll the love Holland Art Cities

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In February, I decided to take in the preview of the Holland Art Cities Tour and it certainly lived up to its advance billing. Upon arrival in Amsterdam, I took a very relaxed, guided city walk through one of the most picturesque neighborhoods — ‘The Jordaan’.

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Czech Out the Inspiration Outside of Prague

March 14, 2009 4:29 pm
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The Czech Republic is often described as being the crossroads of Europe -a meeting point for various cultures with countless educational and historical points of interest. The Czechs share the culturally-diverse country with Moravians, Silesians, Slovaks, Germans, Polish, Romanians and other nationalities. Their differences over the centuries have cost them […]

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You Just Can't Beat Florida for Family Fun

March 13, 2009 4:30 pm
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I admit to my bias. I love Florida. The sun, the fun, the beaches, the people, the food, and the amenities. It really doesn’t get any better for a family vacation. Our children are between 10 and 13 so exploring and doing different things is a big part of what we look for when we go on vacation.

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Journey to Israel

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I was eagerly anticipating my trip to Israel. The land of Israel’s central place in antiquity is an endless source of fascination. So too is Israel’s more recent past and its contested place in the world today. It would be like no other trip I have taken. Nevertheless I must […]

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The BEST of Mexico

March 12, 2009 4:39 pm
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RIVIERA NAYARIT & RIU PALACE PACIFICO COMBINE TO MAKE FOR ONE GREAT TRIP! Riviera Nayarit is the new “it” spot in Mexico. Not easy to accomplish especially if you are competing with the Mayan Riviera and Caba San Lucas. Nevertheless, the Rivera Nayarit deserves its reputation as an ideal destination […]

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COLORADO: A little off the beaten path but well worth the ride…

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Colorado is a breathtakingly beautiful state. With 300 days of annual sunshine, the world-famous Rocky Mountains, record snowfalls and great vacation values offered year round, Colorado is a very appealing destination. After spending a week in Colorado the words “unforgettable outdoorsy experience” come to mind.

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Deeper into Israel: Holiday in the Holy Land

March 11, 2009 2:54 pm
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Part II of Don MacLean’s Journey into Israel As we traveled further north, it seemed as though we were moving deeper into Israel, both literally and figuratively. As my mind and body adjusted to the time change, my initial impressions of the country began to more fully take shape. It […]

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Historical Walks The Gatineau Park

June 24, 2008 8:50 pm

For history buffs, nature lovers, bird watchers, and hiking enthusiasts, Katharine Fletcher’s Historical Walks continues to be the unique guide to the human and natural history of Gatineau Park.

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The Rocky Mountaineer: Journey of a Lifetime

January 8, 2008 10:56 am
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There are certain things you should do at least once in your life if you are Canadian. One is to visit the nation’s capital. Another is visiting Montreal and Quebec City. Still another is taking a tour of the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton.

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