Tale of Two Cities…Part Two: Bratislava

July 18, 2011 9:00 am
Streets of Old Town Bratislava

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
Graffiti Park

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

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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Panama Wow! The New RIU Plaza Hotel

January 6, 2011 1:12 pm

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
a little whiteface - photo from ORDA

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
Whiteface Mountain.

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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Ireland Welcomes You Home

July 1, 2009 10:23 am

Your Irish Heritage Is Waiting To Be Discovered. It seemed fitting to take my daughter on a trip to Ireland to explore the land of her paternal ancestors. Thanks to the mild oceanic climate, the south and south west of Ireland are a beautiful lush green carpet peppered with towns, […]

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Shelter for the Soul

April 1, 2009 10:49 am

Western Newfoundland: A place that rush hour forgot. Stepping out of the airport in Deer Lake you can feel your gears shifting down almost immediately. Things just are calmer and gentler in Western Newfoundland. Our trip began with a drive south toward the town of Stephenville. The location of a […]

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March 24, 2009 3:23 pm

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

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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March 21, 2009 3:48 pm

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

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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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

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 […]

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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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