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Sichuan Province is one of the largest provinces in China, with a generous mix of plains, hills, mountains and plateaus that offer landscapes any artist would love. Located in southwest part of the country, it is a gateway to Tibet, and its capital city, Chengdu, is a cultural and industrial center famous for its luxurious satins, brocades, and lacquer products since the 13th century.    (More)


At the beginning of each year, my husband and I make our wish list of places we would love to visit in the coming year. With so many places to see, we take on this task with enthusiasm and prioritize our three key criteria: 1- Time of year we are both free for traveling 2- What we want to see and do and 3- Which country we want to explore… usually by then the location just falls in place!      (More)


In Rome, sunset brings unexpected magic. A stroll in the cool of the summer evening is made memorable by the romance of the Eternal City. The tourist who retreats at night to an air-conditioned hotel room is missing the best time to plunge into Rome. Once the museums close and the crowds thin, Rome relaxes. The city--so grand and monumental by day--becomes intimate and approachable.  (More)


The Spanish empire has a long history, and the country has withstood the tests of time to become a world player, and an absolute must spot for a trip!    (More)  


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I recently had the pleasure of attending a two day cruise with Royal Caribbean to celebrate the launch of their new ship Anthem of the Seas. They were also celebrating the fact that they have a new homeport for it in New Jersey –and it was a gala affair.   (More)


The sea lions frolic. The blue footed boobies preen. The flightless cormorants intertwine their necks in a mating dance.    (More)


Istanbul is an ancient city that reflects the cultural influences of the many empires that have ruled this magnificent old-world metropolis. From the Roman-era chariot race Hippodrome to the Egyptian obelisks and on to the iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia featuring a soaring dome and Christian mosaics, there is something for every history buff.   (More)


Though our summers here in Montreal are glorious, there is a really good reason to go to Cancun in the middle of August if you love marine life, and are seeking the thrill of a lifetime. That’s the only time of year you are virtually guaranteed to be able to encounter and snorkel the world’s biggest fish- whale sharks!     (More)


Outside of Khong Chiam we sat down to talk with the Abbot of one of the forest temples. With our guide acting as interpreter, he told us that after 16 years as an insurance salesman, he came to the realization that his busy city lifestyle was not only stressful but was both unsatisfying and incompatible with his Buddhist upbringing.   (More)


“Watch out, eland!” I say it quietly. I don’t want to scare the already skittish eland any further. 

Though the biggest antelopes of Africa -- think moose-sized, with a square-ish cow-shaped body -- these giant eland sensed there were lions nearby. They aren’t wrong.


This was my first trip to Scotland, and though I am of Scottish heritage (Campbell and Fairbairn clans are my ancestors six generations ago,) for some reason retracing my roots there was never big on my bucket list.  (More)


On the last night of our whirlwind six day visit to Israel, I sat on my balcony at the David Citadel Hotel. Before me was the illuminated stone wall of the Old City of Jerusalem and at 6:00 pm the sound of church bells mingled with a muezzin’s call to prayer; a melodious expression of different faiths that has gone on for centuries. It was my first visit to Israel in 25 years and I could not help but think of the expression “The more things change, the more they stay the same”.     (More)


“Birding changed my life,” says Barbara Volkle, a Boston Native. Like the birds she observes, Barbara migrates to McAllen, Texas each fall.

“It takes me out of the day-to-day,” she explains. “I look at the world differently.” (More)

Luxury Hotels...Grand Resorts...Charming B&B...Opulent Villas...Quaint Country Inns...Luxary Safari Camps...Ecolodges...Ice Hotels...Cave Hotels...Treetop Hotels     (More)


OD Port Portals hotel - Hotel Nixe Palace - Jumeirah Port Soller -                 Son Brull Hotel - Belmond La Residencia   (More)


The best hotels are ones that go above and beyond, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is one of the very best -- the largest true ski-in, ski-out hotel in North America, in the continent’s number one ranked ski resort.     (More)


La Valencia Hotel - Lowes Hollywood Hotel - Sands Inn and Suites -
Hofsas House - Pier 2620 Hotel  


Myths about visiting Tokyo include concerns over the expense, the crowds, the frenetic pace of society, the food (raw-fish anxiety) and the language. Travellers need to take a deep breath and experience the city for themselves. They’ll discover at the first smile, the first "Konichiwa" (good day) and the first "Irashemasay" (welcome) that Tokyo can be a very comfortable and relaxing experience.    (More)


We’ve asked our globetrotting contributors what they must have when on the go; here are a few of their suggestions…   (More)


Where in Canada do you find balmy beach weather, a perfect vacation getaway that many Canadians overlook. Prince Edward Island of course, where the 800 kilometers of sandy red, expansive beaches feature a warm 21 degrees all summer.    (More)


Like many people 40 and over, my travel expectations are different than they were when I was younger. And I’m not just talking about upping the number of stars of the accommodation or travelling business class (although those are the nice little perks of having a bit more money). (More)


Glowing reviews and exceptional food are the order of the day for this up-and-coming airline!  Part of the Star Alliance network, Turkish airlines (THY) offers service to Canadians from Toronto and Montreal, and connections to destinations all over the world from their hub in Istanbul.  (More)