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Winter 2014-15 Issue

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Sir Winston Churchill called Uganda the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and after a two week trip I knew he was dead on right! It is not often that I have seen such wonderful diversity in all in one country. Let’s just call it now the unhidden Pearl of Africa.  (More)


Flying into Basque country, a person cannot help but be impressed by the variations in both architecture and countryside. Vineyards blend into fields of fresh produce, and country villages neighbour cities whose buildings reflect both the old world and the new.   (More)


Istanbul, long a bridge between East and West, is a historic and thriving Turkish metropolis of spice markets, bazaars, mosques, mosaics, tasty kebabs and imperial grandeur. It is a city of untold attributes and one of the greatest urban centres on the globe. For travellers, there are only a few cities in the world that can offer more for visitors. From imperial palaces to spectacular bazaars, historic structures, its Imperial Cuisine and much more, it is a magnificent jewel in the world of travel.    (More)


It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; well, then I must say my heart belongs to Hunan!  Eating to your hearts content is but one aspect of this fascinating and mysterious region of China. For hiking lovers, this is a choice destination, and you can be sure to enjoy a good meal after a long day in the Yellow Dragon caves or climbing the mountains of the Bajiaozhai Scenic Area.   (More)


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I always thought I probably wouldn't be a cruise person. I figured I would get very restless being stuck on a floating hotel for too long. But so many friends and colleagues swear by this form of travel that I finally succumbed and planned a girlfriend getaway aboard one. And like the tides, it had its highs and lows. But in retrospect, it was mostly smooth sailing and quite enjoyable. It all depends on the type of holiday you're seeking.   (More)


As I packed my suitcase for our Mediterranean cruise on the new Oceania Marina, the thought of hitting 11 cities in 12 days felt mildly reminiscent of the folly of my youth. My first trip to Europe was a one-week escorted tour of London, Paris, and Rome. Yet, there’s a reason why that tri-city speed date still remains popular so many years later; travelers love to dip their toes in the water before they dive in.    (More)


Lombok is one of the most visited islands in Indonesia and is right next door to the popular vacation destination of Bali. Lombok is small, hilly and beautiful, offering travellers a lot to do, including a visit to the volcano in the middle of the island.  (More)


India’s capital New Delhi has a rich history associated with it. The city traces its history to the famous epic Mahabharata. It came under the rule of various empires and had been witness to the rise and fall of famous dynasties. There are a great number of historic monuments in Delhi that speak volumes of the architectural skills of various empires. Given below are 5 historic monuments in the capital city.     (More)


“You can hear the ocean,” my Grandmother said as she held the beautiful conch shell up to my ear. My amazement at the waves ringing in my ears is one of my earliest childhood memories. I had never seen the ocean, and to me, that large white shell with its smooth pink inside, was the ocean.    (More)


I’m perched at the helm of an impressive yacht as it glides through calm waters off the coast of Paracas, Peru. To my left is the Nature Reserve, a UNESCO site shaped over time by seasonal sandstorms, and home to millions of flamingos, pelicans and boobies that thrive on this nutrient-rich area of the Pacific. To my right is the open ocean and straight ahead are the picturesque Ballestas Islands, otherwise known as the baby Galapagos: a score of tiny islands that hosts a mecca of dolphins, hundreds of sea lions, thousands of circling birds and even the occasional killer whale    (More)


People in New Zealand, like those in the UK and Australia, drive on the “other side of the road” from what we do in Canada. This sometimes makes Canadian visitors to New Zealand a little apprehensive about getting behind the wheel. In fact, it is a pretty easy shift to make. First off, there are only about 4.5 million people in the entire country, so once you are outside of Auckland (population of 1.4 million), there aren’t many vehicles on the roads.    (More)


Lying between the Missouri and Platte Rivers, northeastern Nebraska is a panorama of prairie and breathtaking vistas. Below South Dakota and on the west side of Iowa, Nebraska is literally where the mid meets the west. Landing in Omaha in late September, we were greeted by temperatures in the high 80s and sunny prairie skies, a promising sight for our group as the focus of the tour was to experience two national parks, Niobrara and Ponca, both within a two hour drive of Omaha.    (More)