Two memorable Grecian getaways

Part 1 of 2. Almost any trip to Greece will begin and end in its capital Athens, a memorable city where history and Greek mythology come to life. Today, it is a captivating city filled with an intriguing historical centre which lies within one of the largest pedestrian zones (three kilometres) in Europe. Here, archaeological…

Enjoy the relaxed West Coast style of Victoria

  Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia,  established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Victoria’s city centre, with its stately Edwardian architecture, surrounds the Inner Harbour, home to visiting yachts, ferries and floatplanes. Street entertainers play along the…

Cavatina at Sunset Marquis1200 N. Alta Loma Rd.,

Cavatina at Sunset Marquis1200 N. Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 Opened on the famed Sunset Strip in 1963, the Sunset Marquis wears its love for rock and roll on its sleeve: the Live@Sunset Marquis outdoor showcase for emerging musicians is held here as is the Morrison Hotel Gallery of fine art music photography;…

East Coast seafood chowder

East Coast seafood chowder By Tania Moffat   Ingredients 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter 3 ribs celery, thinly sliced 2 onions, chopped 1 tsp (5 mL) each salt, pepper and sweet paprika 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cayenne pepper Pinch of saffron 3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed 3/4…

Pier 21

Pier 21 The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 located in Halifax was an immigrant entry point prominent throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. It has memorialized those who immigrated to Canada in search of a new life. Many families across Canada can trace their roots to this historic place where the names of…

Rafting Manitoba’s wild whitewaters

By Derek Gagnon Manitoba is known for its sprawling prairie, wide-open sky, tens of thousands of lakes and crazy weather. What many don’t know, however, is that the province holds a world-class resource just to the east of Lake Winnipeg: whitewater. Berens River is one of the best locations in the country when it comes…

Kelowna – The perfect getaway

By Sera Madrigrano You don’t need to travel too far to find a great spring getaway. Do you want to feel the rush of skiing the crystalline powder of the Monashee Mountains? Would you rather forget about snow and play a round of golf on one of 19 fabulous courses? Or, spend an afternoon finding…

Walking through the Valley of Fire

By Tania Moffat An hour northeast of Las Vegas, via Interstate 15, travellers can escape the hustle and bustle of Vegas and immerse themselves in a remarkable prehistoric landscape as they walk through the Valley of Fire. The tortured red sandstone terrain was formed approximately 150 million years ago. It was a tumultuous period, at…

Thunder Bay: Home of the sleeping giant

The rugged cliffs of the Pre-Cambrian shield rise 305 metres above the cold and restless waters of Lake Superior. Waters steeped with mystery and folklore, yet so clear you can see 30 metres below the surface. Many legends surround Nanabijou, the unique formation of mesas and sills located on the Sibley Peninsula which resembles a…

The mystical and diverse lands of New Zealand – North Island (Part 1)

For a country roughly the size of Colorado (270,000 square kilometres), New Zealand offers a remarkably varied landscape. Lush rainforests, stunning mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, geothermal hot pools, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and some of the world’s most recognised tourist towns; it’s no wonder it is a “must-see” destination for so many. This magical…

Hot and cool desert drinks

By Tania Moffat Ernest Gantt Original Mai Tai 1.5 oz. five-year-old Angostura 1.5 oz. Coruba rum 3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 1 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 1/4 oz. Velvet Falernum liqueur 1/2 oz. Combier triple sec 3 drops Cointreau 5 drops Absinthe If you’re looking for a taste of home while you’re on…

Ottawa our national home sweet home

Story and photos by Dorothy Dobbie One spring evening, an hour after midnight, a young man named D’Arcy McGee made his way back to his boarding house after a late sitting on Parliament Hill. He had just turned the key in the lock when he was shot dead with a single bullet to the head.…

Portobello Road

The world famous Portobello Road is located in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea in west London. It is home to the Saturday Portobello Road Market, known for its antiques and second-hand clothes. The market is always well-attended with people taking in the ambiance of brightly coloured shops and…

Adventure abounds along the Sea-to-Sky Highway

By Sue Kernaghan Skirting a glacial fjord before climbing into the Coast Mountains, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, a ribbon of road between Vancouver and Whistler, is one of the world’s great road trips. You can drive the route, also known as British Columbia Highway 99, in less than two hours, but why rush it? All along…