Azorean Allure: The Art of Honouring Time

Sao Miguel Island hits you full on with its dramatic landscapes, but only quietly invites discovery of its other charms. Exploring in and around Ponta Delgada was like a leisurely treasure hunt, fitting given its mid-Atlantic position and jagged shoreline so opportune for shipwrecks. Architecture: Church and state The triple-arched city gates were striking in […]

Earth, Wind and Fire on Sao Miguel Island

My week on  Sao Miguel Island in the Azores was a whirlwind. Not only because it was a short trip, but also because I was thoroughly blasted by ocean gales on more than one occasion. It was early spring in the middle of the Atlantic, so I’d expected some unsettled weather. What I hadn’t anticipated […]

Rocky Mountain Treats: Great Places to Eat in Canmore

Canmore is one of my favourite day trip destinations from Calgary, so I have a growing list of favourite places to eat and drink there. Check the map at the bottom of this page to see where they’re all located. Le Fournil This modern French bakery serves as both a take-away bakery and a small […]

Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh

The cab driver who took me to my hotel in Hanoi proclaimed the city had “4 million people and 3 million motorcycles”. Indeed, I could plainly see that the motorcycles & mopeds certainly outnumbered cars by what seemed 100-to-one. Motorcycle city: Hanoi Everyone was motoring on two wheels. There were toddlers standing on scooter floors […]

Fine Food, Fast Cars & Faulty Towers: Bologna

I fell for Bologna. For its wide, porticoed streets lined with amber and red stuccoed buildings and mosaic patterned sidewalks. For its laid back university town vibe in the evening. For its civilized light traffic and lack of tourist crowds. For its amazing understated restaurants with their tables spilling out onto sidewalks. And for its […]

Delicious & Dazzling: Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast draws scores of international visitors for a reason: it’s drop dead gorgeous. We based ourselves in Sorrento so we could easily take day trips along the coast and inland to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. But on the way, we made a little stop in … Navigating Naples Since we had to pass […]

Rome Less Travelled: Great Neighbourhoods

I’m so happy we had time to explore some less visited Rome neighbourhoods in addition to seeing the big attractions. It was nice to escape the lineups and crowds and see different sides of the city. Depending on your time and interests, you may want to include one or more of these in your plans […]

Calgary Summer Cultural Festivals

Almost every summer weekend in Calgary, you can experience a different culture. Sometimes you can even virtually visit two continents in the same week without leaving the city limits. This list of Calgary cultural festivals  demonstrates how amazingly diverse the city really is.

Up the Coast of Croatia

Our first experience of Dubrovnik’s old town was at dusk, and we felt like we’d stepped into a fairy tale. The stone-paved streets are polished smooth as marble by the thousands of feet passing over them daily. The city walls and buildings are made of golden stone with red terracotta roof tiles. As we entered […]

Camels & Dunes: Wadi Rum Desert

The back of a 4×4 pickup is a bumpy, windy and downright fun way to see the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. Wind in my hair, holding my scarf tight so it doesn’t fly away, the afternoon sun pulsing down, and Arabic pop music wafting out from the driver’s open window. Golden red rock formations, […]

Culture & Colour in Rural Rajasthan

We arrived in Jojawar in rural Rajasthan on the day of a local festival in honour of Lord Shiva’s birthday. The main street of the village had been painted red, symbolizing joy.  Women were dressed in their brightest saris, their colours vibrant against the backdrop of dusty streets. Trucks and buses crammed with people who […]

Grown-Up San Diego

Almost everyone knows about the kid and family-friendly side of San Diego, but what if you end up there for a conference? Is it worth adding a business trip bonus day to your itinerary? On a recent trip, I had about a day and a half of free time. I found enough grown-up San Diego […]

24 Hours in Singapore on a Business Trip Bonus Day

If you travel for business, adding a day or more of sightseeing onto a work trip is a brilliant way to fit more exploration into your work year – I call these “business trip bonus days”. Whether you can get away with a single day, a weekend, or stringing a few more days together, take […]