Exploring Vancouver Neighbourhoods

Never have I smelled so much marijuana, so often in one day as in Vancouver on a recent Saturday. On the streets, in stores, at restaurants, along the waterfront and wafting from apartment balconies; it was everywhere. Vancouverites have obviously decided there’s no point in waiting until official legalization next year! Perhaps the second-hand fumes […]

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 […]

Endless daylight: 24 hours in Yellowknife

I always wanted to take a trip up north during the days of midnight sun, and I finally did. My summer visit to Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories was energizing and surprisingly inspiring. This is Part 1 of a weekend adventure in the character-packed northern Canadian city. Friday night strangeness on the range The sun was […]

Venice: Grand or Grating?

I wasn’t sure if I’d love or hate Venice in summer. I’d heard the city was over-crowded, smelly and hot in peak season. I did loathe the crowds around the main tourist areas, and the muggy heat in July was uncomfortable. But I couldn’t help letting the city sweep me away either. That first breathtaking […]

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 […]

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, 48 or 72 Hours in Copenhagen

Copenhagen offers a compelling blend of old world fairy-tale charm and modern, cutting-edge culture and design. The city is often a jumping-off point for other destinations in Scandinavia or around the Baltic Sea. Whether you’re on a Baltic cruise that starts, stops, or ends in the city, or visiting Copenhagen as part of a longer […]

Beyond the Glitz: Cultural Sites in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dubai is the best known of the Emirates comprising the UAE. It’s renowned for its flashiness, wealth and audacity. A place constantly striving for bigger, taller and more incredible. But if you find yourself there on holiday or as an intriguing stopover or on a business trip, it also has a quieter, authentic cultural side. […]