Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada

When the Queen Elizabeth opened in 1958 it became THE place to go in Montreal. The rich and famous, including Princess Grace of Monaco, John Travolta, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, made it their home when visiting the city. Queen Elizabeth herself was a guest on 4 different occasions. They were wowed by the…

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my favourite things: PETRA

Petra is on everyone’s bucket list for a reason. No matter how many times you have seen the Treasury, Petra’s most famous image, in movies or guide books, nothing prepares you for the first breathtaking moment you lay eyes on the real thing.  Once you get past this initial thrill there is so much more to…

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looking for a reason to visit montreal?

If you’ve ever needed an excuse to go to Montreal this is it. Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see exhibit. This major retrospective includes the expected. His famous moving sculptures. They were jokingly dubbed “mobiles” by his friend Marcel Duchamp.  In response, another friend, the artist Jean Arp quipped…

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how to nail a great airbnb

Airbnb… the best or the worst?  Personally, I love them! A great way to have a different experience, save some money and feel like a local. But there are horror stories. Filthy bathrooms, bad location, or places that don’t even exist. Knock wood, I haven’t had a disaster….yet. Hopefully if you follow these tips you…

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5 things to do in cairo that aren’t the pyramids

Cairo is big. The largest city in the middle east. 10 – 20 million people depending on who you ask. Yet most tourists only stay here 2 days. 3 days tops. Huge mistake. Cairo is like an onion. Once you get past the pyramids and the garbage there are layers and layers of places to…

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beirut baby!

“Hi, kifak, ca va?” One phrase says it all. English, Arabic and French. Hi! How are you? Fine!…. the quintessential Beirut expression. The perfect symbol of this multi-cultural city. The Paris of the Middle East has had some pretty major downs over the past 40 years. But Beirut is back! And should feature high on…

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