my favourite things: VENICE

Ah VENICE! Beyond crowded in summer, damp and foggy in winter, yet somehow always totally enchanting. A city packed with art, history, culture and the most incredible amount of tourist tat. Truman Capote said “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”. Divine, indulgent, decadent; must be done at least…

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a tale of two restaurants

  Tofino, a culinary destination? Where the f**k is Tofino? It’s certainly what I wondered back in 2014 when one of this small town’s eateries, The Wolf in the Fog, won best new restaurant in Canada. And not by some little local media outlet but by the very influential Air Canada magazine, enRoute. Tofino is…

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do you really want to surf in tofino?

Tofino. Suring capital of Canada. Seriously? Ok, the waves are good, and consistent. But the water is cold. Freezing cold. Though it can reach a relatively balmy 17 degrees C for a day or two in July, the water usually hovers around 10 degrees C pretty much all year round. If you fall off a…

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snooping or sightseeing?

It’s really a matter of perspective. I was pretty broke when I lived in New York City. By the time I paid rent and bought food there was not a lot left over for entrance fees. Lucky for me, NYC is home to so many great spots that are not officially open to tourists, but…

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splish, splash, its all about the bath

Especially a bath that has nothing to do with getting clean. In Budapest, baths are for healing, playing chess, socializing and relaxing. The city sits over what seems like an infinite number of natural hot springs. For over 1000 years, people, right back to the Celts, have been raving about how wonderful they are. But…

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is there a good travel agent story?

I once vowed never to use a travel agent. End of story. How could they possibly do what is right for me when they are being paid by the hotel, the airline, the tour company. They’ve got to make a living, they’re human, they are going to steer me to whomever pays them the most.…

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