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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what have i got in common with blackbeard?

Well, thankfully, not the beard! But we did both seek shelter from high winds and rough seas in Admiralty Bay. So did, rumor has it, Henry Morgan and Sir Francis Drake. A terrific natural harbour in Bequia, pirates and boaters have sought its protection for hundreds of years. I didn’t run into pirates, just a…

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four facts about whistler bc you may not know

Whistler is wonderful. Every ski magazine says so. Gourmet restaurants, cool bars, amazing hiking trails and of course, world class skiing. Sometimes I forget, taking it for granted.  I’ve been coming for ages. Watching the Olympics was a life highlight. John brought me here for our first holiday together and my kids know every slope.…

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my favourite things: CASCO VIEJO, PANAMA CITY

CASCO VIEJO, where elegant mansions rub shoulders with dilapidated ruins in the oldest most vibrant part of Panama City. Originally the home turf of Panama’s elite, the second half of the 20th century was not kind to this old quarter. Rapidly re-gentrifying, it is once again the place to be. James Bond himself, well, actually…

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the mighty mojito

Ah the mighty mojito! Cuban Viagra! Or so they say. Classic or frapped it only takes a couple to keep the salsa going all night. Innuendo intended? Every restaurant in Havana serves them and every bar claims theirs are the best. The Mojito is Cuba’s national cocktail; legends of its origins abound.  The most romantic…

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luck or money?

Would you rather be rich or lucky? My favorite museum provides the answer. Haunted by great wealth and heartbreaking tragedy the beautiful Musee Nissim de Camondo is a Paris treasure. Conte Moise de Camondo had it all.  He was the scion of one of Europe’s wealthiest banking families.  Sephardic Jews, they had fled Spain in…

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