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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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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party with the posh

        The Audrey Hepburn of saiboat races. Elegant, graceful and beautiful to watch. Antigua’s Classic Regatta offers a chance to see some of the most stylish and sophisticated grand dames of the yachting world up close and in motion. This annual event was spun off from the bigger, more bustling Antigua Sailing…

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oh the places you’ll go!

No shortage of ego here. I adore being asked for advice and love answering questions. Makes me feel important and that I am an ‘expert’.  I’m thrilled when someone wants to go where I’ve been or finds my website inspiring. But the truth is I don’t always have enough time to plan full trips for…

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