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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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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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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