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Cool glitz and a phenomenal view

The doormen opened the doors with a smile and a “Good Afternoon” as I entered the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. As the doors opened, I found myself in a cavernous lobby with a shining marble floor and an impressive marble wall which ran the length of the lobby. I made my way to […]

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A Shangri-La in downtown Vancouver

The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is something of an anomaly in this vibrant Canadian city, at least, that’s what I soon discovered. Located in an impressive 62-storey tower of glass and steel, British Columbia’s tallest building, the Shangri-La Hotel may look daunting from afar but once you step through its doors, a completely different experience awaits. […]

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Unforgettable winter experiences

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with winter. On the one hand, I love the gorgeous winter scenes and the cozy feeling of sitting by a crackling fire with a glass of wine. On the other hand, I hate the blistering cold wind which seeps into your bones, slippery pavements (I’ve lost count […]

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The incredible view from Grouse Mountain

It’s my favourite spot for a panoramic view of one of the most spectacularly-located cities in the world: Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, Canada. I first visited Grouse Mountain during my second visit to Vancouver in the 1990’s. Of all the many things to do in Vancouver, this turned out to be one of my absolute […]

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The diversity of Canada in photos

Canada, the second largest country in the world, is a land of great diversity; from the icy emptiness of the Arctic north to the vibrant metropolises of Toronto and Montréal, and from the vast expanse of the Prairies to the impressive peaks of the Rocky Mountains. I’ve been to six Canadian provinces/territories: Ontario, Quebéc, British […]

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2014: my year of travel

Gosh! Another year comes to a close and another begins! 2014 was a wonderful travel year for me. I chalked up tens of thousands of miles, visiting twelve countries on five continents. In my New Year’s post at the start of 2014, I wrote: I prefer to see each new year as a blank canvas, waiting […]

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Five ways to enjoy winter in Montreal

Winters in Montreal are cold. VERY cold! I fell in love with the city the first time I visited… in the summer, and each time I gushed about it, people would say, “Yeah, visit in the winter and see if you still love it that much!”. Well, I did, and I must say, my admiration […]

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Winter fun in Quebec – the #LoveWinter video

It was a trip filled with laughter and various firsts for me: I learned how to snowboard (well, kind of), joined in the fun at a winter festival and I went ice-fishing on the frozen Saint Lawrence River. Together with my four friends, Melvin, Caspar, Nienke and Becki, I embarked on an unforgettable one-week trip […]

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Montréal in five restaurants

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know by now how much of a fan of Montréal I’ve become. I first visited this city in the summer of 2013 and fell in love with it in an instant. My second visit, in February 2014, in the throes of winter, only reinforced the reasons why I […]

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An oasis in the snow

It was a dreamy, somewhat surreal feeling. As I sat in a rock pool, with a blanket of steam lightly hovering above the surface of the water, I felt someone’s stare fixed on me. There was complete silence aside from the gurgling of the hot mineral spring water in the pool. I looked around but […]

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