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Velvet Moments: travel photo – ferocious Toronto

The best place to enjoy a panoramic view of the Toronto skyline is simply to take the Centre Island ferry to the Toronto Islands. The islands are perfect for a quiet stroll, jog or bike-ride. When I was on the islands recently, dark storm clouds gathered over Toronto, creating a ferocious-looking skyline! Good thing they […]

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The magnificent Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

It was my first visit to Montréal and I know now… it won’t be my last! I spent four days (way too short) criss-crossing the city on foot and what I found was a charming, laid-back city with a distinct European feel. Sure, downtown Montréal, with its towering skyscrapers and broad avenues, looks very much […]

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Plane views: Rio de Janeiro

I’d just spent four glorious days chilling in Rio de Janeiro and it was time to say goodbye. I’d booked a flight from Rio’s downtown Santos Dumont airport to Saõ Paulo and chose a seat in row ‘F’ (right side of the plane). It was my lucky day as Rio had one more grand surprise […]

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Chilling in Rio

I LOVE RIO! Who wouldn’t? It surely is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Hemmed in between a huge bay, the Atlantic Ocean and a mountainous interior, Rio de Janeiro boasts some of the most famous attractions anywhere, such as the Christ the Redeemer statue atop the Corcovado mountain, the Sugar Loaf […]

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The wines of Nova Scotia

“Wines of Nova Scotia?!?!… There’s a wine industry in Nova Scotia?” Those were my exact words when I was told about Nova Scotia’s numerous wineries. I was very surprised. However, as I explored the province, there were many factors that made the idea of a wine industry in Nova Scotia, in Canada‘s far eastern corner, […]

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How to make a caipirinha

Caipirinha! It’s Brazil’s national cocktail: a wicked mix of lime, sugar, cachaça (sugar cane liquor) and lots of ice. I remember my first trip to Brazil in 1998 when I went on a sailing trip near Rio de Janeiro. I was one of three foreigners on the boat and we had a blast, all thanks […]

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Velvet Moments: travel photo – Pisco Sour

It had been a long day. First a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, then a three-hour wait for the bus to Puerto Natales, the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. It must’ve taken me close to twelve hours to get to Puerto Natales. I arrived at the hotel, totally […]

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Where a million paths cross

New York City! Who could ever forget their very first time in this great city? I remember strolling down the streets in complete awe of the buildings and the incredible energy gushing through the city. On my first visit in 1992, I was determined to see all the famous landmarks that I’d gotten to know […]

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A Shangri-La in downtown Toronto

Definition Shangri-La: 1. An imaginary remote paradise on earth; utopia. 2. any place of complete bliss, delight and peace (source: online dictionary) The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is nether imaginary nor remote. On the contrary, housed in a stunning skyscraper, it enjoys a grand location on University Avenue in downtown Toronto within a stone’s throw of […]

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The colours of Lunenburg

The town of Lunenburg is a gorgeous fishing town on Nova Scotia’s eastern seaboard, southwest of Halifax. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Lunenburg is one of the best surviving examples of planned British colonial settlements in North America, with immigrants from Germany, Switzerland and France making the settlement their home in the 18th […]

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