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Discovering Montreal through its food

Montréal and food. I had no idea this combination would be so potent. After four days in Montréal and several pounds heavier (I’m guessing!), I was convinced… this awesome Canadian city is a foodie’s dream! A great way to get yourself acquainted with the diversity of Montréal’s foodie scene is to join the Flavours of […]

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Experiencing the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

“Good evening Mr. Jenkins!”. I stepped out of the taxi and smiled at the cheery bellboy. Whichever Four Seasons property I stay at, there’s always one constant: impeccable, personalised service; and the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto was no different. I stepped into the lobby and I was struck by its clean lines, wood-panelled walls and […]

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Our lovely guide Leah on the 'Flavours of the Main' food tour.

Five ways to experience Montréal’s diversity

Montréal! I’d heard so many great things about this city so when the opportunity to visit landed in my lap, I didn’t hesitate for a second! I arrived in Montreal on a stunning summer day. The sun shone bright from a cloudless sky and people were out-and-about, shopping, sipping lattes at one of the many […]

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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

m4s0n501 “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 […]

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Caipirinhas for two (image courtesy of Adrien)

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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