Flying With Your Pet

The holidays are coming, and for many people that means family travel to see relatives who live a flight away.  But when you arrive, is an important member of your family missing?  As pets evolve more and more into fully-fledged members of the family, owners have begun including their four-legged friends in travel plans. And … Read more

Heidelberg, Germany

Destination Europe 2012

A number of tourism representatives from various European countries have been in Canada recently, telling of their new – and reminding us of their old – offerings for the 2012 season.  The state of the euro notwithstanding, Europe always has been and will no doubt continue to be an endlessly fascinating destination for enquiring travellers.  … Read more

Cruise past the Kremlin

A Cultural Tour of Russia

story and photos by Jennifer Parkyn If you sometimes dream of onion domed churches and ancient monasteries, of vast palaces and galleries, of operas and ballets, then a visit to Russia should be in your plans. In late May and early June last year, I and three friends visited Russia with a small-group tour company … Read more

News Release From Passport Canada

PASSPORT Canada will start issuing higher-security electronic passports, or ePassports, to Canadians next year.  With the ePassport, Canadians will have the option of getting a new, security-enhanced passport that is valid for five years, starting next year, or a 10-year passport, starting in early 2013. In accordance with the User Fees Act, Passport Canada is … Read more

Enjoy A Layover In Montreal

Your airport layover suggestions have been interesting and stimulating and here’s a recommendation of my own.  Canadians heading across the pond – to France, Morocco and other destinations – often face a connection in Montreal.  To reduce the stress of making these connections (for example, if my initial flight were delayed) I take an early … Read more

London Arrivals Lounge

It seems maximizing time during airport layovers is a popular subject.  Here are two more suggestions for passing what is usually a rather dismal time. On a recent Air Canada flight – economy class – to London’s Heathrow, I was reminded of your call for airport lay-over ideas when I was handed a small card … Read more

More News from the Camino

We have received another message containing notes from Maria Wu, who is walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  This e-mail was dated 2 October. My stay at Leon was good. Yesterday, it was a relaxing day, doing what tourists will do.  I went to the Church San Isidoro which is quietly beautiful although it … Read more