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

Art stores in Safed

A Return to Israel, with Art in Mind

story and photos by Ann Wallace My family, friends and colleagues are used to me travelling and probably even more used to me talking enthusiastically about my experiences.  But they were surprised to hear, late last Fall, that I was returning to Israel just over a year after my first visit.  “There is just so … Read more

Airline News – November 2011

Eastern skiers take note … on 15 December (and until 8 April), Porter Airlines is launching seasonal service to Burlington, Vermont, with twice-weekly roundtrip flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.  This winter destination adds to Porter’s Mont Tremblant and Quebec City services, the former designed with skiers in mind as well.  One-way fares start … Read more

St.Petersburg Tours

If you are planning to be in St. Petersburg, perhaps on a cruise or on independent travels around some Baltic destinations, I have a recommendation.  On a very recent visit to St Petersburg, we booked a two-day tour with SPB Tours.   SPB Tours operates in Germany, Finland, Estonia and Russia, where they offer a choice … Read more

Singapore Airport Offerings

Regarding your good idea of requesting things to do at various airports during layovers, I discovered news of Singapore’s Changi Airport while researching a trip to Asia.  Here’s what they offer, all free: Two free Singapore city tours of approximately two hours each: an historic tour of the colonial landmarks and a walking tour of … Read more


Our intrepid member and contributor, Maria Wu, has been walking Spain’s Camino del Santiago solo, carrying a pack and staying in the many hostels along the way.  She has sent us the following two reports.  For those who have followed Maria’s adventures in these pages before, we know she loves walking and music and it … Read more

Brussel’s flower carpet

Travel Digest – November 2011

BELGIUM If you would like a reason to visit Belgium – apart, that is, from its gracious cities, long history and renowned food – how about planning to see the Flower Carpet next year?  Every two years the Grand Place in Brussels is transformed into a giant flower carpet when about a million begonias are … Read more

Painting Canada

Are you planning to be in London, England, between 19 October 2011 and 8 January 2012 (or Oslo, Norway 29 Januay – 13 May 2012, or Groninger, the Netherlands 3 June – 28 October 2012)?  Do you think you might feel a twinge of homesickness?  If so, head to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, on the … Read more


Travel Digest – October 2011

CANADA News from Québec this month … The new Massif train made its inaugural “voyage” along the north shore of the St. Lawrence from Québec City on  Friday, 9 September, the first of 27 railway cruises being offered this fall, with the last departure on October 16.  If you miss this treat this year, make … Read more

Tenting Near Lytton in the Fraser Canyon

Tenting Near Lytton in the Fraser Canyon

story and photos by Bob and Jen Hastie It’s so good to hear what some of our members have been up to during the summer, so we thought we’d bring you Bob and Jen Hastie’s camping story to keep the ‘summer vibe’ going, even if you’ll have to wait until next year if you decide … Read more

The Concepcion and Maderas volcanoes

Discovering El Salvador And Nicaragua

story by Heinz Jaeger, photos by Inge Jaeger El Salvador and Nicaragua are two countries waiting to be ‘discovered’ by travellers.  They are easy to reach and, along with friendly inhabitants, offer spectacular landscapes, good roads, excellent hotels and fairly low prices.  Most of all, they are very safe.  The interesting itinerary of a trip … Read more