On the Great Wall of China

On the Trans-Siberian-Mongolian Railway – One of the World’s Great Train Journeys!

story  and  photos  by  John  and  Doreen  Berg A dream and a desire led to a discussion and soon the discussion turned to a decision.  And the decision was to undertake the legendary Trans-Siberian-Mongolian train journey from St. Petersburg to Beijing    This dream trip enabled us to traverse the vast, mysterious Eurasian land mass … Read more

The Cremona Opera House

Cremona… Home of Antonio Stradivari

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image source=”featured_image” img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Story and photos by Barbara Bagnell   If you are touring in northern Italy, or heading to Milan, you may like to consider this fascinating side trip. Antonio Stradivari was just 16 in 1660 when he produced his first violin. During the rest of his long life – he lived … Read more

English Village

English Villages Built for Employees

story and photos by Denise Bridge As a child, train travel for me meant being able to have a Cadbury chocolate bar from the mini vending machines on the train platform.  Some things never change and this is still something I look forward to when travelling by train, whether in Britain or elsewhere.  Being an … Read more

Stratford Festival of Canada 2002 Season

A Belated Acknowledgement of World Theatre Day

As a theatre lover, I am ashamed to admit that I was unaware of World Theatre Day, so it was a surprise to receive the following press release from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. But I thought some of you may be as interested as I was to read this in the hope … Read more

View from the cog railway

News From South of the Border

compiled by Ann Wallace Early Spring is a busy time for the tourist industry as thoughts turn to warmer months and journeys unaffected by weather.  Advertisments are designed, brochures are printed and trade shows are held.  And delegations come from afar to tell their latest news, show wonderful photographs and videos and, usually, treat us … Read more

Henry’s Fish Restaurant

Georgian Bay & Muskoka in the Fall

story and photos by Denise Bridge Although Denise’s getaway occurred in the Fall, we are bringing you this story in the spring, as it may be inspiring and useful to those of you thinking about a vacation here in Canada in the coming months.  Muskoka and the nearby Georgian Bay regions are a wonderful choice! In fact, … Read more

Lake Placid Lodge

Ann, I was so pleased to read your story in the April edition about the lovely Adirondack region, which lies so close to us here in Montreal.  You covered a lot, but I kept expecting you to tell us about the Lake Placid Lodge.  Obviously you did not get to visit this superb property, so … Read more


Some Thoughts On Greece

Symi Harbour, Greece (photo courtesy Peter Sommer Travels) Peter Sommer, owner of award-winning Peter Sommer Travels based in the UK, is an industry member of The Travel Society and we occasionally exchange messages.  After our comment about Greece in our newsletter circulated mid March, Peter wrote to share a post on his company’s website, an … Read more

Airline News – April 2012

Porter Airlines’ newest route is to Washington Dulles International Airport.  The service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will commence on 16 April with three daily roundtrip flights. www.flyporter.com WestJet has announced two new sun destinations for summer 2012: Kingston, Jamaica and Aruba from Toronto, and also year-round service to Kona and Kauai (Hawai’i)  from … Read more

How to Have an Olympic Experience for Less

After years of preparation, it’s now just a matter of months until the 27 July Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  Though Londoners have been counting down since they won the bid seven years ago, the rest of the world is only now realizing just how soon the world’s greatest competition will … Read more

Views of the castle and the valley from our hotel room in El Convento

Footloose in the Sherry Region!

story and photos by Thelma Sampson Last March and April, we spent almost two months in Spain and Portugal:  two weeks at time shares in Marbella and Calahonda Beach, Spain, and five weeks at a long stay in Albufera, Portugal. We rented a car for the entire time, flying into Faro from Toronto, and picking the … Read more

Wide smooth pathways lead wheelchair travellers through Montreal Botanical Gardens’ lush tropical greenhouses.

Québec opens doors wide for disabled travellers

story and photos by Isobel Warren If you ever have a yen to be invisible – and don’t we all from time to time – try a wheelchair. You’ll simply vanish. Taxi and bus drivers ignore you, waiters and clerks look beyond to ask your companion what you’d like for lunch. And travel? Get set … Read more