Gallery Watch – January 2012

As we look ahead to the coming year, I’d like to think we will all visit a Canadian destination that is new to us at some time in the next twelve months.  Perhaps we could make a collective resolution to do so … and share our tips? If air travel is involved, even if we … Read more


On Safari in Kenya

story and photos by Barbara Bagnell The jacaranda trees were dropping their purple blossoms when we arrived in Nairobi on a dark night in late October.  The occasional rains of spring had begun and the land was greening.   Our quartet of women, long fellow travellers, had planned this arrival, this safari, long before. “Let’s … Read more

Here’s to a Safe and Healthy 2012 !

Avoid travel scams! “Is that you Granny?” “Let me take your photo!” “Ooops – sorry!” “Hey, you dropped your wallet!” “My brother owns a jewellery store.” “This is my cousin.” Over the past few months, I’ve been collecting some notes on travel scams – covering both travellers and those left at home – with a … Read more

The Rincon de la Vieja

Paul and Jeanne are Canadians who own that ‘treehouse’ in Costa Rice that we’ve mentioned in these pages several times over the years.  You can read all about it at  They are also very generous with sharing other tips on Costa Rica, the latest of which is this.  So if Costa Rica is in … Read more

For ‘Luxury’ Getaways in the States

I wanted a special treat to share with a friend who had never been to New York before.  But ‘special’ in New York can be very expensive.  Lamenting this fact to a group of friends, one asked me if I’d heard of Magellan Vacations … a hotel booking site for luxurious properties that guarantees the … Read more

Airline News – January 2011

Good news for those of you who live near Fredericton and think you might welcome a sunny getaway this winter without having to fly via another gateway.  Nolitours and Transat Holidays will be offering direct flights from Fredericton to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with packages at two 4-star resorts, but only during a fairly short … Read more

Exhibits at the Maharaja exhibition.

Art Alert – January 2011

A few noteworthy exhibitions that may warrant some getaways this winter … Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is home to Maharaja – the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts until 3 April.  Editor Ann says this is a stunning exhibition of carriages, paintings, photographs, archival film footage, fabulous jewels and clothes and much more.  Please … Read more


A Return to Venice

story and photos by Nancy Macdonald It’s not too early to start planning a trip to Italy, especially if you are thinking – wisely – to go during one of the ‘shoulder seasons’.  And if that country is in your plans in 2011, you may like to have some information on that famous and unique … Read more

An Easter Reminder

An Easter Reminder

by Ann Wallace Some of you may remember my story of a spring visit to Guatemala, which was published in the October 2003 edition of this magazine.  My account focused on the charming colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also site of a unique Easter celebration.  You can find my story … Read more

An altar in the museum of Copan.

Through the Land of the Mayas

story and photos by Heinz Jaeger Our trip to Guatemala with Caravan Tours in January last year was inspired by a short note in the April 2009 issue of The Travel Society Magazine, in which Georgette Jones praised Caravan Tours for trips to Central America.  We found her praise well deserved. Who would not like … Read more

The cottages of Blue Gull Resort.

Some Oregon Feed-Back

Hello Ann, You were asking about Oregon in your November edition and I have a little to contribute as we paid a visit there in June 2009. We were visiting one of our daughters and her family, which includes two young boys, in Seattle, Washington in June 2009 and had arranged for us all to … Read more

B&B or Self-Catering in the Netherlands

Time to think about travels in 2011.  Perhaps we’ve persuaded you to visit the lovely Netherlands.  If so, and following our piece on that country in last month’s magazine, our ‘Netherlands experts’ – Ted and Judy van der Veen – have this tip for those who decide to explore independently by road rather than by … Read more