Colombia – Land of Coffee

story by Heinz Jaeger, photos by Inge Jaeger World leaders, including our own Prime Minister of course, have recently been in Colombia.   So have two TTS members and frequent contributors to this magazine.   Here Heinz and Inge Jaeger share their story.  Cartagena is hot; there is no sign of coffee plantations, but the … Read more

Springtime in Paris

story by Denise Bridge, photos by Denise Bridge and Shirley Vaughan It’s November … one of Canada’s dreariest months.  All the more reason why three little words – Springtime in Paris – should bring a smile to your lips and dreams in your minds! There probably are not too many world-famous buildings that can claim … 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