Tequila Has it All, Except a Beach

story and photos by John and Doreen Berg When tourists in Mexico mention Tequila, numerous images spring to mind.  Certainly, one thought that is often overlooked is to consider Tequila as a multifaceted tourist destination.  The majority of tourists visiting Tequila simply tour a distillery and partake of its famous drink then immediately return to … Read more

BikeHike Adventures Debunks Five Kilimanjaro Myths

Have you ever thought you’d like to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, only to dismiss the idea as fanciful due to your age, fitness level etc?  Well … Vancouver-based BikeHike Adventures would like you to re-consider.  Read on …  To offset the various prevailing misconceptions associated with climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, BikeHike Adventures debunks five … Read more

Mysterious Timbuktu

story and photos by Yvonne Harrison I had always wanted to visit the mysterious Timbuktu, as the word alone signifies going to the ends of the earth.  But do you know where that is?   I knew getting there would be an adventure but it proved to be more of a challenge than I had … 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

Chinese New Year fireworks light up Hong Kong

Hong Kong Revisited

story and photos by Ann Wallace So … perhaps 2012 is to be the year you take that tour in Asia?   When planning your itinerary you can choose from a long list of fascinating countries: China, Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam and others.  And there’s a good chance you may be flying via Hong Kong, … Read more

The Quarterdeck restaurant and bar, and the view from our villa

A Crowd-Pleaser on Nova Scotia’s South Shore

Some friends from ‘out West’, along with their children (10 and 12) had come to join us in Nova Scotia for a long-promised, first vacation in the East.  For several days we showed them around Halifax and took day trips down the South Shore, stopping in our well-know ‘jewels’ such as Chester and Lunenburg.  But … Read more

Hoping to Return to Coastal California!

We took a driving vacation with American friends from San Francisco this past summer, something we’d been dreaming of for a long time: that famous California drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles … all 450 or so miles of it.  The major sights and cities are well documented, but we’d never heard of Pismo … Read more

Airline News – October 2010

Porter Airlines and South African Airways (SAA) have launched a new interline agreement that will open up connection opportunities for passengers travelling between Canada and West and Southern Africa through Porter’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport hub and SAA’s Johannesburg, South Africa hub, via Washington, DC (Dulles). The agreement took effect 17 September with tickets … Read more