The meaning is sometimes lost in translation

The tradition of mangling English in restaurants, hotels and public places continues

The meaning is sometimes lost in translationPARIS - Gerard Hoffnung was a raconteur and wit on the BBC in the 1950's. His speech to the Oxford Union, available on iTunes, is a classic piece of period of humour - a must listen to recording. Amongst the gems on that CD is a selection of letters received after inquiring about hotel accommodation…

The Bohemian jewel in Europe’s glittering crown

Český Krumlov often catches the first-time visitor by surprise, arousing a feeling of wondrous awe

The Bohemian jewel in Europe’s glittering crownČESKY KRUMLOV, Czech Republic / The child in all of us yearns for a magical land where we can hide away from all our cares – places like Camelot, or Brigadoon, or Shangri-La., or Český Krumlov. Český Krumlov? Graced with a name that to the North American ear sounds like a suppressed sneeze, this medieval…

The mountain biking masses have Utah on their radar

Trails for all tastes and skill levels in this gorgeous mecca of the sport

The mountain biking masses have Utah on their radarLike most mountain-biking mishaps, it wasn't an epic, high-speed, cartwheeling crash for the ages. It seemed to happen in slow-motion, actually. The gritty grains of hot desert sand entering my mouth like succulent steak, carefully chewed, as opposed to a fast-food burger, wolfed down with reckless abandon. Either way, it was humbling. And the end…

A town-to-town hike along the Ligurian Sea

Cinque Terra offers astonishing vistas of beauty and a rigorous test of your hiking fitness

A town-to-town hike along the Ligurian SeaWhen I was first asked about going to Cinque Terra, I didn’t have a clue where it was. “Northern Italy – on the west coast, north of Pisa,” I was told. “Not quite on the French border. At the top of the boot!” I consulted my iPhone Google atlas and read some travel essays. What…

Rent an RV, the high seas in style and airborne at cut rates

Travel Insider: airbnb-type RV rental operation gaining traction; eco-tourism adventures on Canada’s West Coast

Rent an RV, the high seas in style and airborne at cut ratesHit the road this summer with an RV from wheelestate.ca Hundreds of RV trailers sit idle in fields for a large part of summer. Cherie and Chad Ball noticed them and got the brilliant idea to start a company called wheelestate.ca. The Okotoks, Alta., couple thought that when the owners aren’t using their recreational trailers,…

Discovering Monet’s lifelong fascination with architecture

London’s National Gallery exhibit offers rare glimpses into the artist’s examination of the play of light on human structures

Discovering Monet’s lifelong fascination with architectureOne of the great things about being a retired museum and art gallery CEO is that you know most of the basic tricks of the trade. For instance, you can get a very quick gauge of an exhibition’s successes and high points by talking with the gallery security staff. So as soon as we had…

Giverny and Monet’s Gardens

Stop in Giverny at least for a few hours to wander among Monet's gardens and you'll feel like you've entered one of his paintings

Giverny and Monet’s GardensIf you love Impressionist paintings, why not plan a visit to Giverny, in France, and see Monet’s garden, flowers, pond and bridges for yourself? It’s been said the Impressionist art movement acquired its name from one of Monet’s paintings called “Impression, Sunrise.” Giverny was Monet's home during the last half of his life. He painted…

Complaint highlights challenges with heavy haul roads

Oil hauling company operator calls Highway 658 ‘the Devil’s road’

Complaint highlights challenges with heavy haul roadsKenneth Brown of The Clarion A truck driver has expressed his ongoing concerns with the 658 primary grid road from Highway 7 north to the border separating Kindersley and Winslow. The complaint focuses on the portion of 658 north of Highway 7 in the RM of Kindersley. There are similar concerns with the 657 primary…

Spring surprises at Skelhp: red tide and Cuddles

Fir pollen on the water (perhaps), black bears on the prowl. All part of a spring visit to Skelhp

Spring surprises at Skelhp: red tide and CuddlesI recently made the trip up the Sunshine Coast from Vancouver to Skelhp under sunny skies with spring projects in mind. It’s still a month before the vegetable garden needs to be seeded, but it’s time to rake in some fireplace ash and turn the soil in the rows. The raspberry canes need pruning, and…

When strangers meet and civility reigns

Generosity of spirit and genuine kindness – it seems so simple but it also seems so essential to peace around the world

When strangers meet and civility reignsBarbara Bush once said, “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” I’d love to share a story about how this played out for my husband and I…
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