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…

Everything you’ve ever heard about Paris is true

But like a flirtatious mistress, she will drive you to distraction while capturing your soul

Everything you’ve ever heard about Paris is trueEverything you’ve ever heard about Paris is true: Expensive. Unfriendly. Grimy. Noisy. Gaudy. Congested. So why do I ache with longing whenever I hear the name? And why do I spend every cent I can spare to fly there again and again when there are a thousand-and-one other places in the world I’ve yet to…

Our tips for planning your vacation to France

Planning a vacation in France can be a daunting task, but here are some short cuts which can help

Our tips for planning your vacation to FrancePlanning a vacation in France can be a daunting task, but there are some short cuts which can help. First, understand France as a group of very different provinces. For example, the Riviera is a very different kind of place from the Luberon which is again different from Normandy. Read about the regions and link…

What medical tourists need to know to stay safe and healthy

Plus Canmore caving adventures, California dreaming, and flight deals for April and May

What medical tourists need to know to stay safe and healthyMore Canadians frustrated with long wait times for elective surgeries are willing to leave the country and pay out of their own pockets for procedures and treatments. A 2017 report by the Fraser Institute reveals that more than 63,000 Canadians in 2016 elected to have non-emergency surgeries in a foreign country. Janet Bristeir, author of…

Off the beaten track in Hawaii

A week with the free spirits of Hana, replete with bevvies and grind, green eggs, and an elusive hunt for wild boar

Off the beaten track in HawaiiThe village of Hana is on the quiet ‘windward’ side of Maui. Windward is a euphemism for rainy. Precipitation here averages 300 inches (7,600 ml) a year. No person of sound judgment would live in a place where an inch of rain in an afternoon is considered a light drizzle. Most tourists endure the gruelling…

Spring arrives at Skelhp and the wildlife parade follows

Orcas, otters, a majestic eagle, a marauding racoon and a diminishing deer family all herald the changing of seasons on the coast

Spring arrives at Skelhp and the wildlife parade followsIt was a long February. As my neighbour, a veteran of several more Skelhp winters than I, likes to say: “Cold, dark and wet.” Exactly. And then a day like March 3 happens. It dawned lighter. That’s normal up here this time of year. More light starts creeping in around 7 a.m. each morning. It’s…

Kate Harris’ Lands of Lost Borders a masterpiece

In Lands of Lost Borders, Kate Harris ruminates on 10 months aboard a bicycle along the Silk Road once conquered by Marco Polo

Kate Harris’ Lands of Lost Borders a masterpieceLands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road By Kate Harris Knopf Canada, 2018 Kate Harris is a Canadian Rhodes Scholar who studied the history of science at Oxford, dropped out of her microbiology PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and instead has found her métier as a modern-day explorer. Channeling…

Air Transat adds domestic and European flights

More Air Transat flights, China on the cheap, skiing on Vancouver Island, flight deals from Canadian cities

Air Transat adds domestic and European flightsIf you’re travelling within Canada this summer or have a trans-Atlantic holiday planned, you’ll have more flights to choose from between the busy travel months of May and October. Within Canada, Air Transat will start offering direct flights to Toronto and Vancouver from Calgary four times a week. Return flights from Calgary to Toronto will…

Kaua’i: A Paradise for untamed chickens and tourists

If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend a week or 10 days, you can't do better than Kaua'i

Kaua’i: A Paradise for untamed chickens and touristsOur trip to Kaua'i, better known as the Garden Isle, did not start auspiciously: Hawaiian Airlines was having a bad day. When we arrived at Honolulu Airport, over 200 passengers were slowly snaking their way toward the one harried check-in agent manning the counter. The airline had very few people available to answer questions, so…

Glauser faces three years in jail as a result of fraud

Travel agent walked away from her Kindersley business in January 2016 and complaints started to surface

Glauser faces three years in jail as a result of fraudThe facts of a fraud case against a former Kindersley travel agent detail a downward spiral of events that led to her charge, a guilty plea and a prison sentence. Leslie Glauser, who operated T & T Travel Ltd., pleaded guilty in December to a single count of fraud with an amount exceeding $5,000 in…