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Czech Republic: The Capital of Beer Becomes a Metropolis of European Culture
Sep 22, 2014
One of the world's largest artistic carousels with giant puppets spun into Western Bohemian Plzeň in early September. That is how the city famous for the production of beer started its transformation into the European Capital of Culture 2015. Next year will be rich in extraordinary events in the Czech Republic. Traditional...
Dancing Feet: Five Cities That Will Get You Up and Moving
Sep 21, 2014
Music is both universal and regional, with certain styles calling to mind specific countries and cities. Who doesn’t think of the mysteries of Turkey and Persia when they hear belly-dancing music? Or the United Kingdom when watching the curiously elaborate Morris Dancing? Music colours our perception of a place just...
France: The Sexiest Hotel Rooms in Paris
Sep 21, 2014
There’s no question that Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and many of the hotels pride themselves on providing that extra romantic edge to your stay. Check out some of these incredible rooms that pull out all the stops when it comes to sexy. Hotel Bourg Tibourg Every...
Britain: 'Too Big To Miss' Rugby World Cup 2015 Ticketing Campaign Launched
Sep 19, 2014
A new two minute film to promote the UK's upcoming Rugby World Cup 2015, directed by Peter Cattaneo  (Full Monty), is led by actor Charles Dance, who is most recently credited for his role in Game of Thrones - as well as a big rugby fan. In the film Dance finds himself...
Italy: Five Reasons to be Enchanted in Cinque Terre
Sep 18, 2014
Italy is one of those places that people visit over and over, enjoying the art and history that permeate the country. Once you’ve seen the big three – Rome, Florence and Venice – it’s time to go exploring and visit some of the smaller places on “the boot”. One of the...
International Day of Peace: Five Events that Celebrate World Peace
Sep 18, 2014
Since 1982, the International Day of Peace, created by the United Nations, has been celebrated annually on September w] \st around the world. Sadly, the world cannot make everyday a day of peace, but has settled on a single day of ceasefire so that the war-torn may have but a moment...
Nice: The Luxury Guide
Sep 16, 2014
Nice is the largest city in the fabled South of France. While today it is known as the "Queen of the Riviera," it is also one of the most ancient cities in the area. It was founded by the Greeks, but by the 19th century, Queen Victoria led the charge...
Madrid: The Penny Pincher’s Guide
Sep 15, 2014
Spain’s capital is an amazing place to visit but like most cities it can really strain your pocketbook if you aren’t too careful. Luckily, there are many free things to do while visiting and just as many inexpensive options. For art lovers especially, Madrid is a wonderful place to see amazing...
On the Road: Unique Ways (and Wheels) to See a New City
Sep 11, 2014
There are hundreds of ways to see a new city, but there is none more special and easy-going then by private car. However, luxury sedans and limousines have become so common place that they don't really feel special anymore. However, cities around the world are taking some of their most...
A Coffee with a View: The World’s Most Picturesque Coffee Shops
Sep 8, 2014
For many, the search for a quality cup of coffee is endless. Just when they think they have found the best, another brew piques their interest. However, after awhile a palatable cup of coffee just isn't enough, suddenly the atmosphere and decor of the coffee shop needs to enhance the...
Ireland: Five Fabulous Castle Hotels
Aug 27, 2014
Castle hotels in Ireland offer a unique chance for visitors to enjoy the history of the country and take a step back in time. Castle hotels are a unique luxury to Ireland and guarantee a stay like no other hotel around the world. Visitors will feel like royalty as they...
Prague: The Luxury Guide
Aug 26, 2014
Windy cobble stone streets, medieval architecture spared by the ravages of war and a city that arguably hosts some of the best culture in the world, this can only be Prague. Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, has served as home to revolutionaries, Bohemian kings, invading Axis powers...
Lisbon: The Penny Pincher’s Guide
Aug 24, 2014
Vacationing can be an expensive venture, but savvy travellers know how to suss out the cheap deals and mix free fun with pricy attractions. Sometimes just knowing which days the museums are free can save a fortune in entrance fees, and many neighbourhoods in old cities are as much an...
Edinburgh by Phone: The Smart Way to See the Town
Aug 24, 2014
Edinburgh, the inspired capital city of Scotland, it is a city that is rich in culture, stunning scenery and first class attractions. Edinburgh has a broad mixture of things to do and to see. However, while it is a city of opportunities, it is difficult to experience all of them.
Europe: How to Find the Lowest Price for a High-Brow Break
Aug 23, 2014
Looking for low-cost high-brow culture in Europe? The big secret is to head east. A new survey has revealed that Eastern Europe is the dollar-stretching location of choice for a culture-cramming city break, while London remains the most expensive. The UK’s Post Office’s Cost of Culture poll compared the price of ballet,
Venice: The Luxury Guide
Aug 23, 2014
The serene city of Venice is a maze of stone palaces that seemingly float on water. It is a romantic city of canals where cars are banned and the only way to get around is to walk or take any number of the floating transportation. It inspires images of some...
Amsterdam: Top 10 Spots For Art Lovers
Aug 19, 2014
Rijksmuseum The Dutch National Museum is a treasure house of Old Masters and home to some of the best known pieces by Rembrandt. Rooms full of Delftware, precious metals, amazing ancient costumes and some seriously artistic furniture make up much of the rest of the collection. Don’t miss the 17th century...
Dublin: The Penny Pincher’s Guide
Aug 17, 2014
Dublin isn't one of the cheaper cities to visit in Europe for those with a tight pocket book. The average breakfast or lunch for one runs around $21 while dinner prices as around $35 plus the price of drinks. Add in the cost of transportation, lodging, shopping and entertainment and...
Austria: Where to Find Beautiful Music
Aug 16, 2014
Home to Strauss, Mahler, Haydn and Mozart, Austria has had a massive impact upon music. When travelling in the region it’s still a pleasure to sit down to a lovely philharmonic playing in one of the classic venues or catch a modern band at a newer stage. Enjoy some incredible music...
Munich by Phone: The Smart Way to See the Town
Aug 15, 2014
Whether it is sipping wheat beer in the Hofbrauhaus or boutique shopping on Maximilianstrausse, there is a lot to see and do within in Munich. So much so in fact that it is near impossible to see the city at its best without a little help. However, ditch those paper...
London: Bridges Over Historic Waters
Aug 14, 2014
Anyone who has ever taken a trip down the River Thames in London or even walked along its waters will eventually notice that London truly has a lot of bridges. They help people move throughout the city and are remarkable in their detail and history. Some are strikingly modern, while...
Bruges: Five Museums Not To Be Missed
Aug 11, 2014
Bruges has, aside from a rich cultural heritage, a whole range of interesting museums. The city is literally packed full of them compared to most other cities that just host the standard museums of art and history from the area. Some of them are intriguing like the Volkslkunde Folklore Museum...
Spain: It's Fiesta Season!
Aug 10, 2014
August is here and anyone planning to visit Spain may find themselves immersed in some of the most fun and wacky fiestas on earth. Most towns hold their own fiestas, while cities like Madrid have different neighbourhood fiestas each week, so there is always something exciting going on. Here’s a selection of...
Britain: Follow in Paddington's 'Pawsteps'
Aug 9, 2014
One of the world’s best loved bears will be given the star treatment this year, when the new Paddington movie is released. Following the iconic children’s character’s adventures through Britain, the film is set make kids – and adult fans – want to follow in the hero’s ‘pawsteps.’ Here’s how...
Spain: A Double Room & Some Google Glass Please
Aug 7, 2014
Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, an exclusive abbey hotel in Spain’s Duero wine region, may be 900 years old, but it’s the first hotel in Europe to offer its guests the hottest new technology of 2014: Google Glass. Just a couple of hours from Madrid, the property has eight of the wearable computers...
Scotland: The Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide
Aug 5, 2014
Brimming over with lakes, mountains and forests, Scotland is filled with possible adventures and at the top of many thrill-seekers “to-go” lists. Whether your goal is a solitary trek through acres of isolated land or a speedy race across a loch, you’ll find plenty of places across the country to get...
Shakespeare: All the World's a Stage
Aug 4, 2014
The Stratford Festival has a simple goal: To set the standard for classical theatre – and they achieve that on a yearly basis. The company has been built by searching for the finest talent available and cultivating skill and passion. In this way they have been producing amazing theatre for more...
Greece: Where to Catch the Best Sunsets
Aug 2, 2014
As if just being in Greece wasn’t romantic enough, watching a sunset from ancient ruins or a sandy beach can make even the most stoic of people feel a little emotional. Whether you prefer to end the day at the top of a cliff or right on the beach, you’ll find...
Northumberland: Exploring Roman Sites
Jul 24, 2014
Northumberland is a place of peace and solitude where many in the United Kingdom trek to find an escape out of their busy lives among the endless scenery. However, aside from the natural beauty, Northumberland is a land of history. It hosts some of the best preserved landmarks from Roman...
Namaste: Yoga Festivals
Jul 23, 2014
Wellness, as experts say, has become an integral part of our daily lives. More and more people are realizing the importance and the positive difference that it makes in our lives and embracing the concepts that help nurture it. With this embrace of wellness around the world, the world has...
Krakow: Marvellous Medieval Wonders
Jul 22, 2014
Krakow has always been a sort of charmed city that comes complete with the Devil's own luck, it is a place prone to attracting history but, for the most part, avoiding the destruction that often comes with it. Since it was founded as a small settlement in the 4th century,
Prague: The Barfly Guide
Jul 18, 2014
Rich in history and atmosphere, Prague is a fantastic place to soak up the past and appreciate the art and architecture of yesteryear. Even the most glorious cities, however, look better after you've taken a break and had a drink with a friend... or 100 friends. Here are some of the best...
Stockholm: The Luxury Guide
Jul 17, 2014
After Sweden's induction into the European Union in 1995 and the swift IT boom of the late 90's, the country's capital of Stockholm emerged from its cold, Nordic shadow and became a truly international city. The city is something of a wonder in and of itself, being hailed the "Venice...
The Light Fantastic: Midnight Sun Magic
Jul 16, 2014
During the summer months in the countries that dwelling the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets. This phenomenon is referred to as the midnight sun where the sun stays up the full 24 hours of the day, often for several months at a time. It gives fair weather to these...
Germany: Six Magical Fairy Tale Castles
Jul 11, 2014
Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess and, through tireless struggles and happenstance, she eventually met her Prince Charming. She was then whisked off to a beautiful castle where she lived happily ever after. Everyone knows the stories, but it seems that the beautiful castles where beautiful princesses...
Vienna By Phone: The Smart Way To See The Town
Jul 11, 2014
Vienna is the capital city of Austria and by far one of the country's largest cities with a population of over 1.7 million people. As one would expect, it is the center of Austria's cultural, economic and political activities. Austria was once the home to the Habsburg Court and its...
Britain: Where To Find The Finest Pub Grub
Jul 10, 2014
When visitors to the United Kingdom try to sort out the best places to eat from the locals they meet, more often than not, they are going to be recommended to a pub. These fine establishments just aren't recognized for their variety of brews and good company anymore, but rather...
Zurich – The Art Of The Gallery
Jul 2, 2014
Zurich is packed with art galleries displaying the finest in Swiss art. Many are housed in the Löwenbräu Areal, a former brewery that has been redesigned as a cultural and artistic centre. With more than 100 galleries and art museums to choose from, narrowing down your selections to visit can be...
Paris – Lingerie Shopping
Jun 18, 2014
The French do underwear so well that the English adopted their words for it: lingerie. From the old-fashioned corstieres to tiny boudoirs, every quarter of Paris has at very least one lingerie boutique. The city has maintained a long tradition of silk and lace by placing quality above anything else.
Spas – The Stranger The Better
Jun 9, 2014
Forget a nice pedicure or a simple shoulder massage... Here are five of the most wonderfully weird spa treatments on the face of the planet. 1. The Spa That Slithers: Ada Barak’s Carnivorous Plant Farm, Talmei Elazar, Israel “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” If you fear our reptilian friends as...
Iceland – 10 Cool Summer-Only Experiences
Jun 3, 2014
1. Tee-Off At Midnight When it comes to golf, it doesn’t get any more unique than experiencing a midnight tee-time. Due to Iceland’s northerly location, the country experiences 24 hours of sunlight during June and July. This means that golfers can play whenever they feel like it during the day – and...
Drifting Down The Danube
Jun 3, 2014
Could there be a better way to see Europe than floating down its most famous river – the Danube? The mighty waterway winds its way past imperial castles, lush vineyards, stately cathedrals, modern cities and historic monuments through 2,000 years of history. Here are some of the highlights along the...
Paris By Phone – The Smart Way To See The Town
May 30, 2014
Paris is on the bucket list of most world travellers. Many harbour hopes of wandering the idyllic city streets and basking in the beautiful architecture before stopping at a quaint cafe to enjoy a croissant. In these idle day dreams, Paris is a simple place, but in reality it is quite...
Venice – Watching The World Go By
May 28, 2014
Venice is so jam-packed with art and architecture that at some point you just want to sit back and watch the world go by. So, choose a comfortable spot at a charming cafés and enjoy watching all the activity as you take a break from the sightseeing. Al Chioschetto Morning, afternoon or evening,
Norway - Cruising the Telemark Canal
May 27, 2014
The Telemark Canal is the waterway that connects the town of Skien to the town of Dalen in Southern Norway. It runs a total of 105 kilometers and is a beloved landmark in the region. During the 19th century when a portion of the canal was carved out of a...
London – Dining With The Kids
May 26, 2014
London is an incredible place to visit for young and old, but finding a place to eat that is happy to see the entire family can sometimes be a challenge. When you’re out sightseeing with the kids in England’s capital city, stop at one of these eateries to refuel for the...
London – Exploring the V & A
May 25, 2014
Prince Albert’s legacy to England, the Victoria and Albert is the largest museum of design and decorative arts in the world. With over 4.5 million pieces, planning a trip there is both a delight and an undertaking. Don’t miss the current exhibits, and check out some of these highlights of...
Iceland – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
May 24, 2014
Simply put, Iceland is one big, beautiful geological hotspot. And you don’t have venture very far to find yourself at the very heart of all the geological action. In fact, just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, you’ll discover the world’s only drop-in volcano. Yes, the mighty Thrihnukagigur volcano is the only...
Moscow – Vodka Heaven
May 24, 2014
Russia’s capital city is vibrant and packed with fun things to entertain you during the day, but what do you do in the evening? Drink vodka, of course! Take a break from the sightseeing and try some of these great bars, all in the heart of the city. City Space Located on...
Madrid with Marrakesh on the side – A Must Go!
May 21, 2014
My globetrotting cousin and I were off to Spain! A flight from Halifax to Madrid, I learned, is long and arduous. I just wanted to sleep when I got to the hostel, but I knew I was in Spain, sleeping was for after the trip.
Nice By Phone –The Smart Way To See The Town
May 2, 2014
Once a quaint little town, Nice has grown into a modern city that embraces modernity and is brimming over with both urban energy and port town exotica. Its many little quirks make it one of the most interesting spots in France to visit. With it multicultural population, Mediterranean tides and beautiful...
Venice By Phone –The Smart Way To See The Town
Apr 25, 2014
Most visitors to Venice find themselves lost in the endless labyrinth of islands, bridges and canals. In order to see the best of the city, visitors are going to need a little help. Luckily, there is an app for that. There is an app for just about everything in Venice,
Croatia - Watch Your Tan Lines
Apr 22, 2014
Croatia has some beautiful beaches. The rule of thumb for finding the very best ones is to head south. You’ll find the most seductive sandy shores on the Dalmatian Coast – and some of the most pristine beaches are only accessible by boats or through narrow goat trails, which help prevent...
Scotland - By the Bonnie, Bonnie Banks
Apr 20, 2014
The largest loch in Scotland, Loch Lomond is the heart of the Trossachs National Park – Scotland’s first national park. With scenery ranging from flat to mountainous and a collection of small towns throughout, there is much to do and see in the area. Town Hopping Balloch is the largest town in...
Carcassonne - Castle On The Hill
Apr 19, 2014
Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hills where the town of Carcassonne now stands. The castle served as the stage in the 13th century for the brief, but bloody Albigensian Crusade in which Templar Knights slaughtered an excommunicated Christian sect known as the Cathars. Not...
Reykjavik – The Luxury Guide
Apr 17, 2014
Iceland, known as the land of fire and ice, was dubbed the most peaceful country in the world in 2013, and after a short visit it’s easy to see why these two labels are a point of pride for this incredible country. The capitol city of Reykjavik has a small...
Czech Republic - Bottoms Up
Apr 15, 2014
The Czechs are truly passionate about their beer heritage. The Czechs love their beer, which isn't a surprising fact considering that the country leads the world in beer consumption per capita. The beer is both delicious and inexpensive. In fact, in some places the beer is cheaper than most other...
Norway - The Munch Trail
Apr 13, 2014
You may not think you know who Edvard Munch is, but you do. One glance at the brightly painted face of a man screaming and you’ll be nodding your head in recognition –oh yeah, him. He was a prolific painter in the late 19th-century and this bike trail in Norway...
Berlin - From Dusk ‘Til Dawn
Apr 12, 2014
Berlin is the nightlife capital of Germany. Considered by many to be the best clubbing city in Europe, it would be a shame for party-oriented visitors to miss some of these great nightclubs... Berghain Berghain is the pinnacle of party in Berlin. This nightclub is so famous it is almost mythical, however...
St Petersburg – Art Fit For An Empress
Apr 11, 2014
In 1764, Russian Empress Catherine the Great purchased a considerable collection of western European paintings, laying the foundation for St Petersburg’s magnificent Hermitage Museum. As one of the largest museums in the world, it would take months to see the three million works of art and artifacts from around the globe that...
England - Hadrian Was Here
Apr 10, 2014
In the year 122 AD, shortly after taking control of the Roman Empire, Caesar Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus Agustus trekked himself, his guard and his mouthful of a name to the edge of the known world. It was a bold, long and, at times, dangerous journey that few Romans dared...
Tree House Hotels – Branch Out On Your Next Vacation
Apr 9, 2014
Looking to branch out on your next stay? In the most beautiful forested areas around the world, hotel entrepreneurs are venturing into an area that was once purely the domain of young children: tree houses. These hotels are usually suspended high in the air and offer some breathtaking views while...
Stockholm – Three Irresistible Smorgasbords
Apr 8, 2014
Smorgasbords originated in Sweden and traditionally were a small buffet served to the upper class before a meal. Over time the simple fare of mainly bread and cheese expanded to include warm and cold dishes as it drifted to become a main meal, often served early in the day. Finding...
Zurich – How Sweet It Is
Apr 4, 2014
The Salon du Chocolat is an annual trade fair for the international chocolate industry. The event started in Paris, but has been hosted in cities all over the world, including New York, Tokyo, Moscow and Beijing In 2014 it is returning to Zurich for the third time. The Salon du Chocolat...
And They’re Off - Amazing Horse Races Around The World
Apr 2, 2014
There are few things more adrenaline-inducing than the thrill of a horse race. For those looking to indulge in this age-old tradition, ready your bets as they canter down to these iconic horse race meetings... Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Kentucky, United States There is no more famous horse race in the United States...
Paris – The Luxury Guide
Mar 27, 2014
With its cobblestone streets and street side cafes and quaint shop window display, Paris simply oozes old-world charm. And for luxury travellers, it’s a city that’s also at the cutting edge fashion, art and culinary scenes. Here’s what this traditional and trend-setting city has to offer the traveller who appreciates...
World Report – The Netherlands
Mar 26, 2014
KLM Wannagives KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched a unique gifting service ‘KLM Wannagives’ on its intercontinental and long distance European flights that allows people to surprise a travelling friend or family member with a present at 30,000 feet. Via the webshop klm.com/wannagives, the airline offers a variety of treats for your...
Iceland – Nine Signs That Spring Has Sprung
Mar 25, 2014
1. The City Becomes A Catwalk From March 27 to 30, the Reykjavik Fashion Festival showcases Iceland’s most daring and talented fashion designers. Established in 2009, the Harpa Concert Hall event markets Icelandic fashion design to media, fashion bloggers and key people in the fashion industry from around the globe. This...
London - Top 10 Tips To Make The Very Most Of British Summertime
Mar 22, 2014
With the summer travel season fast approaching, the London Pass team has compiled 10 handy tips to help visitors plan an unforgettable trip to the city... 1. No visit would be complete without witnessing the famous lifting of Tower Bridge! Schedules are available at www.towerbridge.org.uk/TBE/EN/BridgeLiftTimes/ and the best places to view...
Helsinki - Exploring The Design District
Mar 20, 2014
The Design District in Helsinki is a design junky’s paradise. This district, located just 15 minutes from the railway station, gathers creative people together and showcases the fruits of their labour. The Design District is home to over 200 shops that feature home decoration, gifts, fashion, jewellery, antiques, galleries and...
Rome - Nine Writers Who Were Inspired By The Eternal City
Mar 19, 2014
Rome has been a magnet to the greatest painters, musicians and writers from across the globe for centuries. Here are nine poets who simply could not resist the lure of Roma... Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe was an American poet and author renowned for his stories that embraced all things creepy and...
Ireland - Are The Vikings Invading? Again?
Mar 18, 2014
The Irish-Canadian production of the television show Vikings is as popular for its dramatic scenery as it is for its story. The choice of Ireland as the main production location is not surprising when you see the stark beauty of the Wicklow Mountains. Composed of ancient granite and quartzite, the...
Going Green – What’s Happening In Dublin Today?
Mar 17, 2014
St Patrick arrived in style in Dublin last Thursday. Donning dark sunglasses and driving a Mini convertible, the patron saint made a pit-stop at the city’s Grand Canal Plaza as he geared up for this year’s four-day St Patrick’s Festival program of events. For 2014 the festival is kicking off its three-year...
Berlin By Phone – Apps To Help You Rock Berlin
Mar 14, 2014
Audio Guides Sight Hearing Many of Berlin’s historic sites don't offer guided tours, and the ones that do often move very quickly. For those who just want to guide themselves, there is an app for that. The Audio Guides Sight Hearing app features set suggested audio tours for sites like the...
Cold Hard Cash - 10 Great Money Museums
Mar 13, 2014
There is nothing quite like seeing some cold hard cash up close. However, not everyone has huge wads of cash to gaze upon... But they can make their way to a currency museum to see some big bucks up close and personal. Visitors to these museums can trace the currency...
Bites In The City Of Lights - Dining With The Kids In Paris
Mar 9, 2014
Paris is one of the most sophisticated gastronomic places in the world, where diners enjoy fine dining that combines the highest quality ingredients with the most glamorous of atmospheres. It is a wonderful romantic experience for couples. For children however, it is less than stellar. Many of the fine dining establishments...
Tube Tales - London By Public Transit
Mar 9, 2014
London has an amazing public transit system. Whether travellers want to take the Tube or ride on one London's iconic...
Banquets That Break The Bank – The Eight Most Expensive Places To Eat Sushi
Feb 28, 2014
At its very finest, sushi can be an art form – and a pricey one at that. Here are eight of the most expensive sushi restaurants around the world. 1. Koy Shunka, Barcelona, Spain Chef Hideki Matsuhisa certainly deserves his Michelin star for creating one of the best sushi restaurants in Barcelona.
Book-Lovers’ Heaven – The 11 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World
Feb 28, 2014
Public libraries are an important icon to cultures worldwide. They serve as a sacred place of learning where anyone can improve their knowledge. And although public libraries are a dying breed, many are jewels in their community because they have the most striking architecture and beautiful decor. Here are some...
A Flea Spree - Bagging A Bargain At Paris' Flea Markets
Feb 26, 2014
Is there anything more exciting than going to a famed Parisian flea market and digging through some European's unwanted possessions? The answer is no, there isn't. The flea markets in Paris 13 or as they are locally known, the 18Mache aux Puces 19 13 have been a...
The Long And Winding Road - Eight Destinations Where You Can Relive Beatlemania
Feb 16, 2014
It has been 50 years since Beatlemania kicked off with the band's journey across the pond. Over the subsequent years, The Beatles blazed around the world and created some of their most memorable music. Following that trail takes Beatle-junkies not only to a slew of locations that were immortalized in...
72 Hours In London - Old Favourites & New Finds In The U.K.’s Vibrant Capital
Feb 15, 2014
Three days in London may seem like too short a time to see all the sights, but you’ll be amazed at what you can fit in – from a stately home in Hampstead to a viewing of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London...
Here Comes The Bride - Seven Romantic Places To Tie The Knot
Feb 14, 2014
Having your wedding and honeymoon at the same time is a stress free way to ensure your nuptials are the best time of your life – and usually at a fraction of the cost. And with so many romantic locations to choose from, your dream wedding is just a plane...
Pucker Up - Eight Romantic Places To Steal A Kiss
Feb 14, 2014
Whether it’s around the world or closer to home, these gorgeous destinations may just be the most romantic places on earth to steal a kiss with the one you love...
Be Still My Beating Heart - Five Romantic Places To Pop The Question
Feb 13, 2014
By Jenna Matthews The moment you pop the question should be completely unforgettable and awe-inspiring. So why not combine the trip...
The Luxury Guide - Sochi, Russia
Feb 13, 2014
Even before Sochi won its bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was very much a resort town in Russia.
A Proud Legacy - Switzerland's Olympic Museum Is Now Open
Feb 12, 2014
The Olympic Museum recently reopened following an extensive two-year renovation � just in time to mark the start of the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia...
Snapshots - Belize, Fiji, British Columbia, Australia, France
Feb 9, 2014
Belize: Artists In Residence Join two of Canada’s most celebrated culinary leaders, Toronto chef Chris McDonald and Food Network’s Manic Organic...
The Luxury Guide - Rome, Italy
Feb 6, 2014
Each year millions of visitors from around the world flock to the Eternal City of Rome. Although ancient landmarks like the Coliseum and the Vatican grace the skyline, below is a city that has found a balance between preserving the past and embracing modern trends in food, fashion and luxury...
The Luxury Travel Guide - Belfast, Ireland
Jan 28, 2014
Belfast is the gem of Northern Ireland, with a magical mix of classic Irish charm and modern flair. Historically, Belfast...
Alternative Austria - Vienna And Beyond
Jan 26, 2014
For those who are interested in the quirky and unconventional, or those perhaps simply living like a local, follow us off the beaten path in Vienna and beyond...
‘Wondercool’ - Wonderful And Cool Culture In Copenhagen
Jan 24, 2014
Copenhagen will buzz with a jam-packed line up of more than 200 musical, gastronomic, artistic and architectural events during the city’s ‘Wondercool’ culture month this February...
Brussels And Bordeaux - A Marriage Of Food And Wine
Jan 23, 2014
This September’s eat!BRUSSELS festival will feature some Gallic flair, as the festival is joining forces with Bordeaux Fête le Vin, which was founded in 1998 by Alain Juppé...
Fit For A Game Of Thrones King - One More Golden Reason To Visit Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast
Jan 22, 2014
Steenson’ artisan workshop in Northern Ireland, which has crafted a number of pieces for the hugely successful Game of Thrones TV series – including Joffrey Baratheon’s crown – has been named an ‘economusee’, or working museum....
Berlin’s Bikini Is On The Rise! - New Life Is Breathed Into City’s Architectural Icon
Jan 21, 2014
Bikini Berlin reopens this spring, giving fashion designers and restaurateurs a shiny new platform upon which to present their innovative ideas...
Head Over Heels - Put A Spring In Your Step At Rotterdam’s Kunsthal
Jan 20, 2014
Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum is set to reveal the astonishing story of women’s shoe design from 1900 onwards from February 1 to May 11...
What Makes London So Great? - Famous Londoners Share Their Thoughts
Jan 19, 2014
High-profile Londoners, including the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, actress Joanna Lumley, model and actress Twiggy and Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay, have shared their thoughts on what they believe makes their hometown one of the greatest places on earth...
Happy Cable Car Day! - Five Of The World’s Best Cable Car Rides
Jan 17, 2014
I’m not sure if you’re able to handle the excitement, but today is Cable Car Day. Yes, January 17 has been designated to celebrate all matters ‘cable car’, as the date marks that momentous day back in 1871 when Andrew Smith Hallidie received the first patent in relation to the...
The Tombstone Tourist - Five ‘To Die For’ Destinations
Jan 16, 2014
By Vickie Sam Paget Occasionally, do you find yourself feeling a little macabre on vacation? Then you may well be a...
A Giant Leap for Ireland - Canada’s Singing Spaceman Hits The Emerald Isle
Jan 15, 2014
Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who put Ireland on the map with the first-ever tweet from space ‘as Gaeilge’ last year, is currently visiting the Emerald Isle...
Stand Aside Thailand - Could Belfast Be The Real ‘Land Of Smiles’?
Jan 13, 2014
So you’re searching for the happiest place in the UK? Then forget about hot-footing it to London, Bath or Salford – and head straight to Belfast in Northern Ireland...
River Deep, Mountain High - Discover Germany’s Black Forest
Jan 12, 2014
The Black Forest, with its vast forests, bright hilltops, romantic valleys, and sunny vineyards, is among the most beloved of Germany's vacation destinations...
Playing With Fire - Celebrate 'Up Helly Aa' In Scotland
Jan 12, 2014
Welcome to Up Helly Aa, Europe’s largest fire festival. Taking place in Shetland in Scotland on the last Tuesday in January, it involves a torchlight procession, the burning of a Viking longship and a ceilidh that lasts late into the night...
Cool Britannia - The Best Places To Discover New Bands In The UK
Jan 11, 2014
From Beatlemania in the 1960s to the current craze for One Direction, Britain has always been a nation of music-lovers. Now...
The Top 10 - Tourism Ireland Has 10 Great Reasons To Visit The Emerald Isle This Winter
Jan 3, 2014
The winter weather in Ireland is crisp, cool and cozy. Is there any more satisfying winter pastime than crunching copper leaves? Get stomping at Mount Usher Gardens in Wicklow, Huntington Castles Yew Tree Walk in Carlow or under the intertwined Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, County Antrim...
That Jolly Old Man - Santa Claus Around The World
Dec 25, 2013
The act of children receiving gifts during the month of December is essentially the same all around the world. The character that brings the gifts however is not. In Canada we have Santa Claus, but many countries around the world have quite the unique view on the jolly December gift...
Dig In - Christmas Food Traditions Around The World
Dec 24, 2013
While the roast turkey that Canada enjoys every Christmas may seem pretty common place in a lot of other countries, every country celebrates Christmas a little differently...
Seasonal Stays - Holiday Hotels That Delight
Dec 21, 2013
A hotel lobby is not simply for checking in and checking out. At this time of year they are canvases for the Christmas imagination, as stunning yuletide creative concepts burst to life…...
It’s Hip To Be Square - Transporting Armchair Travellers To Germany’s Christmas Markets
Dec 20, 2013
Are you craving the whiff of roasted chestnuts, a mug of mulled wine and twinkling lights strung between booths selling fine handicrafts and tempting treats? Well, we can’t instantly transport you to Germany, but we can show you how to enjoy the next best thing...
Joy To The Whole World - 22 Tinsel-tastic Christmas Escapes
Dec 20, 2013
While Christmas is a time to spend with family, the allure of the many unique ways that different cultures celebrate the holiday is often too much to resist. Whether you crave dashing through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh or making your friends jealous by getting a tan on the...
Ticket To Ride - Christmas Train Rides Around The World
Dec 18, 2013
During the festive season, many train operators decorate their cabins with evergreen garlands and Christmas lights and take their passengers on an unforgettable journey through snow-covered wilderness and illuminated towns. Here are a few of our favourite festive train journeys...
Green Sleeps - Rest Your Head At An Eco-Chic Hotel
Dec 15, 2013
In this day and age, it’s chic to be environmentally-conscious. Hotels and destinations around the world are catching on to this trend and offering tempting green options for their guests, as well as doing their part to be eco-friendly while remaining truly luxurious. Below you can find a roundup of...
Walking In A Winter Wonderland - A Christmas Stroll Through Lucerne
Dec 14, 2013
Nestling cozily in the Swiss Alps, no other town quite exemplifies the Christmas spirit like Lucerne. With its massive Christmas markets and decorated pine trees, this picturesque Swiss town comes alive during the month of December...
Ice, Ice Baby - 12 Of The World’s Coolest Ice Hotels
Dec 6, 2013
Looking for a cool place to lay your head? Then you can’t go wrong with an ice hotel. Here are some of our favourites...
Hit The Ice - The Best Outdoor Ice Rinks In The World
Dec 1, 2013
Augustaplatz in Baden-Baden, Germany During the summer months, Augustaplatz is a shallow pond with a massive fountain in front of the...
Slaloms And Sips - The World’s 21 Best Ski Hill Bars
Nov 29, 2013
After a day tearing up the slopes, the first thing you probably want to do is just call it an early night, right? Wrong! When the sun sets on a day of speeding through the winter wilderness, it’s time for another sort of excitement...
It’s A Woman’s World – Norway’s Ekeberg Park Celebrates The Feminine
Nov 19, 2013
Art lovers pay attention: A fantastic new sculpture park is now open in Oslo, Norway. Following a private donation by business...
Robin Hood - The Legend Of England’s Prince Of Thieves
Nov 16, 2013
Robin Hood has been the subject of endless ballads, books and films, making him undoubtedly one of popular culture’s most enduring folk heroes. While some of Robin Hood and his band of merry men's escapades may have been exaggerated over time, Robin Hood is indeed thought to be a real...
Castles, Kilts & A Missing Monster - Can You Canoe While Wearing A Kilt?
Nov 3, 2013
What do you wear under your kilt? It's an inevitable question with Ross Boardman standing on the front lawn of Glamis Castle in Scotland outfitted in the famous skirt for men, hiking boots, jacket and vest...
A World Of Fear - Halloween Traditions From Around The Globe
Oct 31, 2013
The idea of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celts and the festival of Samhain. Two thousand years ago, November 1 marked the end of summer and the beginning of the new year. As the dark and cold of winter came on, people believed that the dead...
Creepy Cuisine - Do You Dare To Dine In A Haunted Restaurant?
Oct 30, 2013
With 170 years of history to its name, finding a spirit or two roaming the halls of Milano’s Tavern in Melbourne shouldn’t be a huge surprise....
Creepy Castles - Haunted Castles Across The Globe
Oct 28, 2013
1. Dracula's Castle in Bran, Romania Officially called Bran Castle, this Romanian castle has earned the reputation for being Dracula's castle.
Tracks Of Terror - Haunted Trains Around The World
Oct 27, 2013
Across the globe there are some superbly spooky ghost tours that are dedicated to remembering the ghosts of the past, exploring old, abandoned rail yards, and searching for ghost trains that are said to run through stations and then disappear...
Searching For Sherlock - It's Elementary In London
Oct 19, 2013
At the heart of Sherlock’s adventures streets and sights of the city of London, so Sherlock fans can now follow in the footsteps of the moody detective as they discover Britain’s beautiful capital city...
Prost! - 11 Great Oktoberfests Around The World
Sep 27, 2013
Most people are aware of the two-week festival held in Munich, but few know its origins. Known as ‘die Wiesn’ in Bavaria...
Following The Word - Literary Sites In Dublin
Sep 25, 2013
Few cities have made a contribution to world literature like Dublin’s Fair City.  With greats such as Swift, Burke, Moore,
Windmills, Waterways and Wooden Shoes - Amsterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Bruges and Ghent
Sep 18, 2013
Amsterdam and The Hague Step back in time in Europe’s best preserved 17th century city, buoyed by the Dutch Golden...
Landing The Tasty One - Climb Aboard Western Sweden's Seafood Safaris
Sep 9, 2013
When it comes to the most succulent seafood, western Sweden’s shellfish ranks head and shoulders above the rest.  There is much...
Ski Europe - A Powder Hound's Introduction To Skiing Europe
Sep 5, 2013
Skiing in Europe simply smacks of classic, continental elegance: clear, crisp runs, cosy olde-worlde villages, chocolat chaud by a chalet fireside, Bond-esque beauties speeding down the slopes, and the most stylish après options that you can shake a ski pole at.
Beckham On Display - Manchester United's All New David Beckham Exhibition
Sep 5, 2013
David Beckham started his football career at the tender age of 14 when he signed a Youth Training Scheme with...
Austria's Delicatessen - Graze Your Way Through Graz
Aug 27, 2013
When gourmands rave about ‘Austria's Delicatessen’, they are usually talking about the beautiful southern city of Graz. Located just two hours...
How Tweet It Is - Spain's Twitter-Themed Hotel
Aug 24, 2013
Mallorca’s Sol Wave House is adding a dash of technical flair to the hotel experience. Part of the Melia hotel chain,
Beyond Klezmer: Jewish Traditions And Modern Beats Collide In Berlin
Aug 22, 2013
Those who associates Jewish music exclusively with Klezmer is in for a big surprise in Berlin. The city’s young artists are...
50 Years Of The Beatles - Please Please Yourself In Hamburg
Aug 11, 2013
While 2013 celebrates the 50th anniversary release of the Beatles first album, Please Please Me, it was not in Liverpool...
Andalusia's Overlooked Gem - A Visit To Malaga Includes Beaches, Cathedrals, Markets & Picasso
Aug 1, 2013
The beaches are beautiful, the tapas scene is superb, the art is awesome and the city is lively and enticing. Thousands flock to Malaga Airport but most travel on to sun themselves in resorts along the nearby Costa del Sol, missing the city completely.
Family-Friendly Britain - Fit For A Prince
Jul 25, 2013
When there’s something to celebrate in Great Britain, like the Olympic Games or the Diamond Jubilee, the whole country gets together to party... And when there’s the birth of a new prince to celebrate in Great Britain, the entire nation floats on a cloud of good feelings. This means that...
Snap Shots - Poo Walks, Downton Abbey Cruise, Hong Kong
Jul 22, 2013
‘Poo’ Walk, Anyone? Animal tracking, crafts and ‘poo walks’…Africa specialist &Beyond is reinventing the family vacation, bush style. Featuring a blend of...
Snap Shots - Dracula Tours, A Walk In Seoul, A Night At The Museum
Jul 15, 2013
Something Wicked This Way Comes Scare yourself stupid in Romania this Halloween by following in the footsteps of Vlad the Impaler. Quest...
World Report May 2013
Jul 11, 2013
Pink Jeep Tours is offering the Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience Tour, that allow guests to climb aboard a state-of-the-art Scenic Airlines touring Vistaliner® and fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the majestic Colorado River on their way to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. Once on the ground...
The Best Day Ever - Three Friends Hit The Back Roads Of Ireland
Jul 10, 2013
It was a fresh, green, typically Irish morning, and we were hopelessly lost. Having diverted off the main carriageway in search of some off-the-beaten-track adventure, we’d gotten rather turned around, and pulled alongside an old man in a newsboy cap carrying an armload of groceries, seeking a little direction. But...
Snap Shots - Artful In Amsterdam, Tech Detox, Austin F1
Jul 8, 2013
Amsterdam’s iconic De L’Europe hotel is celebrating the reopening of the Rijksmuseum by transforming every room into an art gallery.
Boats, Books & Believers - Three Very Different Ways To Organize Your European Voyage Of Discover
Jul 5, 2013
Anyone who dreams of visiting Europe, whether for the first time or to see something they missed before, need wait no longer. Our strong Canadian dollar makes it the best time in years to cross the pond. With so many special places, however, the most difficult choice will be which...
Bon Appetit - Eating & Drinking Through The Heart Of Europe
May 29, 2013
Visitors to Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland – four nations in the geographic heart of Europe – don’t come just for the cuisine. They come to see the historical and cultural treasures and to explore new destinations. But local food and drink can be as much of an...
The High-River Lands - Glasgow Is A World-Class Destination
Apr 25, 2013
    Glasgow started out as a fording point along the River Clyde, as settlement founded before recorded history and intermittently abandoned amid wars and plagues. Its importance has always hinged on the water, though, and the modern-day iteration of Glasgow built its nationally leading economy on the back of the ship-building...
The Viking Paradise - Canadians Should Not Miss Reykjavik
Apr 24, 2013
    Reykjavik is Europe-lite. It’s not because virtually everyone in the city areas is well versed in English, since that’s true in Europe as well, and it’s not that the people have a welcoming attitude toward visiting North Americans. It’s that Iceland, and its capital city in particular, combine European history...
Reichstag Stories - Berlin As A Window To The Great War
Apr 15, 2013
    Berlin has been at the centre of multiple world wars, has been invaded several times, and has played host to more coups and abrupt changes in government than just about any other modern city in the world. It’s a legacy not only of war, but of national upheaval. Today, Berlin’s...
From Arches to Aquaducts - The Architecture of Spain
Apr 14, 2013
    Fans of architecture know that to get the best possible experience as a traveller, you have to head to the Old World. North America has a long and fascinating history, but it has only been building out of durable materials like stone for a few hundred years. It’s the ancient...
Hamsterdam - Your Guide To Food In The Dutch Capital
Apr 13, 2013
  As you might expect of the capital and world city of one of the world’s most multicultural countries, food in Amsterdam is a mix-up of influences from around the world. Heavy immigration from the Middle East has brought spicy Arabic flavours into the city’s culinary lexicon, as has a long...
Modern-Day Treasure Hunters - 7 Specialty Retail Destinations
Apr 12, 2013
Some cities are well suited to being modern cities, packed with big-box stores and chain restaurants. Some cities, though, hold on to their small-town pasts, their unique sensibilities, or just their quirky identities, with surprising energy. These cities tend to spawn all kinds of shops and markets for the purpose...
A Vatican Vacation - Touring Italy's Catholic Capital
Apr 10, 2013
    Vatican City is never what you'd call "low profile", probably the most politically active area in the world outside of Washington DC and the UN headquarters in New York. Still, following the recent appointment of Pope Francis the area has been under international scrutiny usually reserved for Royal weddings. Vatican...
Picture Perfect - Get Pampered While You Paint In Art Classes In Andalucia
Mar 28, 2013
 Text & photos by Christine Potter     My place in the sun is a beautifully restored old mill nestled among olive groves. It’s an hour’s drive northeast of Malaga in Spain’s Andalucia region and where Canadian-based, gourmet cuisine duo Mike and Hilary (Lari) Powell host art groups, retreats and cooking courses each...
Sport Of The Gods - Football Tourism In Greece
Mar 25, 2013
    In many parts of Europe, football (soccer) is the primary national ideology. While John Lennon may have claimed the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, European history shows that, in fact, it’s football that has the power to overcome religious, ethnic, and national boundaries and bring disparate populations together in constructive,
History Come Alive - Sicily Displays The History Of The World
Mar 20, 2013
    Travelers to Sicily have a wide choice of sites to visit and enjoy. Many of those attractions are based in the history of this fascinating island. For reference, Sicily is the island located right off the "toe" of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. The island's history dates back thousands of years.   The...
Food in Switzerland
Mar 13, 2013
The pristine, mountainous country of Switzerland has more to offer visitors than great skiing and wonderful cultural events. A country's culture is heavily reflected in its cuisine, and the picturesque region is home to many wonderful dishes. Italy, Germany, France, Austria, and Liechtenstein border Switzerland, and people from these countries...
Going To The Source - For The Best In Fashion, Head Straight To Italy
Mar 9, 2013
    Italy’s large and influential fashion industry is based in Milan, but has expanded widely to include Florence, Rome and of course, the rest of the world. Italian designers have famously created a range of men and women’s clothing lines, handbags and shoes. Designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Armani,
Rye On The Road - Ten Essential Stops For Whiskey Tourists
Mar 1, 2013
Many of the finer things in life are acquired tastes, but once people get over the hurdles of taste most find that the more unorthodox foods, from cured roe eggs to fermented grape juice, are some of the best in the world. Nowhere is this more true than with whiskey.
World Report - January 2013
Feb 28, 2013
  New Fairmont In Dubai The newest addition to the Fairmont portfolio is on the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, and near to many other man-made record holders like Burj Khalifa, the largest free-standing building in the world. Fairmont The Palm is a spacious development with 381 guestrooms and suites, including two...
The Edifice Complex - 10 Structures For Architecture Fanatics
Feb 15, 2013
Much of the tourism industry focuses on displaying natural wonder, and any housing you encounter is purely in service to the panorama it supports. Sometimes, however, the structures themselves become the attraction, huge or detailed or in some way unique constructions of human imagination and skill. Below are ten must-see...
Winter Wonderlands Without The Skis
Jan 24, 2013
  What’s the sun ever done for you? For too long its fiery warmth has dominated the minds of travellers and travel professionals alike. It’s quite common to hear the term “travel season”, as though the sun weren’t always shining somewhere, and travellers frequently circle the globe like migratory birds just...
Belgium's Beatific Breweries - Trappist Monasteries Attract Beer Fanatics From Around The World
Jan 23, 2013
By Graham Templeton   There are many in North America who would wilfully claim to take beer to the level of a religion, but their faith is almost always based in the imbibing side of the beer transaction. When it comes to brewing, even the most dedicated of micro-breweries cannot claim to...
Snapshots - Winter 2012
Jan 16, 2013
Himalayas Serious Biking Hearing the loud, dominant umpf from a 500cc Bullet Enfield really can awaken the hidden adventurer inside. Head out on the really, really open road with Extreme Bike Tours’ high altitude adventures through the Himalayan mountains. Led by Extreme Bike Tours founder, Zander Combe, bikers experience India on a deep...
Walking In English History - Oxford, Windsor & The Thames River Path
Jan 12, 2013
By Chris & Rick Millikan   Of England’s thousands of footpaths, the Thames River Path seems perfect for our self-guided adventure, including four days in medieval Oxford. We soon discover world-renowned Oxford University, established in the 13th century and now consisting of 38 distinguished colleges spread throughout town. Most are embellished with gargoyle...
10 Cities For Nightlife Fanatics
Jan 4, 2013
Travel is supposed to be relaxing, right? The golden rays of sunlight on a stretched (and impeccably toned) beach body, that’s what we all long for. But what happens after five hours of relaxation, after dinner and dessert? Here are 10 cities that have a tiring and inspiring answer to...
World Report - South Africa, Turkey, Cook Islands, Belgium, Oregon, Utah
Jan 2, 2013
South Africa Shy Antelope South Africa may be one of the most developed countries in Africa but it’s still Africa, which means it’s still teeming with opportunities for wildlife excursions. Mountains and jungles are often just a few minutes’ drive from civilization, and the safaris held there rival any in the world.
Ten Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions From Around The World
Dec 21, 2012
Christmas is one of the oldest traditions still active in the world today, and it has pervaded the cultures of countless countries throughout history. As a result, it has been changed - sometimes unintentionally - in some truly astonishing ways. In Austria, Christmas is not all fun and games. Canadians have...
Ten Spots For Music-Lovers (Part 1)
Dec 14, 2012
This one hardly needs an introduction, being the best-known rock destination in the world. However, the museum’s rapidly rotating menu of exhibits and special events make it a stop worth adding. Cliché or not, no self-respecting rock aficionado could pass up a chance to see special exhibits on everything from...
World Report - October 2012
Nov 27, 2012
  HONG KONG Visiting Asia’s World City Since it was reclaimed by China in 1997, Hong Kong has only become more important to Chinese-Western trade, making it a crucial bridge between cultures and one of the premier hubs for world travel. Any world-class metropolis will inevitably develop world-class attractions, and Hong Kong is...
Ten Skiing And Snowboarding Destinations
Nov 23, 2012
It’s snow season in Canada, and travellers from around the world are beginning to flock to our many great mountains and high-altitude townships. They’re not the only ones who can travel to find the perfect ski vacation, however, and Canadians can go adventure travelling as well. Some of the best...
Snapshots Fall 2012
Nov 21, 2012
  BELIZE Some Things AreWorth It The locavore dining movement has deep roots in Canada, but there are some daily indulgences even those...
10 Destinations For The Nerd In All Of Us - Part 2
Nov 16, 2012
For part 1, click here.   Pythagoras’ achievements may have been entirely his own, or they might have been the compiled findings of his entire order - we really don’t know. What we do know is that the name of Pythagoras was used to publish and popularize some of the most revolutionary...
The War Effort - Touring Canada's Military History
Nov 12, 2012
The marks of the First and Second World Wars are still visible in Canada today. Sometimes the marks are literal, the remnants of torpedo damage from U-Boats blockading Newfoundland harbours or sliding up and down the St. Lawrence River. Some of the marks are figurative, left in the family and...
10 Destinations For The Nerd In All Of Us
Nov 2, 2012
Somewhere along the line, nerds became big business. It used to be that the geekier elements of society were also its most marginalized, and nerds were creepy basement dwellers with little in the way of social cache. This is a post-Bill Gates world, however, a society where computing entrepreneurs can...
Count On Dracula For Halloween Thrills
Oct 31, 2012
  Count Dracula might be the most popular Halloween icon of all time. The bat-winged vampire has inspired everything from movies to muppets, and his iconic accent permeates pop culture. Yet few know the real historical underpinnings of Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula character. The Halloween legend is in fact based (loosely,
Inside A Fairy Tale - Discover The Joys & Traditions Of Christmas Markets Along The Danube
Oct 24, 2012
I’ve always secretly longed for an old-fashioned, traditional Christmas spent in the narrow cobblestone streets of a centuries-old European Christmas market, sipping hot mulled wine while the sounds of carollers mingle with the scents of roasted chestnuts and spiced lebkuchen. It was a fairy tale world I never knew existed...
Ten Haunted Halloween Walking Tours
Oct 19, 2012
  The catacombs of Paris are “home” to almost 6 million corpses. If ghosts are going to congregate anywhere, this would be it. With several hundred years of history, often bloody war-time history at that,  there are easily enough tragedies and unfinished stories to fuel ghost stories for generations. Walls made...
Give Transit A Try
Oct 15, 2012
  At a resort, the only road many travellers care about is the one leading from the beach to the cocktail shack. However, urban travelling is by its nature more nomadic and diverse; the goal of most city visits is to see certain key landmarks while also gaining a more holistic...
10 Great International Movie Locations
Sep 14, 2012
 Indiana Jones - Petra, Jordan The great ruins of Petra, located in Jordan, are one of the more famous locations in...
The Best International Movie Locations
Sep 14, 2012
Indiana Jones - Petra, Jordan The great ruins of Petra, located in Jordan, are one of the more famous locations in...
Chicago Shopping Spree - Retail Therapy Here Includes Luxe, Fetish & Everything Inbetween
Sep 12, 2012
Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, has been called “Paris on the Prairie” in reference to its wide boulevards, abundance of green space, and proximity to water. Lakeview, the area referred to as Boystown has been the heart of Chicago’s thriving LGBT community since the 1970s, and...
A Night On The Town - Berlin's Nightlife Is Wild, Sexy & Offers Something For Everyone
Sep 5, 2012
Berlin is one of those European cities filled with history, culture and parties. It has also had a thriving gay scene for nearly a century, with the notorious Eldorado club attracting gay icons like Marlene Dietrich and Christopher Isherwood back in the 1920s. Berlin is one of those European cities...
Sun, Sand & Sitges - Spain's Sizzling Coastal Town Is The Place For Hot Beach Action
Aug 29, 2012
For many travellers, the epitome of a vacation is hours upon hours soaking up the sun and sights at the beach. Over the past several years, Sitges has secured a spot on the list of many in-the-know LGBT travellers. It’s proximity to Barcelona makes it a great city/beach destination, as...
For The Curious Traveller
Aug 13, 2012
They may not spring to mind as readily as Spain or Portugal when you think European vacation, but the following countries have fascinating things to share, showing many different faces of Europe.
Culturally Speaking - A Look At Vienna's Vibrant LGBT
Jul 30, 2012
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is well known for its grandiose architecture, cultural events and creative masterminds. It also boasts one of the most vibrant LGBT scenes in all of Europe, despite the fact it doesn’t define one particular area as the “gay village”. Here’s a brief overview of some...
7 Small Nations With Big Festivals
Jul 20, 2012
Next year, 2013, is the Big One for the Irelands – Northern Ireland and the Republic – when anyone claiming Irish ancestry might feel the tug to attend The Gathering, a year-long festival celebrating Ireland and its people.
In The Footsteps Of Famous Faces - Following The Lives Of Poland's Greatest Minds
Jul 2, 2012
Poland’s world-famous sons and daughters excelled in many fields such as physics, music, astronomy and film. Homage has been paid to iconic religious and political leaders daring to hold unpopular views and forging ahead with new ideas through monuments, museums, and tours that follow in their footsteps. Now you can...
Bon Appetit Mes Amis! - In Montreal Dining Is A Requirement, Not An Option
Jun 28, 2012
Montreal, where there are 5,000 cafes and dining is a requirement not an option, has one of the biggest gay village areas in North America, stretching out along Ste Catherine Street East between Rue Berri and Papineau. During the summer months the roadway is closed to traffic creating a pedestrian...
6 Great World Cities
Jun 8, 2012
Bright lights, big personalities. These cities are proud, loud and absolutely must-see destinations. Venice Ahh, Venice. City of romance, city of...
5 Monumental Attractions
Jun 4, 2012
Some of man's most significant architectural and engineering feats stand witness to our enduring ingenuity. And our love of grandeur.
The Raising Of The Titanic - Built In Belfast, Celebrated In Belfast
May 31, 2012
For the millions of RMS Titanic lovers around the world April 15, 2012, is a significant date. On that day it will be exactly 100 years since the tragic sinking of the famed ship that changed so many lives and sparked one of the most captivating stories in human history.
Head To The Hills - A Villa Stay In Umbria Is All About Food, Fine Art & Good Living
May 28, 2012
It was a prescription for an excellent vacation: two weeks exploring Umbria, that landlocked Italian region east of the more travel-tried Tuscany, and staying in a rental villa surrounded by the beautiful Umbrian countryside.
6 Places To Explore - Culturally Speaking
May 25, 2012
We are not all alike. Never have been and never will be. Let’s celebrate our differences. Mardi Gras Leave the inhibitions and...
Finding Mozart - Looking For The Composer In Bavaria
May 24, 2012
A couple of years ago I had the good fortune to visit Bavaria on a tour that centred on the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I love his music and jumped at the chance to learn more about his life, his loves and his work.
2 Nation Vacation - London & Paris In One Week
May 16, 2012
The summer Olympic, the Royal Jubilee celebrations, it seems Britain is top of mind for travellers right now. And it got me thinking about my first visit five years ago. Our trip coincided with the opening of the movie version of The Da Vinci Code and on our first day...
Heroes, History & Chocolate - Unique Shore Trips Mark Baltic Cruises
May 8, 2012
Not so long ago, only the rich and those with time on their hands could cruise in the Baltic. Today, more cruise lines – big and small – offer itineraries with insight into the history, culture, and traditions of exotic Baltic destinations.
6 Places Savvy Travellers Have On The Radar
May 4, 2012
Once a destination gets too popular certain travellers move on to the next best thing. Here’s where they’re going.
A Study In Contrast - Storybook Castles & Towns Bracket Powerhouse Cities
May 3, 2012
Europe’s scenic Castle Road is a long one, stretching some 1,000 kilometres from Mannheim in Germany to Prague in the Czech Republic.
5 Places To Experience Local Flavour
Apr 27, 2012
What better way to experience other cultures than to do as the locals do? Worship, taste, listen and watch. You’ll be surprised what you can learn.
Nordic Nirvana - From cosmopolitan Helsinki to medieval monuments, Finland has it all
Apr 18, 2012
Friendly people, beautiful scenery, a treasure trove of historic and cultural attractions, excellent shopping for cutting-edge style, a full calendar of events and festivals…they all add up to make an ideal destination for Canadian travellers.
4 Cool Adventures
Apr 6, 2012
There’s cool travel and then there’s really cool travel. Travel to the ends of the Earth for the coolest travel of all.
Holy Easter Bunny! - Easter Traditions In Germany
Apr 4, 2012
First Christmas trees and now the Easter Bunny. Did you know that most of the Easter traditions we celebrate in North America – egg decorating, Easter trees, Easter egg game and, of course, the chocolate Easter bunny, were brought over by German immigrants?
Following The Word - A Stroll Through Scotland's Literary Places
Apr 2, 2012
The landscape of Scotland has inspired writers for centuries giving rise to some of fiction's most memorable characters from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Sherlock Holmes to a boy wizard named Harry Potter.
10 Reasons To Visit Vienna
Mar 9, 2012
Vienna is famous for its imperial history, coffee culture and a joyous love of life. There are festivals, concerts, theatre, art and architecture just waiting to be discovered. Here are 10 reasons to visit Vienna.
Cruising the Baltic - Medieval Marvels, Impressive Art & Colossal Castles
Mar 5, 2012
A visit to Denmark and Sweden three years ago had me adding a Baltic cruise to my burgeoning bucket list. While in Denmark I coveted the crown jewels of the Danish royal family, took in the tales of Hans Christian Andersen, toured Tivoli Gardens alight with red lanterns, and biked...
What A Year! - Reigning Queens, Religious Protesters, Carnival & The Beautiful Game - There Is Just So Much To Celebrate
Mar 2, 2012
The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II followed by the London Summer Olympics makes for a pageantry-filled year in the UK illustrating celebrations and festivals, pomp and ceremony are more evident than usual in Europe this year, despite gloomy economic news.
Small Nations Big Festivals - From Cat Throwing To Titanic Tragedy, Europe's Smaller Nations Offer Up World Class Celebrations
Mar 2, 2012
By Christine Potter Next year, 2013, is the Big One for the Irelands – Northern Ireland and the Republic – when anyone claiming Irish ancestry might feel the tug to attend The Gathering, a year-long festival celebrating Ireland and its people. Meanwhile, this year, Belfast honours the centennial of the Titanic...
Roaring Reykjavík - Discover High Energy & Idyllic Scenery In Iceland's Capital
Feb 22, 2012
Reykjavík is pure energy – whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife. And more and more travellers are discovering the city and its action.
Romancing The Rhine - A Jaded Traveller Falls In Love With River Cruising
Feb 14, 2012
Full disclosure: I was fed up with big cruise ships, bored by their ballroom-sized dining rooms and sick of their canned air. Most of all, I was overcome with ennui, not to mention mal de mer, from long days on choppy seas.
8 Reasons To Visit Spain
Feb 10, 2012
More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows, goes an old Spanish proverb. It’s an apt epithet for travellers to Spain, who invariably find more than we expect.
Ahh, The View - A Look At The Azores, Portugal's Atlantic Island Paradise
Jan 27, 2012
“The Azores are a nature lover’s paradise – as green as Ireland and as volcanic as Hawaii,” said Valerie Ward, business development manager with Total Vacations. “They’re big for hiking – you can walk for days.”
Turkish Delight - A Small Sampling Of Turkey's Many Treasures
Jan 18, 2012
Turkey is a destination like no other, the place where East truly meets West, and where you can feast on both worlds. Here’s a short primer on some of Turkey’s top treats.
Here & There
Dec 21, 2011
Halong Bay in Vietnam has been named as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”. The dramatic bay studded with nearly 2,000 limestone karst islands over a 1,500-square kilometer expanse, won a coveted spot on the list, besting the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Maldives and Mt. Kilimanjaro.
C'est Magnifique - Exploring France's Wild & Wonderful Rhône-Alpes
Dec 21, 2011
Most travellers to France start in Paris. There’s the allure of the Louvre, shopping along the Champs Élysées, the one-of-a-kind Eiffel Tower and the wondrous Notre Dame Cathedral. But Paris is just a preview of what France has to offer, from marvelous alpine villages and pleasing plateaus to culinary delicacies...
Next Port, Next Chapter - You Never Know What To Expect On A Med Cruise
Dec 21, 2011
As if the Pope doesn't have enough problems… Now there’s a lady kleptomaniac running loose in the Vatican, striking in the Sistine Chapel itself where tourists are dazzled by the masterpieces of Michelangelo and are most off guard. And so far, the vaunted Swiss Guard can’t catch her.
The Camino de Santiago: Find European Adventure
Dec 16, 2011
The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way if St James, is a hiking and biking trail that cuts across Northern Spain along the French Border. This trail is popular with off-road bicyclists, hikers and trekkers.
Wein, Wein Everywhere - And Always A Drop To Sip In Germany
Sep 30, 2011
Gone are the days when, if we thought about German wine, we thought of Blue Nun’s rather unsophisticated Liebfraumilch or the equally cheap and cheerful Niersteiner Riesling. They satisfied our undeveloped palates and our similarly undeveloped wallets a few decades back.
Magical Places - Bringing Home The Spirit From Europe's Christmas Markets
Sep 30, 2011
Visit any of Europe’s major Christmas markets and you’ll be spoiled for finding the seasonal spirit in your local shopping malls. “They’re magical places,” says Martha Chapman of Toronto. “I visited the markets in Germany and Austria, and it’s like stepping inside a Hans Christian Andersen story. OK, so it’s...
Just Do It In Spain - Where Sports Are A National Passion
Jun 17, 2011
When it comes to sports, Spain has it, does it, and often wins it. The nation has produced multiple champions of tennis, soccer, basketball, golf, Olympic gold medallists, winners of Tour de France…and the list goes on.
Regional Specialties - Travel Through The Country's Regions & Explore Spain's Colourful Culture
Jun 17, 2011
What we call provinces, Spain calls regions and, a tad confusing perhaps, regions have within them provinces. The Balearics The...
Madrid: The Pulse Of The Nation - Tapas, Flamenco & Royal Grace In Spain's Capital
Jun 17, 2011
Madrid is the gateway for most visitors from Canada, and it would be a shame not to spend at least a few days in this big, bustling capital (population 3.3 million). It sits, appropriately, in the country’s geographic heart. It’s the pulse of the nation’s business, the seat of its...
Viva Espana!
Jun 17, 2011
More things grow in the garden than the gardener sows, goes an old Spanish proverb. It’s an apt epithet for travellers to Spain, who invariably find more than we expect.
The Wonders Of Spain - A Look At Spain's Heritage Gems
Jun 17, 2011
From the medieval walls of Avila to the scallop shell and star symbols of Santiago de Compostela, images of Spain’s World Heritage Sites are well known around the world. The highlights mentioned here are only a few of the nation’s treasures, and a comprehensive list is available at www.spain.info/ca...
Barcelona: Catalan Capital - A Seaside City Of Gaudi, Gothic Wonders & Picasso
Jun 17, 2011
Barcelona was never out of the spotlight, but since 2009 when Penelope Cruz won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Woody Allen’s Vicki Cristina Barcelona, the city beckons more seductively than ever. Cruz’s work made the movie Oscar-worthy, but the scenery in and around Barcelona stole the show. Woody Allen...
Past Perfect - Discover Poland's Salt Mines, Erotica, UNESCO Sites & Royal Residences
May 24, 2011
Poland, say those in the know, is underrated as a vacation destination. The former Soviet bloc country offers much to see and do from all kinds of sporty outdoor activities to action-packed city nightlife. Beaches are beautiful along the Baltic coast, where spa resorts dot the shores. In the north,
Heavenly Honeymoons
May 24, 2011
Want a honeymoon in the sun? Think outside the box, think Greece and her islands. Here are some highlights: Santorini: Exquisite...
Viva Italia! - Italy Celebrates 150 Years Of Unity
Apr 20, 2011
In the early 1800s, Italy as a nation did not exist. Enter Giuseppe Garibaldi, who travelled from Sicily to Turin convincing the separate kingdoms stretching from south to north that a unified nation would be a stronger nation. His success ousted the controlling Austrian Empire, and in 1861, Turin (or...
Britain's Great Outdoors - And Indoors With Castles, Homes & Lively Markets
Mar 25, 2011
Whether you plan your trip to the nth degree or leave your options open to the fates, a trip to the UK can provide an arpeggio of sensations, from spine-chilling ghost tales to the pleasures of glorious gardens, magnificent manors and castles and curiously quirky people and places. The buzz...
Anything Goes - From Knights To European Countries Celebrate Just About Anything
Feb 24, 2011
History enthusiasts love the Czech Republic, where the past is celebrated in countless festivals in numerous destinations. Napoleon’s battleground at Austerlitz, for instance, has a Historical Museum in the chateau and visitors can join in a virtual experience, part of the Austerlitz Phenomenon commemorating the 1805 combat.
The Up & Comers - Off The Beaten Tourist Path These Countries Are Big On Celebration
Feb 24, 2011
Along the eastern Adriatic shores sit Slovenia (touching the Gulf of Venice), Croatia’s long, diverse coastline, Montenegro and Albania. Bosnia & Hercegovina, without ocean access but with interesting historical and cultural stops, miss out on sun-seeking beach-lovers. Croatia’s archipelago is a sailor’s delight, especially between the Roman town of Split...
Celebrating Europe - Festivals Honour The Oldest Traditions & The Best Of Modern Culture
Feb 24, 2011
With our Canadian dollar at its strongest ever against the euro and pound sterling, this is an excellent time to visit Europe. There’s plenty of excitement: women’s FIFA in Germany, Floriade in Holland and two European Cities of Culture – Tallinn, Estonia and Turku, Finland. You could become a goddess...
Endlessly Fascinating - There Is Always More To Discover In Turkey
Feb 23, 2011
If space travel is out of your range, try here. This is probably as close as it gets to the lunar surface, an “unearthly” setting worthy of anything that Speilberg or Lucas ever brought to the big screen. We are in central Turkey, in the region known as Cappadocia where...
Britain Calling - Highlights Of London, Edinburgh & Glasgow.
Feb 23, 2011
According to Meredith Pearson, media relations manager, Canada, VisitBritain, the Canadian market is the shining star in the Americas. In 2007 Britain welcomed 852,000 Canadian visitors, each averaging a 10-night stay, spending just over $1 trillion (up 11 per cent). A group of Canadian media, travelling to the first-ever Best...
Mid-Atlantic Magic - Step Back In Time In The Azores
Jan 25, 2011
Delightful to discover and away from much-trod tourist trails, this nine-island archipelago – an autonomous region of Portugal – sits in the mid-Atlantic almost 1,600 kilometres west of Lisbon. “Unspoiled” is the word that describes the Azores for me. The islands offer a unique culture, abundant plant life, and varied...
World Travel Market 2010
Dec 13, 2010
Billed as the main event for the global travel industry – the four-day World Travel Market (WTM) brought international private and public sector travel industry players to ExCel – London November 8 to 11 to discuss travel trends, network, and do business.
Cruising East Anglia - Discover Castles, Cathedrals, Cambridge & Bloody Ale
Aug 29, 2010
Vacationing in Britain is always a dream trip – exploring historic sites and lovely green spaces, wandering through picturesque villages, enjoying pub time and admiring illustrious gardens. All of this and more is possible in East Anglia, yet, aside from famed Cambridge, it is one of Britain’s less travelled regions.
The Little Ice Age Of The Netherlands
Aug 16, 2010
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam presents Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age, the first exhibition devoted to Hendrick Avercamp, the foremost painter of Dutch winter landscapes in the 17th century.
Maharaja At The Gate in Britain
Aug 16, 2010
Stay with 51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences in London this fall and see the lifestyle of India’s maharajas at the V&A’s exhibit, “Maharaja: the Splendour of India's Royal Courts.” The Maharaja package includes tickets to the exhibit, on view through January 17, 2010, and one dinner at the...
History Wherever You Go - Vikings Here, Romans, There & Old Stone Everywhere In Yorkshire
Aug 4, 2010
You bump into history everywhere you go in Yorkshire – Viking-era village here, a Roman road there and everywhere centuries old castles and churches. “That’s our reputation, isn’t it?” says Malcolm Smethust, the captain of York Boat, the tourist cruise that follows the River Ouse through the ancient walled city. “Everyone comes...
A Drive Through History - Sell A Fly-Drive Tour Of Spain's World Heritage Cities
Jun 29, 2010
Spanish history is a marvelous mix of the diverse civilizations that came to settle on Iberian soil throughout the centuries. Celts, Iberians, Phoenicians and Greco-Romans were the first of many different peoples attracted to the resources of the land. During the Middle Ages, Arabic, Jewish and Christian cultures flourished and...
Incredible Iceland - This Cool Country Is One Red-Hot Destination
Jun 28, 2010
Iceland’s proximity to Eastern Canada – and Icelandair’s service from Halifax, and new flights from Toronto, set to launch in May (see Iceland FastFacts) – makes it a viable weekend getaway destination or stopover on the way to or from Continental Europe. But the country offers plenty of attractions to...
Motor City, Germany
Jun 28, 2010
Stuttgart is the heart of car country in Germany, and the city is adding to its collection of tributes to car makers with the opening of the new Porsche museum at the end of the year.
Friendly Rivals - Glasgow & Edinburgh Vie For Visitors' Attention
Jun 28, 2010
A local tale about Scotland’s two biggest cities is said to epitomize the subtle character difference between the typical Glaswegian and the typical Edinburgher. If you’re passing through Glasgow and you drop into a friend’s house, you’ll be greeted with “Come away in for a wee cup of tea.” But...
The Best Of The Best - Andalucia Is Home To Classic Spain
Jun 28, 2010
Over dinner recently, I asked a few friends what they knew about Spain: “It’s cheap,” said one. “It’s poor,” said another. They all agreed Spaniards were addicted to siestas and bullfights. Eyebrows arched up when I mentioned that today’s Spain, is undergoing a “renaissance of life” and is now one...
Frommer's Top Spots
Jun 28, 2010
The editors at Frommer’s have consulted their many author-experts to come up with the top destinations for 2008. The list of 13 of the best and most beautiful spots the world includes ranges from big-city hotspots to tranquil rural retreats.
A Greek Odyssey - Varied Vacations In The Cradle Of Western Civilization
Jun 28, 2010
A trip to Greece can be many things to many people: an adventurous self-drive tour ripe with historic reference, a luxurious cruise among romantic islands, a cheeky Shirley Valentine-style getaway, or an escorted motor-coach tour – they come in a range of prices and quality levels from budget to exclusively...
Swiss Rails, 10 and Counting
Jun 25, 2010
When the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO added the Albula and Bernina line of the Rhaetian Railway serving the Canton of Graubunden in southeastern Switzerland, to its world heritage list it brought the country’s number of UNESCO World Heritage sites and Biospheres to 10. On the Bernina line (built in...
It's A Wonderful Life
Jun 25, 2010
Red Carnation Hotels is offering an It’s a Wonderful Life package at three 5-star London properties: The Milestone, The Egerton and “41”. Available between November 21 and January 11, 2009, It’s a Wonderful Life includes a minimum two-night stay in luxurious accommodations; deluxe tree ornament and DVD of the classic...
Pleasures Of Parmukkale - And Other Sites On the Author's Turkish Wish List
Jun 25, 2010
It’s easy to imagine Ephesus at its peak: a population of 250,000 enjoying broad, columned streets lined with shops and imposing, marble-faced public buildings. The magnificent theatre (where Roman emperor Domitian fed Christians to the lions or where St. Paul preached to thousands of Ephesians) held 24,000. Today you might...
Beauty From The Ashes - Poland's Resilience Is Reflected In Its Historic Attractions & Its People
May 1, 2010
It is sometimes said that the greatest beauty arises out of the greatest pain. The case could certainly be made for Poland, a Phoenix country whose history is a litany of sorrows interlaced with moments of intense beauty and awesome heroism.
The Art Of Spain - Artwork & The Art Of Living In Barcelona & Madrid
Apr 1, 2010
Picasso, Dalí, Miro, Gaudí. These are the artists of Spain, but there is also the art of Spain itself. Its vibrant cities, its intriguing past, its music, dance, and, of course, its cuisine. We had a taste of it all, and left wanting more after a two-city tour of Barcelona...
Vive la France - Diverse, desirable, delightful.
Apr 1, 2010
France might just be the “go-to” nation for a broad spectrum of travel ideas. When clients ask for genres like romance, history and culture, luxury, independent exploration, adventure, or corporate getaways for example, France can fill the bill. And deliver. Let’s start with romance.
Azores Allure - Portugal's Atlantic Islands Bring Europe Closer
Feb 1, 2010
“The Azores are an unforgettable experience, which combines pure nature and a unique culture,” says Miguel Cymbron, director of tourism for the Azores. “Many visitors (including travel agents ) from around the world are astounded at the complete vacation package that is the Azores.” On the outskirts of Europe, the nine...