Joyeux Carnaval!

Joyeux Carnaval! Bonnehome and me

Bonnehomme Carnaval and I posing in the eerie light of this year’s Ice Palace. Take a tour further down.

If there’s one thing Canadians know, it’s how the make the best of winter. But Quebec has perfected the art of making it fun.

No matter how cold it gets, hibernation is not an option. Instead, Carnaval, the largest winter carnival in Canada and one of the oldest in the world (it began in 1894) takes a bite out of frosty February. Continue reading

Cuba – Architecture in Havana

Cuba - Architecture in 500-year-old Havana

Old cars and old buildings in the centre of Havana.

When I thought about my impending visit to Havana, what came to mind wasn’t architecture; it was the music of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was aromatic cigars. It was decades old cars. It was the vibrant Cuban culture. It was even, perhaps, its beleaguered history. And I wasn’t disappointed. They were all there – the rhythms of the bands, the aroma of cigars and the wonderful vitality of the people. Continue reading

12 Gifts for Travel Lovers

ForkonthemoveThat’s me and my fork….we’re on the move and so is everyone else these days. Everyone is travelling, exploring this planet’s furthest corners.

Whether you travel yourself or want to buy a gift for someone who does, these are practical, useful and unique. Oh yes, and most of them are fairly inexpensive too! Continue reading

Don’t get SAD, Get Sun in the Bahamas

Atlantis view Don't Get SAD, get Sun in the Bahamas

Sun, blue water, and palm trees in the Bahamas.

If there’s one thing those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere understand very well, it’s the need for a winter break. When the snow flies and the days remain dull, many of us get SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and even those who don’t, long for blue sky and hot sun, even for a few days. There’s a solution and it can come with a little splash of fantasy for good measure.

In The Bahamas, the sun is shining, the water is welcoming and the pina coladas beckon. Continue reading