Recently published stories

Exploring the Huasteca Potosina region of Mexico

Published in Roots Rated June 16, 2017

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 Seduced by the gardens of the Loire Valley

Published in The Globe and Mail May 9, 2017

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Mexico’s adventure hotspot

Published in The Vancouver Sun May 6, 2017

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The tropical paradise that will hook you on birding 

 

Published in The West Australian, April 29-30, 2017

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 Wild about Canada’s Galapagos

 

 

Published in The West Australian March 12, 2017

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48 hours in Panama City

 

Published in Nuvo magazine.com March 16, 2017

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Into the wild

 

Published in The Globe and Mail March 11, 2017

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    Spread your wings in Panama

   

Published in The Globe and Mail February 28, 2017

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Bonito’s natural attractions Brazil’s best-kept secret

Published in the Vancouver Sun February 26, 2017

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Photo courtesy of Mark Edward Harris.

 

 

 

 

 

Paradise found

Published in Victoria Boulevard Magazine, December 2016

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15651402678_4af5ac4264_zWhere to be wowed in Wallonia

Published in The Globe and Mail, November 7, 2016

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dscf4489A tough, beautiful adventure through the Northwest Passage

Published in The Globe and Mail, October 24, 2016

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Published in The Globe and Mail, October 3, 2016.

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(Photo courtesy of Frégate Island Private)

 

 

 

 

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Published in Ensemble Vacations Magazine, Fall 2016

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40433Up close and on foot

To get to the heart of  great destinations, consider a walking tour

Published in the Dallas Morning News, Sept. 4, 2016

(Photo courtesy of Exodus Travels)

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Changing gears

 

Published in CAA magazine, Fall 2016

Adventures abound on the cycling trails in Provence. Read the story in PDF

Photo courtesy of Guillaume Megevand

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Houseboat heaven in British Columbia

Published in The Australian August 27-28, 2016

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DSC_0826Botswana, a watery wilderness across the Kalahari

Published in Ensemble Vacations Magazine, Summer 2016

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Thornybush Nature Reserve is everything you love about Kruger….but better

Published on iExplore July 8, 2016 Read it on-line here.

 

 

 

 

  G0020039Bonito: Brazil’s best-kept secret for adventure

Published on iExplore, May 29, 2016

In Portuguese, “bonito” means beautiful so it should come as no surprise that the town of Bonito is a head-turner. But this town in the southern state of Mato Grosso do Sul goes by another name too – the eco-tourism capital of Brazil. When travelers want adventure in South America, this is where they come. Read the full story on-line.

 

 

 IMG_8134Seychelles, a paradise for people & wildlife

Published in the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen and Calgary Herald, May 28, 2016

I’d been chatting with my taxi driver for a few minutes when I mentioned I was from Canada. Read the full story on-line or in PDF -1 and -2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 If Toronto and Vancouver were sisters

Published in Mabuhay (the in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines), April 2016

One is drop-dead gorgeous, the other plain but hard working.  Read the full story here in PDF

 

 

 

 

 

Bathing like a Roman in Leukerbad, Switzerland

Published in Wander.com, Spring 2016

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15134416943_8535c25562_oLand of the rising climb

Published in Luxury Travel Magazine, April 2016

As I entered my room in a traditional Japanese inn for the first time, I was surprised by its spartan simplicity….

Read the full story on-line or in PDF under Walk 2.

 

 

 

 

IMG_1203It’s time to go to Canada

Published in the Dallas Morning News, Feb. 26, 2016

With the value of the Canadian “loonie” at near-historic lows — $1 Canadian is around 0.71 U.S. dollars — it couldn’t be a better time to head north and lap up some luxurious experiences at prices that are suddenly a lot more affordable. Read the full story on-line or in PDF-1 and – 2

 

 

 

 

ADSC_0277 walk in the snow

Published in The Globe and Mail, Feb. 16, 2016

Big, fat snowflakes fall gently from the sky as I walk along a mountain path high above the Swiss village of Meiringen in the heart of the Alps. Read the full story on-line.

 

 

 

 

 

DSC_0104_2Experiencing a Buddhist fire ritual in Japan

Published in Ensemble Lifestyles Magazine, Winter 2016

The deep gong of the temple bell wakes us at 6 AM. On this late November morning it’s still dark outside and cold. It’s tempting to drift back to sleep on my cozy futon but I’m not missing the chance to witness a Japanese Buddhist fire ritual. PDF

 

 

 

 DSC_1706In the grip of the grape

Published in Victoria Boulevard magazine, February/March 2016

On a recent wine cruise I learned a few surprising things…

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Riverboat fantasy

Published in The Globe and Mail, January 12, 2016

A pod of six hippos is lounging amongst the lily pads on the Botswana side of Africa’s Chobe River. Mostly submerged, they look comically similar to crocodiles, with only their nostrils, eyes and ears visible. Read the full story on-line.

 

 

 

 

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Authentic Cuba

Published in Westworld BC magazine, Winter 2015

With the door to Cuba on the verge of opening to American tourists and investment,there may not be much time left to see the island before it inevitably changes.

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Columbia_River_wine_cruise.3Four rivers, nine wineries in Oregon

Published in the Dallas Morning News, Oct. 24, 2015

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Port Angeles

Published in Westworld BC, Fall 2015

Mountains swoop down and kiss the ocean at Port Angeles, just an hour and a half by ferry from Victoria.

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DSC_0043Wild Curiosity

 

Published in CAA magazine, Fall 2015

The sleek creature that glides past our motorboat is big enough to be a whale. It’s actually a whale shark and I’m about to jump in the water after it.

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DSC_0034Road trip through Baja California Sur

Published in Ensemble Vacations Magazine Fall 2015

With Cabo San Lucas in your rear view mirror, you’re on your way. First stop is Todos santos, about an hour north. Read the full story here in PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSC_0328When you’re here, you’ve truly arrived in Cape Town

Published in The Globe and Mail, July 14, 2015

Sooner or later, you’re going to visit Cape Town. South Africa’s oldest city is also, arguably, its most stunning, with a climate that beckons visitors year-round.

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DSC_0338Botswana’s amazing Okagano Delta

Published in the Vancouver Sun, July 11, 2015

Three lions are eyeing their next meal, if only they could catch it. A dozen red lechwe – a type of antelope – are standing about 100 metres away. In between the lions and the lechwe lies a shallow channel, choked with reeds, purple and white water lilies and probably a crocodile or two.

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DSC_0128Off the grid on Canada’s West coast

Published in the Dallas Morning News June 14, 2015

“I don’t like any government,” says the man kneeling on the back of my legs and pulling my arms backward toward him. It’s a surreal moment. I’m lying in a First Nations teepee, getting a Thai-style massage from an American man who fled Chicago 40 years ago for a freer life on Canada’s West Coast. The island we’re on is totally off the grid.

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Thessaloniki, culinary capital of Greece

Published in Whistler Pique Magazine April 2, 2015

You know a place has a lot of history when its citizens argue about whether to save its Roman ruins.

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 DSC_0078Halkidiki: A slice of heaven in northern Greece

Published in Stars and Stripes April 3, 2015

A black cloud moves across the sky, shifting shape and changing direction every few seconds. “Common starlings,” said my guide as we watched several hundred birds fly in tight formation over the shallow water of Lake Stavronikita in northern Greece.

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DSC_0063 - Version 3From coal to culture

Published in Whistler Pique Magazine, March 19, 2015

Can culture pave the road to prosperity? The people of Belgium think so and are investing 68 million Euros — that’s almost $100 million — to help their city of Mons rise to the challenge of being Cultural Capital of Europe for 2015. Read the full story here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Heavenly Halkidi

Published in Whistler Pique Magazine, Feb. 19, 2015

“My family is happy when I cook,” confides Loulou Alexiadou as she dips two arms of an octopus into flour, shakes them gently, then places them in a pan sizzling with olive oil, garlic and white wine.

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Cuba-4Cuba- beyond Varadero

Published in Whistler Pique Magazine, Feb. 5, 2015

“He shoots, he scores!” NHL Alumni 2, Cuba Cruise Crew, 1.”

You don’t expect to watch former hockey pros like Bernie Nicholls wielding a stick on the deck of your cruise ship, but Cuba Cruise isn’t like any other cruise line I know. It combines the best of Cuba with some of the comforts of home in one memorable week. Read the full story on-line here.

 

 

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Published in CAA magazine, winter 2015

I’ve  just skied from Nevada to California and I’m not one bit tired. In fact, I’m feeling revved up and ready for more adventure….

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Published in Stars and Stripes, December 5, 2014

Imagine walking down a sidewalk and seeing what appear to be hundreds of books flying out the second-story window of a university building.

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Get a taste of Tahoe in winter

Published in The Vancouver Sun, December 20, 2014

“We’re going to keep our speed up as we cross the state line,” Tony, my ski guide, yells as he surges ahead of me on a straight stretch. A few seconds later he looks back with a grin. “We’re in Nevada now.”

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DSC_0195_2The fall colours are brilliant-in Japan

Published in The Globe and Mail, November 14, 2014

Oh darn. I must have stepped in some dog poop. I haven’t seen a dog since arriving in Japan a few days ago, although I heard one barking at the Buddhist temple earlier this morning. The soles of my boots look clean, but the smell is unmistakable.

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me-paraglidingGolden adventures come in many forms

Published in Whistler Pique Magazine, Sept. 4, 2014

“Are you ready, Suzanne?” asks the man breathing down my back. “Yes” I say with a confidence that belies how I really feel. But it’s too late now to worry about what’s ahead.  “Three, two, one, run!”

Read the full story on line here: Part 1

 

 

 

 

 

Golden photoAdventure in Canada’s Golden Triangle

Published in the Vancouver Province Aug 26, 2014

“No risk, no fun!” joked my husband as he dropped me off at the airport for my flight to Calgary. Easy for him to say; he wouldn’t be the one rafting white water, climbing towering mountains and running off the side of them.

Read the full story online here.

 

 

 

freighterFreighter to Paradise

Published in the New Zealand Herald Aug. 26, 2014

Stretched out on a lounge chair on the ship’s upper deck, my reading is suddenly interrupted by excited female voices from below. Have sharks been spotted?

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P1060204Zadar, Plum of the Adriatic

Published in the Globe and Mail, July 19, 2014

“My goal is to export,” says Dubravko Vitlov, watching over a pot of bubbling cream. “I want to make more people happy,” he adds with a boyish enthusiasm. Vitlov is a master chocolatier here in Zadar, Croatia, and he’s demonstrating his technique for a television crew shooting a story about high-end travel experiences.

Read the full story here on-line or  PDF-1 and PDF-2

 

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Fishing on the beach

Published in the Vancouver Province, June 29, 2014

Gripping the handle of my knife, I push the two-inch steel blade gently into my prey. I don’t want to kill it – oysters are best eaten alive. Aafter prying open its protective shell, I carefully slide the blade under the flesh, cutting the muscle that holds it in place.

Read the full story on-line or in PDF here.

 

 

 

houseThe Charm of Quebec’s Iles-De-La-Madeleine

Published in CAA magazine, Summer 2014

My bike stops abruptly when its fat tires leave the pavement and hit sand.I jump off, climb over a grassy sand dune and, sure enough, another golden beach spreads out before me, bookended by brilliant red cliffs.

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A Buddhist Fire Ritual in Japan

Published in Ensemble magazine, Summer 2014

The deep gong of the temple bell wakes us at 6 AM. On this late November morning it’s still dark outside and cold. It’s tempting to drift back to sleep on my cozy futon but I’m not missing the chance to witness a Japanese Buddhist fire ritual.

Read the full story in PDF.

 

 

ChefJardinsMetis_ÉricMarchand Garden Cities East and West

Published in Victoria’s Boulevard magazine, May 2014

In 1926, five years after Jennie Butchart famously transformed an abandoned limestone quarry on the Saanich Peninsula into an exquisite sunken garden, an equally energetic woman at the opposite end of the country was about to launch her own gardening project.

Read the full story here in PDF. (Photo courtesy of Reford Gardens)

 

 

 

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 Enchanted Voyage

Published in Grand Luxury Travel magazine, April 2014

Two black fins slice through the water. “Orcas” someone yells. Our guide and deckhand Dominic Giossan quickly readies the speedboat while the rest of us grab cameras and zip up lifejackets.

Read the full story here in PDF.

 

 

 

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Walking in the footsteps of  monks on Japan’s Kunisaki Peninsula

Published in the Dallas Morning News, March 14, 2014

The crows are angry. One is circling beneath us, and every few seconds their raucous caw cawing reminds us we’ve invaded their space.

Read the full story on-line here or in PDF – page 1 and  page 2.

 

 

 

DSC_0111Lake to Peaks Alpine Escape

published in The Province, Feb. 4. 2014

There’s no shortage of ski lodges in this country, but choosing one usually means foregoing something, whether it’s a variety of ski options or worse -all the comforts of home.

Read the full story here- PDF-1PDF-2PDF-3

 

 

 

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 A Welcome Winter

published in Victoria Boulevard magazine, Feb. 2014

“My toes are tingling. I’m wearing snow boots and standing on a piece of blue Styrofoam to keep my feet off the frozen ground, but it’s still not enough on this bitterly cold January day in Yellowstone National Park.”

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DSC_0039Hiking Palm Springs

published in the Whistler Pique, Jan. 30, 2014

“Stay by the water,” warned the sunburnt woman in our back seat. It was our first afternoon in Palm Springs and we were on our way to hike the oasis-filled Lower Palm Canyon trail just ten minutes from our hotel.

Read the rest of the story on-line here.

 

 

 

Yellowstone in winter

Published in The Boston Globe, January 11, 2014

My toes are tingling. I’m wearing snow boots and I’m standing on a square of blue Styrofoam to keep my feet off the frozen ground, but it’s still not enough on this bitterly cold day in Yellowstone National Park.

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Learning to stop and draw the roses

Published in The Globe and Mail, Jan. 11, 2014

I’ve gone back to school. Sort of. Teachers are giving lessons to lots of eager students, but the classroom – if you can call it that – is like none I’ve been in.

Read the full story in PDF or on-line here.

 

 

 

Yellowstone in winter: cold but worth it

Published in The Globe and Mail, Nov. 30, 2013

The lone wolf is lying in the snow, his luxuriant black coat insulating him from the biting January cold. Occasionally, he lifts his head, ears cocked and looks west down the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.

Read the full story in PDF (page 1, page 2) or on-line here

 

 

 

 

 

A retro-cool hideaway in Palm Springs

Published in the Dallas Morning News Nov. 22, 2013

Ol’ Blue Eyes is looking over his shoulder at us when we arrive, suitcases in tow. For one disoriented moment, I’m back in my childhood home, not in a hotel that celebrates its mid-20th century roots with furnishings, music and art from that bygone era.

Read the full story on-line here or in PDF 1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coast is clear in Croatia

Published in the Dallas Morning News, Sept. 20, 2013

“My goal is to export,” says Dubravko Vitlov as he watches over a pot of bubbling cream. “I want to make more people happy.” Vitlov is a master chocolatier in Zadar. He is demonstrating his technique for a Toronto television crew that’s filming a show about high-end travel experiences.

Read the full story here in PDF-1 and p.2 or on-line here.

 

 

 

Searching for sea otters by kayak

Published in the Globe and Mail, July 27, 2013

“Don’t leave me,” I cried out to my paddling partners while kayaking in Nuchatlitz Inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. “I’m stuck.” I wasn’t exaggerating. My kayak was firmly lodged in wide strands of bull kelp, a brown seaweed that forms a thick canopy on the ocean surface and is often referred to as a forest.

 

Read the full story in PDF here or on-line here.  (photo courtesy of Nathalie Cercle)

 

 

That’s snow biz on the frozen highways of Canada

Published in The Australian, July 2013

I want to tell you about ice roads, but first I have a confession to make. Even though I’m from the Great White North (aka Canada) and once lived in the Northwest Territories, where the condition of ice roads is discussed as routinely as the weather,  I have never watched the television series Ice Road Truckers. I don’t need to. I’ve driven on ice roads and that’s a lot more exciting.

Read the full story on-line here or in PDF.  (photo courtesy of Arctic Adventure Tours)

 

 

 

 Rome without the crowds

Published in the Dallas Morning News, July 2013

Like millions of people around the world, I was captivated by the televised inauguration of a new pope this spring. I’m not Catholic, but the pageantry, the perfect symmetry of St. Peter’s Square and all that marble created an irresistible urge to go to Rome to see what the Eternal City has to offer anyone interested in the faith that fed the Renaissance.

Read the full story in PDF p.1 and p.2 or on-line.

 

 

 

Divine Inspiration

Published in Stars and Stripes, June 2013

“Too bad it’s such a dead religion,” observed an American woman at the end of our three-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Squeezed, pushed and prodded past some of the best art and architecture in the world, we emerged at the other side of the Vatican feeling overwhelmed but also slightly ripped off.

 

Read the full story here-1 and 2 or on-line

 

 

Palm Springs? But I don’t golf…

Published in the Vancouver Sun, June 2013

 

Palm Springs never caught my eye. I’ve always associated the southern California city in the desert with retirees playing golf or whacking a tennis ball. I don’t golf and I’m only a mediocre tennis player. But when a friend told me Palm Springs is a great place to hike, I was intrigued.

 Read the full story here-1 Palm Springs-2

 

 

If you go down to the woods

Published in the New Zealand Herald June 2013

 “We won’t see wolves”, said our captain emphatically early in our voyage into the Great Bear Rainforest on Canada’s West coast. No problem; most of our small group had come for the scenery and the bears, either the grizzly bears behind the area’s name or the white spirit bears that live nowhere else in the world. Wolves thrive here too, but they’re elusive and rarely seen.

Read full story here

 

 

 

 Heli-hiking for all ages

Published in the Dallas Morning News, March 2013

 The warmth of the early morning sun bouncing off the glacier takes me by surprise. I’m dressed in multiple layers for a day of hiking high above the tree-line in southeastern British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains. The weather can change here swiftly and dramatically, but I wasn’t expecting to be swapping my toque for a sun hat in early September.

Read the full story here -1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

 Tour the Marquesas islands on a freighter

Published in the Dallas Morning News, Dec. 2012

Pristine beaches, lush green valleys, soaring mountain peaks. The guidebook images that depict the Marquesas Islands as a tropical paradise are still accurate today, more than a century after French painter Paul Gauguin brought the remote islands in French Polynesia to the world’s attention.

 Read the full story here

 

 

  Three Swiss ski resorts that don’t break the bank

Published in the Toronto Star, Nov. 2012 and in Stars and Stripes and Stripes, Oct. 2012

 

Hear ‘Switzerland’ and your first thought may be “too expensive.” Ritzy ski resorts like St. Moritz, Klosters and Zermatt, that attract rock stars and royalty, fuel the country’s reputation as an exclusive destination.

 

Read the full story here

 

 

 

In Switzerland, hiking’s not just a summer pastime

Published in the Dallas Morning News, Oct.2012

You don’t expect to see people hiking in Switzerland in the winter. But there’s nothing quite as invigorating as walking in the Alps on a cold, sunny day, or on a clear, starry night, followed by a cheese fondue or a soak in a natural hot spring.

Read the full story -1 and 2

 

 

 

 Annual truffle festival explains what the stink is all about

Published in Stars and Stripes, Oct. 24, 2012

 The waiter waves the offensive smelling nugget under my nose with a flourish. In his white-gloved hand, it looks like a small knob of ginger root, but the intense smell gives it away as a white truffle, the prized and pricey fungus that foodies rhapsodize about while debating how best to describe its disagreeable door. Dirty socks?

Read the full story here 

 

 

Dubrovnik’s summer playground

Published in the Toronto Star, July 2012

It was a simple lunch on an ordinary plastic tablecloth. Salty prosciutto, sun-warmed tomatoes and homemade goat cheese. Oh, and olive oil drizzled over everything. I was on an olive farm, after all, on the tiny island of Sipan, off Croatia’s south coast.

 

Read the Toronto Star story here/ the Dallas Morning News story here

 

 

 

 Destination Canada: Some like it fresh

Published in The Australian, July 2012

Along the horizon we spot a small herd of bison grazing on lush spring grass. On the immense prairie of Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan, with no trees to block our view, they look like big brown dots. But as we drive closer, their distinctive shape comes into focus. The closest bull stands majestically alone, his shaggy, horned head pointing into the breeze.

Read the full story here (beginning ‘I’m going to Grasslands’)

 

 

 

 Seeking serenity

Published in the Vancouver Sun, July 2012

 Pink heather, purple asters and red paintbrush dot the mountainside. Frilly lilies dance in the breeze. So plentiful – and defiant – are these alpine flowers, that they’re everywhere in this seemingly inhospitable environment; beside patches of melting snow, growing out of rocky crevices , and carpeting meadows like exotic rugs.

 

Read the full story here -1 and 2

 

 

 

 The Croatia you don’t know

Published in  JAX FAX travel marketing magazine, April 2012

‘Who was Nicola Tesla?” asked the middle-aged journalist from Brussels with a puzzled look on her face. I was stumped too. Was he a hero from the civil war that tore Yugoslavia apart and that’s still a painful memory here in Croatia?  Our guide at the Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre in Croatia’s quiet countryside set us both straight. 

Read the full story here

 

 

 

 Happy campers in Hawaii

Published in the Calgary Herald January 2012

As the setting sun drew pink wisps across the evening sky, two surfers played in the waves in front of us. They seemed oblivious to the impending darkness that would soon envelope them and the treacherous shoreline. My 16-year old daughter and I watched with trepidation from our picnic table at Isaac Hale Beach Park on the rugged southeast corner of Hawaii’s Big Island, while my husband barbecued a fresh ahi tuna that we picked up enroute.

 

Read the full story here

 

 

 Go for Peak Performance

Published in the Vancouver Province Feb. 2012

 From my home near Victoria, Mt. Baker looms large on the horizon, like a white knight in icy armour, guarding Washington State. Despite its formidable grandeur, it beckons to outdoor enthusiasts summer and winter. A few week-ends ago we heeded the mountain’s call, loaded up the car and headed south for some cross-border skiing.

Read the full story here

 

 

 

 Port Townsend

Published in Victoria Boulevard magazine February, 2012

Climbing the half dozen steps to the imposing entryway of the Jefferson County Courthouse, this thought crosses my mind: I’m in a different country for sure, but I could be in a different century as well.

Read the full story here

 

 

 Everything Emily

Published in Canadian Geographic Travel, May 2011

Bundled up against a damp West Coast wind, Joan Looy leads the way through Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park. We reach a copse of red cedar, including one massive specimen with about 10 trunks soaring skyward. Rays of sun part its branches. Looy stops abruptly. “When we stand here and look in,” she says with a grin, a copy of the book Emily Carr: An Introduction to her Life and Art tucked under one arm, “we can really see why she didn’t use nice little English watercolour techniques to capture a scene like this.”

Read the full story here

 

 

Three Meals: Richmond, BC

Published in Canadian Geographic Travel, Sept. 2011

Creamy, crunchy, sweet and savoury – all at the same time. Yum! I was worried that going for authentic dim sum in Canada’s most Chinese city – 45 percent of Richmond residents are of Chinese ethnicity – might mean pig’s trotters and chicken feet.

 

Read the full story here