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Grand Manan : One of Canada’s Top Ten Islands

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Grand Manan : One of Canada’s Top Ten Islands (Please watch the Grand Manan 1- minute Travel Video PostCard at the end of this post) It’s certainly tempting to think of Grand Manan as God’s shrug of land surrounded by a vast, changing and beautiful sea. There is something about these small fishing villages on islands that holds my heart ... Read More »

Boulangeries and Mercis: Canada’s French Eastern Townships

Boulangeries and Mercis: Canada’s French Eastern Townships The fields of deep lavender (Bleu Lavande) stretch vividly toward the green hills. Donkeys at the donkey ranch nuzzle their mistress, and the honey bees buzz about at the Miellerie Lune de Miel, the honey farm. About 150 miles south of Quebec and maybe 90 miles east of Montreal, the Eastern Townships of ... Read More »

Acadian Culture, Alive and Well in New Brunswick, Canada

Acadian Culture, Alive and Well in New Brunswick, Canada “This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks…” And so goes the epic, deeply moving poem of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, about the star-crossed romance  of two Acadian lovers, Evangeline and Gabriel, lost to each other on their wedding day in the harsh deportation of the French Acadians from ... Read More »

Newfoundland: Sea, Solitude And Song w/Video

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Newfoundland: Sea, Solitude And Song There’s something about Newfoundland, Canada, that gets under your skin. I think it comes from the disarmingly warm and open people. And it comes from the aching loneliness of the surrounding sea where Lilliputian villages snuggle against the craggy faces of mighty cliffs. “Give us a song,” the dark-haired beauty called out from the doorway ... Read More »

Unplugged Vacations: Places To Digitally Detox, and Be Happy

Unplugged Vacations: Places To Digitally Detox, and Be Happy Derrick Jackson, an astute Boston Globe columnist, just wrote a piece bemoaning the inability of vacationing Americans to actually vacation, that is to take a holiday “unplugged”, “off the grid,” “digitally detoxed,” and smell the flowers. Or listen to the brook. Or better still, actually have a conversation with your family ... Read More »

Ottawa, Canada: Travel Audio PostCard

Click the Audio Player above and visit Ottawa Ottawa may be Canada’s best kept secret. In the summer, good looking guys in tall fur hats and bright red uniforms parade sharply in front of the Gothic parliament building, their heel-clicking routine every bit as precise and stirring as their counterparts changing the guard at Buckingham Palace. The markets are vibrant, ... Read More »

Beaches, Buttocks and Medical Treatments Abroad

Beaches, Buttocks and Medical Treatments Abroad From Blogger Pictures Medical Tourism is a fast-growing trend in the search for the perfect body, or a money saving medical procedure like replacing a hip or getting your teeth straight. And for costly medical procedures for the uninsured and underinsured, treatment abroad may be the only answer. Some studies like an All Medical ... Read More »

Prince Edward Island: Canada’s Smallest Province

Prince Edward Island: A Maritime Must-See Enjoy our recipe for PEI Mussels and Oysters! When the plane banks over the Northumberland Strait, the first view of Prince Edward Island (PEI) is of red clay cliffs, gently sloping to the sea, and patchworks of color. In the spring and summer it’s as green as Ireland, and as golden as Vermont on ... Read More »

Newfoundland: Mists, Sea and Dance

Newfoundland Mists, Sea and Dance “Give us song,” the dark-haired beauty called out from the doorway of one of the many Celtic pubs and taverns in St. John’s, Newfoundland’s upbeat capital. The young men sitting around the table smiled, and the patrons hoisted drinks and called for a song. “Give us a tune,” she laughed boldly, tossing her hair carelessly. ... Read More »

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