Articles written by: Barbara Moser

Beyond Amsterdam to Leiden and The Hague
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Beyond Amsterdam to Leiden and The Hague

The thrill of being in Leiden is that it is virtually pollution-free, not poisoned by carbon dioxide fumes from cars: people of all ages ride by on their sturdy bicycles or sail by in boats along the canals toting picnic lunches, babies, and family pets.

Leros proves to be calm, friendly and bright
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Leros proves to be calm, friendly and bright

We came to Leros with no expectations. It’s just there — a smallish Greek island in the Dodecanese group west of Turkey in the Aegean, close to some of our favourite islands. But we discovered so much more.

Karpathos – the Greek Island that trumps them all
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Karpathos – the Greek Island that trumps them all

We know we’ve made that claim before about other islands such as Lipsi. Just call me the girl who cried Heaven!

Kickin’ up our heels in Nicaragua
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Kickin’ up our heels in Nicaragua

We were transported in fine style from Tamarindo, Costa Rica, to the border of Nicaragua. After a 20-minute stop, we continued north to a crossroads where a taxi met our private shuttle van and took us to our hotel in San Juan del Sur. The rest of the van was […]

A magical village in Chios, Greece
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A magical village in Chios, Greece

In sharp contrast to our previous ferry ride on the Flying Dolphin, our trip from Samos to Chios was smooth and pleasant. We spent the three and a half hours in a lovely lounge on comfortable sofa chairs reading and playing chess. Arriving in Chios town—the main island port—we immediately […]

Live from Leon, Nicaragua
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Live from Leon, Nicaragua

Surprise! It’s March and we’re in Leon, Nicaragua, the capital of the Sandanista revolution that overthrew the Samosa regime in 1979. This is the first Times and Places article to be written on the spot. We flew into Managua, the capital, two nights ago and found a private taxi to […]

Floyd, the amazing piano-playing cat, made audiences purr
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Floyd, the amazing piano-playing cat, made audiences purr

You know how first cats are. They are like first loves. And I don’t mean puppy love. You will never find another cat like your first. We got Floyd as a kitten in 1978, before we had our first child. My then-husband named him after one of his friends, Floyd […]

Diego, right, is happy in Los Angeles with his stepbrother, Geordie. (Photo: Todd Pritchett)
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When you love someone — like Diego — let him stay

I had every intention of bringing Diego, my Chihuahua pinscher, home from L.A., where he has been living since July. We adopted Diego three years ago and he has been one of the two loves of my life. We put a lot of love and training into him but alas […]

The lightness of being in the dark
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The lightness of being in the dark

In late October, the electricity was off for at least six hours because of a windstorm that came howling through Montreal at 70-100 kilometres an hour, leaving small-scale destruction in its path. It was hard to drive on the dark streets, and some motorists weren’t taking turns at intersections where […]

Greece: Chilling in Lipsi  on Juliette’s beach
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Greece: Chilling in Lipsi on Juliette’s beach

Lipsi is our new favourite Greek island, and when we make that statement we’re not merely paying lip service to its charms. We arrived on a small, passenger-only ferry called Patmos Star. It was a topsy-turvy trip. Once ashore in Lipsi town, the main port, we were greeted by an […]