Articles written by: Mark Medicoff

Cuba by taxicab is faster, more interesting than taking the bus
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Cuba by taxicab is faster, more interesting than taking the bus

Marion and I began our three-week sojourn in Cuba with a one-week stay at the Tuxpan in Varadero, a Soviet-styled block building fronting a beautiful sandy beach and an expansive swimming pool. The price was right: Canadian tour operators offer all-inclusives that provide the inexpensive packages and offer tours outside […]

Capitalism collides with socialism as Cuba continues to evolve
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Capitalism collides with socialism as Cuba continues to evolve

There is an evolution underway in Cuba. Banners are borne by weary multitudes waving computer-science degrees and wearing stethoscopes. Today the ordinary Cuban demands his due in the global economy. With the growing potential sanctioned by the government, floodgates are opening. Cuba is one of the most complicated and invigorating […]

Quito, capital of Ecuador, García Moreno street in the historic centre of the city. The Virgin of Quito is seen in the background. Photo by Cayambe, Wikimedia Commons
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Ecuador is safe and rich in culture; weather and rent are temperate

I have no great desire to live year-round in a place other than Montreal. My community, my grandchildren, my friends (and Ollie the Dog) enrich my life. But the thought of a long-term stay, say three or four months during the worst (and most dangerous) months of our winter, is […]

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You’ve paid your winter dues—go south

As the chilly, fall weather grinds ceaselessly toward winter, unpleasant memories creep into my mind of slush, ice, frigid weather and short days. The season erodes my tolerance. So, for the next two columns, I’d like to propose novel destinations and ways for retirees to escape the worst of winter. […]

Explore the Quebec countryside on a day trip
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Explore the Quebec countryside on a day trip

by Mark Medicoff Autumn is a somber time, yet it regales us with its fiery splendour. The season’s mood urges us to reflect on life’s beauty as well as its uncertainty. So in tune with the autumn’s offerings, here are day-trip ideas to scoop you out of the armchair traveler’s […]

Summer holidays: a tale of four sojourns
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Summer holidays: a tale of four sojourns

BY:MARK MEDICOFF This summer’s spectacular weather moved people to enjoy the many outdoor festivals afforded by the city. But the heat also steered many of our readers to spend time at a summer cottage and feast on the cool air. Some enjoyed summer by sojourning in the northern hemisphere, particularly […]

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Roads Scholar: Roadtripping with the littles can be a grand adventure

BY: MARK MEDICOFF Many, many years ago, when I was a newly separated adult with a 3½-year-old daughter, Zoe, my mother and stepfather would spend two weeks a year traveling with the love of their lives. At first, I was included, at least to Disney World, but was soon ditched […]