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Holland: Gouda anyone?
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Holland: Gouda anyone?

We walked to the wonderful Best Western Hotel Gouda and spent two days in this older, smaller, friendly, traditional Dutch town

Greece: Agathonisi, where the living is easy
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Greece: Agathonisi, where the living is easy

Lucky for us, George happened to have an available room, reasonably priced at 25€ a night with AC, fridge and a patio big enough for a Montreal-style stand up party.

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!

Photo by Kristine Berey
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Celebrate friendship and romance in Paris

  This summer, marked 50 years since my husband, George, and I, then two immigrant nine-year-olds from opposite sides of the globe, met in the hallway of an Outremont apartment building. To celebrate our 34th year as a married couple, we went to Paris. Our window of opportunity was two […]

Greek Islands: Where life’s a beach, keep yourself safe
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Greek Islands: Where life’s a beach, keep yourself safe

That evil sun! We thought it was good to soak up the sun when we were young, and now our pre-cancerous lesions are showing their ugly faces. Irwin and I have both been told by our dermatologist to stay away from the Greek Islands. After four years of warnings about […]

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 […]