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Hawaii: A timeless, ageless magical mystery tour
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Hawaii: A timeless, ageless magical mystery tour

The little Hilo airport was eerily empty. The 20 or so people on my flight from Honolulu grabbed their belongings and quickly went on their way. Left were just one young man, and me. My driver soon arrived and picked us both up, as we were staying at the same […]

A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece
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A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece

We learned two lessons on our visit to the Greek island of Sifnos: always check your ticket before boarding a busy ferry, and it pays—big time—to explore the lesser-known island destinations. We boarded the ferry precisely at the right time, 1 pm sharp. Our tickets were snapped up. The voyage […]

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 […]

Peru’s Inca Trail: No horsing around
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Peru’s Inca Trail: No horsing around

The heroes of Machu Picchu are the porters, descendants of the peoples who were part of the Inca empire. The Inca made up the largest civilization in South America, which dominated what is now Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and into the mountains of Bolivia and Argentina from about 1300 until […]

Peru’s Inca Trail: Walking in the footsteps of the Inca
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Peru’s Inca Trail: Walking in the footsteps of the Inca

At 5 am on December 20, 2012, we set out on a journey in Peru on a stone path made more than 500 years ago. It winds through the Andes alpine tundra and cloud forest more than 4,000 metres above sea level, along cliffs and above clouds. It was once […]

Peru’s Nazca lines — extraterrestrial?
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Peru’s Nazca lines — extraterrestrial?

It was a long, windy, and nauseating 14-hour bus ride from Cusco to Nazca. My mother, Barbara, her husband, Irwin, and I were looking to escape the cold and wet of Cusco—not to mention the altitude sickness—and to bask in the heat in one of Peru’s driest towns: Nazca. I […]

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 […]

Milos on our minds
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Milos on our minds

The cicadas, again. We are sitting at a small table on the edge of the seashore in the bay of Adamas, the main port of Milos, wondering why we are leaving this place after three nights. A lone seagull floats by and the gentle wind sends ripples across the water. […]

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 […]

Meeting Greeks can take you off course
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Meeting Greeks can take you off course

We took the bus from Athens airport to Piraeus and walked to the Savoy Hotel, which we had booked with the help of business cards saved from our last trip. For $85, we had a good room where everything—including AC and a TV with BBC—worked, and a plentiful breakfast that […]