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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 […]

Don’t wear a dress on a boat and other Australian lessons
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Don’t wear a dress on a boat and other Australian lessons

Posh Port Douglas is a swanky resort town for Australia’s wealthy retirees. It is in Northern Queensland near two World Heritage areas—the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, which some argue is the world’s oldest rainforest. My plan was to spend two to three days in town, explore the […]

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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. […]

Santiago, Chile: Serenity and urban art
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Santiago, Chile: Serenity and urban art

If there is a safer, cleaner and more accessible city than Santiago, Chile, we haven’t been there. What makes the city so easy to visit is the main thoroughfare, O’Higgins Avenue, and the three subway routes: one runs along O’Higgins, one to the north and one to the south. Ever-present […]

Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness
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Australia: Great Barrier Reefer madness

by Molly Newborn A trip to Australia is not complete without an expedition to the famous Great Barrier Reef. And so, I set out on a mini mission—to find Nemo. The Great Barrier Reef, which is great enough to be seen from outer space, is the world’s largest coral reef […]

Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up
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Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up

by Barbara Moser With its natural harbour, Valparaiso rapidly outgrew the narrow strip of land that borders the water and could only expand onto hills that jut out like thick fingers reaching to the sea. Hence, funicular lifts were built to gain access to the homes built above the original […]

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 […]

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Manhattan is a dangerous place. Beware of helpful people with dogs

by Harry Rolnick A Montreal ami asked me to find him a hotel for his forthcoming trip to New York, with the provision that the hotel be in a “safe neighborhood.” A worldly gentleman who has lived everywhere and done everything, his fears astonished me. On second thought, though, I […]