On this day: Grand Canyon South Rim

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On October 21, 2018, I was at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States. We were a few days into our trip to Las Vegas and were ready for a break from the cigarette smoke filled casinos. I…

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Looking around Trillium Park, Toronto

Those of us who were around in Toronto back in the day will remember the stretch of waterfront southwest of downtown that housed Ontario Place. This entertainment and event venue opened in 1971, functioning as an iconic summer theme park until its closure in 2012 when its annual attendance dropped to just over 550,000 from…

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Searching for memories of Boston

As I often do these days, I was browsing my old photo albums and came across a small collection from my trip to Boston, United States back in spring of 2012. I visited the northeastern American city for a short weekend to attend a conference, and stayed at the Sheraton Boston Hotel downtown. Regrettably, I…

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Photo Friday: Waldheim, Saskatchewan

I have visited the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan once, and took a single photo through the entire trip. Here it is. Back in 2012, I attended a conference in Waldheim, Saskatchewan at a retreat centre adjacent to the North Saskatchewan River. Waldheim is a small town of 1,035 residents, located about 50 kilometres north…

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House on the hill: Casa Loma, Toronto

Casa Loma (Spanish translating to ‘Hill House’) is a prominent mansion and garden located in midtown Toronto, situated at an elevation of 140 metres above sea level. It was constructed between 1911 and 1914 as a residence for financier and founder of the Toronto Electric Light Company, Sir Henry Pellatt. Designed by architect E.J. Lennox,…

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A walk through Allan Gardens Conservatory

Founded in 1858, Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto and a source of garden envy for the likes of condo dwellers like me. Its main attraction is the large conservatory that houses rare tropical plants from around the globe, first developed by the Toronto Horticultural Society when it was offered a…

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My great Canadian travel bucket list

Technically, I have travelled Canada coast to coast, having lived in Vancouver, British Columbia and spent a short weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia many years ago. However, Canada is a massive country and there is a lot more in between that I have yet to discover. Given the current state of international travel, I expect…

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Meeting the Maasai in Terrat, Tanzania

Over on Twitter, this week’s #Top4Theme was #Top4SmallTowns. One of my featured photos was taken in Terrat, Tanzania, where I spent just over two weeks in 2017. At the time, I was participating in a medical volunteer mission, working with a Canadian NGO and its African partners to provide primary healthcare to people in this…

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My UNESCO World Heritage checklist

When the UNESCO World Heritage list was first published in 1978, there were only 12 places included. Since its inception, the list has now grown to encompass over 1000 sites worldwide, identified as places on Earth that are of outstanding value to humanity in terms of cultural, historical, or scientific significance. The UNESCO designation confers…

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On this day: Montjuรฏc, Barcelona, Spain

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries. On July 25, 2015, I was in Barcelona, Spain. My travel mates and I were approaching the end of our time in Spain. After a couple days exploring Costa Brava and the Pyrenees region, we wrapped up our…

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