Montreal to New York City by train: Amtrak’s Adirondack route

Montreal to New York City by train: Amtrak’s Adirondack route

When I arranged to meet my friend writer Judy Colbert in Atlantic City last week, I thought I’d hit Manhattan first. A two-day trip turned into a much bigger adventure when I realized October was the perfect time to cross something off my bucket list: Amtrak’s Adirondack, one of the most scenic rail trips in the […]

03.11.2013 · Filled under: Art, Legendary Landscapes, New York · Tags: , · 7 Comments »
A stroll in the treetops, Kew Gardens, London

A stroll in the treetops, Kew Gardens, London

From its 18th-century Pagoda to its magnificent Victorian glass conservatories, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew contain wonders of garden architecture as well as nature.  A new experience for me this year was the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, an exhilarating stroll in the treetops of the Gardens’ arboretum. Xstrata was designed by Marks Barfield Architects, who […]

13.09.2013 · Filled under: Architecture, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , · 12 Comments »
ArtSmart Roundtable: Marianne North, Victorian adventurer & botanical artist

ArtSmart Roundtable: Marianne North, Victorian adventurer & botanical artist

After a month off for good times, I’m back in time for September’s ArtSmart Roundtable. Scroll to the end of this post for more on the Roundtable and links to my colleagues’ great blogs.  This month’s theme of Travel Art/Art in Travel inspired me to write about Victorian artist and traveller, Marianne North. The gallery […]

A walk home in Winnipeg

A walk home in Winnipeg

After too many years, I recently made a trip home to Winnipeg. In between sorting boxes of my childhood books and looking at old photos with my mother and godmother, I went out with my sister and revisited old haunts. Walking home from Bar Italia on Corydon Avenue one evening, I took these photos. Being […]

15.05.2013 · Filled under: Canada, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , · 11 Comments »
Tianguis Turistico 2013, Puebla, Mexico

Tianguis Turistico 2013, Puebla, Mexico

  The colour and diversity of Mexico was on fabulous display during Tianguis Turistico 2013 held in Puebla, Mexico, March 17-20. It was the first time Mexico’s principal tourism marketplace has ever been held in a colonial city. Famous for its culinary heritage and UNESCO World Heritage colonial core, the city of Puebla was a gracious host, […]

30.03.2013 · Filled under: Festivals & Events, Legendary Landscapes, Mexico · Tags: · 3 Comments »
Let it snow! Wintery works by Canadian artists

Let it snow! Wintery works by Canadian artists

  Postcard-pretty weather over the holidays inspired this collection of snow paintings by Canadian artists.  Here are a few of my favorites, past and present: Maud Lewis (1903-1970), Digby County, Nova Scotia.  Despite her disabilities and the primitive conditions in the 4.1 x 3.8 m dwelling she shared with her husband Everett, Maud’s folk art […]

06.01.2013 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: · 5 Comments »
Welcome to Narnia: The Malvern Hills, England

Welcome to Narnia: The Malvern Hills, England

“It all began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion.” So author C.S. Lewis explained the inspiration for his epic children’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. One of the books’ most memorable images is that of a gas lamp glowing in a snowy wood just beyond the wardrobe that serves as a […]

13.12.2012 · Filled under: Europe, Legendary Landscapes, Myths & Legends · Tags: , , · 4 Comments »
The Staffordshire Potteries, England

The Staffordshire Potteries, England

One of my favorite art and travel experiences was to the Staffordshire Potteries in the UK. The Staffordshire Potteries are centered around Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. Once the industrial heart of England, much of the area now has a rural feel with over 30 pottery-related sites snugged in a pretty landscape. Though I was there in February, my memories are warm: […]

Free Hawaiian culture classes and concerts in Waikiki, Honolulu

Free Hawaiian culture classes and concerts in Waikiki, Honolulu

Glamorous Waikiki Beach was once the retreat of Hawaiian royalty. Here at Helumoa, a royal grove of coconut palms, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-1884) wrote a codicil to her will establishing Kamehameha Schools dedicated to educating children of Hawaiian descent. Today the Royal Grove is a garden at the heart of the Royal Hawaiian shopping center, the […]

28.10.2012 · Filled under: Art, Hawaii, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , · 2 Comments »
Lagoon dreams: Venice, Burano & Torcello

Lagoon dreams: Venice, Burano & Torcello

I’ve dreamed of the lagoon since returning from Venice, dreamt of jade water shivering as it crosses sandbars, spangled with sun diamonds. Though we rented a car for several days to explore, we left it at the hotel that Sunday morning and took Bus 19 (about a 15-minute ride, 1.30 Euro) from our hotel in Campalto […]

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