Taking the 506 streetcar to little India

Taking the 506 streetcar to little India

Toronto’s 506 Carlton streetcar is one of the best sightseeing bargains in the city, rambling past many of Toronto’s most colourful neighborhoods – Cabbagetown, Kensington Market, the original Little Italy and two separate ‘Chinatowns’ – on its way to and from its western terminus at High Park. A few days ago I hopped on the […]

02.07.2012 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events, Food · Tags: , · 6 Comments »
Santa Fe for culture trippers

Santa Fe for culture trippers

There’s a kind of hush over Santa Fe, New Mexico, a hush quite remarkable for a UNESCO Creative City and the third-largest art market in the U.S. (after New York and Los Angeles). Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of 7,000 feet, the color and beauty of New Mexico’s […]

29.06.2012 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Destination Guides, New Mexico · Tags: , · 8 Comments »
Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The scent of spring lilacs drifts in from the patio. The puff of breeze ruffles the maps and brochures beside me on the bed. Warm evening sun slants into our room at Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Two hours earlier, Pat and I had driven the speed limit to get to Santa […]

04.06.2012 · Filled under: Hotels, New Mexico · Tags: · 4 Comments »
Postcards from New Mexico

Postcards from New Mexico

Once upon a time I spun a globe and declared to my sisters that I would go wherever my finger landed. It landed on Albuquerque which, at the age of ten, I couldn’t even pronounce. Though I did pass through New Mexico on a solo trip around the U.S. in my early twenties, I wasn’t […]

The colour of the goddess

The colour of the goddess

The motorcycle cop waves us down, swings his leg off his bike. My heart kicks a beat. In all the times Pat and I have visited Cuba, we’ve never been stopped at any of the seemingly random highway checkpoints. The road can’t be flooded out, I worry; it’s dry season. Heat shimmers off the road […]

21.04.2012 · Filled under: Cuba, Spirituality · Tags: , , · 6 Comments »
Cherry blossoms in Toronto

Cherry blossoms in Toronto

Of all the beautiful things that grow better with age, the magnificent Somei-Yoshino cherry trees in Toronto’s High Park are some of the best. The donation of blossoming cherry trees, or sakura, has been a project of the Japanese Consulate in Toronto for years. With the support of private donors, the consulate’s Sakura Project has planted […]

02.04.2012 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events · Tags: , , · 9 Comments »
Canucks, inukshuks and Cuba

Canucks, inukshuks and Cuba

Waves crash, palms blow, vultures wheel, clouds unspool. Here on the Costa Morena, the rugged coast west of Santiago de Cuba, all nature salsas in the wind. Flopped under a seagrape, sunburnt, pants torn, I suddenly get Van Gogh. Vincent never made it to Cuba but he would have known how to paint it: all […]

24.03.2012 · Filled under: Art, Cuba, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , · 3 Comments »
Are you a right-brained traveler?

Are you a right-brained traveler?

I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about being lefthanded while growing up. Raised in a house full of righthanders, I simply adapted to  unfriendly can openers and blister-causing scissors and got on with life. Life as a lefty, though, meant drawing a certain amount of flack. And flack is fuel for stubborn individualism. For […]

20.02.2012 · Filled under: Art, Lefthandedness, Myths & Legends · Tags: , · 4 Comments »
On a carousel in North Tonawanda, New York

On a carousel in North Tonawanda, New York

“Sure!” she replied and pointed to one of the larger and wilder-looking outer horses.  “Climb onto Big Billy there.” The crazed-looking stallion creaked as I swung my leg over his saddle and I instantly regretted the second beef on weck—a Buffalo area specialty—I’d polished off at lunch. But no time to reconsider.  The attendant hit […]

16.01.2012 · Filled under: Art, New York · Tags: , , · 4 Comments »
Toronto Christmas Market magic

Toronto Christmas Market magic

Toronto’s historic Distillery District glows each December with the lights and flavours of a European-style Christmas Market.  From traditional German sausage and schnitzel to Canadian favorites like pure maple taffy and poutine, there’s lots to munch on as you stroll the Distillery District’s frosty brick lanes. The atmosphere is even more convivial as the Market’s liquor […]

11.12.2011 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events, Toronto · Tags: , · 5 Comments »