Gone swimming! Best places in the world to swim

Gone swimming! Best places in the world to swim

Swimmingly \ adv (1622):  very well; SPLENDIDLY Several recent Guardian articles on wild swimming (Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath, and Wild Swimming in Italy) have me dreaming of water again.  One thing my husband Pat and I can agree on when planning a trip to take together is the opportunity to swim in natural water. We’ll never […]

Circumnavigating Manhattan by boat, rare vistas of NYC

Circumnavigating Manhattan by boat, rare vistas of NYC

Have you seen northern Manhattan from the Harlem River yet? One of the best things I’ve done in New York City is to circumnavigate Manhattan by boat. It’s thrilling yet relaxing to escape traffic and see sides (literally) of Manhattan you’ve never seen before. Manhattan is an island, completely surrounded by water, and there are […]

26.03.2015 · Filled under: Architecture, Legendary Landscapes, New York, United States · Tags: , · 10 Comments »
Lucy the Elephant, America’s oldest roadside attraction

Lucy the Elephant, America’s oldest roadside attraction

Lonely Planet named the Jersey Shore a Top 10 U.S. destination for 2014. What’s the big attraction? Lucy the Elephant, of course! Located about four miles south of Atlantic City, Lucy the Elephant has stared out to sea since 1881, making her America’s oldest roadside attraction. The six-storey novelty architecture was built by James V. Lafferty, Jr., a […]

10.09.2014 · Filled under: Architecture, United States · Tags: , , · 11 Comments »
MexFest 2014, Toronto

MexFest 2014, Toronto

It’s here! I’m excited about MexFest, a ten-day Toronto festival celebrating Mexican culture, music, art and cuisine. MexFest 2014 runs from August 7 to 17. Guests at the MexFest Gala, held August 7, enjoyed live music, tequila-based cocktails and a screening of Flight of the Butterflies 3D, the acclaimed documentary film by Director Mike Slee about […]

08.08.2014 · Filled under: Festivals & Events, Food, Mexico, Toronto · Tags: , , · 11 Comments »
An ode to classic American diners

An ode to classic American diners

Do you collect diners? I do. Their gleaming lines – reminiscent of old Airstream trailers – inspire dreams of the open road. Their association with travel comes naturally as the first diners were mobile lunch wagons. Often they were old rail dining cars, parked by the side of the road, serving as inexpensive all-night eateries. […]

03.05.2014 · Filled under: Architecture, Florida, Food, New York · Tags: , , , , · 16 Comments »
An auld tale of Scotland on Robert Burns Night

An auld tale of Scotland on Robert Burns Night

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,  And never brought to mind?  Should auld acquaintance be forgot,  And auld lang syne!    – Robert Burns (1759-1796) A box in the basement.  A brittle album, faded images tucked behind cellophane, a flood of feeling. As my husband hustled up some tea, I remembered my own auld lang syne and a very […]

25.01.2014 · Filled under: Europe, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , · 15 Comments »
Atlantic City’s cool new Arts Garage

Atlantic City’s cool new Arts Garage

I often wish I were in Atlantic City. No more so than today, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Arts Garage. When I toured the site a few weeks ago, workers were just putting finishing touches to the complex that marks phase one in the creation of a new Arts District in the heart […]

25.11.2013 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Destination Guides · Tags: , , , · 11 Comments »
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 »
David Bowie is at the Art Gallery of Ontario

David Bowie is at the Art Gallery of Ontario

A visit to an exhibition sparks a remarkable memory.  Once upon a time in Toronto… **** I first saw the blockbuster exhibition David Bowie is at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London this spring and couldn’t wait to see it here at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The V&A show had much the […]

05.10.2013 · Filled under: Toronto · Tags: , , · 12 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 »
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