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TraveLife
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MAGAZINE
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Why Google
pulled plug on
GLASS
Travellers didn’t embrace
the futuristic wearable device
In this issue we’re in:
Cuba, Thailand, Japan, Kenya,
Oregon, Colombia, Greece, China,
San Diego, Germany, Rotterdam,
The Bahamas, Pennsylvania,
aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
and along the Cabot Trail
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www.travelife.ca
January / March, 2015
A passionate look
at a Greek Revival
36
Why tourists are rushing
to Colombia’s front door
6 Why Cuba is still cool
10 Frequent Flyer in Thailand
14 Experiencing ancient Japan
20 A different view of Japan
24 Going deep inside Kenya
28 Google pulls plug on Glass
32 Meeting Oregon winemakers
44 Reaching new heights in China
48 San Diego’s treasured island
54 Camera Corner:
58 Leipzig a German surprise
62 Happy Bahamas Birthday!
66 An enchanted ‘Forrests’ escape
70 A Rocky Mountaineer high
76 Rotterdam’s biggest attraction
80 Hitting the golf ‘Trail”
Photography tips
Our Staff
Publisher: Annie Tsu
Trav
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Editor-in-Chief: Marc Atchison
[email protected]
Assistant Editor: Claudia Tsang
Design: Joey Tang
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Chief Copy Editor: John Moore
Contributors
Cover
Cove
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Carol Perehudoff, Lily Chiu, Nancy Wigston, Anna Hobbs,
Aurelie Resch, Karen Asp, Gale Beeby, Miriam Porter,
Cynthia Dial, Karen Kwan, Mark Dimitroff, Casey Nolin,
Gillian Young, Ilona Kauremszky, Tony Beck
Our Address
Marc Atchison looks into
the reason why Google
pulled the plug on its
much-hyped wearable
Glass technology and why
travellers who spent $1,500
for the device are so angry.
Story page 28
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www.travelife.ca
5 Janauary 2015
Cool Cuba
By Carol Perehudoff
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January 2015
A first-time visitor
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PHOTOS BY CAROL PEREHUDOFF & SHUTTERSTOCK
Cuba is a combination
of colourful people,
colourful Old Havana
and colourful beaches.
That’s why it remains a
top winter destination
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Cuba is 5-Star resorts that drift on to
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• Spanish-based Iberostar Hotels & Resorts manages a number of luxury
properties in Cuba. Three top-rated Premium Gold properties are: the
5-star Iberostar Parque Central in Havana, the 5-star all-inclusive
Iberostar Varadero and the 5-star all-inclusive Iberostar Ensenachos.
• To experience Cuba in more depth, consider a Sunwing Vacation Package
that combines a stay at Havana’s Iberostar Parque Central with a stay at
one of their ocean-side resorts. For more information visit Iberostar.com
and Sunwing.ca.
Cuba’s ‘50s era cabs are still a big hit with tourists.
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January 2015
• Air Canada Vacations also offers holiday packages to Cuba from Toronto
and Montreal.
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airline crews enjoy places
while on short layovers
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Thailand
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PHOTOS BY LILY CHIU & SHUTTERSTOCK
The crystal-clear waters that surround Phi Phi Island offer
divers the perfect conditions in which to explore the sealife
that so excites them. Lily, an avid diver, found herself surrounded by colourful tropical fish, many of them rare species, while diving in the waters off Thailand’s Phi Phi. The
limestone cliffs that guard this treasured island also make it
ideal for rock climbing and hiking.
11 Janauary 2015
The long boats that take dirvers on outings to outer islands or to remote beaches ruled by some cute little
monkeys, inset, who can be nasty, is a cheap form of transportation on Phi Phi Island.
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Information
• Phi Phi is pronounced “pee pee” and is a Malay expression referring to the
mangrove wood found here.
• Phi Phi has 2 seasons - hot and wet. The heat lasts from November to April
and the rainy season usually lasts from May to October.
• Phi Phi is one of the oldest communities in Thailand, dating back to the
prehistoric period.
• Besides diving, Phi Phi is known as one of the best rock climbing areas in the
world - it’s limestone peaks provide the perfect challenge.
• Tour East Holidays (www.toureast.com) offers a variety of tours to Thailand,
which can be customized so you can visit Phi Phi. Contact a Tour East representative to find out more.
• The best and fastest way to get to Thailand from Canada is with Air Canada
via Hong Kong. Go to www.aircanada.com for fares and schedules.
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Visit www.toureast.com/ilovejapan
for special Japan tours
Visit www.ilovejapan.ca for
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PHOTOS BY MARC ATCHISON, HOSHINO RESORTS & SHUTTERSTOCK
Japan’s customs and traditions are kept alive at magical Hoshinoya Karuizawa, a ryokan-style resort where guests get
an insight into this country’s amazing culture while enjoying great cusine and a luxury lifestyle that’s totally unique.
PART ONE
Stepping back in time
Marc Atchison finds a resort that allows guests to experience
Japanese traditions without surrendring modern conveniences
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The resort’s hot spring baths, onson, are fed by the boiling water from a nearby volcano and are a peaceful retreat at the world renowned resort.
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Information
• For more on the Hoshino properties in Karuizawa and elsewhere in Japan,
go to http://global.hoshinoresort.com
• It’s easy to get to Karuizawa from Tokyo on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train)
operated by Japan Rail. The one hour trip on Japan Rail’s sleek fleet is one
of the most exciting parts of a visit to Japan. In fact, acquiring a Japan
Rail pass during your visit means you get to each of your intended desti
nations quickly while catching glimpses of Japan’s dramatic countryside.
For information on how to get a Japan Rail pass, go to
http://www.ilovejapan.ca/en/rail.html
• Air Canada offers flights to Japan from Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver
and Japan’s ANA and Japan Airlines offer flights from Vancouver
• For tourist information on Japan, contact the Japan National Tourist
Organization at http://www.ilovejapan.ca
• Tour East Holidays offers a number of affordable Japan tours. To see their
full lineup, go to http://www.toureast.com
Rooms and
hospitality
are second
to none at
Hoshino’s
fabulous
resorts.
PART TWO
Japan — Up Close
Gillian Young gets a rare look at two of the country’s lessor known areas
PHOTOS BY GILLIAN YOUNG
Writer Gillian Young, right, visits two remote prefectures, Tottori and Shimane, and becomes enamoured with the people,
places and especially the food.
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are completed wearing the
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forest at Mitaki-En, above,
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left, made from locally grown
ginseng at the Yuuski-En Japanese Garden.
21 Janauary 2015
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Shimane, where the soil
is rich in volcanic ash
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Information
• Japan’s ANA and Japan Airlines offer flights to Japan from Vancouver and
Air Canada offers daily service to Tokyo and Osaka from Toronto, Vancouver
and Calgary.
• For tourist information on Japan, contact the Japan National Tourist
Organization at http://www.ilovejapan.ca
• Tour East Holidays offers a number of affordable Japan tours. To see their full
lineup, go to http://www.toureast.com
• For more information on Tottori visit:
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/tottori/
• For more information on Shimane: http://www.kankou-shimane.com/en/
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including 27 destinations in New Zealand and 8 cities in Australia.
You can pick up an non-stop Air New Zealand flight to New Zealand
from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu or Vancouver B.C.
We also fly non-stop to the Cook Islands and London from Los Angeles.
where can we take you?
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January 2015
PHOTOS BY ILONA KAUREMSZKY
WILD
Ride through Kenya
Adventure rides in the
glorious Kenyan outback
where you get to meet the
local Samburu people is
just one of the many thrills
enjoyed by those who
visit the family-run Ol Malo
House safari lodge in the
world famous Laikipia
Plateau, an eco-paradise
that has few equals.
Family-run safari lodge in one of the country’s
most remote regions helps travellers understand
a special relationship between man and beast
25 Janauary 2015
The Samburu tend to their goats in space they shre with wild African animals — a part of Kenya rarely seen by westerners.
‘We want people to come here and challenge themselves’
By Ilona Kauremszky
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through the outback
and help preserve a
way of life that has
thrived here for many
centuries.
Information
• At Ol Malo, the best wildlife viewing times are either January-February or
July-September when the weather is dry and comfortably hot averaging 25
Celsius.
• For information on Kenya, contact the Kenya Tourism Board at http://
www.magicalkenya.com/
• For rates and to make reservations at the Ol Malo House, go to http://
www.olmalo.com/ol_house.php
• A nightly stay at the Old Malo House averages $800 (U.S.) a night and
includes all meals and beverages, including alcohol, accommodation, game
drives, bush picnics and much more.
• KLM offers flights to Kenya from Toronto via Amsterdam. Go to
http://www.klm.com for information
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Wine tasting at King Estate, top photo, where the Pinot Noir
ranks among the best in the world, and at the Enso Winery,
above, are treats that make a trip to Oregon well worthwhile.
33 Janauary 2015
The Erath Estate tasting room is wrapped in floral splendour but it’s the wine that’s produced here that really leaves a lasting impression with visitors.
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35 Janauary 2015
Colombia’s
Magical
Realism
Captivates All Travellers
PHOTOS COURTESY PROCOLOMBIA
Like Canada, Colombia is a natural beauty and with national
parks like Cocuy, above, and over 1,800 specices of birds, it
ranks among the eco-friendliest destinations in the world.
María Claudia Lacouture
explains why her native land
has become so appealing
to many Canadian travellers
36
January 2015
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a local treat like the
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January 2015
Coffee is liquid gold in Colombia
and it’s so popular that rumour
has it Colombians have a small
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the country’s key exports and the
quality can’t be matched.
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39 Janauary 2015
Greek Revival
A passionate look by a
proud Greek Canadian
on why amazing Athens
remains a tourist hotbed
40
January 2015
By Dina Maniatis
TRAVELIFE CONTRIBUTOR
A
THENS — Summer
after summer, I return to
Greece to spend the better
part of my vacation and
the reason is simple: it’s
home, even if you’re not Greek.
Greece is one of those places that quench
what mind, body and soul are thirsting
for. It heightens the senses, awakens the
spirit and makes people realize that, as
the age-old Greek saying goes, “the simple
life is the good life.”
Athens is a perfect example of that. It’s
not a city inhibited by rules. In fact, its
unorthodox lifestyle is exactly what makes
it so desirable. It’s shabby, social, chic
and laid-back. It’s a place where bars,
cafes, restaurants and anything cultural,
historic and artistic give meaning to life.
I look at my time in this Mediterranean
gem as an elixir; a strong dose of life that
re-energizes me every time I visit.
As July nears and I begin planning my
next summer visit, I’m elated to hear that
PHOTOS BY DINA MANIATIS AND COSTA TSAVARAS
Gritty Athens, with its history and culture still intact despite Greece’s
economic meltdowns, remains one of the most desired tourist destinations and the reason is simple — there’s no place on Earth quite like it!
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Strolling through Athens’
lovely neighbourhoods is
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in Greece’s capital over the
centuries, much has stayed
the same. By day, it’s a
storehouse of history but
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January 2015
A Walk In The Clouds
China’s magical mountain
Langshan captivates visitors
with its stunning beauty and
tests a visitor’s determination
By Casey Nolin
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Legendary Langshan mountain is
one of China’s greatest natural wonders and a sight to be hold. To walk
on Langshan is to walk in the clouds.
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The staircases that take visitors to the top of Langshan cling to granite mountains and are an engineering marvel that are as exciting as the mountain.
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• Tour East Holidays offers a number of valued-priced tours
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January 2015
Coronado is San Diego’s
Treasured
Island
Fabled hotel, chic village, pristine
beaches and one of America’s iconic
golf courses call this place home
By Marc Atchison
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The Hotel Del Coronado,
far left, is one of America’s
best known properties
where many movies have
been filmed. The stately
retreat is Coronado’s most
famous landmark but its
municipal golf course, left,
is the island’s best value at
just $35 a round.
PHOTOS BY MARC ATCHISON
Coronado’s golf course is not pricey
but offers a priceless experience
By Marc Atchison
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
C
ORONADO ISLAND, CA. — It’s early morning — the sun is just beginning to show itself on the horizon — but already the parking lot at Coronado’s Municipal Golf Course
is packed with cars. The starter, a small, elderly man with lots of tattoos painted on
his muscular arms — “souvenirs of my Navy days” — is expecting another busy day.
“I’ve been doing this job for many years now and there’s never been a slow day here,”
says the jovial man who greets the first foursome as the digital clock displays 6:30 a.m.
The Coronado Municipal Golf Course, tucked under the sweeping bridge that connects
treasured Coronado Island with San Diego, is an American legend. Opened in 1957, it’s
regarded as one of the finest public golf courses in North America — probably the world and the sixth busiest in the United States — Coronado averages 100,000 rounds a year.
But the best thing about this storied course where U.S. presidents — Bill Clinton among
them — and the greats of golf — Phil Mickelson, Billy Casper, Gene Littler and Paul
Runyan, to name just a few — have played is what golfers are charged to play — $35!
“Now you know why we have so many tee times,” smiles the starter.
Needless to say, Coronado, with its wide inviting fairways, manicured greens and perfect
weather conditions — San Diego is graced with almost 150 days of sunshine annually —
is a steal!
The 6,590 yard, par 72 beauty that offers stunning views of San Diego Bay and the world
famous Hotel Del Coronado, is bordered by a U.S. Navy base — Naval Air Station Coronado
— on one side and the Glorietta Bay Marina on the other.
Every hole at Coronado is memorable but the 17th is its most famous — not for being a
great golf hole but rather a movie set. In 1958, the hole starred in the film classic Some
Like it Hot, which featured Marylyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Part of the
17th, which sits opposite Coronado Yacht Club, was turned into a boat launch for one of the
film’s more memorable scenes.
Golf has been played on the island since 1898 - the year after the Hotel Del Coronado
opened - but the expansion of the Naval Air Station during World War II pushed the original
9-hole course aside.
Both the front and back nines at Coronado Municipal, the most southern course in the
U.S. west, are equally challenging and rewarding and on the first few holes it’s not unusual
to see Navy personal jogging and training on the road that runs parallel to the course.
Every 4th of July, Coronado Municipal shows its patriotic side by hosting a gigantic picnic
for military families that includes a massive fireworks display over Glorietta Bay.
A round at Coronado Municipal may be cheap but playing the experience of playing
there is priceless. •
• Getting a tee time at Coronado Municipal is never easy but if you’d like to try, go to www.golfcoronado.
com / Those staying at the Hotel Del Coronado have better chance because the hotel has some reserved
tee times set aside for guests. / Air Canada Rouge and WestJet offer flights to San Diego from several
Canadian cities. / For tourist information on San Diego, go to www.sandiego.org
Long-time elevator operator Andrew Loundsbury is one of the great attractions at the Del, along with the hotel’s elegant seaside family-style retreats.
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After spending a day on Coronado’s incredible beaches, visitors and locals alike head for palm-lined Orange Avenue to enjoy a bite to eat.
Coronado’s chic Orange Avenue home to iconic Leroy’s restaurant
By Marc Atchison
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
C
ORONADO ISLAND, CA — It’s early evening when we wander onto
Orange Avenue, this enchanting island’s main thoroughfare, in search of
dining options. The divided street, a.k.a. State Route 75, is lined with lots
of stately buildings, some of which house the island’s landmark theatre and
library, fashionable restaurants and shops.
Orange Avenue is ground zero for locals and tourists alike — people gather
here each evening after a day of enjoying all this holiday island that sits directly
across from San Diego offers.
We poke our heads inside the upscale boutiques and souvenir shops gathered along Orange Avenue and make a promise to visit one of its many ice
cream parlours before returning to the legendary Hotel del Coronado, the
street’s most famous address.
We see lots of restaurants but the sound of live music coming from one, Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge, peaks our curiosity.
We scour the street-side menu which promotes the restaurant’s commitment to “farm-to-table” ingredients and are intrigued by the “truffled fries”
and “naughty ding-dong” desert being featured.
A few minutes later, we’re sitting at a table admiring the modern chic trappings that Leroy’s dining room comes wrapped in and our mouths begin to
water as we look at the culinary choices on offer.
Will we start with the “niman ranch deviled eggs” or the “crispy pork belly” or
the “squash soup infused with spiced cream?”
While we ponder, our young server tells us Leroy’s started out as a “hamburger joint” but changed “a few years ago” into a sophisticated room when
owner David Spatafore decided to create a restaurant that would stand out
from the others gathered along Orange Avenue. Interestingly, the street’s other
popular restaurants — Village Pizzeria, MooTime Creamery, Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-
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B-Q and Coronado Coffee Shop — are also owned by Spatafore’s Blue Ridge
Hospitality Company.
“David named Leroy’s after his cousin Leroy Mossel, who was part Dutch and
part Indonesian and our menu has lots of dishes that reflect those cultures,”
the server says.
Being a big supporter of local farmers, Spatafore was one of the first to introduce the “farm-to-table” concept to his eateries — a trend many other San
Diego-area restaurants have now copied — and the freshness of the ingredients makes Leroy’s fare very special.
Diversity is the key to Leroy’s success and thanks to the restaurant’s proximity
to local farms, chefs are able to come up with some interesting and exquisite
dishes, like mushroom and chèvre ravioli with chanterelle and black garlic or
roasted brussels sprouts with orange and chill marmalade.
Because the menu at Leroy’s changes seasonally, there’s always something
new to try but we hope they never leave off the deviled eggs or the naughty
ding dong — a marriage of chocolate cake and ice cream that’s sinfully good.
Leroy’s lunch menu is equally impressive — the truffled fries, udon noodle
and peanut salad and poke tacos are the top choices, we’re told.
Dinner also features a “farmer’s menu with wine pairing” which (the night
we were there) was highlighted by roasted el campito carrots, spinach and
parmesan followed by crispy trout accompanied by he shi ko chimichurri and
young faro and ended with a pumpkin mousse tart with a vanilla bean. The
price: $35-$45 per person. The experience: Priceless!
Leroy’s certainly stands out from other Coronado Island restaurants in more
ways than one! •
• Leroy’s is located at 1015 Orange Avenue in the village of Coronado. It’s open Monday
through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 10 a.m to 10 p.m. To make a reservation, call 619-437-6087 or send an
email to [email protected] / Leroy’s is a short drive from downtown San
Diego across the Coronado Bridge.
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About The Ambassador
Tony Beck
Tony Beck is a freelance naturalist
and wildlife photographer based
in Ottawa. A Nikon Ambassador,
he has more than 30 years of photography experience, 20 of them
as a professional photographer.
Along with wife Nina Stavlund,
Tony operates “Always An Adventure,” a company providing
photography, nature and bird
watching services in Ontario and
Quebec. Tony frequently works
in exciting locations around the
world including all corners of
North America, the South Pacific,
Tropical America, The Middle East,
Africa and both Polar regions.
The Nikon Ambassadors
PHOTOS BY TONY BECK
Keeping things simple and getting as close to your subject as possible are just
some of the ways you can improve your wildlife photos. Digital technology has
certainly helped make it easier to bring home some memorable vacation photos.
The Nikon Ambassadors Program is a
collective initiative dedicated to recognizing the most influential leaders
in modern photography. In a rapidly
changing industry, the significance
of these admired photographers goes
beyond the creation of inspiring imagery; this diverse group of individuals
has shown a commitment to empowering photographers with knowledge,
providing guidance for the imaging
community, and a mastery of technology and trends.
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Germany’s
Loveable
Leipzig
Nancy Wigston
looks at how the city
has overcome its
communist past
to become
European chic
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January 2015
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE GERMAN NATIONAL TOURIST OFFICE
Leipzig was recently voted one of Europe’s most liveable cities and its chic cafes, trendy districts and remarkable history combine to make it loveable, too.
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• The best tool for visitors planning to go to Germany: www.germany.travel
61 Janauary 2015
Having A
Grand
Birthday
Writer Aurélie Resch
feels like a kid again
after celebrating her
40th birthday on
the Grand Bahamas
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PHOTOS BY AURÉLIE RESCH
Aurélie’s adventerous side came to the forefront on Grand Bahamas where she drove off road to find treasures.
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Relaxing in luxury digs
and cuddling up to ‘old’
pirates was just a few
of the ways our writer
celebrated turning 40.
The Grand Bahamas is
a great place to be no
matter our age and its
playful beaches makes
everyone feel like a kid.
Information
• WestJet offers 2 direct flights a week from Toronto to the Grand Bahamas. Air Canada Vacations
also offers packages to the Grand Bahamas
• Where to stay : Grand Lucayan, Pelican Bay Hotel and Suites or the Old Bahama Bay Yacht and
Resort
• Activities: diving with sharks or dolphins: UNEXSO (www.unexso.com), jeep safari: Grand Bahamas Nature Tour (http://www.grandbahamanaturetours.com),horseback riding: Pinetree
Stables (http://www.pinetree-stables.com/)
• For more information on the Grand Bahamas, go to http://www.grandbahama.bahamas.com
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• Glendorn is located just outside Bradford at 1000 Glendorn Drive. It’s an easy drive through
Buffalo and Orchid Park where the Bills play their home games to get to Bradford, the home
of the Zippo lighter.
• The Lodge at Glendorn is a four seasons resort and is only closed just briefly at Christmas.
There’s never a bad time to visit Glendorn but in the autumn, when the surrounding forest is
flush with bright colours, that’s when the resort looks its loveliest.
• For more information on The Lodge at Glendorn and to get exact driving information, go to
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Rocky Mountaineer’s
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PHOTOS COURTESY ROCKY MOUNTAINEER
From the time the Rocky Mountaineer leaves Vancouver bound for
Jasper National Park in Alberta, passengers are treated to the majesty
and grandeur which is the Canadian Rockies. The Mountaineer snakes
through some of the most gorgeous scenery on Earth and as the train
approaches waterfalls, wildlife and mountains that seem to touch the
sky, passengers rush to their open windows to record the moment. It’s
like travelling in your living room. Then, when it’s meal time, the Rocky
Mountaineer transforms into a 5-star dining experience with service and
meals that would not look out of place in the finest of restaurants.
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Journey aboard the famed Rockies’ train puts
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5 Reasons to visit Jasper National Park
You might know Banff National Park better than
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Jasper a fair shake. Here are five:
1
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Canada’s first national park brewery. Head to Jasper Brewing Company, which opened in 2005, where
you’ll find popular brews like Jasper the Bear Ale.
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photographer by taking pictures of one of the
world’s most photographed places, Spirit Island. Do
this via a Maligne Lake scenic cruise.
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on the shores of Lac Beauvert. Then work off that
caffeine buzz by kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating,
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the resort. After, hydrate with a Rooftop Honey Lager
made with honey from Fairmont’s beehives.
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boasts almost 1,000 kilometres of trails, which you
can tackle on your own or through a guided tour like
those offered by Walks and Talks Jasper.
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recently opened Glacier Skywalk, a glass-floor
observation platform that hangs almost 280 meters
over a glacier-formed valley.
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PHOTOS BY MARC ATCHISON
Rotterdam’s new Markthal is the most stunning public market in
the world. It’s curved walls and Sistine Chapel-like murals of produce make it the most unique on the planet but the Dutch treats
offered inside, above and opposite page, are still the best part.
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Rotterdam’s
Market
Economy
Gets A Big Boost
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By Marc Atchison
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In World Business Class
we’ll tune into your rhythm
You may cross one or more time zones during your journey. Whatever
rhythm your body and mind are in, we accommodate our service
to your sense of time. When do you want to sleep? When and
what do you want to eat from our menu? Other wishes? We’ll
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Information
• The Markthal is open seven days a week until 8 p.m.
• KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) offers daily direct flights from Toronto to Amsterdam
and Rotterdam is just a quick train ride away.
• Rotterdam offers some excellent hotel deals — The Mainport Hotel, which looks out
on the River Maas, is the city’s newest property and its sleek modern design fits in
well with the city’s skyline. The 5-star property is one of the best deals in Europe and
visitors to Holland would be wise to base themselves in Rotterdam’s Mainport and
take day trips to Amsterdam, the Hague and other more expensive areas. For
information of the Mainport Hotel, go to http://www.mainporthotel.com
• If you’re looking for a great place to eat in Rotterdam, may we suggest Las Palmas,
which is owned by Dutch celebrity chef Herman den Blijker. The fish and meat dishes
here are divine and the restaurant’s decor is fabulous. For information:
https://restaurantlaspalmas.nl/
• For more information on Rotterdam or Holland go to http://www.holland.com
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On
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Trail
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PHOTOS BY ADAM STANLEY
Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island and its world famous Cabot Trail is known for its breathtaking scenery and wonderful hospitality but it’s the incredible golf courses that keeps bringing people back.
Journey along the famed Cabot Trail
leads to some treasured first tees
By Adam Stanley
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Canada. Cabot Links, top photo, is
regarded as a ‘Bucket List’ experience and its sister course, Cabot
Cliffs, above, which opens in 2015,
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the world. The Inverness courses,
combined with the island’s other
legendary courses like the Stanley
Thompson beauty at Keltic Lodge,
left, makes Cape Breton one of the
best destinations for golfers.
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After a round on one of Nova Scotia’s iconic courses, there’s other activities for golfers to enjoy, like hikes along rugged shorelines that are simply stunning.
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