As I uncovered, Bern has an abundance of enviable B’s: bears, bike paths, botanic gardens, brains, bars, beers, bridges, best quality of life and Begegnungszonen (yeah, see #6). Here are 10 reasons to love Bern.
LUANG PRABANG, LAOS – I’m going to let you in on a secret. A delicious, delicious secret. For years I’ve kept the best noodle soup in Luang Prabang to myself. I’ve carefully guarded this place – I didn’t want tourists who wear elephant pants to find out. Once someone won my love, trust and affection (and once […]
MT. DESERT ISLAND, MAINE — A charming smile helps, when trying to get onto a lobster boat. That, and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. This winning combination is how I found myself on the Linda Sea out on the Atlantic one fine September day, clumsily trying to put elastic bands on lobsters.
My story about the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia was originally published in The Toronto Star in April 2012. At the time, the trials for four senior Khmer Rouge leaders were underway. Last week on August 7th, 2014 – 35 years after nearly 2 million people were murdered – two were convicted of crimes against humanity […]
The Seychelles conjures up images of white sand beaches, windswept palms and turquoise waters, a postcard perfect tropical paradise. Having spent five weeks exploring the islands, I can tell you: it’s true. It also brings to mind the ultra-luxurious resorts with a price tag that would send the average person reeling. Travelling to the Seychelles on a budget […]
If you thought the Seychelles only had ultra-luxurious 5-star resorts, think again. This island paradise has the most expensive resort in the world but you may be surprised to learn that the Seychelles also has many affordable accommodations in the form of self-catering chalets, villas and apartments, some with prime beachfront locations.
MAHÉ, THE SEYCHELLES – An enormous red snapper – all 15 pounds – lords over the table, its mouth agape, under-bite protruding over the edge of the platter, sharp little teeth conveying his displeasure over his situation. He was baked.
From historic silk road desert towns to modern metropolises to remnants of the glorious ancient Persian empire, Iran will amaze even the most intrepid of travellers. My journey through the authoritarian country, finding laughter and hospitality at every turn.
DONSOL, THE PHILIPPINES – After three hours of aimlessly crisscrossing the waters I thought the guide would call it a day without us having caught a single glimpse. Not a fin. Even the spotters, perched high on the small boat’s bamboo towers, slumped and seemed less optimistic.