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Calgary by Bike on the Bow River Pathway

I love exploring new places by bike, and lately I’ve been doing the same in my hometown. Calgary has an extensive network of bike paths that can take you from the downtown core to almost anywhere you want to go. Exploring Calgary by bike on the Bow River Pathway is one of the best ways to experience the city. […]

The 4th Street Lilac Festival

This past Sunday we joined (practically) everyone in Calgary for the 4th Street Lilac Festival. It was a perfect sunny day and everyone was happy to get out and enjoy the live music, food, artists and people-watching. 4th Street is part of Calgary’s Mission District, with numerous great restaurants, shops and art galleries. Today the street was pedestrian only, […]

My Addiction to Korean Drama

I confess I’ve developed an addiction to Korean Drama. For a long time I have enjoyed movies produced or set in foreign countries.  I suppose it gives me a bit of a travel fix while I’m at home.  So when my daughter moved to Seoul, she suggested I watch a Korean drama to see a bit of […]

La Sagrada Família

Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece in Barcelona, Spain “Glory is light, light gives joy and joy is the happiness of the spirit.” ~ Antoni Gaudi The highlight of our Spanish road trip to Barcelona was our visit to Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Basilica De La Sagrada Família. Probably the world’s most famous construction site, the church was begun […]

Ugly Food That We Love

Food sometimes looks so mouth-wateringly beautiful that we can’t resist sharing it on Instagram or Facebook. Other times…beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Especially food that we’ve grown up with, and had family gatherings around. Maybe it’s the appearance, or it’s stinky, or just strikes us as weird, but sometimes food can inspire enthusiasm in […]

Eight Walks in the “Wild”

I just finished reading “Wild”, Cheryl Strayed’s autobiographical account of her 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. I can imagine myself on an epic hike such as this…or maybe following in the footsteps of pilgrims on the 500-mile Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port, France to Santiago, Spain… Okay, okay, I […]

10 Things You Will Love About Istanbul

Istanbul is currently number one on TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Destinations in the World”, so our expectations were high for our first visit to Turkey’s largest city. Sometimes it’s hard for a destination to live up to the hype but in Istanbul we weren’t disappointed. Modern and ancient, European and Asian—it is a completely unique place in […]

Paris January 2015 “Je Suis Charlie”

We had only two nights in Paris, and my daughter and I intended to pack as much sightseeing, shopping and eating as possible into our one full day in the City of Light. Our version of “Paris in 24 hours”. The night we arrived however things changed, as this was January 7, the day of the terrorist attack […]