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HBO documentary reveals two very different sides of New York neighbourhood

Posted on October 31st, 2016 by Laura Byrne Paquet

On the weekend, I finally got the chance to watch a documentary I’d put on the PVR a few weeks ago—and I’m glad I did. “Class Divide” is an excellent one-hour doc examining the Manhattan neighbourhood of Chelsea, which has been gentrifying at a dizzying pace since the opening of the High Line elevated park […]

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E-books about home exchanging and vacation rentals

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Although increasingly popular, home exchanges and vacation rentals remain a mystery to many travellers. Toronto writer Sandra Pearson recently published two e-books that provide some good tips for people hoping to arrange a house exchange or rent a self-catering property. There is some overlap in content between the two books. Home Exchanging: Your Guide to […]

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Book review: Turning Tuscan by Sam Hilt

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Ever wish you could chuck the rat race and move to a hill village in Italy? Sure you do. We all do. Corporate trainer Sam Hilt actually did it. And his book about the experience–Turning Tuscan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Going Native–is a well-told, engaging tale. It begins, as these memoirs often do, with a […]

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Globe and Mail’s China Diary series: Fascinating peek at today’s China

Posted on January 30th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Beijing West Train Station

Want a great glimpse into today’s China? Check out The Globe and Mail‘s current China Diaries series. The Globe’s China correspondent, Mark MacKinnon, and staff photojournalist John Lehmann are travelling the route of the Long March, mainly by train. (The photo above is not Lehmann’s due to copyright restrictions.) Today’s installment looks at an enterprising […]

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Last Chance to See James Bond Exhibition in Toronto!

Posted on January 16th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

For all you Bond fans who have already seen Skyfall 10 times and dream of having Q refit your house, there’s an exhibition in Toronto you won’t want to miss…and it closes this weekend. I had a chance to see Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style at the TIFF Lightbox shortly after it opened. TIFF–short […]

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Book review: Female Nomad and Friends

Posted on July 26th, 2012 by Laura Byrne Paquet

A book that combines two of my favourite things: travel and recipes! How could I resist? I’ve been eager to read Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World since it came out in 2010. But, with one thing and another, I just got around to it now. And I’m […]

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Greatest hits from Facing the Street: My 7 links

Posted on September 1st, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Way back in July, I blush to admit, fellow blogger Edie Jarolim very kindly invited me to participate in a blogosphere event called My 7 Links. Edie writes the wonderful pet-lovers’ blog Will My Dog Hate Me?, which is by turns hilarious, informative and heartbreaking, depending on the day. And My 7 Links is sponsored […]

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Must travel be arduous to be interesting?

Posted on July 26th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

That question occurred to me while reading a Financial Times article by veteran travel writer Paul Theroux about his new book, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives of the Road. Theroux subscribes quite enthusiastically to the belief that only journeys fraught with danger, disease, fear, loathing, despair and monumental challenge are worth reading about. […]

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Book review: Radio Shangri-La

Posted on June 17th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

“This is the story of my midlife crisis,” writes journalist Lisa Napoli in the preface to her charming memoir, Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth. (If midlife crises aren’t your thing, don’t stop reading–this is a book that focuses much more on the people Napoli meets than on herself.) […]

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App reviews: Falling for Niagara and Spotted by Locals London

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Very tardily, I’m getting around to reviewing two cool iPhone apps that have crossed my desk in recent months. Sutro Media’s Falling for Niagara by Barbara Orr ($1.99) was just updated. It’s a comprehensive guide to this iconic destination, with a heavier focus on the busier Canadian side than the relatively quiet American side. It includes […]

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