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Adirondacks this weekend: Art and leaves!

Posted on September 27th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Here in Ottawa, our tendency (naturally enough) is to go leaf peeping locally–after all, the Ottawa and Rideau valleys put on an amazing show. But if you’d like a change of pace, this is a great weekend to head to the Adirondacks, just a three-hour drive south of Ottawa in upstate New York. Not only […]

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Travels with Dad: Lessons Learned

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

A few years ago, as I was telling my dad stories of my latest trip, he looked at me in puzzlement. “How did you kids become such travellers?” he asked. It was a fair question. I have two sisters, and between us and our families, we’ve covered every continent but Antarctica. But the answer to […]

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New video shows why Holland is cool

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

It’s rare that I post a link to a promotional video here, but this new one from Visit Holland so perfectly encapsulates all the reasons why I love the Netherlands that I had to share. It has it all: cycling, funky shops, great food, great art–even a cool soundtrack. Enjoy!

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Three great ways to live like a local in Ottawa

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Since the Canadian Tulip Festival is currently in full swing, it seems like the perfect time for a post about my adopted hometown of Ottawa. As Canada’s capital, Ottawa gets a lot of visitors. Most do the usual circuit: Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, the Rideau Canal, the Byward Market. And I’d be […]

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Three great ways to see Jamaica beyond the resorts

Posted on January 3rd, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Say the words “Jamaica vacation” and most people will immediately picture an all-inclusive beachfront resort. But this Caribbean island has more to offer the adventurous traveller. Here are three tips. Rent a house. Huffington Post writer Dr. Irene Levine recently profiled three rental villas in Jamaica, including Goldeneye, the scenic estate where Ian Fleming wrote […]

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Five photos that capture the colours of the world

Posted on July 18th, 2012 by Laura Byrne Paquet

This morning I heard about a contest I couldn’t resist. A British website called Travel Supermarket is challenging bloggers to post five photos from their travels highlighting five colours: blue, green, yellow, white and red. Prizes include travel spending money and iPads. And I love any excuse to troll through my photo files and relive the […]

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From Ottawa to Toronto by train

Posted on August 5th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I’m always blathering on this site about the joys of train travel, but for some reason I’ve never thought to blog about the train trip I probably take half a dozen times a year: the 4.5- to five-hour trip by VIA Rail from my home in Ottawa to Toronto, where I grew up and my […]

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Top 10 Signs You’ve Spent Too Much Time in Airports

Posted on July 16th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

After a recent trip involving airports in three U.S. states and one Canadian province, I came up with this homage to David Letterman’s top 10 lists for the road warriors among us. You know you’ve spent too much time in airports when you get home and you’re astonished to discover that… 10. Newsstands sell magazines […]

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VIDEO: Ottawa through American eyes on Canada Day

Posted on July 3rd, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Sometimes, I get so busy visiting and writing about other places that I don’t properly appreciate the richness in my own backyard. So I very much enjoyed this video tribute to Ottawa on Canada Day from National Geographic Traveler‘s Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans. It actually brought a tear to my stoic Canadian eye. And, since […]

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#Blog4NZ: 5 great spots in NZ to “travel like a local”

Posted on March 21st, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

#Blog4NZ: 5 great spots in NZ to “travel like a local”

As I mentioned yesterday, Blog4NZ is a worldwide campaign among travel bloggers to highlight all things Kiwi in the next few days. Since I haven’t been to New Zealand yet (I’m hoping to go later this year), today’s post is a roundup of Facing the Street-style posts from other blogs and websites about ways to […]

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