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Colorado dude ranches offer $100 discount to Canadians

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

When it comes to the American West, riding horseback under a huge sky with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop is about as “local” as it gets. And in 2014 and 2015, four ranches in Grand County—about 160 kilometres west of Denver—are encouraging Canadians to discover their inner cowboy or cowgirl by offering a $100 […]

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Asia and Europe dominate list of world’s top 10 airports

Posted on March 27th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Skytrax has released its list of the world’s best airports, and facilities in Asia and Europe make up nine of the top 10. (Vancouver International Airport, one of my favourites, is the only North American spot on the list.) Almost 13 million travellers from 110 countries voted in this year’s competition, rating airports on 39 […]

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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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Sequester and border fees have me rethinking U.S. travel

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I rarely write political rants on this blog, but two news stories this morning combined with a weekend trip have me fuming, so please forgive me. I just got back from a fantastic family getaway to New York City, when we introduced our daughter to one of our favourite cities on the planet for the […]

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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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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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Year of Geography: It’s back!

Posted on January 13th, 2012 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: Man, this year of geography seems awfully long. Wasn’t it supposed to end on December 31, 2011? Well, yes. What with one thing and another, I got off track last year. Part of it was that I was on the road quite a bit in 2011. And part of […]

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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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Enter your travel photos for chance to win a cycling trip!

Posted on August 30th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

bicycle on bridge near Almonte, Ontario

Do you like to cycle? Do you bring along a camera? Then you might be interested in the contest currently running at the ExperiencePlus website. The bicycle tour company is marking its 40th anniversary with a competition for photographers. Submit your best pix in three categories–food and local culture, panoramas and vistas, and cyclists–for a […]

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