Archive for the ‘Destinations’ Category

#Blog4NZ: Video of photo safari to New Zealand’s South Island

Posted on March 20th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

For the next few days, travel bloggers around the world are joining in a worldwide effort to raise awareness among travellers that–despite the tragic earthquake in Christchurch–most of New Zealand is undamaged and eager to welcome visitors. Here’s something to spark your imagination: a Tourism NZ video of a photo safari of the country’s jaw-dropping […]

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VIDEO: In the passenger seat for a hair-raising Amalfi Coast drive

Posted on February 8th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

While doing some research about Italy this afternoon, I stumbled across this charming video. It puts you in the passenger seat for a series of drives along the twisty, cliff-hugging roads of the Amalfi Coast. It was a nice way to pretend I was a 1960s movie heroine in a convertible for five minutes. But […]

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Anguilla…just because

Posted on January 17th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Those of you who have been following my new series, the Year of Geography, know that I’m trying to learn a little about every country on the United Nations’ official list of countries by the end of 2011. But, every so often, I know I’ll come across a place that would be fun to cover […]

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Wind-powered transport in the Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Posted on June 20th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Does Al Gore know about this? The often-windy Iles-de-la-Madeleine in eastern Quebec are a hotbed for the sport of kite-buggying: basically, zipping along the beach in a buggy, powered by a parachute-like kite. The driver holds a set of lines made of super-strong Spectra. A tug on the left turns you left; a tug on […]

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Grenada + nutmeg: Inseparable

Posted on April 28th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Brian Godwin nutmeg Grenada

Quick, now: Name a use for nutmeg. I’m willing to wager the vast majority of the people reading this post immediately answered, “Eggnog!” And while the spice is indeed a vital topping for the Christmas beverage, it’s used in lots of other things, too, from cookies to sausages. You’ll even find nutmeg and its sister […]

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What I love–and loathe–about the U.K.

Posted on March 7th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Manchester railway station

I’ve been in the U.K. for a few days now, and my likes and dislikes are becoming clearer by the minute. My likes are legion and my dislikes are few, and I’m passionate about them all. First, a few of my favourite things. 1. Teakettles I’m a tea drinker, partly because I can’t abide coffee. […]

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VIDEO: Bikes rule in the Netherlands

Posted on November 19th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I just got back from a European trip that included two stops in the Netherlands. And, once again, I’ve found myself captivated by Dutch cycling culture. Not only are there dedicated bike paths just about everywhere; there are also huge bike garages at many railway stations, where you can have a mechanic tune up your […]

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One more reason to visit Gibsons, B.C.

Posted on October 15th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Okay, I’ll admit that part of the reason I was excited about visiting Gibsons, British Columbia, was the chance to check out the place where a hoary old CBC-TV series called “The Beachcombers” was filmed. Weirdly, I didn’t even like the show when it aired from 1972 to 1990. It’s just that Canada has precious […]

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Insider tips on Brazil, New York and Montreal

Posted on October 8th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I’ve just discovered three excellent blogs offering insider travel tips: Brazil for Insiders, Montreal for Insiders and New York for Insiders. When you’ve been there and seen that–or even if you haven’t–you’ll find inspiration for off-the-beaten path adventures. Sao Paulo by night. Creative Commons photo by Andre Deak. Brazilian-born, Montreal-based food and travel writer Alexandra […]

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Video: For fans of Slumdog Millionaire

Posted on March 1st, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

For all of those who (like me) stood up and cheered when Slumdog Millionaire won the best picture Oscar, here’s a weirdly compelling little video about life in Mumbai made by three boys, aged 8 and 9. They call themselves The 3 Musketeers, which I suspect is a shout-out to the film. The video, which […]

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