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Travel trivia: Going on a brief hiatus

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

As they say in the TV trade, the travel trivia game here at Facing The Street is going on summer hiatus for a week. Watch for a new game starting July 30. In the meantime, stay cool (especially those of you in North America sweating through this heat wave). Thanks for playing!

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Canadians: Enter to win a trip to Ireland!

Posted on July 15th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Here’s an easy contest (open to Canadians only–sorry, everyone else!): Go to Tourism Ireland’s Canadian Facebook page, correctly answer a skill-testing question, and you have a chance to win a seven-night trip to “Discover Dublin and Beyond.” The only hitch is that you have to be free to travel between September 5 and 15, 2011. […]

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VIDEO: Two guys, three countries and 5 million cooking stoves

Posted on June 28th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Greg Spencer and Austin Mann are on a mission: to help provide 5 million cooking stoves by 2020 to families in developing nations, including Kenya, Guatemala and Haiti. Today, they released a slick video–the first of four in a web-only series called Stoveman–chronicling their efforts to learn a bit about what life is like for […]

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Dreaming of cargo bikes

Posted on June 12th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

An article in yesterday’s Ottawa Citizen got me dreaming, yet again, about cargo bikes. I’ll be the first to admit that these vehicles are, as the Citizen story put it, the minivans of bikes. You’ll probably never see Lance Armstrong riding one. I’m sure the Lycra-and-Power-Bar crew at any cool cycling shop would laugh at […]

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I’m back!

Posted on May 28th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Here’s my sorry excuse: I was away feeding elephants. I’m continuing to learn things about running a blog. The latest lesson: when you’re about to dive into a busy period workwise, you have to plan ahead. A lot. The last two months or so have gone by in a blur. First, I did three back-to-back […]

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Travel trivia: English counties

Posted on March 25th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

God’s Own Country is also England’s largest county by area and is known for its distinctive accent called tyke. What is it? Cheshire Kent Somerset Yorkshire (A hint for Monty Python fans: One of my favourite old Python sketches involves four men from this county comparing their miserable childhoods.) Think you know the answer? Send […]

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#Blog4NZ: Get a taste of NZ in Toronto tomorrow!

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Can’t make it to New Zealand this week? Get a taste of the country on March 23–and raise money for a good cause–at an all-day fundraiser at Hemingways, a popular Kiwi hangout at 142 Cumberland Street in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. The event starts at 11am and goes til late, and 20% of the bar’s proceeds […]

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#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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Travel trivia: Dutch politics

Posted on March 19th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Although, constitutionally, Amsterdam is the Dutch capital, the actual seat of government has been in what city since 1813? Antwerp The Hague Rotterdam Utrecht Think you know the answer? Send it to me as a comment at the bottom of this post (one answer per contestant, please!). At the end of the week, I’ll draw […]

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Video: The world’s most typical person

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I love this jaunty, clever, thought-provoking little video from National Geographic, which draws on a range of statistics to define “the most typical person on Earth.” Most surprising thing: he (yes, it’s a he) is likely to have a cell phone but not a bank account.

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