In 1959, at twenty-four years of age, Tenzin Gyatso fled Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, down the Friendship Highway into exile. His journey continues today, fifty-three years later. The 14th Dalai Lama has been and remains an inspiration for a people who have struggled to keep their identity, culture and beliefs in the face of Chinese government … Continue reading Temba – The Tibetan
This small coastal town in Maine with the Abenaki name, like its famous neighbour, Ogunquit, is a joy to discover. At the White Barn Inn, a member of the Relais & Châteaux hotel chain, the beauty of the venue contends only with the quality of the cuisine and the warm welcome. Situated less than a … Continue reading Kennebunk: beauty awaits!
This famous mountain in the Laurentians is well known to all, but on the north side lies a well kept secret: luxury log cabins and contemporary suites for rent for a weekend of calm or basic sports activities on the shores of Lake Supérieur. We’re here at the gateway to the Parc national du Mont-Tremblant. … Continue reading The true nature of Tremblant
IT’S THE 8TH OF OCTOBER, 2011 TOWARDS NINE OCLOCK, I’M RELAXING ON MY TERRACE, A GLASS OF SCOTCH IN HAND, WHILE TAKING IN THE VIEW OF THE BOSPHORUS. IT’S 22 DEGREES UNDER A CLEAR SKY AND THE FRAGRANCE OF SPICES WAFTING IN FROM NEXT DOOR IS COMFORTING. I’M ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD … Continue reading Istanbul
IN EVERY SEASON, MANOIR HOVEY PRESERVES ITS STRIPES WITHOUT FUSS AS A SMALL PARADISE ON EARTH. A REPUTATION WELL DESERVED BY THIS MEMBER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX HÔTEL CHAIN WHERE GUARANTEED SERENITY AND AN UNSPOILT ENVIRONMENT COMBINE TO DEFINE AN ATMOSPHERE OF RESERVE AND DISCRETION. AND TO MAKE SURE YOU ENJOY EVERY MOMENT, … Continue reading Enchanted Manor
Five days and four nights is not enough to visit Vienna, a central European city with so much to see: the Opera, the Christmas market, museums, the amusement park and cafés, not to mention its architecture and its design. I travelled all over this magnificent city (strictly for your benefit), walking in the footsteps of … Continue reading Vienna one of the world’s most beautiful cities
Sitting on the Celebrity Cafe terrace in the chic neighbourhood of Vinohrady, not far from downtown, I’m people-watching, enjoying the Gothic and cube-shaped buildings around me and the tramways that pass by continuously. It is extremely warm for a mid-September evening, one of those ephemeral, magic moments that holiday memories are made of. Located in … Continue reading Prague, charming and romantic
At the Charles-de-Gaulle terminal in Paris, waiting for my flight to Tel-Aviv, I find myself in the center of an exciting crowd of different colours, sexes, and religions. I feel the pulse of this city that I love already. What awaits me in Tel-Aviv? Six hours later, I am seated in a Tapas bar at … Continue reading Toda Raba Tel-Aviv!
After 17 hours of travel, including transfers: Welcome to the Adriatic seashore, Welcome to Dubrovnik! Thursday May 5, 2011, flying from Frankfurt to Dubrovnik on Croatia Airlines. Looking out the window I notice snow. The man beside me, a huge, proud Croatian, hastens to tell me that these are the Slovenian Alps. He asks where … Continue reading Dubrovnik Croatia
Because of all the negative comments I had heard about Scandinavian cities (cold, unpleasant, uninteresting, bla bla bla), my notions about them were far from the reality I encountered on a recent trip. As a Gaspesian with a warm and curious nature, I had always preferred Latin-American and European cities. When I was told “Paul, … Continue reading Copenhagen: Get aquainted with a Danish beauty