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Temba – The Tibetan

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

Istanbul

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

Enchanted Manor

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
Peak performance

Vienna one of the world’s most beautiful cities

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

Prague, charming and romantic

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

Dubrovnik Croatia

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

Copenhagen: Get aquainted with a Danish beauty

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