Archive for January, 2014

Discover Portugal

Discover Portugal

Portugal is far more than just another destination. This country of contrasts boasts unspoiled natural vistas, rich traditions, intoxicating culture, adrenaline-pumping adventures and some of the most serene retreats in all of Europe. It is a destination of timeless appeal — as inviting, complex and enjoyable as a glass of port wine. And it is […]

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Greece: culture, history and unrivalled beauty

Greece: culture, history and unrivalled beauty

A trip to Greece has always been a most fulfilling experience for every traveller as they discover an unparalleled natural beauty, cultural treasures and the legendary Greek hospitality, known as “philoxenia”-φιλοξενία. The economic crisis caused a slight drop in tourism in 2012. However, a strong revival occurred over the summer of 2013, a record-breaking year, […]

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Saving the salmon

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Saving the salmon

There was nothing fishy about the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s 17th Annual Ottawa Fall Run Conservation Dinner and auction at the Museum of Civilization — except maybe the platters of Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Since 1948, the federation, along with 100 affiliated river-conservation groups and more than 30,000 volunteers, have been opening their wallets and raising […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2014

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2014

                       

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New Arrivals – Winter 2014

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New Arrivals – Winter 2014

S.E.M. Pamphile C. Goutondji Ambassador of Benin Ambassador Goutondji is a career diplomat who joined the foreign ministry in 1983. After completing a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and a master’s in international relations in Kiev in 1983, he joined the ministry and held increasingly responsible positions, including department head and assistant to the foreign minister. […]

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Peru’s residence: authenticity on Island Park

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Peru’s residence: authenticity on Island Park

It is impossible to meander along Island Park Drive without noticing the impressive brick and half-timbered residence of Peruvian Ambassador Jose Antonio Bellina. Situated on a large corner lot, the home was built in 1928 for Stafford Kirkpatrick and designed by leading Ottawa architect Werner Edgar Noffke, the man whose landmark buildings include the Korean […]

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Wines to warm you

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Wines to warm you

This time of year, it’s all about thick sweaters and good boots. The cold makes us search out warm company and hearty food. And we look for something rich and a bit more powerful in our wine glass. Instead of seeming out of step alongside warm temperatures and delicate dishes, a full-bodied wine is the […]

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Mongolia’s meaty cuisine – from marmot to mutton

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Mongolia’s meaty cuisine – from marmot to mutton

  Mongolia is a landlocked country in northern Asia, sandwiched between Russia to the north and China to the south. With a population of fewer than three million people, it is known for its severe continental climate and historic nomadic way of life. On a global level, Mongolian cuisine is rather obscure. For centuries, cattle, […]

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Cartier and Macdonald: unlikely allies

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Cartier and Macdonald: unlikely allies

Canada’s history is filled with events rooted in relationships between two people. Without the alliance between Shawnee chief Tecumseh and British military commander Sir Isaac Brock, the War of 1812 might have been quite different — and Canada might be part of the United States. Before and during the Second World War, the trust that […]

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Nitty-gritty cities

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Nitty-gritty cities

Odd how certain dead film stars are often the subject of popular cults. Among those with the most enduring posthumous lives is the Hollywood femme fatale Hedy Lamarr, whom many enthusiasts practically fetishize. Little surprise then that last year, on the centenary of her birth, at least two new biographies of her appeared. For the […]

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