Archive for September, 2019

Bulgaria beckons with cuisine, spas, history and resorts

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Bulgaria beckons with cuisine, spas, history and resorts

Travelling the world and getting to know new cultures and civilizations has enriched my life, but I always fall captive to Bulgaria’s special charm. Every spot in my small home country has a beauty that will enchant the human heart. Bulgaria is situated in southeastern Europe on the northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Bulgaria […]

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Fall into autumn with these day trips

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Fall into autumn with these day trips

The bright, crisp days of autumn are custom-made for day-tripping and overnighters. Summer’s wilting heat has vanished, snow hasn’t yet arrived and fall’s melancholy air throws life into sharper relief. So, pack a lunch — or at least your debit card — and head for the open road. Tromping and shooting Leading back-road photography trips has […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2019

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2019

                                                                         

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New Arrivals – Fall 2019

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New Arrivals – Fall 2019

Anahit Harutyunyan Ambassador of Armenia Ambassador Harutyunyan joined the foreign ministry in 1997 as an attaché. She then became head of the Turkey desk and then second secretary at the embassy of Argentina. In 2008, she returned to headquarters in the department of countries in the Americas. She was then chief specialist of the external […]

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A monumental residential balancing act

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A monumental residential balancing act

The trick to designing a monumental home is to avoid overwhelming those who live and visit there. Prominent Ottawa architect Allan Keefer achieved that delicate balance almost a century ago when he designed Waterstone, acquired by the Japanese government as its official ambassadorial residence in 1958. It is currently home to Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane and […]

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They make wine in Quebec?

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They make wine in Quebec?

Yes, they make wine in Quebec — and in a few cases, some of my favourite wines in the country. Historically, due to the brutal winters, producers in the province mainly planted hybrid grape varietals (grapes developed in a lab to be able to withstand colder temperatures), which can certainly make tasty wines, but rarely […]

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Japanese art featured at two Ottawa galleries

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Japanese art featured at two Ottawa galleries

Japan and its history — at home and in Canada — star in Ottawa’s fall calendar of art, with three exhibitions at two institutions. War, and its abettor xenophobia, will cast a shadow over all. The largest of three exhibitions will be Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography, which opens Oct. 11 at the National Gallery of […]

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Cooling down: Warming recipes for autumn

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Cooling down: Warming recipes for autumn

With fall upon us, we must take advantage of the last garden-fresh produce, herbs and edible flowers. There are also several special occasions for family and friends to gather together, particularly as the holiday season approaches. My Salmon-Crowned Crêpes, versatile Stuffed Fresh Pears and Lobster in White Wine Shallot Cream Sauce will offer much satisfaction […]

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Chernobyl’s untold story

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Chernobyl’s untold story

Midnight at Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster By Adam Higginbotham 561 pages Simon & Schuster, 2019 eBook $14.99 Hardcover: $29.95 Paperback: $18.00 Audio download $23.99   On the night of April 26, 1986, a young engineer, Leonid Toptunov, working in the control room of Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear […]

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Africa’s vanishing animals

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Africa’s vanishing animals

Note: This is part two in a series of two. Africa’s animals are being driven towards extinction, largely because of Chinese-sponsored poaching, but also because of rising Indigenous human populations and their pressure on available grazing land. As we saw in my last column (“Killing Off Africa’s Iconic Animals, Summer, 2019) elephants and rhinoceroses are […]

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