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Spring awakening: Adventures near Ottawa

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Spring awakening: Adventures near Ottawa

Blue cheese, steel beds and A.Y. Jackson: An unlikely combination, but they’re part of our spring round-up of travel tips for anyone hankering to throw off the shackles of winter and explore places and events within driving distance of Ottawa. We’ve even come up with some suggestions that are within the city limits. Going under: […]

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A stately hilltop mansion for Italy’s envoys

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
A stately hilltop mansion for Italy’s envoys

When deciding to bring his love affair with wood into his home, lumber baron Robert L. Blackburn clearly realized that some discretion was in order. Blackburn built the stately hilltop mansion on chemin d’Aylmer in Gatineau next to the tony Royal Ottawa Golf Club in 1924. It has been the official residence of the Italian […]

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No excuse for cocooning this winter

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
No excuse for cocooning this winter

It’s January, and the cold stuff will be with us for awhile. You could head south — and maybe you will — but why not get out and relish an Ottawa winter? It’s bracing, sometimes breathtakingly gorgeous and always a reminder that life offers unending variety. With that in mind, we’ve cooked up some cool […]

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Brazilian couple makes a house their home

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Brazilian couple makes a house their home

It’s a big house. The official residence of Brazilian Ambassador Denis Fontes de Souza Pinto and his wife, Maria do Carmo de Moura Rocha de Souza Pinto, commands the property at 400 Wilbrod St. in Sandy Hill. Showing many characteristics of the Tudor Revival style, the home features towering chimneys, a splash of bay, gabled and […]

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Autumn and winter activities: The lesser-known gems

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Autumn and winter activities: The lesser-known gems

Ottawa summers are short. That makes it way too easy to start cocooning or to slip into the usual social routine come October. Nothing wrong with familiar stuff, of course, but it doesn’t do much to broaden our perspectives or sharpen our brains. To that end, we offer some lesser-known places and events in and […]

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Day-trip dreamin’

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Day-trip dreamin’

Admit it: You need a micro-vacation. A few hours away from the grinding routine and a chance to savour new places, things and faces without the expense and trouble of a full-blown holiday. A couple of day trips may be a perfect solution. We’ve rounded up some of what’s available. The websites will tell you […]

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Malaysia: Making a house a temporary home

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Malaysia: Making a house a temporary home

A guest book, along with official photos and other trappings of a diplomatic residence, are all there. But there are also ducks — in profusion. One, a carved, joyously coloured fellow, nestles on a stair. Another is a handsome metallic specimen from Egypt; with several colleagues, he commands the dining room’s wooden mantel. There are […]

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No place like home

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
No place like home

You could holiday in Spain, rent a cottage in P.E.I., or spend your vacation hauling yourself and the kids around New York City. Or you could savour the neglected delights of Ottawa and surrounding areas — not to mention saving a bundle in the process — with a staycation. Sound tantalizing? Here are some possibilities. […]

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Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Pakistan’s welcoming home abroad

That the Islamic world has long produced stunning carpets isn’t exactly breaking news. Indeed, discerning Europeans were scooping up fine specimens as early as the 14th Century. But what tickles Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan are the occasional irregularities in carpets such as the deep red one that adds warmth and texture to the […]

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Summering near Ottawa

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Summering near Ottawa

Swishy garden parties, faraway beaches and lawn bowling are all fine, but summer’s also a time for forays into uncharted territory. And that doesn’t have to mean packing a suitcase. We’ve found a tonne of unexpected fun within easy striking distance of downtown. Better yet, it won’t break the bank. Heritage homages: Plentiful and unassuming, […]

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