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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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Little summer fests that can

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Little summer fests that can

No question about it: Bluesfest, Chamberfest, CityFolk (the new name for the Ottawa Folk Festival) are big and fun. Myriad performers, multiple stages, throngs of joyful fans — it’s summer in the city to the max. But more modest festivals, whether spotlighting music, puppets or something else entirely, also abound and offer a different experience. […]

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