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Visit Slovakia: ‘A good idea’

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Visit Slovakia: ‘A good idea’

Set behind the former Iron Curtain that divided Europe for 40 years sits Slovakia, a country whose modern history only began in 1993. That year marked the  “Velvet Divorce,” a peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. Slovaks inherited a land of extraordinary natural beauty, where fertile plains in the south rise to Alpine mountains in the north. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2017

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Spring 2017

                                                 

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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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Building a perfect wine cellar — and what to put in it

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Building a perfect wine cellar — and what to put in it

It’s quite natural for those who enjoy wine to develop some nesting tendencies. Things start off innocently enough, with a glass of wine when out and about, or perhaps a bottle bought to be enjoyed at home. Then, some hoarding begins. Whether it’s stashing a few bottles in the closet or building a designer wine […]

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Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Exploring the cuisine of Madagascar

In the beginning, Madagascar was physically part of Africa, as were the islands of Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comoros. Some 165 million years ago, a cataclysmic earthquake set Madagascar free on a 45-million-year 400-kilometre northeastern journey to its current location. For millions of years, Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, has been teeming […]

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Auto Draft

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Auto Draft

When the yoga instructor says “Go to your happy place,” I go to Shanghai in the 1930s. I’m not being facetious. In the years between the two world wars, Shanghai had an abundance of a priceless commodity that the world finds in such short supply today: freedom. I’ve spent much of my life looking for […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2017

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2017

                                                                 

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Saudi Arabia’s Ottawa jewel on Sussex Drive

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Saudi Arabia’s Ottawa jewel on Sussex Drive

Ask Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Naif Bin Bandir Alsudairy what he likes best about his lavish embassy on Sussex Drive and he’s sure to look across the Ottawa River to the Gatineau Hills and answer that he’s happy to be so close to skiing. At every other posting, he says he’s had to travel far to […]

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The art of blending

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
The art of blending

It used to be that where a wine came from was more significant than the grapes used to make it. The advent of regulatory appellation systems, the New World’s liberty to select its own grape varietals and a more scientific awareness of varietals have helped change that. While the history and tradition associated with regions […]

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Polish cuisine: Old is new again

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Polish cuisine: Old is new again

Poland is located in Eastern Europe on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea and west of Germany. Evidence indicates mining activity took place in the area as early as 3500 BC; however, the first written record of a town refers to a 2nd-Century trading post, Kalisz, on the amber route between the Baltic and […]

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