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Enchanting India: sights, smells and tastes to entice 

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Enchanting India: sights, smells and tastes to entice 

Exotic, extravagant, elegant, eclectic: India offers different aspects of her personality to travellers. Only there can you go on a camel safari in the hot, mesmerising deserts of Rajasthan, heli-ski in the Himalayas, raft down the mighty Ganges and trek in pristine Garhwal Himalayas, all in the same month. There are 89 national parks, 13 […]

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Day-tripping outside the capital

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Day-tripping outside the capital

A visitor to Ottawa has a wealth of choice – lots to see and do in the city, of course, but also a wonderful selection of sites worth seeing on myriad daytrips from Canada’s capital. Place: Montreal, only two hours east of Ottawa Why go: Canada’s second largest city, Montreal offers amazing energy and great […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2014

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Summer 2014

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The UAE’s multi-purpose residence

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
The UAE’s multi-purpose residence

Ambassador Mohammed Saif Helal Al Shehhi is the third ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to live in the distinctive Rockcliffe home that overlooks charming Rockcliffe Park and the Ottawa River. The house was once the focus of gossip by the chattering classes as it was the first of the many über-sized homes that now […]

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Off program: A summer ode to hops

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Off program: A summer ode to hops

Beer is the world’s most consumed alcoholic beverage. It is so prevalent and has such deep historical roots that it’s actually intertwined with the identities of several cultures. Not only does beer pair brilliantly with a great variety of foods, it also goes perfectly on occasions ranging from loud celebrations to quiet contemplative moments. Yet, […]

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Portuguese cuisine: a global mosaic

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Portuguese cuisine: a global mosaic

  Those unfamiliar with Portuguese cuisine may understandably assume it is similar to that of Spain. And while many of the same ingredients are featured in both, Portugal’s robust cuisine includes distinctively different recipes and cooking techniques that reflect a broad spectrum of terrain and climates and diverse historical influences over the centuries. With two […]

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The day the circuses came to town

The day the circuses came to town

When the steamship Queen Victoria sailed into Charlottetown Harbour on Sept. 1, 1864, she was the last to arrive at the party, bringing the delegation from the Province of Canada to one of the most significant events in Canada’s history. One would expect that the ship’s arrival would have been cause for a certain amount […]

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O! Canada

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
O! Canada

We often say a particularly mature young person is “not as old as he or she seems.” Canada, on the other hand, is not, by several important measures, nearly as young as it is often thought to be. Every July, we celebrate Canada Day, marking the confederation of the British North American provinces into Canada […]

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The logo of a civilisation

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
The logo of a civilisation

As I write this, Greece remains the poor boy of the European Union and democracy teeters drunkenly in various places around the world. These facts draw me to remember the Parthenon in Athens — these plus Joan Breton Connelly’s new book, The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of the World’s Most Iconic Building and the […]

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Non-stop joys of Lima

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Non-stop joys of Lima

Peru, often seen as the swatch of land that surrounds Machu Picchu, has a cosmopolitan and fascinating capital city. Lima, for its diverse history, innovation, arts and lively culture, deserves a standalone visit. Or, at least, it calls for several dedicated days before you move on to the country’s other national treasures. Much in its […]

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