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Iceland: pristine nature and cultural creativity

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Iceland: pristine nature and cultural creativity

I am very glad and honoured to say that I meet an increasing number of people who express an interest in visiting Iceland. My usual response is: “If you are looking for sunny beaches and ancient castles, then don´t go to Iceland. However, if you want, in one trip, to be able to enjoy pristine […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2016

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Summer 2016

                                                                 

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Colombia’s stunning Rockcliffe renovation project

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Colombia’s stunning Rockcliffe renovation project

The pungent aroma of Colombian coffee fills the sunlit rooms of this Rockcliffe home, a comfortable, airy, modern residence that bears little resemblance to its actual age. Inside this seven-bedroom diplomatic residence, it’s hard to imagine that the house was actually built in 1934 with a stucco and stone exterior that fits in perfectly with […]

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Making the best of a dry situation

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Making the best of a dry situation

Less is more when it comes to water and growing wine grapes. Pressuring a grape vine to dig deep with its roots and seek out water is the foundation of winemaking. While other factors have a role to play, great wine can only come from the fruit of an appropriately stressed vine. However, balance is […]

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Unravelling New Zealand’s culinary history

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Unravelling New Zealand’s culinary history

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand consists of two larger islands (North Island and South Island) and further south, a tiny third, Stewart Island. The country is located just east of the southern part of Australia, across the Tasman Sea. Former Canadian high commissioner to New Zealand, Penny Readie, says New Zealand’s amazingly […]

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Diplomatic behaviour

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Diplomatic behaviour

Many authors who write thick biographies of important political or cultural figures follow up later by editing their subject’s letters or private papers for publication. Norman Hillmer of Carleton University, perhaps the leading academic historian of Canadian-U.S. relations, has done the reverse. In 2013, he published O.D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923-1941 (McGill-Queen’s […]

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Panama: Much more than a canal

Panama: Much more than a canal

Panama has been called many things: “A path between the seas,” “the Dubai of the Americas,” “bridge to the world,” “heart of the universe” and, most recently, one of the best places to retire in the world. The government of Panama has put in place several strategies aimed at attracting Canadians to our country. We […]

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Envoy’s Album – Spring 2016

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Spring 2016

                                                                 

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A residence built with Moroccan charm

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
A residence built with Moroccan charm

If you don’t pay attention, you might just miss the small sign and street number of the Moroccan ambassador’s residence on busy Aylmer Road. It’s not far from the plush fairways of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, nor from the Champlain Bridge to Ottawa. In fact, it’s just far enough away to stand alone on […]

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The cultural melting pot of South African cuisine

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
The cultural melting pot of South African cuisine

South Africa regards itself as one of the cradles of mankind, a claim endorsed by the discovery of 117,000-year-old footprints just north of Cape Town. Referred to as the “Rainbow Nation,” it offers a unique diversity in its cuisine, rooted in the evolution of a rich culinary history based on its people surviving life in […]

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