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A breathtaking journey through Austria

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
A breathtaking journey through Austria

I am often asked by my Canadian friends what one should see in Austria and I usually don’t quite know where to start, as there is simply too much on offer. Austria is a country that waltzes effortlessly between its vibrant outdoors and its historic city centres. From fine arts and music to magnificent palaces […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2017

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Summer 2017

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An artful residence for an artist and an ambassador

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
An artful residence for an artist and an ambassador

lf you wander into the residence of Czech Ambassador Pavel Hrncir in tony Rockcliffe, you might think you are in the wrong place. In an area known for its baronial manor houses, this house has none of the typical stucco and stone exteriors, no stone columns, no wrought-iron balconies and no circular driveway. Inside you […]

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Canada at 150: Wine worth drinking

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Canada at 150: Wine worth drinking

A 150th anniversary is a good reason to take pride in Canada’s accomplishments and we have much to toast when it comes to our wines. Compared to some other New World countries, wine had a difficult start in this country. Early attempts by European settlers to cultivate their own vines typically failed due to the […]

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Peru’s complex culinary evolution

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Peru’s complex culinary evolution

Peru, situated on the west coast of South America, sharing borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, boasts a rich multicultural cuisine combining the flavours of four continents. Dating back to pre-Inca times, an ever-evolving Peruvian cuisine has shown unique tolerance and assimilation of those cuisines introduced by immigrants from Europe, Africa and Asia. […]

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A big secret that everybody knows

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
A big secret that everybody knows

I have a framed poster on my wall at home that illustrates 14 different types of small explosive devices. The same poster is found in nearly every elementary schoolroom in Laos (and Cambodia, too) where it’s intended to teach the little ones to refrain from, for instance, playing with landmines. My copy hangs above the […]

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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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