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Icelandic foods: A challenging history

| October 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
Icelandic foods: A challenging history

Seeking solitude and seclusion, Irish monks in the seventh Century happened upon Iceland by chance, but fled two centuries later as Vikings from Sweden and Norway stumbled upon the island. After that, Norse settlers from Sweden and Norway soon began dotting the country with homesteads, having fled political strife on the Scandinavian mainland. From that […]

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Portugal’s diplomatic residence off the beaten path

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Portugal’s diplomatic residence off the beaten path

Portuguese Ambassador Jose Moreira da Cunha and his wife, Lurdes, live in what they describe as a modest embassy residence on Island Park Drive, far from some of the baronial manor houses of Rockcliffe where many of their diplomatic friends live. But they say they couldn’t be happier. Not only do they love the location, […]

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The irresistibly intense wines of Prince Edward County

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
The irresistibly intense wines of Prince Edward County

Over the past two decades, something very special has been happening at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Intrepid and determined grape growers and winemakers have carved out a most unexpected wine region that borders the impossible while striving for the fantastic. The quality of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc and sparkling wines […]

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Moldova’s magnificent wine adventures

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Moldova’s magnificent wine adventures

At first glance on the world map, the Republic of Moldova will most likely go unnoticed due to its size. Bordered by Romania and Ukraine, between the Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea, Moldova is a small country with only 3.5 million people and a relatively short history of independence. Its key geographical position in […]

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Little-known fact: Winston Churchill was a shopaholic

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Little-known fact: Winston Churchill was a shopaholic

In 1929, Winston Churchill, who was then the chancellor of the exchequer in Stanley Baldwin’s government, was making a tour of Canada and the U.S. In a speech in Vancouver on Sept. 23, he said, “We see Canada growing in every way — education, civilization, numbers and wealth.” That was the day prices on U.S. […]

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Envoy’s Album – Fall 2016

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Fall 2016

 

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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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