Tag: Destinations

Croatia: See, Feel, Enjoy

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Croatia: See, Feel, Enjoy

By Veselko Grubišić Ambassador of Croatia “On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath.” When describing my country, I often borrow this famous quotation made by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw when he visited the Kornati archipelago off […]

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An ambassadorial tour of Spain

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
An ambassadorial tour of Spain

By Carlos Gómez-Múgica Ambassador of Spain To write about my country is something that I love, especially to invite readers to visit Spain and to see it from a different perspective. Tourists, on their first visit especially, express amazement at Spain’s diversity. Not by chance has Spain been labelled a mosaic of history and cultures. […]

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Abundant with cultural wonders, Azerbaijan awaits

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Abundant with cultural wonders, Azerbaijan awaits

By Farid Shafiyev Ambassador of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan — or “land of fires” for its ever-burning, inextinguishable natural gas flames that shoot spontaneously from the earth — offers other equally spectacular and utterly unique historical and cultural experiences. Travellers usually begin their journey to Azerbaijan in Baku, the country’s capital. Baku is the biggest political, trade […]

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Enchanting Ireland

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Enchanting Ireland

By Jessie Reynolds Ireland, a country less than 1/100th the size of Canada, holds an incredible number of surprises. Dublin reminds one of London, the west coast reminds one of Newfoundland and the south reminds one of Maine. There are ruins, scenic coastal drives, the world’s best bread pudding and small towns that can only […]

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Jamaica: the vibrant heart of the Caribbean

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Jamaica: the vibrant heart of the Caribbean

A visit to Jamaica is an experience in which history and all your senses will converge to give you a lifetime of memories. Jamaica is unique, with its gifts to the world including reggae and dancehall music, fine rum, exquisite coffee and jerk seasoning. I am touched by the many Canadians who speak highly of […]

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Guatemala: the land of eternal springtime

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Guatemala: the land of eternal springtime

People commonly describe Guatemala as “the land of eternal spring.” And rightly so. Exuberant displays of orange and violet bougainvilleas greet people year-round. The word Guatemala comes from the indigenous Mayan-Toltec word Quauhtemalla, meaning “land of many trees,” and, indeed our northern biosphere is part of one of the largest in this hemisphere. Los numeros […]

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It’s the perfect time to discover unforgettable Ukraine

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
It’s the perfect time to discover unforgettable Ukraine

By Natalia Holub First secretary, Embassy of Ukraine If you have never visited Ukraine, you are missing a wonderful and an unforgettable experience. Although it is Europe’s largest country, Ukraine has yet to be discovered by tourists. This may soon change, however, as Ukraine and its next-door neighbour Poland have been chosen as joint hosts […]

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Albania’s story: sun, sea and antiquity

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Albania’s story: sun, sea and antiquity

By Elida Petoshati Ambassador of Albania As a diplomat, I have had the privilege of travelling the world, getting to know places, cultures and civilizations that have enriched my life. Albania remains my first love. Wherever I go, I always return as if for the first time, eager discover it again and again. The country […]

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My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
My Zulu love letter says: ‘Embrace the exuberance of South Africa’

My South Africa is the white man in his ML500 stopping to tow to a nearby petrol station the broken-down car of a young black mother and child stuck in traffic. It is the successful accountant who works for a global conglomerate and returns to Langa, the township he grew up in, to run Saturday […]

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A tale of two capitals of culture: Tallinn and Turku

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
A tale of two capitals of culture: Tallinn and Turku

“What role can singing play when a nation is faced with annihilation by its neighbours? Can culture hold a people together?” So asks The Singing Revolution, a documentary film made in 2006 by James and Maureen Trusty about how the tiny nation of Estonia ultimately sang itself free. To get to the essence of Estonia, […]

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