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Swiss cuisine: cheese, chocolate and beyond

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Swiss cuisine: cheese, chocolate and beyond

Switzerland has existed for centuries as a small, compact, alpine country nestled amongst France, Germany, Austria and Italy. As Ambassador Ulrich Lehner notes: Originally Switzerland was a poor country of farmers who were employed as soldiers beyond their borders by foreign powers. The Vatican’s Swiss guard was one such force and remains the only one dating […]

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Warning: This column contains sulphites

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Warning: This column contains sulphites

We often romanticize wine. We think of it as a product made when  humans gently coax nature into making drinkable art. While true, that image contrasts with that of wine production as a business. Whether a winery is family-run or a multinational giant, grapes are the raw material and wine the finished product. Though less […]

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The birth of a nation

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
The birth of a nation

Among Canada’s defining events, the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the First World War ranks high. It was a triumph — a major victory for the Allied side after a long, bloody stalemate — and a tragedy. In the four-day battle,   3,598 Canadians died and another 7,004 were wounded. In the near-century since it ended, […]

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Slaying the Dragon Lady

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Slaying the Dragon Lady

The “Dragon Lady” was the name of a sexy Asian “villainess” in Terry and the Pirates, a popular newspaper comic strip of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. In the 1960s, however, people in the U.S. often applied the decidedly unflattering nickname to Tran Le Xuan, better known as Madame Nhu. She was a 98-pound Vietnamese […]

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Discover Portugal

Discover Portugal

Portugal is far more than just another destination. This country of contrasts boasts unspoiled natural vistas, rich traditions, intoxicating culture, adrenaline-pumping adventures and some of the most serene retreats in all of Europe. It is a destination of timeless appeal — as inviting, complex and enjoyable as a glass of port wine. And it is […]

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Greece: culture, history and unrivalled beauty

Greece: culture, history and unrivalled beauty

A trip to Greece has always been a most fulfilling experience for every traveller as they discover an unparalleled natural beauty, cultural treasures and the legendary Greek hospitality, known as “philoxenia”-φιλοξενία. The economic crisis caused a slight drop in tourism in 2012. However, a strong revival occurred over the summer of 2013, a record-breaking year, […]

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Saving the salmon

| January 5, 2014 | 1 Comment
Saving the salmon

There was nothing fishy about the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s 17th Annual Ottawa Fall Run Conservation Dinner and auction at the Museum of Civilization — except maybe the platters of Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Since 1948, the federation, along with 100 affiliated river-conservation groups and more than 30,000 volunteers, have been opening their wallets and raising […]

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Envoy’s Album – Winter 2014

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album – Winter 2014

                       

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Peru’s residence: authenticity on Island Park

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Peru’s residence: authenticity on Island Park

It is impossible to meander along Island Park Drive without noticing the impressive brick and half-timbered residence of Peruvian Ambassador Jose Antonio Bellina. Situated on a large corner lot, the home was built in 1928 for Stafford Kirkpatrick and designed by leading Ottawa architect Werner Edgar Noffke, the man whose landmark buildings include the Korean […]

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Wines to warm you

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Wines to warm you

This time of year, it’s all about thick sweaters and good boots. The cold makes us search out warm company and hearty food. And we look for something rich and a bit more powerful in our wine glass. Instead of seeming out of step alongside warm temperatures and delicate dishes, a full-bodied wine is the […]

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