Further Afield

Longer travel and vacations from Vancouver.

Why You Should Visit Nagasaki 長崎 Japan

If you’re tired of the flocks of tourists in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo, I recommend a few days in Nagasaki! There is so much more to Nagasaki (長崎) than it’s atomic past. Nagasaki (長崎) is a charming and modern port city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. Nagasaki is embraced by mountains on one side, …

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Visit Barcelona, Spain – Travel Images from Barcelona’s Beautiful Sites

When it’s winter, and minus 5 degrees in Vancouver.  Of course I am dreaming of Barcelona, Spain. Here are some of my favourite photographs from my travels to Barcelona.  This is my #ThrowbackThursday! And did you know we have some airlines that go there daily? Fly daily from YVR to Barcelona BCN on KLM, British Airways and Lufthansa, and Air Canada! …

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Seaside South England – De La Warr Pavilion

The South coast of England conjures the most iconic seaside holidays From Bournemouth to Ramsgate, there are a string of charming off-the-beaten-track and trendy spots, including Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Whitstable. Dotted along the coast are some magnificent structures that have in recent years been given a facelift. The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea is one gem. The …

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You can find me at Betty Lou’s Library in Calgary

If you appreciate an exquisite cocktail made from a concoction of specially gathered fine ingredients, many locally sourced, and mixed into a unique vessel, just for you, then you’ll love Betty Lou’s Library. Add a cozy setting with plush velvet seating, and some live Jazz band playing in the background, and I’ll never leave. It’s A Speakeasy Betty Lou’s Library …

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Dublin is All About Joyce on Bloomsday

Why Being in Dublin on Bloomsday is a Special Treat! I happened to be in Dublin during Bloomsday. Dublin is already a very friendly city, but when Dubliners take to the street to celebrate their most celebrated author, James Joyce, well it’s hard not to be swept away. So many events take place outside. Being a visitor, its easy to …

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Celebrating Canada Day in Richmond at Steveston Salmon Festival

Spend Canada Day in Steveston at the Salmon Festival Since 1945, the town of Steveston has been celebrating Canada’s birthday and their local community. It is one of the largest non-profit Canada Day celebrations in Canada! The festive family friendly event in Steveston attracts over 70,000 people from across the Pacific Northwest to spend Canada Day at Steveston! The day …

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Makgeolli Gangnam Style

Making Friends with Makgeolli 막걸리 Makgeolli is a low alcohol (6-8%) rice wine made from ground rice and a fermentation agent. It has a soy milky texture and a sweetness, and is served chilled. Sometimes it is carbonated. It’s a ‘common’ and cheap low-alcohol beverage traditionally made by farmers. But it’s come a long way baby. There’s Makgeolli, and then …

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