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Much in common between communities, but the Tech Museum is a San Jose stand-out

By Paul Knowles

(First published in www.exchangemagazine.com)

Waterloo Region residents who visit San Jose, California, will probably feel quite at home, very quickly. The two communities have a lot in common – except for the southern California climate, of course. San Jose is part of the state's famed Silicon Valley, home to many start-up and global tech companies, including Apple, Facebook and Google.

Canada

"Oh, Canada!"

By Paul Knowles

(Photo: a group of Canadians, including the author, celebrating Canada day in a  British pub in Cranbrook, Kent).

"O, Canada!" At public events, we sing it loud and proud. But on any given day, we might pronounce it with very different inflections.

United States

The wild, west side

By Paul Knowles

Getting up close and personal with birds and beasts on Florida's west coast. (First published in Southbound; All photos by Nancy Knowles).

Continental Europe

Five countries, fifteen days, innumerable adventures and infinite delight

By Paul Knowles

Travel journalism is supposed to be an objective pursuit; a credible travel article should deal with the good and the less than good. The quandary is, when it comes to our 15-day, Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise, there is nothing to criticize. It was the travel highlight of our lives. To add a soupçon of credibility – our newly-met travelling companions on our Viking River Cruises' Grand European Tour agreed, to a person. (Photo: Chain Bridge in Budapest; photo by Nancy Knowles)

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