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Special Interest

Restoring the glory: volunteers re-create a 200-year old Irish walled garden

By Paul Knowles (first published in the Toronto Sun)

(All photos by Nancy Knowles)

Leave time for the unexpected: that’s a very important rule for travellers. Too tight a travel schedule will leave you hostage to the clock, and unable to explore wonderful things you might stumble upon. Like, for instance, Colclough Gardens in County Wexford, Ireland. It would be easy to miss ColClough, as you rush to visit the many other worthwhile sites in Wexford – but don’t.

Continental Europe

A complicated icon

By Paul Knowles

As Protestants celebrate a milestone anniversary, the writer ventures to Germany in search of the real Martin Luther. (First published in edited form in The United Church Observer). (All photos by Nancy Knowles)

Cruises

Jann Arden to host European River Cruise

By Martha Chapman

Award-winning Canadian entertainer to set sail from Budapest to Prague with Avalon Waterways

 

United Kingdom

Travel advice for older visitors to the UK

By joyoftravel.ca news services

Whether you’ve just started planning your trip or have already booked up, the following guide created by straight stairlift retailer, Acorn Stairlifts (http://www.acornstairlifts.ca/stairlifts/straight-stair-lifts), will provide you with some inspiration when it comes to creating your itinerary. (Photo: The Eden Project)

Continental Europe

European Waterways ‘Pops the Bubbly’ on Hotel Barge Cruise Menus To Reflect Culinary Traditions of France’s Champagne Region

By Andrew Stevens

Champagne Cruise Itineraries Include an Exclusive Tasting at the Hilltop Village of Hautvillers, Where Dom Perignon Discovered the 'Methode Champenoise'.

Canada

Complexity in our nation’s capital

By Paul Knowles

The first question we had after a flying visit to our nation’s capital a few weeks ago was, why don’t we do this more often? Because Ottawa is a wonderful city with dozens of fascinating things to do. We had time for only two of them, but both of our chosen sites were nothing short of terrific.

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).

Canada

The full country experience at Windbreak Farm B&B

By Paul Knowles (first published in the Mitchell Advocate)

For Cathy Hutson, owning and operating a Bed & Breakfast was an ideal occupation. Her parents ran a hunting and fishing camp in northern Ontario, so “from a young age, I was used to the tourism industry.” She describes herself as an unusual combination – a homebody, and yet an entrepreneur – so a home-based business seemed the ideal answer.

Special Interest

Mark Hamill praises Ireland’s starring role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By joyoftravel.ca news services

New Tourism Ireland film celebrates Ireland’s Star Wars connections

Canada

New exhibits explore refugees' journey of hope

By Maureen Fitzhenry

A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) explores the global refugee crisis through the eyes of two teenage boys - a 13-year-old Syrian who survived a perilous voyage across the Mediterranean and a 15-year-old boy in Spain who felt compelled to respond.

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