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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.

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.

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.

Canada

100 years of Canadian passion

By Paul Knowles (first published in a shorter version in Forever Young)

As virtually every Canadian is well aware, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the most important institution in this country. No, not Parliament – the National Hockey League. As Canadian celebrates its 150th birthday, the NHL is marking its centennial. (Photo: The puck drop at the terrific 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles; many of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time were on hand to drop a multitude of pucks for the 2017 All-Stars; Paul Knowles photo).

United States

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.

Continental Europe

Cognac workshop the highlight of Bordeaux experience

By Paul Knowles

Beside my keyboard, as I write this, there is a snifter containing a unique Cognac. It sits next to an elegant wooden box with a brass clasp. The box is labeled “Camus: Maison Familiale Depuis1863”. Inside the box is the 50 cl bottle, bearing the label “PMK”, and its unique code – 15-07-108. Oh yes, it also lists the details of the blend – 60% from the Camus vineyard in Borderies, 20% Fins Bois, 10% Petite Champagne, 10% Grande Champagne, each a different – although neighbouring – “cru”. A perfect blend, to my way of thinking. Of course, I am biased – the “PMK” on the label are my initials; this unique bottle of Cognac is my own, personal blend, the end result of the highlight of a trip to Bordeaux, France – a “Master Blender” workshop at Camus, the largest independent and family-owned Cognac House.

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).

United States

A First-Timer's Guide To Philadelphia

By Kara Latta

Iconic Sites & Bites Give Visitors An Experience That’s Distinctly Philly. (Photo: A row of 19th-century boat houses line the Schuylkill River just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At night, twinkling lights outline one of the city¹s loveliest views. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™)

United States

10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MYRTLE BEACH

By joyoftravel.ca news services

1) It’s truly the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach is known as the Grand Strand because that’s exactly what it is: grand. The area includes 60 miles (96 kilometers) of coastline from Little River to Georgetown and 12 unique communities that stretch from north to south, east to west. 

Canada

Capturing human rights through the lens of a camera

By Maureen Fitzhenry

National exhibition of crowd-sourced photos opens for Canada 150. (Photo: Ossie Michelin, Mi'kmaq Woman, 2013)

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