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Caribbean and Latin America

Disconnected and discombobulated

By Paul Knowles

I have been known to heap scorn upon those young people who wander the streets, oblivious to their surroundings, nose-deep in their “devices.” “Addicts!” I have labeled them.
Ah, hypocrisy at its finest. For, spending Christmas week in Varadero, Cuba, I discovered that my phone’s roam-like-I-was-in-Wilmot function did not deliver connectivity, and that wifi was virtually non-existent. I was cut off from my IPhone and my IPad. I was in Iwithdrawal.

Canada

A ton of wisdom in a simple bookmark

By Paul Knowles

There’s a unique quirk to the business of travel writing: free stuff. No other kind of journalism involves getting free stuff. Nobody but a travel writer will come home from an assignment with a new backpack, a golf shirt, a logoed sweater. Travel writers do. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the things I like about that part of my job.

United States

Not Irv Weinstein’s Buffalo any more

By Paul Knowles (First published in Metroland Community Newspapers)

“Irv Weinstein.” Those of a certain age will know that name – the television news anchor who hosted Eyewitness News on Buffalo’s WKBW for 34 years, until 1998. We might even admit that our impression of Buffalo is pretty much based on the crime, mayhem, and tragedies that Irv reported in a style as bold as his sports jackets. (Photo: zip lining at Buffalo RiverWorks)

United States

PGA National Resort is a destination in its own right

By Paul Knowles (first published in www.foreveryoungnews.com)

It’s not news that the state of Florida is jam-packed with possibilities for visitors. In fact, there is probably not a tougher market in the world for a tourist attraction to establish itself as a premier destination. So when a resort that is not located right on the water manages that feat, it’s worthy of note. We’re talking the PGA National Resort and Spa, in Palm Beach Gardens. Now, to be fair, the resort is only about a 20-minute drive from several beaches on the Atlantic, but that’s not the reason people come here.

Canada

A successful search for human intelligence

By Paul Knowles

If you search for the phrase, “human intelligence”, you’ll find this on Wikipedia: “Through their intelligence, humans possess the cognitive abilities to learn, form concepts, understand, apply logic, and reason.” (Photo: Geraint Wy Davies and Lucy Peacock… brilliantly funny)

Canada

Saving Castle Kilbride

By Paul Knowles (First published in Metroland Community Newspapers)

Twenty five years later, was it worth the effort? Absolutely! 

Canada

Inching my way toward important art

By Paul Knowles

“Don’t worry,” they said. “There are ropes,” they said. Well, yes. Sort of.
I was with a small group of travel writers, on the north shore of Lake Superior. Our destination was Lake Superior Provincial Park, home of the fascinating Agawa Rock pictographs – 17th and 18th century paintings on rocks beside the largest of the Great Lakes.
Did I want to see them? Of course!

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)

Caribbean and Latin America

Abaco: the ideal Bahamian getaway

By Paul Knowles (first published in Forever Young)

It’s easy to get distracted when you are staying at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay. But all the distractions are utterly delightful.

Continental Europe

A surprising find in a small Swiss town

By Paul Knowles (First published in the New Hamburg Independent and other Metroland community newspapers)

We small-town Canadians have a lot to learn about how to nurture and celebrate arts and culture. As a guy who has been deeply involved in this field for many years – as a writer, as an arts presenter, and as a volunteer on arts organizations – it’s tempting to throw a few stones at targets around the region. (All photos by Nancy Knowles; shown, the town's original Van Gogh)

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