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United States

United by the Border: Explore San Diego and Baja's Binational Spirit 

By joyoftravel.ca news services

Pristine beaches and vibrant neighborhoods make San Diego the ultimate beach city, but its relationship and proximity to Baja California, Mexico, makes San Diego a unique destination unlike any other in the U.S., where art, architecture, cuisine and more build cultural bridges on both sides of the border.
At less than 20 miles from downtown San Diego, the busiest border crossing in the world connects the city with Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada and Guadalupe Valley, a cluster of cities known for their rich artistic and culinary offerings. Here, a continuous exchange of ideas, flavors and traditions shape San Diego's cultural, historic and culinary identity. San Diego welcomes visitors from around the world to experience this binational spirit first hand.

Continental Europe

Outside of our comfort zone

By Paul Knowles (first published in the New Hamburg Independent)

Let me make it clear, right off the top, that it is a terrific assignment. I’ve been asked to write a major feature for the United Church Observer about Martin Luther, on this 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This meant I was sent to walk in Luther’s footsteps in Germany for a week, trying to learn everything I could while we were there. It’s a great gig.

 

United States

The best meal…. ever!

By Paul Knowles

 One of the best and worst things about being a travel writer is that, while on a research trip, you may encounter absolutely spectacular experiences… and then not have an outlet in which to write about such specific occasions. My trip to San Diego was amazingly full of such incidents – and while I am writing the “big picture” articles for large-circulation print media (eventually to pop up on joyoftravel.ca, as well), I feel happily compelled to publish a few highly focused pieces, right here.
Let’s start with perhaps the best meal I have ever – yes, ever – enjoyed. (Shown: Brian Malarkey, left, and Chris Puffer; Paul Knowles Photo).

United States

Torrey Pines – a once-in-a-lifetime round

By Paul Knowles

Lucky travel writer gets a unique opportunity to play one of the great golf courses – alone!

Canada

A wise “million-dollar” investment

By Paul Knowles

The Drayton Festival has made a shrewd investment this season, bringing the deservedly popular musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” to several of its stages.

Continental Europe

“Stay open-minded. Stay with us.”

By Paul Knowles (first published in The United Church Observer)

When the Vienna Tourist Board’s Helena Hartlauer told some lunching and munching media about a new hotel in her Austrian city, no one was surprised. A travel rep promoting an accommodation facility? That’s her job. What was surprising, though, was absolutely everything else about the Magdas Hotel, whose apt motto is, “Stay open-minded. Stay with us.”

United States

New and noteworthy in Arizona

By VisitArizona

All the latest from Arizona, The Grand Canyon State

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.

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)

Canada

TORONTO: Top 17 in 2017

By Krystal Carter

Tourism Toronto has released their list of the  Top 17 in 2017 attractions and events coming to Toronto. These include Canada's 150 celebrations, the Maple Leaf's Centennial as well as new festivals and hotels opening this year, plus more. (Shown: Toronto Caribbean Carnival).

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