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Articles Archive 2008

JANUARY 2008:

HAMPTON COURT - A PALACE LIKE NO OTHER
Story by Jane Cassie, Photos by Brent Cassie

I've heard of a man's home being his castle is the usual proverbial saying, but Hampton Court with its thousand or so opulent rooms is downright overkill. The massive palace nestles alongside the River Thames, nineteen kilometers southwest from central London. Its history spans over five hundred years, during which time it was home sweet home to a number of royals... read more »

BEDDING DOWN WITH THE BEDOUINS
Story & Photos by Margaret Deefholts

He has piercing grey eyes, a strong hawk-nosed profile and a trim beard. Dressed in dishdashah robes, and wearing a traditional chequered head scarf, (shumag), banded in place with a coiled ogal, he sits astride an Arab stallion, looking for all the world like a bit-actor in Hollywood's Lawrence of Arabia... read more »

LUXURY CAMPING IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
By Lauren Kramer

The first thing you notice about Paperbark Camp is the stillness.

There's no noise here, none of the sharp sounds we have to contend with daily, between traffic, ringing telephones and the incessant hum of computers. Utter quiet fills your ears, and as it does, you begin to hear the sounds of the bush... read more »

SNOW SHOE ADVENTURES IN THE LAND OF BEYOND
By Chris McBeath

His bright eyes locked onto mine, glistening like black pearls set in an all-white landscape. We each stood poised for a face-off, frozen like the hooded shapes around us... read more »

TAMPA BAY WILDLIFE SAFARI
by Robert Scheer
The giraffe's enormous tongue gently plucked a green leaf from my outstretched hand. "Prehensile," our guide called it. "And about 18-inches long, so it can wrap around branches and strip off leaves."..
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FEBRUARY 2008:

SWEETHEART SITES OF SAN FRANCISCO
By Jane Cassie

How do time-deprived couples manage to stay blissfully connected these days? While juggling jobs, kids and homestead, who has the energy to keep love alive and sparks flying? ... read more »

WALKING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
By Margaret Deefholts

I'm standing at the edge of a pontoon, gazing down at the greedy waters of the South China Sea off the shores of Sabah, Borneo, and I'm scared witless. In fact, "witless" is what I must have been to sign on for this escapade in the first place, seeing as I'm terrified of water and can't swim a stroke... read more »

FOR NATURE AND NURTURING, HEAD FOR THE HILLS
By Irene Butler

The Hills Health Ranch that is, where a path to wellness awaits all who enter this refuge. Nestled within 20,000 acres of BC's Cariboo Region, large doses of Mother Nature's therapy are drawn from the rolling rangelands, lakes and forests... read more »

WEEKEND SOJOURN IN BARCELONA
By Caroline M. Jackson
After commandeering a flip-down seat near the crowded doorway, I hovered over my suitcase like a broody hen as our train left the airport and headed towards Barcelona. A young Spanish student, Francesco, perched beside me and enquired as to my final destination. When I told her I was planning to walk a few blocks from the station to my hotel, her saucer brown eyes looked shocked. "Ah, non, non. It is already dark and your suitcases may be kidnapped. The bad people here can run very, very fast."... read more »

MARCH 2008:

INDIA: KAZIRANGA'S WILD KINGDOM
by Margaret Deefholts

From where I sit perched on my elephant howdah, the Kaziranga National Park is a stretch of wild grassland fringed by marshland and thick jungle. The mahout nudges me gently and points. Fifty feet away, small ears flicking, and horns pertly upturned like inverted commas, two one-horned rhinos stand face to face as if in conversation. One of them turns its head and peers short-sightedly at us through little piggy eyes... read more »

MALAWI MOMENTS
Story & Photographs by Colleen Friesen

"Something just bit me!" Danielle jumps to her feet. She's holding out her left hand. The fingers are stretched back and stiff. My headlamp reflects wet eyes in a pale face. It's a dark night, as only dark can be in a country like Malawi where lights are a luxury reserved for a few... read more »

FLORIDA'S EVERGLADES: MUCH MORE THAN SWAMPS AND 'GATORS
By John Geary

When you tell people you're going to the Everglades, they may conjure up images of dark, murky swamps filled with alligators and snakes. Others may visualize a vast open expanse of flowing grasses broken intermittently by pools of shallow water - a "river of grass" as author and conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas termed it in her book, The Everglades: River of Grass. ... read more »

INTO THE DESERT:
AN ARID LANDSCAPE RICH IN HISTORY AND VITICULTURE

By Lauren Kramer

It's pouring in Vancouver, but just five hours' drive away I'm sitting by the poolside along with a dozen other guests of Spirit Ridge Resort & Spa in Osoyoos, Canada's only desert. Here the weather is a balmy 25 degrees with just a slight spring breeze... read more »

APRIL 2008:

TRAMMING AND TREKKING MT. ROBERTS
By Jane Cassie
Photos by Brent Cassie

It's a cloudless day and I feel like I'm in a sauna instead of on a hiking trail. I strip off my fleece and wipe the sweat that trickles from my brow. My thighs feel like silly putty, I'm panting like an old mare and I'm regretting having had that second helping at the breakfast buffet... read more »

ALL ABOARD VIA RAIL'S THE CANADIAN
Story & Photos by Margaret Deefholts

"Happy Days Are Here Again…" warbles Dennis, our conductor and host as he serves us a 'welcome aboard' aperitif of bubbly, and a tray of delectable hors d'oeuvres. "C'mon folks," he urges, "sing along with me!"... read more »

VIVE LA BELLE PROVINCE
By Colleen Friesen

Every time we travel to Quebec, I always end up wondering why anyone would bother going the extra distance to France? Don't get me wrong. J'adore France but Quebec is just so close...read more »

MEMORIES OF ROUTE 66 STILL LIVE IN ST. LOUIS
by Robert Scheer

It happened more than 60 years ago, when Bobby and Cynthia Troup were driving to California. Bobby was a composer and musician, and his wife suggested he write a song about the trip. Before the day was over, "Get your kicks on Route 66" had been born... read more »

GRAB YOUR OWN SLICE OF WEST COAST BLISS
AT THE GALIANO INN AND SPA

Story and Photos by Donna Yuen

Linda sinks her fingers into my right shoulder and says, "Your muscles are extremely tight."

"I know." I reply, astonished at her quick and accurate assessment...
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MAY 2008:

GETTING HIGH OVER SAN FRANCISCO
By Jane Cassie

The chopper blade whirrs rhythmically with the sixties tune about wearing flowers in your hair, and from beneath my headphones I begin to hum this song that was part of my youth. It brings back memories of the psychedelic Summer of Love and the famous Haight-Ashbury district where singer Janis Joplin once claimed her fame. ...read more »

MEDITERRANEAN MEDLEY
by Caroline M. Jackson

After mulling over plans for a western Mediterranean cruise, I boldly scratched Marseilles, Nice, Florence and Rome from my list of choices. This time I would forgo the popular destinations in favor of smaller, less traveled villages. ...read more »

FALLINGWATER ON THE RIVER
By Susan Deefholts

Fallingwater isn't the kind of place you stumble upon while trying to get somewhere else. Nestled in a wooded valley in the Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, it's not really on the way to anything-hardly surprising, since it was built as a getaway retreat from the bustle of city life. ...read more »

WHALE BOAT SAILS FROM DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER TO VICTORIA
by Robert Scheer

I gasped in amazement as three killer whales surfaced alongside our boat. Holding out my digital camera, I clicked the shutter, but the huge marine mammals were faster than my reflexes. ...read more »

JUNE 2008:

AMAZING ALASKA
RAIN OR SHINE

By Jane Cassie
Photos by Brent Cassie

"Be prepared for liquid sunshine," an experienced traveling friend says, while I pack for our Carnival cruise. "And don't forget to layer up. Alaska can be chilly." ...read more »

AN AUSTRALIAN CORROBOREE
By Margaret Deefholts

It is a balmy December night, and Australia's sky is a thicket of stars, the Southern Cross seemingly at arm's reach. A marmalade moon has risen over a cluster of gum trees, and in a clearing before me, an enormous campfire crackles and spits pinpoints of light into the darkness. ...read more »

WONDERFUL WATERTON
A Boat, Bears, and Bison in Southwest Alberta

By Karoline Cullen

There's a folk song that goes "Four strong winds that blow lonely ...." and it's in my head. On the deck of the M.V. International, I grab my hat, just before the buffeting wind whips it into the lake, and silently sing another chorus. I'm thinking Ian Tyson's song might well have been about the winds in Waterton Lakes National Park... read more »

FISHING FOR BEAUTY IN THE DISCOVERY PASSAGE
By Lauren Kramer

It's evening and I'm sitting on the deck of my cabin at April Point Resort, allowing the beauty of this magnificent location to sweep me away. Around me a rocky, heavily forested coast line hugs the shore, while in the distance the Discovery Islands dot the horizon... read more »

JULY 2008:

EIGHTEEN HOURS, NINE STREETS AND NEW BOOTS
By Colleen Friesen

Death Valley, Land of Extremes
Story by Karoline Cullen, Photography by Cullen Photos

A SURE-FIRE CURE FOR THREE FRENZIED FEMALES
By Jane Cassie

FOLLOWING PAPA AROUND SOUTH FLORIDA
By John Geary

A FREE-SPIRITED CELEBRATION OF B.C.'s 150TH BIRTHDAY
Story and Photos by Margaret Deefholts

AUGUST 2008:

MONKEYING AROUND IN MALAYSIA
Story and Photos by Margaret Deefholts

HOOKED ON THE COOKS
By Emily Nixon

THE ISLE OF ARRAN - A WEE SCOTTISH TREASURE
by Caroline M. Jackson

CHILLING OUT AT THE JELLO MUSEUM
By Susan Deefholts

SEPTEMBER 2008:

AMAZING AJANTA India's ancient cave murals
Story and Photos by Margaret Deefholts

MALAY MOMENTS IN THE CAPE
By Lauren Kramer

SCENIC SEATTLE ABOVE AND BELOW GROUND LEVEL
By Jane Cassie

GET OUTTA TOWN-PALM SPRINGS EXCURSIONS
By Karoline Cullen
Photos by CullenPhotos

OCTOBER 2008:

TRAIPSING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARK TWAIN
By Caroline M. Jackson

CAVING IN THE COOKS
By Emily Nixon

KOSRAE, PACIFIC ISLAND OF MYSTERY
Story and Photographs by Robert Scheer

STALKING THE WALKING DEAD IN VICTORIA
Story and Photos by Margaret Deefholts

TAKING THE PLUNGE AT THE KALAHARI
By John Geary

NOVEMBER 2008:

THE RHYTHMS OF HAVANA
By Susan Deefholts

KENYA: THE WITCH DOCTOR IS IN
Story and Photos by Robert Scheer

LIVELY AND CAPTIVATING LOS CABOS
By Irene Butler

REDISCOVERING ROMANCE ON A FAMILY CRUISE
By Lauren Kramer

DECEMBER 2008:

RED CHERRIES AND SOUR SOPS: Antigua's lesser known delights
By Chris McBeath

NO ORDINARY CHRISTMAS
By Irene Butler

KEFALONIA, GREECE: ISLAND OF SEAFARERS
By W. Ruth Kozak

HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND: BEYOND SUN AND SAND
By Donna Yuen

MY WAY IN NORWAY
Norway In A Nutshell®

Story and Photos by Margaret Deefholts

 

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