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Welcome to Travel Writers' Tales, an independent travel article syndicate that offers affordable and professionally written travel articles to newspaper editors and publishers. Over the course of a 52 week term, we will meet your need for travel copy, whether it is one story a week, bi-weekly or monthly. We provide two CD ROMs, each covering your six month supply. The lively and up-to-date travel stories are written by accredited travel writers. As well as diversified destinations, the compilation of articles is thematically selected to suit the calendar year. The pre-packaged CD ROMs not only simplify publishing deadlines, but also promote increased advertising sales on a monthly basis. Travel Writers' Tales offers the discerning armchair traveler, as well as the active adventure seeker, glimpses into the excitement and mystery of worlds that lie beyond our horizons.

If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
....Henry Miller (1891–1980)

November 2020

MEXICO ROAD TRIP
by Jane Cassie


He opens the manila envelope and unfastens the massive clip that's securing the wad of documents. ... Read more


A BRITISH BULLDOG’S LAIR: CHURCHILL’S SECRET WARTIME OFFICE
by Margaret Deefholts


“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds…we shall never surrender..” ... Read more


TURKEY’S WHIRLING DERVISHES
by Chris McBeath


The whirling dervishes have become such an iconic tourist commodity that visitors can see their mesmerizing meditations performed in train station halls, cultural centers ... Read more


NATURE’S EXTRAVAGANZA – NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
by Irene Butler


Travellers flock to Rotorua – with good reason – it's the hub to one of the most active geothermal areas in the world. ... Read more


ADVENTURES IN AN UNPOLISHED VIETNAM
by Lauren Kramer


There are many destinations in the world that offer a highly polished tourist experience…Vietnam is not one of those places ... Read more


October 2020

SISTER TIME ON SALTSPRING ISLAND
by Jane Cassie


“Pinch on a monkey tree,” I chant, while gently tweaking my sister's arm. This kid-like prank immediately conjures up warm and fuzzy memories. It also reminds me of the saying, ‘when you have a sister, you have a piece of your childhood.'... Read more


QUEBECOIS GHOULS THAT WALK IN THE NIGHT
by Margaret Deefholts


I am all a-shiver. It's late October—the time of year when spirits lurk in lonely alleyways, mouldering graveyards and ruins of deserted mansions.. Read more


THE ELUSIVE CHARACTER OF NEW ORLEANS
by Ray Chatelin


Defining New Orleans is a bit like chasing a butterfly. Just when you think you have it in your grasp, it flits away Read more


ANGKOR WAT: A FALLEN CIVILIZATION
by Hans Tammemagi


In spite of torrid heat and sweat dripping down my back, I was captivated by the sight before me. Read more


September 2020

CRUISING BEFORE COVID
by Jane Cassie

From the comfort of my office, I reflect back on this Holland America cruise that we had taken just a few months before the arrival of Covid-19 and the demise of our travel trade.
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TEQUILA AND MARIARCHI
by Margaret Deefholts

The weather is hot, the music is hotter and the tequila…well the tequila is fiery! The crowd on the dance floor stomp and whirl.
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TIME TO REVISIT RUSSIA
by Chris McBeath


For those familiar with the Soviet Era, there's a storyline about Russia that fuels wary expectations. Read more


QUEBEC'S MINGAN PENINSULA
by Jamie Ross

Getting stranded on a small, windswept, bird-infested island surrounded by Minke whales, dolphins and seals on the St. Lawrence River's north shore, might appear at first glance to be the setting for some horror film plo
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August 2020

TREKKING MT. ROBERTS
by Jane Cassie

It's a cloudless day and I feel like I'm in a sauna instead of on a hiking trail. 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. But I continue to plod upward, toward the craggy peak, where a stunning panorama will be my reward.
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ROYAL RAJASTHAN: AMBER
FORT PALACE AND JAIPUR
by Margaret Deefholts

The sign at the foot of the Amber fort-palace ramparts, says “Office: Elephant Booking. Amber.” Along with a crowd of slightly nervous, but eager tourists, I buy a ticket, and clamber onto an elephant whose head, trunk and torso is decorated with gaily coloured chalk designs. Read more...

EGYPT: GIFT OF THE NILE
by Jamie Ross

On the edge of the expansive city of Cairo, on the dusty Giza plateau, the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, Egypt's monuments to eternity, rise above the desert sands. Though I had seen photos and films of these magnificent structures, the sight of the pyramids still takes my breath away, which of course has always been their purpose. Read More...


MADRID: CITY OF ROMANTICS AND OF TAPAS BARS
by Ray Chatelin

Anyone calling himself a Romantic eventually must come to grips with Spain. For Spain is a place of pleasures audible and visible, of gentle music and ancient architecture, the writings of Cervantes, the paintings of Picasso and Goya, of Flamenco dance and music. Read More


PADDLING SUPERIOR COUNTRY BY CANOE AND KAYAK
by John Geary

I was adventuring out of the lodge owned and run by Naturally Superior Adventures. The Michipicoten flows into the greatest of all the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, just a few klicks north of the northern boundary of Lake Superior Provincial Park. Read More...


July2020

ROAMING AROUND ROME
by Jane Cassie

We vowed to visit Rome one day with our friends, Don and Sue Fisher. Thank heavens we fitted this trip in a few months before the Corona invasion. Come along with us on this two-day exploration and discover why this city has consistently been ranked a top European destination. Hopefully it will re-gain its popularity when normalcy returns. Read more...


JASPER WILD LIFE SAFARI
by Margaret Deefholts

He's a big guy, he's in the middle of the road, and he isn't going to budge, regardless of the size of our vehicle. We pull over and I lean out of the window to focus my camera and, as if in response, he looks up For a moment we lock gazes, and then with a careless toss of his flaring antlers the bull moose settles back to the job at hand—licking melted ice and salt residue off the road surface. Read more...

WORLD HERITAGE: HALONG BAY:
by Chris Millikan

Our spectacular Uniworld holiday in Southeast Asia includes world-renowned Halong Bay. Along the road from Hanoi, our coach ride north toward the Gulf of Tonkin exposes us to small villages and lush countryside. Along the way, we sight farmers working in leased rice paddies.
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FIVE REASONS TO VISIT BELLINGHAM THIS SUMMER
By Lauren Kramer

Most British Columbians know Bellingham as a pit stop on the way to Seattle or Portland, a place to refuel after a long border wait, do a quick grocery shop at Trader Joe's and then zip south on the I-5. But spend some time exploring this charming university town and you'll find it a place of stunning natural beauty, with a fraction of the crowds that can make BC's natural hotspots feel congested
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June2020

CHILL TIME ON KONTOGLIALOS
By Jane Cassie

My office look-out today is Kontoglialos Beach, one of the less crowded yet sensational strips of golden shoreline that edges the island of Corfu. The tiered patio deck that stretches out before me is flanked by straw umbrellas, that look like morphed versions used to decorate fancy cocktails. Read more


DALLYING THROUGH THE DALES IN YORKSHIRE
By Margaret Deefholts

I have the strangest feeling that I'm on camera in a movie shoot. It is a mild summer afternoon and at any moment I expect to see Claude Greengrass, stubby-jowled and in his shabby overcoat emerge from the Aidensfield Arms with his mongrel dog at heel. Across the street is the Scripps Garage where I reckon Bernie Scripps can be found fiddling with the engine of an old car. ... Read more

TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME AT LONG BEACH PENINSULA
By Lauren Kramer

Long Beach Peninsula, Washington State, is the place you dream about when you imagine quiet walks along a seemingly endless shoreline, serene, ocean-inspired meals and blissful silence but for the whoosh of the waves. This 28-mile tongue of land, six hours' drive from Vancouver, is cradled by the Pacific Ocean,
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LE P'TIT TRAIN DU NORD
"Following the route of an old railway through the Laurentian Mountains is a cyclist's dream!”
By Jamie Ross

The shuttle bus drops our bikes and us off at a refurbished train station in the small Quebec town of Mont Laurier. It is too late for second thoughts. The trip from Saint Jerome, the jumping off location for our adventure but the finish point for our journey, had taken only two and a half hours, but I know getting back there will take the better part of four days and consist of more peddling than I'm used to. Read more

May2020

CYCLING KORC?ULA
By Jane Cassie

We're on Korcula, (pronounced Kor-chu-la) Croatia's sixth-largest island, a forty-seven kilometre-long gem that's edged by beaches and quiet coves. Old Town is the primary magnet, a historical maze of charming streets that reflect four centuries of Venetian domain. And branching away from this historical hub are country roads that lead to quaint villages and tranquil shores. Read more


HIDDEN KOLKATA
by Margaret Deefholts

Calcutta, now known as Kolkata, doesn't have Mumbai's urbane sophistication, or New Delhi's political overtones. It lacks the flamboyance of Rajasthan, and has no splendid monument like the Taj Mahal on display. Yet, it is a remarkable city that reveals itself slowly and shyly, one that draws me back again and again, each time revealing a new layer, a different angle, an altered perspective. Read more

GRAZ – EUROPE'S CULTURAL CAPITAL
By Ray Chatelin

Graz, Austria: Just 120 kilometers south of Vienna, the city of Graz and its citizens have always lived in the shadow of its more famous and glamorous cousin to the north.
Much like the sister of a beautiful film star, her virtues are usually overlooked, her physical assets are skipped over, and while her charm is acknowledged it is seldom scrutinized. Read more


GLAMPING, BIRDING, AND PADDLING AT CANADA'S SOUTHERN TIP
By John Geary

As I approached the edge of the beach, I stopped for a few seconds to record a panoramic video of the vista in front me – mainly water. Then, into the lake I went. Or at least my toes did ... followed slowly by my feet, up to my ankles. That was it – I'd done it!
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OREGON'S WILLAMETTE VALLEY A GREAT ESCAPE
By Lauren Kramer

If you need a few days break from ‘real life' consider heading south into Oregon's Willamette Valley. Sandwiched between the coastal mountains on one side and the Cascades on the other, the valley is the state's burgeoning wine country, where lush, meandering hills and dales are heavily populated with wineries, the majority of them small family-owned enterprises. Read more



April 2020
BLARNEY STONE BESTOWS ELOQUENCE
by Hans Tammemagi

Ireland, the Land of the Leprechauns, brings forth enchanting images of lush greenery, castles on every corner and rainbows with pots of gold. My wife, Ally, and I were in the Emerald Isle for the first time, and we were smitten by the long history and everything so green and welcoming. But there was one place that drew us like a magnet: Blarney Castle and its fabled Blarney Stone. How could we not be captivated? One quick smooch for the enduring gift of the gab? What a deal! ... read more »


BAVARIAN CHARM IN LEAVENWORTH
by Margaret Deefholts

We are in King Ludwig’s Restaurant. Oom-pah-pah music plays in the background, and a smiling waitress wearing an embroidered dirndl and apron, places an enormous platter of food on the table. Not my favourite fare, but in this place, and at this time, I’m happy to dig in to wiener schnitzel, sauerkraut, bratwurst, roast pork, and mashed potatoes. Minutes later tankards of beer are plunked in front of the guys and glasses of white wine served to the ladies. ... read more »


STRESS-FREE POMPEII
by Jane Cassie

"Wel-a-come to Roberto's stress-a-free tour," our colourfully-dressed guide says, with a strong Italian accent. "I'm-a not like-a most Italians who are up-a-tight and always-a in a hurry." There's some truth to what our flamboyant leader is telling us. We'd witnessed aggression earlier in the day, when our taxi driver, Mario, and another expressive cabbie had had a major confrontation over which one got our business from the cruise ship terminal. With hands flailing and voices yelling, it looked like they were going to duke it out. We later learned that they had been good friends for twenty years. And probably would be for another twenty. That's how it is in Italy. Lots of eruptions and then a cooling off period—which brings me back to our guide and purpose of this visit—a day at Pompeii. ... read more »


ROCKY MOUNTAINEER
Canada’s Pied Piper of the rails

by Chris McBeath

Stealing away from the comforts of my seat, the mountain air whistled past with such strength my hair swirled straight back, the ground rattled beneath my feet and the pores in my skin tingled with exhilaration. I was like a child again, sticking my head out of the car window with the family dog, grasping at the tantalizing sights and smells as they whizzed by - and basking in that sheer delight. ... read more »


March 2020
CROSSING THE CANOPY
by Chris McBeath

It was 5:30 am, a time when the jungle shifts its consciousness between night and day. Cicadas pierced the dawn with their screeching whine like a siren that would have you believe you were still in a city. But this was no urban jungle, it was the real thing. ... read more »


ON A COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
“Whether you’re looking for an historic hotel, culinary getaway, craft beer heaven, some hiking, riding or fabulous fishing, Colorado has something for everyone!”

by Jamie Ross

It was a trip that was filled with some truly wonderful experiences. There was the mountain lion at Devil’s thumb ranch that darted across the road in front of my wife and I as we were returning from dinner, and then just to make sure that we didn’t mistake the magnificent and elusive cat for some ordinary coyote or large dog, the cougar sat on its haunches by the side of the road and watched us, before vaulting off into the trees. ... read more »


COOK ISLAND CASTAWAYS
by Jane Cassie

After years of togetherness, romance often needs to be rekindled – maybe the knot needs tying, a milestone anniversary needs toasting or vows need renewing. Why not head to the beautiful Cook Islands for this special occasion? Whether you’re rejuvenating an old-time relationship or launching into first-time nuptials, this South Pacific paradise is sure to generate lots of loving vibes! ... read more »


WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN
by Margaret Deefholts

I am in Copenhagen, just outside the main railway station. It is dark, chilly and despite the city’s reputation for being easy to navigate, I am hopelessly lost. Eventually, more by accident than design, I stumble upon my hotel, the Ascot, which is tucked away in a little lane and is, as I discover later, a mere ten minute walk from the station. Duh! ... read more »


VENERABLE HANOI
Vietnam’s Longtime Capital

by Rick Millikan

Extending our Uniworld cruise itinerary, we add extra days in Hanoi. Being a long flight, our adventure begins on our hotel room balcony admiring the lights of the city and one of Hanoi’s two lakes just below. Ordering room service, we enjoy large bowls of steaming pho. Blending Chinese, French and native cuisines, pho seems a perfect way to start our holiday in Vietnam ... read more »


February 2020
EXPLORING THE GRANDEUR OF GREENLAND
by Irene Butler

Fjords and soaring peaks, icebergs and glaciers, glimpses into the lives of the people who call the world’s largest island home has long been on my husband Rick’s and my bucket list! ... read more »


CAPTIVATING CAPPADOCIA
by Margaret Deefholts

The music is haunting: a solo flute plays a piercingly sweet melody supported by a soft steady drumbeat. An expectant hush falls on our audience as five men file into the circular arena and bow with arms crossed against their chests, to a “master” standing at one end. They then take their places in a circle. Clad in long flowing white gowns, brown caps on their heads, they begin to twirl, slowly at first and then gaining speed, their skirts fanning out, arms outstretched, eyes closed and heads angled to one side. They are the whirling dervishes of Turkey. ... read more »


MYKONOS AND DELOS
by Ray Chatelin

From Kastro's Restaurant and Bar, you can see the windmills. There, in the area called Little Venice, is where you find the best Strawberry Daiquiri in all of Greece— if not the entire Western world ... read more »


ROMANTIC SAN FRANCISCO–WHATEVER THE WEATHER
by Jane Cassie

Being a weatherperson for the city of San Francisco could be a challenging task. In the morning you could be under clear skies, in the afternoon, enshrouded by mystical fog, and by evening huddled beneath an umbrella. Yet, in spite of the variances, it certainly doesn’t dampen the spirit. In fact this "The cool, grey city of love," as quoted by poet, George Sterling, is truly romantic, no matter what the forecast is. ... read more »


January 2020
OLD, NEW AND ODD GEMS OF AZERBAIJAN
by Irene Butler

I admit initially not knowing where in the world Azerbaijan was located. Our desire to visit this country was inspired by my husband Rick’s and my search for places around the globe we had not yet ventured to. Finding Azerbaijan, along with Armenia and Georgia, known collectively as South Caucasus nations sealed the deal! ... read more »


THE QUAINT HAMLET OF KOTOR
by Jane Cassie

Rays of sun gleam off the ocean's sapphire surface like shimmering glitter as we ply through the fjord-like inlet. A scattering of villages boasting red-roofed homes are carved into the lush hillsides that border our narrow waterway. We veer around uninhabited islets and vacated lighthouses that dot the ship's route. During this early arrival time, all is quiet. Everything is still enshrouded by shade. But as the sun gradually rises over the towering mountains, we watch the skinny channel and fairy-tale communities come to life. ... read more »


PARIS AND THE OUTDOOR CAFÉ
by Ray Chatelin

The essence of Paris is not in its monuments, its opera houses or the fashion salons near the Champ Elysee. Nor is it in the great masterpieces of the Louvre, the grandeur of Versailles. or even in the graceful flow and ebb on the Roland Garros Stadium courts during the French Open Tennis tournament in June. ... read more »


TWO DAYS IN HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Encountering the Past

by Chris Millikan

The airport shuttle creeps through massive afternoon congestion. Our personable guide grins, “Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest hub at thirteen million people!” And he quips, “My name’s tough to pronounce. So call me AK…but without the 47!” He tells us, “Here, family is of great importance. While in my hometown, you’re my Uniworld family!” For two days, AK acquaints us with his city’s striking past. ... read more »




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