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Norman Bethune Celebrated In Canada And China

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Norman Bethune Celebrated In Canada And China

Norman Bethune is Canada’s gift to China. A physician who devoted body and soul to the cause of Chinese independence, Bethune is probably the most famous Canadian ever to set foot in China. A veteran of World War I and the Spanish Civil War, he volunteered his services to China in 1938 as it struggled […]

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Muskoka Lakes: Enchanting Corner Of Canada

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Muskoka Lakes: Enchanting Corner Of Canada

With a deafening blast from its foghorn, the R.M.S. Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship, set off from its base in Gravenhurst, Ontario, for a serene two-hour cruise of Muskoka Bay and the broader expanses of Lake Muskoka. My wife and I were aboard as it left Gravenhurst’s historic Wharf district on a pleasant sunny […]

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Mount Royal — Montreal’s Majestic Landmark

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Mount Royal — Montreal’s Majestic Landmark

When I was five or six years old, my mother — an immigrant from postwar Poland whose appreciation of nature seemed boundless — introduced me to the glories of Montreal’s great urban forest, Mount Royal Park, which is still the most dominant landmark in a city filled with stately landmarks. My love affair with this […]

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Weimar — A Microcosm Of Germany’s Tangled Past

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Weimar — A Microcosm Of Germany’s Tangled Past

Weimar, a pleasant city in the eastern state of Thuringia, is where the tangled and irreconcilable strands of Germany’s history meet abruptly. Although Weimar was the birthplace of the short-lived Weimar Republic, Thuringia was a bastion of the Nazi movement, having been the first state in Germany where two Nazi officials, Wilhelm Frick and Fritz […]

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Off-The-Beaten-Track Destinations In Israel

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Off-The-Beaten-Track Destinations In Israel

Visitors to Israel usually spend their time touring cities such as Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Nazareth and tend to overlook off-the-beaten-track destinations further afield. I didn’t want to make that mistake. So on one of my trips to Israel, I made a point of visiting several of the natural wonders in the Galilee: Mount […]

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A Sentimental Journey To Bad Reichenhall

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A Sentimental Journey To Bad Reichenhall

Bad Reichenhall, a neat and attractive town in southern Germany, is ringed by the crystalline Bavarian Alps. It’s surely one of the most beautiful places in Europe. I was born here after the most destructive war in history. A destination which attracted more than one million visitors last year, it draws nature buffs, mountain climbers, […]

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Exploring Splendid Vermont On A Bicycle

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Exploring Splendid Vermont On A Bicycle

Splendidly sylvan Vermont is seemingly timeless, a tableaux of gently rolling hills, accessibly high mountains, serene pastures, dense woods, placid lakes, bubbling streams and quaint towns. It’s the kind of a place, I suspect, where the iconic American painter, Norman Rockwell, would have felt at home. Whenever I’ve driven through Vermont, I have never ceased […]

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The Remote Oases Of Egypt’s Western Desert

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The Remote Oases Of Egypt’s Western Desert

Egypt is synonymous with the pyramids, the tombs of the pharoahs, the ruins of ancient temples and the artifacts of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. But even discerning travellers often overlook one of Egypt’s most unforgettable attractions — the remote oases of the Western Desert, the eastern extension of the Sahara Desert. Far from Egypt’s […]

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Manaus Was Once The Paris Of The Tropics

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Manaus Was Once The Paris Of The Tropics

Improbably enough, one of the world’s most impressive 19th century opera houses, the Teatro Amazonas, is in Manaus, right in the middle of the great Amazon rainforest. The elegant pink and white neo-classical building, sporting an iridescent dome sprinkled with a dusting of colors, lies in old quarter of Manaus, the commercial capital of the […]

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Spring — A Harbinger Of Hope

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Spring — A Harbinger Of Hope

Canada is a calm and placid country, an idyllic place to live and bring up a family, but when it comes to the weather, Canada can be maddeningly fickle and disappointing. Spring in this country is a cruel tease. It comes and goes as it wishes, dashing hopes and expectations. When spring officially arrived in […]

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