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China’s Terracotta Warriors

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China’s Terracotta Warriors

Call it, if you like, a fantastic fluke. The 2,000-year-old Army of Terracotta Warriors, one of the most astonishing finds of the 20th century, might never have been excavated had it not been for a natural disaster that ravaged the central Chinese province of Shaanxi in 1974. The chain of events that culminated with this […]

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Vancouver’s Vibrant Granville Island Market

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Vancouver’s Vibrant Granville Island Market

I spent my last few hours in Vancouver recently in Granville Island Market, one of the city’s greatest attractions, and I enjoyed every bit of it. I’ve always been attracted to food markets. During my travels abroad, I’ve visited markets in Thailand, Laos, China, Vietnam, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, France, Morocco and Israel, among other countries. […]

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Glorious Autumn Colors Brighten Up A City

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Glorious Autumn Colors Brighten Up A City

The days are cooler and shorter and the nights are colder and longer. There is a nip and a chill in the air. The clouds are leaden and the sun emits relatively little heat. The rains come down more frequently. Autumn has arrived in Toronto in earnest. It’s not my favorite season. I’m a summer […]

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Stanley Park — Vancouver’s Top Attraction

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Stanley Park — Vancouver’s Top Attraction

I was fortunate enough to visit Vancouver earlier this month, but there was a problem: I had less than 24 hours to explore this gorgeous city on Canada’s west coast. What could I possibly see in so short a time when I had other commitments and the weather forecast predicted rain? It didn’t take me […]

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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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