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USA'S FRIENDLIEST HOMETOWN - THE VILLAGES By Peter McNaughton (Article)

 

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Peter McNaughton

Several years ago, my wife Sandi overheard some women talking about a place in Florida one of them owned near Orlando which sounded interesting. We were going to be in the area so we decided to rent a place there for a couple of weeks to check it out. After two weeks we thought it was just too good to be true so we came back the next year. It wasn't too good to be true--in fact we now go there every year for six months (the maximum allowed by the U.S.) and it gets better every year. It's called The Villages and for the last few years it has ranked in the top three fastest growing communities in North America.

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MILLISLE B&B (MERRICKVILLE) By Bill Kilfoyle (Article)

 

 

Bill Kilfoyle

Mary and Derry Thompson are the hosts of this bed and breakfast located in a beautiful old home in the Village of Merrickville. I visited this place and started to write up a description of it. Then I thought I should check out the Janette Higgins Ontario Bed and Breakfast web site, and low and behold an excellent write up has already been done. It accords with my own observations of Millisle which I visited in January( 2005). If you need additional assurance about the Higgins’ web site you will be comforted to know that Adrienne Clarkson formerly of Toronto and more recently of Ottawa has said that the assessments of Janette Higgins are “totally dependable”. The Higgins web site is at www.bbontarion.com/millisle.cfm . If this doesn’t work just go to www.bbontarion.com and search for Merrickville.

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LETTER FROM ITALY - By John Durley (Article)

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John Durley

It all began when my wife received word that her request for a leave of absence had been approved. Our next step was to decide where in Europe to spend the time available.
We were in the process of signing up with a house exchange agency when a friend put us in touch with the owner of a house in NW Tuscany, Italy. After a brief exchange of e-mails, we agreed to rent it for 3 months.

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A LEAP OF FAITH IN NZ By David Horley

 

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David Horley

The instructor told me to stand at the beginning of the downward slope.At the word "Go !" I began to jog forward. Lo, about the 5th or 6th step,my foot no longer touched the ground !

No, I had not learned to levitate at my advanced age. No, I had not joined the company of winged angels - which would be unexpected and certainly unmerited.

Instead, I was hang-gliding. Wow !!

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TITICACA TO RIVER PLATE By Pierre Beemans (Article)

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Pierre Beemans

Towards the middle of January we had finished off the last of the Christmas turkey leftovers, we were into our fourth straight week of daytime highs below -10C and we had moved well beyond our saturation point for breathless CBC reports and righteous Citizen headlines about the sponsorship scandal. Isn't it summertime in South America, I asked my wife, Isn't it about time we visited the family in Bolivia and, while we are down there, looked in on some of our old friends in Uruguay?

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CHEMIN DE SAN JACQUES By David Horley (Article)

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David Horley

Would you like to hike along one of the routes used by European pilgrims for hundreds of years ? Starting at various points in Europe, pilgrims made their way to a city in northwest Spain called, appropriately, Santiago de Compostela. Third only to Jerusalem and Rome as a pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages, this city is the place where one of Christ’s disciples, St James, is supposed to have launched Christianity in Spain.

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HOLIDAY IN COSTA RICA By Tim Williams (Article)

 

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March 17, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim and Gloria Williams

THREE WEEKS IN GUANCASTE

We did not know Costa Rica, but having bought three guide books five years ago, we felt obliged to spend several thousands now to make use of them - a classic case, perhaps, of “penny-wise, pound foolish”. What follows is a first-blush account, subjective but unvarnished, of the resulting three weeks in the Flamingo Beach area of the north-western province of Guanacaste. The time was January 21 to February 11, 2006.

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ADVENTURE BIKING AT ANY AGE by John Durley

 

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John Durley

Once or twice a year, my friend John Durley and two or three of his friends, all in their 70’s, pack their bikes and fly to some far country and bike the back roads for several weeks. When they begin in the morning they don’t know where they will sleep that night, where or what they will eat, what adventures are in store for them. And in rural China, India, Tibet, for example, those are major challenges. Challenges to be overcome perhaps by signs or sign-language with surprised or bemused country folk.

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RIP VAN WINKLE IN TODAY'S LAOS By Tim Williams (Article)

 

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A visit to the Laos of 2011 reminds someone born in 1937 of how old his generation now is. The picture in this small southeast Asian country Laos now often differs a lot from that in 1962-63 when I served there as a member of the Canadian delegation to the International Commission for Supervision and Control. Vientiane, the capital city of 70,000 in 1962, has mutated into what by Laotian standards is a mini-metropolis of 600,000. There as elsewhere in the country foreign investment and tourism have stimulated infrastructure development, massive building and urbanization. Thomas Wolfe's plaintive dictum “You can't go back again” sums up the bittersweet reaction of a visitor trying to identify landmarks of yesteryear.

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