Stratford offers cultural and culinary feasts

From world-class theatre to fine food to fascinating history to micro breweries and distilleries, you'll find plenty to enjoy in this southwest Ontario city

Stratford offers cultural and culinary feastsMy favourite summer visit is Stratford, in southwest Ontario. It's an inviting locale with culture, fine food, history and world-class theatre. Stratford Festival musicals are a prime source of revenue, and with H.M.S. Pinafore at the Avon Theatre and Guys and Dolls at the Festival Theatre, artistic director Anthony Cimolino has added two more winners…

Hilton Head: nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina

The island is known for its green and pristine landscape. An oasis for golfers and tennis players, it also offers abundant wildlife, walking trails and beaches

Hilton Head: nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina[slideshow_deploy id='114026'] HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. /Troy Media/ ‒ One great blue heron ‒ regal, silent, still, fixed in hunting mode; one elegant great egret ‒ stately, equally still; one wing-splayed cormorant – drying; two long, rubbery, black alligators ‒ comatose in the water; three white-plumaged ibises ‒ with carrot-like beaks; six sun-basking turtles ‒ heads…

Savouring the multicultural flavours of Montreal

So few days, so many great restaurants. A taste test of Montreal's incredible restaurant scene

Savouring the multicultural flavours of Montreal[slideshow_deploy id='110709']Hover over image for caption MONTREAL, Que. Jan. 12, 2017/ Troy Media/ - The Montreal food scene is as delightfully diverse as its multicultural inhabitants. Eighty languages are spoken in this city. And its celebrated gastronomic delights far exceed Montreal's prized smoked meat at Schwartz’s Deli and its high-quality bagels at either St. Viateur…

My five favourite spots in Rochester, N.Y.

Steeped in history, Rochester is a fabulous cultural centre offering music, drama and art – and plenty of shopping and dining choices

My five favourite spots in Rochester, N.Y.[slideshow_deploy id='108431']Hover over image to read caption ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A bulky bass ambles by a minuscule piccolo; three violins chatter nervously in a corner; an agile cello darts easily around a placid guitar; a tuba, hurried, barely acknowledges the waving trombone and massive bass, wrapped in its hard, black, plastic shell.…

Thousand Islands a delightful region to cruise

History, opulence, natural wonders and serene views are all yours on one of these two tranquil cruises down the St. Lawrence

Thousand Islands a delightful region to cruise[slideshow_deploy id='105977']Hover over image to read caption TORONTO, Ont. Oct. 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ – My favourite Canadian archipelago — a cluster of islands near a mainland – is in the St. Lawrence River. The misnamed Thousand Islands is really 1,864 islands, some large like Wellesley Island, home to the Wellesley Island State Park, and others quite tiny.…

My favourite five New Zealand ports

Stunning views, fascinating museums, charming people, great food and wonderful culture await visitors to this small nation with a big heart

My favourite five New Zealand ports[slideshow_deploy id='104210'] Hover over image to read caption AUCKLAND, N.Z. Sept. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – New Zealand is distant for most tourists, but well worth 11 or more hours spent inside an airplane. On the plane, you can dutifully watch all of the Lord of the Rings movies to help get up to speed with…

My five favourite spots in Havana

Canadian visitors would be advised to go soon, before Americans overrun the country; here are five must-see sites in Havana

My five favourite spots in Havana[slideshow_deploy id='102606']Hover over image to read caption HAVANA, Cuba Aug. 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Canadian tourists have enjoyed a North American monopoly on Cuba, its enticing weather and beaches. But you should visit Cuba soon, before it's overrun with Americans. Havana, the capital, is a must-see. Classic automobiles take one back to 1959 when Fidel…

My five favourite spots in Reykjavik

Reykjavik's rugged inhabitants deal with constant volcanic activity along with earthquakes, avalanches and even and occasional glacial flood

My five favourite spots in Reykjavik[slideshow_deploy id='72106']Hover over image for caption REYKJAVIK, Iceland, July 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Iceland recently proved that it punches far above its weight in sports by defeating England in the 2016 Euro soccer playoffs in France. It punches above its weight as a tourist destination, too. Reykjavik (Smoky Bay) is Europe’s northernmost capital, and…