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 ReykjavikI spent three exhilarating days in Reykjavik, Iceland, a self-reliant city whose rugged inhabitants deal with constant volcanic activity along with earthquakes, avalanches and an occasional glacial flood thrown in to keep them alert. Geothermal heat provides inexpensive, reliable, and environmentally safe energy. Seventy drill holes varying in depth from 500 to 2,000 metres provide…

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 CarolinaOne 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 protruding to suck up the heat. Not bad…