Helen Keller’s birthplace stirs the senses

Museum honours ‘America’s First Lady of Courage’

Helen Keller’s birthplace stirs the sensesTUSCUMBIA, Alabama - The irony is striking. I’m free to tour the childhood home that was for a while her prison, though happily also the site of her liberation. I can hear birds she couldn’t hear, from somewhere in the magnolias and mimosas she couldn’t see. I can trace in an hour the life that…

Alabama museum pays tribute to the father of the blues

Visit the Alabama birthplace of W.C. Handy

Alabama museum pays tribute to the father of the bluesIt may be in St. Louis, Memphis and New York that W.C. Handy popularized the blues. But it’s in Florence, Alabama, that his musical journey began. Dubbed “The Father of the Blues,” Handy was born in 1873 in this city whose population is closing in on 40,000. The family’s two-room cabin, built of white poplar…

Guernsey is a hot spot for Second World War buffs

Channel Islands were only British territory occupied by Nazis

Guernsey is a hot spot for Second World War buffsIn Guernsey’s darkest hour, Canadians rushed to help. Today’s visitors to this lively, lovely Channel Island, just off the Normandy coast, can’t help but be reminded of that. The Channel Islands were the only British territory to suffer Nazi occupation during the Second World War. For German leader Adolf Hitler, the islands – which include…

Planning and paranoia at the Diefenbunker

The Diefenbunker was built to withstand an atomic bomb 250 times stronger than the one dropped on Hiroshima

Planning and paranoia at the Diefenbunker[slideshow_deploy id='70767'] Hover over image for caption Download this Travel column on the Diefenbunker Terms and Conditions of use CARP, Ont. Dec. 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It’s an unlikely place for the seat of government, beneath this windswept knoll along a rural road 35 kilometres west of downtown Ottawa. But at the height of the Cold…

Believe it! Religious tourism is booming

From pilgrimages to theme parks, there’s something for everyone

Believe it! Religious tourism is booming[slideshow_deploy id='73804']Hover over image to read caption Download this travel article on religious tourism for your publication or website. FREE to subscribers. Join Us OTTAWA, ON Oct 15, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In 2013, more than 215,000 pilgrims reached the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain after walking the Way of St. James.…

6 surprising things about Ottawa

Once dubbed “the town that fun forgot”, Canada’s capital is proving the naysayers wrong

6 surprising things about Ottawa[slideshow_deploy id='79295']Hover over image to read caption Download this FREE travel article on Ottawa for your publication or website Contact PeterOTTAWA, ON, Oct 1, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Ottawa: city of politicians, nice museums and, er, that’s it. If that’s how you view your nation’s capital, think again. Here are six things about Canada’s fourth…

Feasting in a “restaurant without walls”

Enjoy gourmet dinners on the farms that produced the food

Feasting in a “restaurant without walls”[slideshow_deploy id='72983']Hover over image to read caption Download this travel article for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use HARBORSIDE, MAINE Sep 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It’s a late August afternoon by the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m noshing al fresco on such simple pleasures as grilled flank steak and blueberry cobbler.…

Annual herb tour a must at 10 New Hampshire Inns

Basil, beer and scenic byways

Annual herb tour a must at 10 New Hampshire Inns[slideshow_deploy id='73391']Hover over image to read caption Download this travel article on herb tours for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use NORTH CONWAY, N.H Aug 24, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Swallowtail butterflies deposit their larvae on parsley leaves. Folks in the Middle Ages thought scorpions would hatch‪ in their brains if…

7 North American religious destinations to satisfy your spiritual itch

Don’t have the time or money to visit far-flung religious sites like the Holy Land or India?

7 North American religious destinations to satisfy your spiritual itchDownload this article on religious sites for your publication or website. FREE or Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use OTTAWA, ON Aug 19, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Don’t have the time or money to visit far-flung religious destinations like the Holy Land or India? Here are seven North American religious destinations that…

A wilderness resort with all the comforts of home

Kenauk offers everything from moose hunting to sporting clays

A wilderness resort with all the comforts of home[slideshow_deploy id='75005'] MONTEBELLO, QC, Jul 1, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Too late I realize that I should have gone fishing or toured the on-site fish hatchery. Or maybe gone bear watching, nature hiking, canoeing. Anything but aiming this Browning 20-calibre rifle, a couple of grand's worth of firepower, at biodegradable clay pigeons. The last time…