Looking for the Pirates of Penzance in Cornwall

With St. Michael’s Mount on the horizon, a grand walking tour awaits

Looking for the Pirates of Penzance in CornwallPenzance! Already associated in our minds with the famous Gilbert and Sullivan 1879 operetta The Pirates of Penzance, it’s also the last town of any size on the southwestern tip of the British isles. I was alerted early on by my Cornish-born grandfather to its magnificent white sand beaches, mild, sunny weather, and a human…

Hardy Gunas’ way of life threatened by rising waters

Climate change blamed for the slow dissolution of the beautiful coral reefs that surround many of the islands off mainland Panama

Hardy Gunas’ way of life threatened by rising watersJesus Prestan is a stranger in his own land. Born a member of the Guna (pronounced Kuna) indigenous people on the  off the eastern coast of Panama, he grew up and was educated in Panama City. Now, when he returns to the islands that are home to his people, he’s treated politely, but as a…

Eats, eccentrics and relaxation in Calgary and Winnipeg tours

Indulge in the ancient at two Winnipeg attractions: a fascinating tour of the legislature or the relaxing Thermea Nordic Spa

Eats, eccentrics and relaxation in Calgary and Winnipeg toursInglewood isn’t just one of Calgary’s oldest and coolest neighbourhoods – designated one of the best in Canada in 2014 – it’s also the destination for a unique meet-a-maverick cultural food tour. Inglewood Edibles: Made by Mavericks, one of Calgary-based Alberta Food Tours’ many offerings, was recently designated a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada.…

Changing corporate culture one thank you at a time

Tom Short of Kudos talks about why employee engagement is so crucial to business success and how his company helps

Changing corporate culture one thank you at a timeTom Short is founder and chief customer officer of Kudos. What is Kudos and what does it do? Short: Kudos supports organizations that want to improve team morale and enhance their corporate culture with the power of recognition and communication. Our system is a private social network that allows everyone to recognize and appreciate anyone…

The nomadic life of retirement tourism

Among the many fascinating people found in San Miguel de Allende was a couple who sold everything to travel the world

The nomadic life of retirement tourismI’ve just returned from San Miguel de Allende full of interesting new experiences gathered in a 475-year-old Mexican central highlands town renowned worldwide for its hospitality to culturally creative folk. Those visitors like to rent 300-year-old casas, practise speaking Spanish and participate in a nuanced cosmopolitan life. The local media refer to this phenomenon as…

Out of the roiling heat of Montreal, into the heart of artistic genius

And a full dose of air-conditioned museum comfort certainly doesn't hurt the appreciation of Picasso

Out of the roiling heat of Montreal, into the heart of artistic geniusLast week, thousands of Montrealers began to experience what I expect will gradually become a new phenomenon in global art gallery visitation – viewing art to get out of the heat. The heat wave (CBC news referred to it as “a heat event”) really descended on the city on the previous weekend, with Saturday’s temperatures…

A Mexican village welcomes ecotourists

From the hospitality to the extraordinary food to the sublime experience among the butterflies, this is a place of exceptional grace

A Mexican village welcomes ecotourists[slideshow_deploy id='112857'] SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico March 12, 2017 /Troy Media/ – When you drive up the paved road into Macheros village in Donato Guerra, Estado de Mexico, you enter a high altitude (2,600 metres) ejido (essentially a Mexican communal farm) that has a unique relationship with about 400 million monarch butterflies. There's a lot to…

Fresh (cooking) lessons from Mexico’s mercados

Our columnist attends a four-hour cooking class with successful San Miguel, Mexico, restaurateur Paco Cardenas

Fresh (cooking) lessons from Mexico’s mercados[slideshow_deploy id='112857'] SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico Feb. 26, 2017/Troy Media/ - My friend Scott loves to organize vacation activities that go on beyond the call of normal vacation duty. This now entails full-time planning for three couples who gather once per year, sometime between the Dia de Meurtos (Nov. 2) and the end of…

Glastonbury a destination for the modern pilgrim

Spiritualities converge in Glastonbury, England

Glastonbury a destination for the modern pilgrim[slideshow_deploy id='77275']Hover over image to read caption Download this travel article on Glastonbury, England for your publication or website. FREE or Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use GLASTONBURY, England Aug 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Although once a market town with some light industry, Glastonbury (population 8,932) is now a prime tourist…