Flea markets a great introduction to local culture

You can have lots of fun at flea markets around the world while learning something about that country's culture at the same time

One of the world's largest flea markets is in San Jose, California. It has more than 2,000 booths and sprawls over 40 acres. In all, 12.8 km (eight miles) of booth-lined walkways with arts, crafts, jewellery, antiques and junk! Lots of junk. The old saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" tells you something…

Onwards to St. Michael’s Mount, across fields and marsh

We had a destination draped in history and instructions on how to get there offered with a smile and pride of place

Onwards to St. Michael’s Mount, across fields and marshWe were on foot on our first morning in Cornwall, walking from the tiny village of Ludgvan in search of St. Michael’s Mount. At Crowlas, we turned right onto the motorway headed to Penzance. A narrow paved footpath followed the right side of the road, which cut through the green fields on either side of…

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…

Visiting Liverpool in search of John Lennon’s first muse

Sixty years ago, John Lennon’s mother Julia was killed. He never got over the loss and you can find echos of her influence in Liverpool

Visiting Liverpool in search of John Lennon’s first museThe city of Liverpool has intrigued me ever since I heard my first Beatles record and my youthful idolization of John Lennon always made me want to go there. But what tipped the scale was reading the 2007 book Imagine This by Julia Baird, his younger sister, and seeing the 2009 movie Nowhere Boy, made…

Discovering Monet’s lifelong fascination with architecture

London’s National Gallery exhibit offers rare glimpses into the artist’s examination of the play of light on human structures

Discovering Monet’s lifelong fascination with architectureOne of the great things about being a retired museum and art gallery CEO is that you know most of the basic tricks of the trade. For instance, you can get a very quick gauge of an exhibition’s successes and high points by talking with the gallery security staff. So as soon as we had…

Walking back in time, with a dance in your step

Guided walking tours are great ways to see cities, particularly if they offer cultural details like Beatles tours of Liverpool and London

Walking back in time, with a dance in your stepTORONTO, Ont. Jan. 18, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Walking tours are a great way to see a city. Wear good shoes, dress for the weather, pack a snack and meet at pre-determined landmark or transit stop. This is how I saw a lot of Berlin, New York and countless themed tours of London – Bloomsbury, Shakespeare,…

English airshows (and museums) a must-see

Ready for a break from castles and historical museums and want a little more action?

English airshows (and museums) a must-seeCALGARY, Alta. Nov. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Airshows in England? Maybe you're ready for a break from castles and historical museums and you've gotten into the great outdoors to explore Stonehenge and some of the other megaliths, but you want a little more action! There are airshows all over the United Kingdom. You can…

Cadenhead’s a Scotch whisky institution

This iconic whisky producer and retailer sets the standard at all levels – and has done so for almost 200 years

Cadenhead’s a Scotch whisky institutionPORTLAND, Ore. July 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ – For Scotch whisky aficionados, Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop and Tasting Room has always been more than iconic whisky retailer or a famed specialist bottler of rare whiskies. The company, with outlets in London and Edinburgh, boasts an impressive list of historic milestones in the evolution of the Scotch whisky industry. The…

King Arthur and the crafty monks of Glastonbury

Glastonbury Abbey perpetuated the King Arthur legend to find the money to rebuild their abbey which burnt-down in 1184

King Arthur and the crafty monks of GlastonburyDownload this column on King Arthur and Things To Do in England Terms and Conditions of use TORONTO, Ont. Dec 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - A recent news story about archaeological findings at the site of England’s Glastonbury Abbey made me think of the long-dead Hollywood actor Robert Taylor. Let me explain. I was a month short…

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…