The Winter Charms of Old Quebec City

Old Quebec City does charm visitors with its European village style.credit: Kurt Winner Describing Old Québec City using “quaint and charming ” could be considered trite. You must try to capture the sound of the horse drawn carriage on cobble-stone streets, the beauty of the sculptured shop facades, the exuberance of summer planter boxes spilling over with geraniums and inpatients, the many colorful painted shutters accentuating mullioned windows on old stone buildings, the order of angles of a mansard roof line, the French street and business signs announcing “rue” this and “table d’hote saisonniere” (seasonal menu) that. One must love the vowels and the syllables of a French speaking city. One must see the joy in setting out on foot on a lovely spring day to shop and wander or in winter and well bundled up, take a [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:58+00:00 August 25th, 2014|Categories: Canada, Destinations, Quebec City|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Helijet to the Fairmont Empress in Victoria ( AFAR.com)

I had a seamless trip on Helijet. One moment I was standing on my balcony at the sleek Fairmont Pacific Rim overlooking Coal Harbor and the next, with the help of Fairmont's car service, I was climbing abourd a  Helijet taking off for the Fairmont Empress in Victoria. Helijet and Fairmont are partners and it makes good sense as there are several Fairmont properties near the Vancouver, BC location and of course the grand Empress reigns on Vancouver Island. You can opt for a scheduled flight or charter the helicopter ( they have smaller craft too) for your own adventure. They also have charter jets. The scenery is breathtaking as you pass over the waterways and little islands dotted with trees below. There is also plenty of boat and ship traffic to watch. I consider this a sightseeing tour as [...]

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Fresh Start Retreat: sign me up!

An offer to experience the Fresh Start Retreat Program crossed my desk a few weeks ago. Based at the tranquil Ocean Resort Retreat Center in Oyster Bay, Vancouver Island, Canada, they offer a ten and fourteen day Advanced Whole Body Detox and a Five Day Juice Fast.

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