Braving the Glacier Skywalk

 Even though I’m afraid of heights, there’s plenty of places to pose and ponder along the Glacier Skywalk   "Come on, you can do it," coaxes the woman in uniform when she sees me falter. She is standing two feet away and 280 m (918 ft) above the Sunwapta Valley, on the glass-floored platform of the... Continue Reading →

Las Vegas Trump Hotel Refreshes in Dog Days of Summer

Donald Trump shares my peeve for slow elevators I discovered after checking in to his 64-storey golden tower in Las Vegas. Entering probably the fastest hotel elevators on the Strip, we shot up to our suite on the 30th floor in under 30 seconds. Trump International Hotel ranked 6th this year in Travel and Leisure... Continue Reading →

Wine and Time Travelling in Historic Prince Edward County

Last night's thunder reminded me of another summer storm that chased us back into the 19th century. Or that's how I recall arriving in historic Prince Edward County (PEC), Canada's newest designated wine country, for a wine-swirling weekend. Dark clouds had grumbled above us for two hours as we sped along the 401 to that... Continue Reading →

Bear spotting in Jasper National Park

Town's mascot Jasper the Bear comes to life   We didn't have to go into the woods to see a bear on this trip to Jasper. It ambled out to greet us as we slowed down to pass through the east entrance  of the National Park gate. Not 50 metres ahead on our left something big... Continue Reading →

Eating at Scottsdale’s minty-cool The Saguaro

Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows....everywhere This is my first restaurant review and I'm not even going to write about the food. My husband and I had booked a table at the Distrito restaurant for Easter Sunday brunch on a tip from my local PR contact to check out The Saguaro Scottsdale. (That's pronounced sah-warh-oh, after the desert... Continue Reading →

Escape to Alcatraz

The TV show is fictional, but the jail cells are real I happened to flip to an episode of Alcatraz the other night just as an inmate was using his cell wall for a punching bag. I recognized the narrow 9’x 5’ cell in this notorious penitentiary, but it was definitely not the cell I... Continue Reading →

Underground tour shines torch on Seattle’s buried city

Frontier tales of gambling, girls and gin  We were passing through Seattle's airport to San Francisco recently and I was reminded of the last time we visited this port city in 2010. After an obligatory walk through the crowded and colourful Pike Market, I lined up to take a 90-minute walking tour of Seattle's original city,... Continue Reading →

Ritz-Carlton oceanfront resort at Half Moon Bay, California

Pumpkin Paradise offers Cinderella-style birthday It was a Cinderella kind of birthday, except I turned into the pumpkin.  But my transformation wasn't by the wand of a witch or fairy godmother, it was the result of a weekend celebration at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif. This historic seaside hamlet is the biggest pumpkin... Continue Reading →

Christmas Past

While storing away decorations for another year, now is a great time to pick up a few new accents and accessories for next year at reduced prices. So says my friend, a working mom and one of the most creative Christmas decorators I know. In this December story she offers budget-friendly tips for home decorating and new ideas for... Continue Reading →

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