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Charles Godefroy and the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe has always been a rallying point for soldiers both starting and ending major campaigns in war….

Montmorency: La légende de la Dame blanche

Everyone has heard of Niagara Falls; they are one of Canada’s biggest tourist draws and a frequent honeymoon destination for…

Discoveries triggered by sleeping effigies at Père Lachaise

There are numerous graves at Père Lachaise with sculpted effigies of people sitting, lounging or sleeping on top of their…

Chowing down in Toronto (gluten & dairy free)

I’m back in Toronto… specifically, at the University of Toronto. This is the only place in Canada that offers SIYLI…

Where the Wild Things Are

Herman Melville said that artists have to take a dive, and either you hit your head on a rock and…

Love… demons… and slightly macabre stories from Cartagena

Of Love and Other Demons is the title of a book written by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez and published…

Pablo Escobar & the Mystery Plane

While leaving the reef after snorkeling, I asked the captain of our boat, Donde es la casa de Pablo Escobar?…

Snorkling the Corales Islas del Rosario

The name of the Rosario Islands is literally, Corales Islas del Rosario. It’s a chain of islands linked together by…

The Rosario Islands: The Experience

I was nervous about booking this trip. If you’ve ever been to Cartagena you’d know that the streets are filled…

Coffee in the Old City of Cartagena

While Colombia is one of the great producers of coffee for the world, I’m not convinced that the high end…

The really cheesy street food of Cartagena

Colombians love their cheese (queso); and, their fish. But, you’ll rarely find raw seafood being served at one of the…

The wonderful street art of Getsemaní

Getsemaní used to be really dangerous. Drugs and prostitution happened openly on the streets and locals were reluctant to be…

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