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Santa Monica and the Beach Butler experience worth the trip

By Mike Cohen Santa Monica: On our recent trip to the Los Angeles area we were like a lot of tourists. We wanted to spend time at the beach, but we did not bring our own towels, chairs or umbrellas. Friends recommended we spend time in Santa Monica (www.santamonica.com) and during my research I came across an outfit called Perry's Café and Rentals (www.perryscafe.com). It has been an integral part of the Lo ...

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Iconic ‘The Canadian’ is a ride for the ages

All aboard for one of the world’s great train trips By Matthew Elder “Wow, you’re taking the train out west – I’ve always wanted to do that!” It’s a comment familiar to anyone who has booked passage on The Canadian, VIA Rail Canada’s flagship, transcontinental train. Indeed, there no more quintessentially Canadian experience than crossing this vast country by rail – all 4,466 kilometres to Vancouver, passin ...

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Beverly Hills: synonymous with luxury and the place for upscale shopping

Mike Cohen Travel BeverleyHills - The first thing you need to know about Beverly Hills (www.lovebeverlyhills.com) is its reputation as a shopping and restaurant paradise. But then I always knew that, dating back to my favorite childhood TV show the Beverly Hillbillies. Sightseeing tours here are popular for discovering architectural highlights, famous landmarks and celebrity haunts. From Anne Fontaine to Da ...

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Family travel goes upscale in Dominican Republic

With its calm waters, white sand beaches and lofty palm trees, Punta Cana is blessed with natural features perfect for kids. It’s also located in the Dominican Republic, one of the first Caribbean islands to develop the concept of all-inclusive holidays, that ideal blend of convenience and no-surprises pricing that’s proven to be so popular with families. Now, a few visionary Punta Cana resorts are giving t ...

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Theatre Lac Brome Saison Estivale

Summer in Quebec would not be complete without a trip to the Eastern Townships to take in a performance at Theatre Lac Brome.  Only an hour from the Champlain Bridge Lac Brome is in the heart of wine country, charming villages and a wide array of artistic activity. Since its conception in 1986 Theatre Lac Brome has produced an English language summer theatre season.  In the past three years the theatre’s ma ...

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Granville Island makes for a great stopover en route to LA

Vanvouver: If you are headed to Los Angeles anytime soon from Montreal then take my advice and book your flights with a stopover in Vancouver. We did so recently and decided to kill two birds with one stone. Not only did we agree to spend most of our time at the spectacular Granville Island (www.granvilleisland.com), but we found an outstanding hotel on the premises as well. The Granville Island Hotel (www. ...

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The Bloc: part of Los Angeles downtown makeover

There is no question that Downtown Los Angeles (www.discoverlosangeles.com) is experiencing a renaissance. Things to do in include world class entertainment venues and museums, incredible restaurants, a thriving nightlife scene and walkable streets. LA Live. is a spectacular entertainment complex offering nightlife, restaurants and live music venues, including the GrammyMuseum, ESPN Zone, Lucky Strike Lanes ...

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Visiting Normandy – 70 Years after D-Day

This year marks a significant anniversary in world history; seventy years ago Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, and changed the tides of World War II. It was June 6, 1944 when Canadian, American, and British troops took part in the greatest amphibious assault in recorded history. Like many of us, my knowledge of this world changing event came mainly from History channel documentaries, shown eac ...

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A Saratoga Spring stopover breaks up trip to Big Apple

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - New York City is such an exciting place to visit that one does not want to waste any time more than necessary in transit. That is why we left a day ahead of our reservation and stopped over in beautiful Saratoga Springs (www.discoversaratoga.org), home of summer horse racing, for the night. By doing so, we had an easy three hour commute to the Big Apple without having to worry about a ...

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Sofitel & TAO top New York City highlights

My family and I have indeed experienced heaven. That is because we spent four nights in a gorgeous luxury suite at the Sofitel New York (www.sofitel.com) located at 45 West 44th Street, a very short walk from Times Square and Broadway theatres. For us, the location could not have been better. This elegant 30-storey midtown Manhattan hotel is just a stone’s throw from Fifth Avenue. There are 398 spacious roo ...

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