Month: May 2014

Always be reading.
Go to the library.
There’s magic in being surrounded by books.
Get lost in the stacks.
Read bibliographies.
It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.


– Austin Kleon, Steal Like An Artist


Modern hospitality in old world style

One of the delights of traveling is getting more than you expected, especially in terms of accommodation. Choosing where to stay is often a risky proposition when you’ve never been to the area. All you’ve got to go on are website…

Flowering abundance

The Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia (about 20 minutes away from Victoria) is one of Canada’s premier horticultural destinations, designated as a National Historic Site. It was created early in the 20th century by Jennie Butchart, the wife of Robert…

Books still alive and well in Victoria

When I lived in Hamilton and Toronto, one of my favourite things to do was to visit bookstores, both new and used. The hours scanning the shelves of the many book shops that used to line Queen Street was time well spent. Sadly, they are…

The garden that love built

The beauty of a well-designed garden is usually enough to draw visitors, but when there’s a romantic story attached, people come in droves. The Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, British Columbia is one such place. Nicholas Abkhazi was an exiled Georgian prince who…

Jellyfish as art

A Pacific sea nettle jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium is mesmerizing as it moves in a graceful, slow-motion ballet of colour and form.

A world-class park

It seems like all the best cities have great public parks in the middle of them: Villa Borghese in Rome, Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, Central Park in New York City. Added to this number has to be Stanley Park in…

The library Colosseum

Which library could be considered a literary arena for books and information materials? The winner would have to be the Vancouver Central Library. Designed by Canadian architect Moshe Safdie and completed in 1995, the building resembles the Colosseum in Rome,…

The great Canadian train ride

It’s a trip many Canadians say they would like to take someday. We decided to do it now. In Toronto, my husband Gregory and I got on the VIA train called “The Canadian” and travelled for four days and nights…