Month: July 2014

History comes alive at hands-on museum

The Mackenzie Printery in Queenston, Ontario is no ordinary museum. The building is the house where William Lyon Mackenzie lived and worked in the 1820s. He printed a newspaper here called The Colonial Advocate before moving to York (now Toronto) and…

A sensory experience

I drink the occasional glass of wine and don’t usually think a lot about it when I do. But during a wine tasting with my husband at Reif Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, I discovered that I may be missing out…

Hidden treasures

The New York Public Library is one of the biggest libraries in the world, with a vast branch system offering circulating materials to millions of people and a series of comprehensive research collections that scholars from around the world come to…

City view

Looking out at Chelsea in New York City from the second floor of a renovated factory building on West 14th and 9th Streets, now an Apple Store.

Tall and thin

It’s hard to believe the Flatiron Building in New York City fits on to a small triangle of land where 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street meet. I’ve seen other buildings try to do that in other cities, but this has to be the…

Lungs of the city

As fascinating as New York City can be with its outstanding architecture, abundant shopping, and incomparable entertainment, it can be incredibly draining on the psyche with its constant noise, concrete canyons, and hordes of people. That’s when parks come into their own, providing…

A day at the museum

Ever since the Ben Stiller movie “A Night at the Museum” came out in 2006, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City has said it has had record attendance. Thousands of people have been captivated by the story…

A taste for tea, part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Harney & Sons tea shop and factory in Millerton, New York (see A taste for tea) and had a wonderful experience sipping different infusions and seeing how the company’s teas were produced. So when…

Big Burst still wows

People wait for it. They tell their children to be patient, it will happen soon. What is it? From the centre court fountain In the middle of the Toronto Eaton Centre, three bursts of water shoot 85 feet into the…

All I really want to do is spend my life travelling the world, reading books that take my breath away, drinking all kinds of tea and occasionally write something.

 

– Unknown author