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OTTAWA – Great food. Sleek new hotels. And lively neighborhoods. Ottawa is a city that’s most definitely moving in the right direction. Here are five things you need to do on your next visit. Oh yeah, Ottawa’s legendary Tulip Festival runs May 12-23. PARLIAMENT HILL – I hadn’t visited our nation’s Parliament for at least 20 years. They offer wonderful tours, with fun stories about the history and architecture contrasted with very sobering areas, including the Memorial Chamber near the base of the Peace Tower. A few minutes watching the House of Commons is a fascinating experience, and the main ... continue reading →

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It seems the world has fallen in love with food-related holidays. Everywhere I go I see folks snapping photos of their meals and posting reviews and sharing information about the hottest spots. Now there’s a new Canadian travel company offering culinary adventures in some wonderful parts fo the world. Toronto-based Foodie-Trips.com aims to “educate, amaze and entertain those looking to broaden their gastronomic knowledge by offering unique culinary adventures around the world.” Their upcoming travel experiences include such sensational settings as Paris, Venice and, closer to home, wonderful Prince Edward Island , where I’ve had amazing meals and where the farm-to-table movement (and sea-to-table) ... continue reading →

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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – This isn’t a state known for its cultural offerings. The Musical Instrument Museum should help change that. I’d heard a bit about the museum from Scottsdale’s tourism folks, although the museum is technically over the city border in Phoenix. But I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I did. I wish it was closer to the Scottsdale’s terrific and very walkable downtown, or closer to up-and-coming downtown Phoenix, but it’s still a beauty. The exterior is a handsome and clean design with creamy stone that blends nicely with the desert surroundings. Inside, there’s tons of ... continue reading →

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