Trump or Hillary?

I went to Gabby’s Bar & Grill today. It’s opposite the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Bloor Street in Toronto where there just happens to be a fantastic exhibition on called “Chihuly.” Gabby’s is a really nice spot because there’s a terrace and if the sun’s out, you’re guaranteed a pleasant experience. Light streams through the…

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The Throne

[Spoiler alert] Another transatlantic flight, another film review. I was very surprised by The Throne. What I saw did not correspond to what I thought I would see. I was unintentionally riveted. The film, a 2015 South Korean historical period drama set in the Joseon period and directed by Lee Joon-ik, won the Blue Dragon…

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Avatar

On an intercontinental flight from Paris to Toronto, I chose to watch Avatar. It was an excellent choice.  The film’s computer animation and special effects are spectacular. I was so engrossed in the movie, that the flight seemed to last not eight hours but eight minutes! The 2009 science fiction film, produced by James Cameron…

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You Won’t Believe Your Eyes: Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

In my perpetual quest for the ultimate in customer service and satisfaction, as I looked through Reader’s Digest “Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels in the World,” the last resort on the list caught my eye: Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, Mexico. Why don’t you take the resort tour first. It has very pleasant, ambient music that…

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78 Countries

I checked my blog statistics yesterday, something I’d neglected to do in a while not because it isn’t important, but because of other tasks. I was fairly surprised, therefore, when I saw that my readers come from no less than 78 countries. They appeared on my list in this order: Canada, Bulgaria, United States, United…

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The Ontario Legislative Building

Today was “Doors Open” in Toronto meaning that about 150 buildings were open to the public. I decided, therefore, to visit The Ontario Legislative Building, not too far from where I live. Walking through Queen’s Park, I took a picture of the statue of King Edward VII seated on a horse. The equestrian statue, originally…

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The Mo’ai of Easter Island

Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is “the most remote, inhabited island on the face of the planet.” 1 In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui is located 2 500 miles west of Santiago Chile and 1 500 miles east of Polynesia. It was settled by the Polynesians in the fifth century…

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An Unusual Travel Destination: The Seychelles, Praslin Island

I was thinking about unusual travel destinations and came upon an interesting website which lists such places, with each featured image being more beautiful than the one before it. 1 As I perused the destinations, my attention was inexplicably drawn to Praslin Island, Seychelles. Northeast of Madagascar and East of Kenya in the Indian Ocean,…

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Iceland: Land of Contrasts

Iceland is a truly amazing country. I remember visiting this beautiful place many times over the years. Travelling with Icelandair, I’ve had numerous stopovers at the Keflavik International Airport where I always bought something from the souvenir shop, my favorite items being white pullovers with subdued streaks of colors. These pullovers are made from Icelandic sheep wool. Uncommon sheep The…

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The Perfect Storm

In her music video, Dark Horse (Official, ft. Juicy J), Katy Perry plays four roles: Cleopatra, the woman on the barge; Isis, the woman on the pharaonic throne; the ascending “Snake Woman”; and the Messenger atop the pyramid. Overlooking its entirely charming kitsch, Dark Horse is highly symbolic and worthy of our attention. The perfect…

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