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Cultural crossroads

There are several Texas towns that were built by German immigrants and as I sit inside an authentic biergarten in the little town of Fredericksburg, I can’t help thinking that I like what they’ve done with the place.

With wide streets, historic 19th century buildings, beer gardens, gourmet restaurants, German bakeries, art galleries and abundant area wineries, Fredericksburg is a unique mix of Rhineland village and Wild West frontier town. READ

A Sandhills daughter (part one)

The life of a Nebraska Sandhills rancher is hard. The closest traffic signal can be 90 km away. Your first-grader may ride the bus 90 minutes one-way to school. READ

Call of the casbah

An enormous pile of sand was not our intended destination when we flew to Morocco over the winter. Instead, we were supposed to spend a week luxuriating at one of Marrakesh’s top riads, where a friend was to celebrate a 50th birthday. READ

Europe on the cheap

Although Europe is one of the smallest continents, there is such a wide variety of landscapes, architecture, history, cultures and foods that many travellers still call it “The Continent” — as if there weren’t half a dozen others on the planet. READ

SLIDESHOW — The birds of Boundary Bay

Last week we made a quick trip Boundary Bay, an internationally recognized Important Bird Area on the Fraser River estuary. READ

Land of fire and ice

Another world is closer than you think. I do not mean Richard Branson’s flights to space next year; I am referring to Icelandair’s direct flights from Toronto to Reykjavik. READ

World tour — on a private jet

This is Part 1 of a two-part feature. When asked what they plan to do, many prospective retirees list travel as one of their ambitions. It is becoming increasingly popular for new retirees to celebrate their freedom from work obligations by enjoying a big trip to someplace they have always dreamed of visiting and this past summer, when retirement was looming for Leith Damiani, she and her husband Jim started looking for an adventure. READ

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