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Walk or pilgrimage, it’s all one step at a time

By BOB FOULKES Two months ago, I walked the Camino Frances, a well tramped thousand-year-old Catholic pilgrimage trail, a stroll of about 800 kilometres, from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago, Spain. Catholic pilgrims pay homage to Saint James whose bones are said to be buried in Santiago’s cathedral. The rest of us... read more

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Up and up and up: a trek to Everest Base Camp

By ZAHID MAKHDOOM Imagine a vacation where you must keep a military schedule: pack your complete “kit” by no later than 5:50 a.m., have your breakfast by 6 a.m. and then hit the “road” by 7 in order to get to some destination you may have read about in the tour books or may have... read more

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Brio in Rio

  By BOB FOULKES One of the attractions of exploring South America is immediate. Flying north to south minimizes the dreaded time zone effect, overnight flights allow some sleep, flying into summer in the southern hemisphere from rain soaked Vancouver after a long cold wet winter all contribute to a joyful arrival in Rio. I’m... read more

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The new Vietnam

    By BOB FOULKES International travel always amazes me. I get into a magic tube not much bigger than a Wayne Gretzky cigar and after a movie or two, I emerge in a far, far away place. I always feel a little like Dorothy and Toto. Vietnam is not Oz but it’s definitely not... read more

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The mystery and majesty of Angkor Wat

By BOB FOULKES Cambodia is one of those countries known to the western world as an unfortunate circumstance, the Killing Fields of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Over a short time, one quarter of the country’s population was brutally murdered, mostly the urban, educated and the successful were butchered by a Chinese sponsored/funded/armed madman.... read more

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Cambodia’s curious contradictions

BY JOHN SKINNER Book Boy is somewhere between 10 and 15 years old — it’s hard to be exact because Cambodians often look younger than they are because they’re smaller than we are, due mostly to poor nutrition. He makes his living selling on the street. He may or may not go to school. He... read more

Guides & Books | Travel

The quicksilver of democracy

Monitoring an election in Ukraine opens a Canadian’s eyes By BOB FOULKES A few weeks ago, two things happened to me independent of one another. I finally tracked down a book that I had been looking for and I went off to Ukraine for my second electoral observation mission. The book is called From Dictatorship... read more


Montreal is sexy…again

  By BOB FOULKES I’m a westerner, born on the prairies, living in Vancouver. I’m unilingual. With those qualifications, unlikely as it is, I love Montreal. I’ve had a crush on Montreal since my first visit more than 40 years ago. An old friend, long passed away, took me to lunch at the Cafe de... read more

Bucket List | Travel | Vignettes

My Canada on the Canadian

Train travel is a 19th century answer to a 21st century challenge: Get off the treadmill and out of the rat race, conveniently, relatively cheaply and with little fuss. It lasts for only a few days but it is delicious. By BOB FOULKES Airplanes are frenetic, providing me a few hours of inflight sanctuary after... read more

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A mountain adventure in Europe

  By BOB FOULKES I like adventures because they take me out of my comfort zone, and they force me into a challenge that mixes fear with hope. My latest adventure is an eight-day trek called the Tour de Mont Blanc, an iconic 135-km trail through France, Italy and Switzerland around the Mont Blanc massif... read more