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When you think of Venice, images of gondola, beautiful settings and romantic evenings come to mind. In every way, Venice is a perfect city to visit, located on a group of 118 islands, separated by canals and linked by bridges. The city has 120 churches and 420 bridges.   We were fortunate in having Mario, […]

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I was so intrigued with the movie, Casablanca that I saw it four times in my younger days. So recently when I was enroute to Casablanca, Morocco, I was thrilled when our tour director announced that he was going to show the famous movie on the coach. When in Casablanca, tourists must visit Rick’s Café, […]

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SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/mansoorladha/Library/Mail%20Downloads/Howdy%20folks.doc “Howdy folks,” said John as he entered the barn of Texas Life Ranch. Twenty of us just smiled and looked at him, not knowing what to answer. “You’re supposed to say howdy back,” he informed us. “Howdy,” everyone said in unison. This pleased John Elick, who runs the 1,800-acre property with his wife Taunia, […]

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SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/mansoorladha/Downloads/Fredericksburg%20(1).doc “Willkommen! Welcome,” says the sign as one enters Fredericksburg, Texas. The town with a population of 15,000 residents is a popular and famous German settlement in the US. True to the spirit of welcome, the residents of Fredericksburg offer Texan hospitality in characteristic German fashion. Founded in 1846, Fredericksburg was established by 120 settlers […]

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  Normal 0 0 1 221 1042 19 3 1551 11.1539 0 0 0     Lincoln’s Children Zoo, opened in 1965, was created as a family destination where thousands of children and adults could interact with nature. John Chapo, president and CEO of the zoo, who has 41 years of zoo experience, 27 of […]

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One of the most unusual and unique advertising gimmicks that I have ever encountered as a travel writer was found in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin. In 1973, the owner of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik began renovating his restaurant by importing wooden logs from Norway to make it more traditional. After the renovation […]

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Mayoralty candidate Naheed Nenshi was recently asked if Calgary is ready for a Muslim mayor. I thought when voters go to cast their ballots during an election, they look at the credentials and qualifications of a candidate, not his religion, which is not even mentioned on the ballot. What voters should look for is the […]

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On Friday and for the next month, all eyes will be on South Africa when it hosts the FIFA World Cup of Soccer — the first African country ever to host the game. It’s a distinction that South Africans of all races should be proud of. South Africa, the apartheid capital where racism and discrimination […]

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