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Cleveland Rocks!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Chris

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With the Toronto Raptors up against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA playoffs, it seems like a good time to post about our awesome getaway to C-Town, back in April. We stayed downtown at the comfortable Wyndham Hotel on Playhouse Square and just about everywhere we went we saw Go Cavs! pennants and posters. Let’s […]

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Hipster Holiday in Brooklyn

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by Chris

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I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been to New York City since the mid-1990s. I caught up with the place over Labour Day weekend when my companion and I headed to his "spiritual home," Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In case you're not up on such things, that makes my man a hipster since Brooklyn is widely regarded as the hipster capital of the world. Think Toronto's Queen West to the power of five.

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Southeast Asia: It’s a Wrap

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Chris

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This may be as close as I ever get to Hong Kong but by golly it felt cool to be sitting in the departure lounge Thursday afternoon knowing I was in HONG freaking KONG. Until recently, the script of my life didn't contain any scenes set in the Far East, let alone shots of me screaming through Hanoi and Saigon on the back of a motorbike, or wiping dew from a deck chair at 5:30 AM as the sun snuck up on Halong Bay.

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Magical Hoi An Has It All

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Chris

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The small city of Hoi An (population 120,000), on the central coast of Vietnam, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site stuffed with architecturally significant buildings, the vast majority dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. Clay-tiled roofs, temples and snug alleyways dominate the old town, which has more recently been taken over by shops and restaurants, virtually all of them strung with silk lanterns.

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Natural Wonder of Halong Bay

Saturday, April 18, 2015 by Chris

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Vietnam's Halong Bay is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it did not disappoint. Located off the northeast coast, the bay boasts more than 2,000 limestone pillars and islands rising sharply out of the Gulf of Tonkin. Halong means "descending dragon" in Vietnamese and the rocks and islets do look vaguely like dragon's backs emerging from the water. The bay was one of the reasons I decided to come to Vietnam; I wanted to see the grandeur for myself and it was a bit surreal to actually be there after seeing so many photos of the place, to be gazing across the emerald waters from the rooftop deck of a chartered boat.

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