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Artist of the Month: Gerard Brender à Brandis

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Dec 29, 2015 /
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Nestled just off Stratford’s main square is an artist’s cottage. It is a muted yellow with deep chocolate accents; a white portico with columns entices you in off the street. Enter through the small English cottage garden, past a sign that shows that, indeed, this is an artist’s cottage.

Home and studio of Gerard Brender à Brandis, Stratford, Ontario

A Search for the Best Dumplings in Montreal's Chinatown

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Dec 14, 2015 /
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If there's one thing I know well, it's the deliciousness of dumplings. Thanks to my husband's love for them, I have tasted them everywhere we go. I've even become a dumpling aficionado, like him. Thinking of eating dumplings is a joy, making them is lovely, but actually eating them is divine. 

A Search for the Best Dumplings in Montreal's Chinatown

Where to Eat in St. John's, Newfoundland: Tavola

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Dec 12, 2015 /
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Sometimes the unexpected brings the greatest joy. One of the best meals I had in St. John's, Newfoundland this summer was at Tavola. It was at a meal hosted by Destination St. John's (thank you!), and since I hadn't done any restaurant research before coming to Newfoundland, I didn't know what to expect. But as with all the meals we ate in St. John's, I was delighted and surprised by the excellent food, warm interior, and great conversation.

Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral's Holy Door to Open for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Nov 30, 2015 /
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A Jubilee is a joyful time for Catholics, a special year for forgiveness, universal pardon, and remission of sins. The Jubilee is personally marked by physical passage through one of 7 Holy Doors in the world. It is a time of pilgrimage, for to pass through the Holy Door is to go through a rite of passage. The door is open to all persons of good will.

Inside the Candy Church, Lameque, New Brunswick

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Nov 28, 2015 /
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On the northeast shores of Lamèque Island, New Brunswick, lies a folk art treasure. Sainte-Cècile Church, also known as the Candy Church, was built in the early 1900s.

Inside the Candy Church (Sainte-Cècile Church), Lameque, New Brunswick

Travel Writers' Secrets: Top Quebec City Travel Tips

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Nov 14, 2015 /
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Get ready and fasten your seatbelts! This summer, we took an Epic Canadian Road Trip, driving from our home in Kalamazoo, Michigan all the way out to St. John’s, Newfoundland (yes, a ferry was involved). Why? Well, I’m the co-founder of Writing Walking Women, and we chose St.

Where to stay in St. Andrews, New Brunswick

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Oct 17, 2015 /
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Have you ever wanted a place you could go back to, every summer, for your entire life? If you don't have a cottage in northern Michigan or Minnesota, or a camp in Maine, then you probably are still searching. I've got the answer for you - the delightful, family-friendly perfection that is the Algonquin Resort, in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Only a skip across the bay from Maine, St.

Best Whale Watching in Newfoundland

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 27, 2015 /
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Whale watching...it's on everyone's bucketlist - and why? Because it's such a magical experience. Seeing a whale breaching, well, it's incredible. The enormous power, the immensity of the whale, and the rareness of actually seeing one? There's nothing else like it.

Best whale watching in Newfoundland

Travel Planning: Getting your Travel Documents Together

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 05, 2015 /
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As much as you might want to jet off into the sunset and forget all about your responsibilities, there are a few mundane things to organize before you travel, and these are things that should not be overlooked. Alongside routine endeavors like buying travel insurance and alerting your bank of your movements, you also need to make sure your papers are in order! It can be hard to know what it is exactly that you need to prepare, so we’ve outlined the basics of what you need to organize if you want to avoid any paperwork nightmares.

Travel Insurance Documents

Reading: Inside Out in Istanbul

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 11, 2015 /
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Everyone in the whole world knows by now that I am in love with Turkey. Whilst I was there, my schedule was too hectic to meet a new friend, Lisa Morrow, who lives and teaches in Istanbul. My loss – and next time! Isn’t it crazy, how life goes like that?

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