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The Travel Section

With various themes related to the arts and culture running through my blog, the Travel pieces can get lost in the shuffle. Here's where you'll find a collection of the travel-related posts, both written by me and curated, including links to some of my travel pieces in other publications at the bottom.

September 2020:

Virtual travel
VR Sketch by Ventus17 from Pixabay

June 2020:

April 2020:

Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany (Image by Helmut H. Kroiss from Pixabay)

March 2020:

Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay 

February 2020:

Casa Angelina on Italy's Amalfi Coast

January 2020:

Bonn, Germany, looking down over the Rhine

November 2019:

Toronto's Gladstone Hotel

September 2019:

Nuuk, Greenland

August 2019:

Todos Santos, Baja California by K.C. Dermody

July 2019:

Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland by Paul Stafford for 

June 2019:

Capitola Beach, California

May 2019:

Statue of Handel in the Marktplatz, Halle (Saale) Germany

April 2019:

Broadview Hotel, Toronto - Cafe + Bar

March 2019:

Foodie travel in Toronto with Chopsticks +Forks

February 2019:

Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Cables
  • Rio de Janeiro: The Perfect Place For An Active Holiday 
  • Old Miami Is New Again: The Biltmore Miami Coral Gables

  • January 2019:

    December 2018:

    Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

    November 2018:

    Jacmel, Haiti, seaside by Portauprincien

    September 2018:

    August 2018:

    Havana, Cuba

    July 2018:

    The Red Sea - on the Jordan Trail

    June 2018:

    Mt. Fuji, Japan

    May 2018:

    Nautilus - A SIXTY Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida

    April 2018:

    Leon, Spain

    February 2018:

    Ocean Coral & Turquesa Resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

    January 2018:

    Windsor Arms Hotel, Toronto - tea room

    December 2017:

    Boulders Beach, South Africa

    November 2017:

    Gran Via, Madrid

    October 2017:

    The Hat King of Regensburg, Germany

    September 2017:

    Northern Cape region, South Africa

    August 2017:

    July 2017:

    Broadview Hotel, Toronto

    June 2017:

    Rose Hall Estate, Jamaica

    May 2017:

    Wine from Saxony

    April 2017:

    Cherry blossom season in Japan

    March 2017:

    The Rhino Resort in Portudal, Saly, Senegal

    February 2017:

    The Downtown Hotel, Mexico City

    January 2017:

    Niagara Ice Wine Festival

    December 2016:

    Torre Sant'Andrea, Lecce (Puglia, Italy) by Freddyballo

    November 2016:

    Cours Et Pavillons, Beijing, main lobby

    October 2016:

    1828 Smart Hotel, Buenos Aires

    September 2016:

    Lerwick, Shetland

    August 2016:

    Roof gardens, Le Corbursier House, Stuttgart
    July 2016:
    Kiriko Festivals in Noto Peninsula, Japan
    June 2016:
    Schwerin Castle - ©Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. (Mader, Fritz)

    May 2016:

    Balnea Spa, Bromont, Quebec

    April 2016:

    Riad Sapphire pool - Marrakech

    March 2016:

    Schönbrunn Palace (Vienna) by Arian Weger

    February 2016:

    Parma, Emilia Romagna

    January 2016:

    Spoleto Festival USA

    December 2015:               

    Aurora Village, Yellowknife, NWT

    November 2015: 

    Ocean Maya Royale all-inclusive resort (Cancun)

    October 2015: 

    traditional Icelandic cuisine

    September 2015: 

    Central Park, New York City - copyright Anya Wassenberg
    Central Park, New York City

    A Selection of Posts January to August 2015:

      2014 & earlier:  

      Toronto skyline (looking west to east)
      Times Square, NYC

      Travel Writing for Other Publications - check it out on my CV website:


      What Else Is Hot This Week?

      Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

      From a media release:

      The new season brings
      Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
      to new heights and new audiences

      March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
      April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

      TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

      March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
      Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

      March 20-24 …

      Polina Semionova to Appear as Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre

      From a media release:


      New York - Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced January 14, 2011 by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT, Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.

      Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixo…

      Harlem Stage Digital Event: A Drop Of Midnight October 13 & 15 2020

      From a release:Harlem Stage Digital Event:
      A Drop Of Midnight
      October 13 & 15 2020A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally?  How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music. October 13—Part IIn this conversation A Drop of Midnight author…

      So You Can't Go: Six Ways To Travel Virtually

      So You Can't Go:
      Six Ways To Travel VirtuallyTravel is limited for most of us in the world these days. For Canadians, it depends on the province you live in, but with the border to the US still closed, and other options limited at best, virtual travel from the couch can provide at least a view with a difference at a time when you may well need it most. Google Cardboard – VR On A BudgetYou don't need a lot of cash to get into travel via virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a line of VR viewers that are, well, made of cardboard, and are priced starting at $12CAD.If you check out this link, you'll find out how to download the software to your smartphone.At this link, you can get yourself an actual Google Cardboard for a hands-free VR experience. Google Cardboard apps offer a variety of ways to experience our beautiful planet, including Google Earth itself, which can take you anywhere, along with apps to view museums and cultural artifacts, and more.Ascape VRAscape has a huge l…

      Fall for Dance North Debuts 2020 Festival: Live + Digital Experiences Sept 29–Oct 18 2020

      From a media release:Fall for Dance North Debuts 2020 Festival
      Captivating Live + Digital Experiences on Newly Enhanced Digital PlatformToronto’s premier international dance festival launches curated collection of original content and proprietary programs on new custom-built websiteTORONTO, ON — Fall for Dance North (FFDN) proudly presents the 6th edition of its esteemed international dance festival, The Flip Side, from Sept. 29–Oct. 18, 2020
      Featuring a new, Netflix-style digital platform, an enhanced line-up of free programming, and a ticketed signature livestream presentation featuring six world premieres by Canadian dancemakers, FFDN has reimagined the festival experience to offer audiences an intimate connection to the art form of dance during these extraordinary times.Starting on Sept. 29, free programs will be released at daily, including an original podcast, a quirky interview series in a bathtub, a poetry + music album, a new dance film featuring 46 Ryerson Schoo…