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There are some basic rules that follow travellers around wherever they go: watch out for pickpockets in tourist zones; negotiate a taxi rate before you get in the cab; when in doubt, don’t drink the water. But then there are some specific rules for each country, and even each city....Read more
If you’re not from southern Ontario, it can be hard to understand the magical allure of a weekend “up north.”Read more
Toronto can be a non-stop place, where people say “I’m too busy” far too often and where long winters make those few summer weekends a treasure to be cherished. Locals...
Everyone knows the Napas and the Barossas of the world — places whose names are synonymous with one thing and one thing only: really, really good wine. The malbecs of Argentina, the ports of Portugal, the shirazes of Australia — it’s easy to think you’ve tasted the world when you’ve...Read more
There’s a lot to like — a lot to love, really — about Copenhagen. It’s historic, it’s modern, it’s clean (but not sterile), it’s green, it’s easy to navigate, the food is outstanding, and the endless highway of bikes gliding their way through the city is utterly fascinating (especially to...Read more
I’ve been to Cuba several times. Four, to be precise. And like most Canadians, I initially didn’t go in search of culture; I went seeking cheap rum and good times when the February blahs had taken hold of my sanity. I landed in resort zones like Varadero and Cayo Guillermo...Read more
I’m not a romantic. I don’t get carried away by whimsy, never bought a poster of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s for my dorm room, and didn’t dream of being proposed to in Paris. I don’t think the romance languages are necessarily romantic (although I do speak them and...Read more
Whomp whomp. Unfortunately, our Treasure mApps have been discontinued from iTunes (but good news for those of you who have already downloaded a few: you’ve now got heaps more smartphone space for snapping photos — and then tagging #localsknow on Instagram). But have no fear, all that information hasn’t disappeared....Read more
When you’re a kid, presents are king. Games, toys, movies, ponies — all we want are things. As we grow up, we want money. In our 20s and 30s, it’s still money or more expensive, practical things that we’d never spend our own money on, like a really nice knife block...Read more
Fine dining has its place in life, but there’s no denying that the best meals tend to come from the streets. Night markets, street stands, pop-up stalls — these are the places where digging into dinner is delightfully messy, a bit chaotic, and positively delicious. But there’s also no denying...Read more
As the Pan / Parapan Am 2015 Games approach, host-cityRead more
Toronto is buzzing with conversation. Some of it’s good, some of it’s bad, and most of it is about the expectation that getting around the city in Games time will be triple the hellish nightmare it already is. We don’t...