Museums of Glasgow

July 17, 2018 | Pearl McCallum

When considering a sophisticated, urbane destination, Glasgow does not immediately spring to mind.  The city’s rough-and-ready reputation has followed it through time, due partly to an industrial history of railways and shipbuilding.  Glasgow has sometimes been unfavourably compared to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, with its castle and cobbled wynds.  However, the Dear Green Place is surprisingly rich in culture.  Besides its magnificent 12th century cathedral and world-class School of Art, Glasgow boasts a myriad of museums. Read More >

Beyond Amsterdam – to Arnherm

February 20, 2018 | Pearl McCallum

windmills in the NetherlandsTravel to The Netherlands is always a treat for me, combining the fun of exploring more new places with an opportunity to visit friends in the northeast province of Drenthe.  My recent visit was no exception; this time we spent a day exploring the Open-Air Museum in Arnhem.  World War 2 history buffs will recognize the city’s name from a major battle, the largest airborne operation ever.  In September 1944 the Allied Forces failed in an attempt to break through German lines in and around the city.  The battle is chronicled in Cornelius Ryan’s A Bridge too FarRead More >

Five Things Travel Has Taught Me

December 04, 2017 | Pearl McCallum

I have been in the travel industry for many years and have travelled to many different places. And in all these years and all the different places, I have learned quite a lot. Here is my top five things that I have learned while travelling: Read More >

It’s a Small World, After All

November 23, 2017 | Pearl McCallum

Vietnam is a wonderfully diverse country offering experiences that are found nowhere else.  Its storied history has resulted in a unique blend of language, tradition, even religion.  My friends and I began our adventure in Ho Chi Minh City, with its bustling markets, underground maze of tunnels, and ever-present traffic.  Our Canadian eyes were opened to an entirely unfamiliar way of life, and of course that is the reason we travel in the first place.  Delicious pho is found at too many restaurants to count, and for those so inclined there is a high end shopping district.  Read More >

Sandos Playacar All-Inclusive

November 09, 2017 | Pearl McCallum

 

Travelling during a destination’s off season has both benefits and drawbacks; prices are lower and attractions less crowded, but there can be risk of being swept away by a hurricane.  We were fortunate that this year’s major storms missed us on the Yucatan Peninsula, although we did have three days of quite heavy rain.

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Nice, France in Two Days

September 22, 2017 | Pearl McCallum

 

Edmonton to France is a long way to go for two days, but fortunately KLM is lovely so the flights were actually a great part of the trip.  The connection in Amsterdam was about five hours outbound, six hours on the return; long enough to run into the city.  However, Amsterdam’s airport, Schipol, is almost a destination unto itself, offering many shops and restaurants to fill time between flights.  Better yet, plan a stopover to spend some time enjoying the many highlights of Amsterdam.  Read More >

To River Cruise, or Not To River Cruise…

September 14, 2017 | Pearl McCallum

 

The relaxed pace of river cruising is one of the major benefits of this type of travel.  Picture yourself enjoying a European coffee while sailing serenely down a scenic river.  As you are travelling with only 100 – 200 other guests, you may experience the comforts of a luxurious ship without feeling crowded.  Take in the view from the outdoor sun deck, the comfortable lounge, or perhaps even your own stateroom’s panoramic window or balcony.  Staterooms are well designed to maximize space.  Motion discomfort is rarely an issue, as the ship’s movement is extremely smooth. Read More >