April 28th, 2017

Travel

Truffle hunting in Slovenia with Liza the dog

By Medicine Hat News on April 15th, 2017

Steve MacNaull Special to the News “Isci, isci,” ring out the shouts in the hills above Koper, Slovenia. Translated the command is, “search, search.” The verbal encouragement comes from Sara Kocjancic and is directed at two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever Liza, a truffle-hunting dog extraordinaire. Following instructions, Liza, tail up and snout down, zigzags through the ... Read More »

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Make vacations and travel a key component of retirement

By Medicine Hat News on April 8th, 2017

Metro Editorial When the time comes to bid farewell to conference calls, meetings and daily commutes, retirees have open schedules to fill with whichever activities they choose. Travel is one exciting way to pass the time. Traveling can be a rewarding prospect for active seniors, particularly those who successfully preplanned for retirement and have the ... Read More »

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No wonder it’s called Incredible India

By Medicine Hat News on April 1st, 2017

Mansoor Ladha Special to the News “Chai! Chai! Garma garam chai!” (Tea! Tea! Piping hot tea!) The young lad was going up and down the corridor at a bus rest stop between Ahmedabad and Nagpur, selling piping hot tea, the most popular drink in India, which is needed to start the day. It is estimated ... Read More »

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Lost in Exuma, Bahamas

By Medicine Hat News on March 18th, 2017

Steve MacNaull Special to the News In the clearest of Bahamian waters, my son slows the boat and trims up the motor. The bow meets the white sand with the slightest resistance and we come to a gentle stop. Our eyes scan the perfect crescent of beach, the adjacent glistening sandbar and we congratulate ourselves ... Read More »

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Deserted in the Virgin Islands

By Medicine Hat News on March 4th, 2017

Steve MacNaull Special to the News “Stop!” my wife and I shout in unison. We’ve been on the lookout for a deserted beach on which to romp and there it appears, fronted by turquoise Caribbean waters, topped with glistening white sand. This scene unfolds as we glide into Francis Bay on St. John, one of ... Read More »

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Your Travels: A memorable camel ride in Baja

By Medicine Hat News on February 25th, 2017

Ernest Fode As my Sunwing 737 aircraft was approaching the San Jose del Cabo Airport, the countryside below looked strikingly similar to the arid desert region around Tucson, Arizona where I spent some time last summer. This scenery however, was the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. A peninsula where the mountains ... Read More »

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Riding the waves of the Thames in style

By Medicine Hat News on February 18th, 2017

Mansoor Ladha Special to the News “When you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life,” someone is reported to have said. This is true of London, which has lots to offer in terms of history, monuments, architecture, culinary experiences, food tours, royalty, excitement and pomp celebrations. For me, London has fast become a second home. ... Read More »

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Playing with monkeys in Honduras a highlight excursion during a Western Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Getaway

By Medicine Hat News on January 21st, 2017

Steve MacNaull Special to the News As the saying goes, he’s a cheeky monkey. Poncha, a white-faced Capuchin, is flitting between my wife and I and our 14-year-old daughter, wrapping his tail around our necks as he perches on our shoulders and stares longingly into our eyes. Of course, it’s all an act to be ... Read More »

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Healdsburg a top wine, culinary destination in Cali

By Medicine Hat News on January 14th, 2017

Mansoor Ladha Special to the News I have never in my life said “cheers” so many times in one day as I did during a recent visit of wineries and vineyards in Healdsburg, Calif. Located just 70 miles from San Francisco, Healdsburg is an ideal vacation spot where you can sample from an abundance of ... Read More »

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s new private island in Belize is designed for fun, relaxation and exclusivity

By Medicine Hat News on January 7th, 2017

Steve MacNaull Special to the News There’s nothing quite like a private island. It conjures up fantasies of exclusivity, indulgence and luxury on a personalized hideaway. Position this prime real estate in the blue-as-blue Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Central America’s southern Belize and you have a winner. That’s exactly what Norwegian Cruise ... Read More »

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