July 17th, 2019

Travel

Get naked, sip wine and eat schnitzel in the historic German town of Wiesbaden

By Steve MacNaull on July 13th, 2019

Certainly, you can make eye contact and even nod in greeting. But, for heaven’s sake, don’t stare, in neither admiration nor aversion, at anyone’s privates or bare backside. Those are my do-and-don’t tips for taking the waters naked at Kaiser Friedrich Therme, a Roman-style bath in the German spa town of Wiesbaden. Not that I’m ... Read More »

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Your Travels: A South Pacific Paradise

By Ernest Fode on July 6th, 2019

Oahu, nicknamed the “Gathering Place,” is the most visited and most populated of all the Hawaiian Islands with a daily average temperature of about 26 C (80 F) all year long. Hawaii draws more than eight million tourists annually to its crystal waters and pristine beaches especially world famous Waikiki Beach. I was on a ... Read More »

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Electric-assist wining and dining

By Steve MacNaull on June 29th, 2019

Half-way up the impossibly steep hill to Schloss Johannisberg, I’m silently rejoicing I opted for an e-bike. Originally, the plan was for a leisurely pedal on a commuter bike through vineyards in Germany’s Rheingau wine region. But when I meet my guide, Claudia Lewerenz, at Radkranz Bike Rental in Rudesheim, she’s already picked out an ... Read More »

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Experience India like a Maharajah

By Mansoor Ladha on June 22nd, 2019

Sound of drums filled the air with young men in colourful traditional attire and women dressed in multi-coloured saris greeted us as we entered Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji train terminus to board the luxurious Deccan Odyssey for a seven-day trip. A portion of the train station was cordoned off for Odyssey passengers and an area was ... Read More »

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In San Francisco, it’s all about the bridge

By Steve MacNaull on May 18th, 2019

Of course we’re amped. We’re cycling over one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The wind howls, our grip tightens on the handlebars and we peddle harder. My wife, Kerry, and I and our 16-year-old daughter, Grace, are half-way across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge ... Read More »

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Outer Banks catch of the day

By Steve MacNaull on April 20th, 2019

Damn, this fish is delicious. Of course, I’m biased in my assessment of the catch of the day we’re gobbling up at Sonny’s Restaurant on Hatteras Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. After all, my 26-year-old son Alex and I caught the bluefish, triggerfish and mackerel ourselves just two hours earlier in the adjacent Pamlico ... Read More »

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Seismic Mountain Festival to be epic

By Medicine Hat News on March 16th, 2019

Steve MacNaull Special to the News Huck yourself off a cliff. Berm and bump yourself downhill in the snow on a bike. Spin or flip, at least 360 degrees, off the steep down jump. Or, choose an easy green ski run and glide in the sunshine, followed by a stop at an art gallery, some ... Read More »

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Your Travels: An escape from the cold to the wonders of the Riviera Maya

By Medicine Hat News on March 16th, 2019

Ernest Fode I flew out of the Calgary International Airport at the start of our recent bitterly cold February coldspell. The timing on my getaway was perfect. My WestJet flight was on its way to Cancun, Mexico. I was on a seven-day all-inclusive Mexican Riviera Maya vacation staying at a four-star resort in Playa Del ... Read More »

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Vibrant Vietnam has lots to offer

By Medicine Hat News on March 9th, 2019

Mansoor Ladha Special to the News Now I know what it feels to be rich. When I exchanged U.S. dollar to local currency at the airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, one U.S. dollar fetched 23,196.68 Vietnamese dang. I felt like a millionaire for the first time in my life when I exchanged $100 U.S. I received ... Read More »

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Borrowing a dog for a half-day highlights a trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai

By Medicine Hat News on February 2nd, 2019

Steve MacNaull Special to the News Tail a waggin’, Simba leads the way like he knows where he’s going. It’s the first time this Chihuahua-Terrier cross has been on the Koloa Heritage Trail, but that doesn’t damper his ears-perked, tongue-hanging-out canine enthusiasm. My wife, Kerry, and I happily follow, hardly believing we’re hiking oceanside on ... Read More »

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