No camping for you

Campsites in B.C. provincial parks will be closed to people from outside the province this summer, as officials continue to adjust the rules to the coronavirus pandemic. BC Parks said in a statement on Thursday that non-B.C. residents who already have reservations should call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund. Read more courtesy of CBC.CA  

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You’ll never talk alone

Now, this is good news! With a large touchscreen, noise-cancelling microphones and a text-to-translate camera, Pocketalk is able to create connections across 74 different languages. The sleek design is equipped with high-quality, noise-cancelling microphones and two powerful speakers so it’s easy to have full conversations, even in noisy environments. The camera instantly recognizes and translates text, the written word, and…

Ancient Rome for all ages

Do you devour every documentary on the ancient world you can find? Or are you simply fascinated by the Ancient Romans and ready to learn more? This is the best way to begin! One of the most rewarding aspects of learning about Ancient Rome is recognizing the immense influence it has on our daily lives. Here’s your chance to hear…

How many pictures can YOU take?

Over the past few years, Google, Microsoft and even Apple have bene pushing cloud storage as a safe and secure method to store our data online while also allowing for quick and simple file sharing.  Google Drive has been one of the leaders in the space for quite some time, offering free storage tiers to anyone who has a Google/Gmail…

Air travel. You may not like it

  The European Commission recently published guidance on “how to safely resume travel .” If its proposals are widely adopted, travel is going to get more complicated compared with the recent past. And it might get more expensive too. Read more courtesy of Barrons.com  

Your place in the sun

If you’re not familiar with the British travel show, A Place in the Sun, you should give it a go.  You may be able to find shows on YouTube. Ostensibly, the show is devoted to those looking for homes in the UK and Europe, but they do periodically extend to other locales, as well. And, for a taster, they are…

1000 year-old flour

ith stay-at-home orders in effect across the United Kingdom, bulk buyers and consumers alike have been purchasing much more flour than normal, according to the National Association of British & Irish Millers (NABIM). To help meet this spike in demand, a 1,000-year-old English flour mill has resumed commercial production for the first time in decades, reports Jason Lewis for the Bournemouth Daily Echo.  

Hang out in Japanese neighbourhoods

Did you know that Japan’s shrines and temples welcome regular tourists to stay for a night or more? Experience authentic Zen meditation, the traditional, vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryori, and explore a fascinating world so different from anything you know. Staying at a shrine or temple is an experience that even a lot of Japanese people don’t get to have that easily, a unique glimpse into the realm…

You can get a refund & a voucher

Early on in the pandemic I told you to wait to cancel your travel plans. Two months ago I suggested that future plans shouldn’t cancelled right away because if the travel provider cancels on you then you’ll be entitled to a refund, while if you cancel plans when a flight is still operating all you can get is a voucher. That’s…

You can be Hadrian, virtually

This long distance footpath is unique because it follows a World Heritage Site. Hadrian built the Wall to separate the Roman Empire from the barbarians. It is a complex structure with curtain wall, milecastles, turrets, ditches and forts. Walking the Path is logistically easier if the east-west route is followed. The Path that mainly follows the Wall has cityscape, farmland,…

Never go home

Ever walked into a hotel and thought: “I could live here?” These five intimate, beautiful hotels can that feel like the swanky house of your dreams. Read more courtesy of FoodAndWine.com  

If you’re close to Osaka . . .

….Okayama is a must-see sightseeing area tourists often miss. Okayama is lies on the Shinkansen route connecting the two iconic tourist centers of Osaka and Hiroshima that are popular among many tourists to Japan. Its accessibility is yet another part of its appeal.For travelers wanting to explore historic spots, experience cultural activities, soak up stunning scenery, or savor fine cuisine—Okayama…

Lake Como? Affordable?

Italy’s most famous lake has appealed to second-home owners for hundreds of years, reports Liz Rowlinson. But where can you bag a bargain? Its deep, mirror-like waters beneath dramatic mountains, the tropical gardens flourishing in the balmy microclimate, have beguiled artists, writers and royals for centuries and, in recent years, Arab princes, wealthy footballers, Hollywood stars and entrepreneurs. Read more…

Unencumbered Umbria

The gentler, less gilded neighbour of Tuscany, Umbria enjoys a lower profile and seems less troubled by tourism. The “green heart of Italy” doesn’t have an endless stream of visitors plying between their checklist of big-drawer Tuscan Renaissance cities, just miles of undulating hills carpeted in sunflowers, tobacco or untamed bosco (woodland). Read more courtesy of APlaceInTheSun.com  

Legendary capital of the Dacian Kingdom

FROM THE SECOND CENTURY B.C. until the first century A.D., the kingdom of Dacia could be found west of the Black Sea and north of the Danube River. When the Romans conquered Dacia in 106, they destroyed its capital, Sarmizegetusa Regia, and established a new city some 40 kilometers (25 miles) away to serve as the capital of their new…

Beaucoup Baku

Baku has a medieval Islamic core surrounded by lavish late 19th and early 20th-century European styles and modern skyscrapers and designs. Layers of history can be unraveled by exploring the architecture in Baku as you pass through Azerbaijan’s different eras. Read more courtesy of TheCultureTrip.com  

Mediobogdum

Hardknott Roman Fort, also known as Mediobogdum in the Ravenna Cosmography is a Roman Fort constructed at the Hardknott Pass in the Lake District, Cumbria, England to guard against raids by the Scots and Brigantes The fort is built on a rocky spur at an altitude of 800 feet and is one of the highest forts constructed in the Roman…

Modest mosque

Centrally located in the Iranian capital Tehran, the Vali-e-Asr Mosque’s most distinguishing aspect is the fact that it does not look like a mosque. Designed by Iranian architects Reza Daneshmir and Catherine Spiridonoff of Fluid Motion Architects, the building eschews the stereotypical typology of large domes and tall minarets in favour of a modest horizontality thereby making the mosque harmoniously…

Five passports for you

When you’re traveling, if you like what you see and want to remain abroad for a little longer than a couple of weeks, you typically only have a few months. Failure to leave when you’re supposed to could result in deportation or an indefinite ban from the country. However, there are a few ways around the limit — you could…

Wine fine line

Around the world in 8 wine destinations. Let’s explore some of the world’s most famous and scenic wine destinations, from South America to Europe and beyond. Read more courtesy of KeyTours.com  

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