• Local brew and the blues in downtown Chicago


    Historic stay I knew from the time my taxi pulled up to the golden door of the Hilton Chicago that I would like the city. Even classic crooner Frank Sinatra …

  • Feel the heat


    All images: Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts Since my first spa article appeared in the Globe and Mail in the mid-l990s, the Turkish hammam stands out as a remark­able experience within its …

  • A writer’s Dublin


    Every summer a group of Beckett-lovers gather inside the walls of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) for five days of lectures, seminars, performances, interviews, and, if you can keep your eyes …

  • Under a polar bear


    Photo: Canadian Tourism Commission I could see it clear as day. Every detail of the big white polar bear’s paw above me, its snowy white fur whooshing back and forth under …

  • A world of golf


    Featured image: Cabot Links golf course. Photo by Scott Munn / Nova Scotia Tourism Agency Playing golf in Atlantic Canada is a memorable experience. With over 150 courses, the variety is …