Category Archives: Travel writing

For YP Dine: Vancouver’s best rooftop patios

After a long, soggy Vancouver winter that drizzled its way right into spring, there’s nothing to perk up Vancouverites’ spirits like a sunny afternoon on a rooftop patio. A glimpse of the city’s killer views from any one of these perched hotspots makes all those rainy days seem like a distant memory. Grab a seat for your dose of vitamin D.

Read the list at YP Dine 

For the Vancouver Courier: Street art goes mainstream in Houston, Texas

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They say that everything’s bigger in Texas.

In Houston, that’s certainly true of the hats, the boots and the servings of barbecue. But the saying also applies to an unexpected public art program that’s taking over the streets of downtown. Recently, 100 international artists transformed 20,000 square feet of wall space into city-sanctioned street art for the second annual Houston Urban Experience (HUE) Mural Festival. Add that to the 25 walls painted for the inaugural festival last year, and it’s clear that there’s a Texas-sized appetite for street art in H-Town…

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For PAXnewsWest.com: Karuizawa: A year-round resort town one hour from Tokyo

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Just an hour away from Tokyo by bullet train lies a charming mountain town you’ve probably never heard of. But Karuizawa, a popular summer home location for Tokyo residents looking to escape the city heat, welcomes approximately eight million visitors per year, according to Mari Kashiwagi, secretary of the Karuizawa Tourist Association. For several summers in the 1970s, John Lennon and his family were among those visitors, regularly staying at the Mampei Hotel…

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