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(2020 - Spring Issue)


Ontario-based Adventure Canada is taking its small ship expeditions to Europe in 2021. For the first time, explore the Basque country along the coast of France and Spain, home of one of Europe’s oldest cultures. The company is also reprising its popular North Atlantic Saga cruise. Expert guides bring prehistoric archaeology alive on the Orkney and Shetland islands off Northern Scotland, also known for hiking and birdwatching. Then sail to the Faroe Islands, jewels of the North Atlantic, where staggering cliffs host vast colonies of seabirds and quaint villages cling to the tiny islands. As the ship approaches Iceland, experience a new volcanic island and the dramatic sea caves of the Westman Islands. For more information, visit  adventurecanada.com/trips/europe-expedition-cruises

Air New Zealand has teamed up with fitness experts at Les Mills to create a series of inflight wellness exercises specifically designed to help passengers arrive at their destination refreshed and ready to enjoy their visit. Videos of stretches, exercises and meditation techniques are available via infight entertainment programs for all classes on Air New Zealand planes. No burpees in the aisle here, just some low-impact techniques anyone can do discreetly in their seats. A four-time Olympian, Mills opened his first gym in Auckland, NZ in 1968. Travellers can also enjoy a 10-day free trial of Les Mills’ workouts when they get home. The Kiwi accents are particularly cool. Airnewzealand.com

Imagine airport security as a simple stroll along a corridor. No more taking off your coat, shoes and belt, no more lining up or stuffing little bottles of liquids into bags. This welcome scenario is one of 10 predictions for the next decade from SITA, the air transport industry’s leading information technology provider. With new technologies, sophisticated artificial intelligence and collaboration among everyone involved in your journey, SITA believes it’s possible to make airports more efficient while enhancing the passenger experience. Look for more robots, self-driving vehicles, even air taxis whizzing around airports. Sensors will make physical document checks obsolete. At the same time, SITA says, passengers will remain in control of their digital identity. Stay tuned! Sita.aero

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), known for uncovering exciting, independent properties, has added five new names to its brand from an intimate adults-only hideaway in Barcelona to a sustainable Sicilian farmhouse, and an eco-friendly hideaway in Cambodia. For the brand, two of the properties are in new destinations: Montenegro and The Hamptons. For foodies, Susafa, a family-run estate in Northern Sicily, introduces its guests to a rural life that is centuries old. Walk through the orchards and gardens that provide food for the hotel’s restaurants. Taste local wines and olive oil and learn to make “caponata,” a traditional Sicilian tomato sauce. Another SLH gem, The Angkor Village Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is a collection of Khmer houses set among lush tropical gardens. Slh.com

Inspired by cutting-edge food halls across North America and Europe, Hargrave St. Market is the newest and most exciting addition to Winnipeg’s food scene. The bright, contemporary second-floor space features the best local food and drink from well-known chefs and restaurateurs. It has also become a favourite gathering place. Start your day with coffee and pastries and end it with beer, cocktails, gourmet pizza, ramen, smoked meat and everything in between. Hargrave St. is located a few minutes’ walk from Portage and Main in the new $500 million True North Square, the heart of Winnipeg’s sports, hospitality and entertainment district. Tourismwinnipeg.com

Though Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Germany, the celebrated composer called Vienna home for more than 35 years until his death in 1827. To celebrate his 250th birthday in 2020, visitors can take an interactive walk through Vienna led by Beethoven himself using a pair of Audio Augmented Reality glasses from Bose. The hi-tech sunglasses are free rentals available from the tourist office on Albertinaplatz. You can download the #RelatedToAustria app from the App Store (iOS). During the tour, the narrator gushes about his musical home, accompanies listeners to his favourite places, rides in a coach past Palais Lobkowitz where his Third Symphony was first performed and talks about his life and work in the Vienna Theatre. The AR walk is infused with Beethoven compositions recorded by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Musik2020.wien.info

If you’re visiting Grenada, the Spice Island, consider a short trip by ferry or plane to the smaller sister island, Carriacou. For a relaxing day trip, take another 25-minute ferry to Petite Martinique, population 900. Both islands offer an authentic Caribbean escape filled with crystal clear waters, quiet beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. Carriacou is an eco-friendly paradise, famous for its boat-building culture and rich African heritage. Dotted with villas and hotels, it boasts more than 30 dive sites teeming with marine life suitable for beginners to advanced divers and snorkellers. Hike to the top of Petite Martinique’s piton for picturesque views and snorkel healthy coral reefs. Grenada’s sister islands also host fantastic festivals. puregrenada.com

Fall in love with Ireland while staying at one of a dozen romantic Blue Book hotels. In County Mayo, request the Sauna Suite at the Clare Island Lighthouse or enjoy panoramic views from the 18th-century Ice House. The five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Golf Resort balances the stunning scenery of Connemara with its proximity to lively Galway. Enjoy a picnic in the gardens of Castle Durrow, located between Dublin and Cork, or learn to cook together with a custom cooking class at famed Dunbrody House in County Wexford. At Kilkenny’s lavish Mount Juliet Estate, dine in the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant. Be sure to request a luxurious four-poster suite at the beautifully restored Marlfield House in County Wexford. irelands-blue-book.ie

Iconic footwear brand Dr. Martens is celebrating its 60th anniversary at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum during the month of April. The exhibit will showcase some of the English brand’s original eight-holed 1460 boots, as well as a pair from its newest collection, 1460 Remastered. The original Doc Martens were favoured by postmen and policemen for their comfort and durability. Since then, the 1460 has been adopted, shaped and subverted by countless subcultures and freethinkers, stomped on stages, streets and runways while staying true to its original construction. drmartens.com

The influence of black Americans who battled injustice and fought for equality is still evident today throughout the Mississippi Delta, from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. Their stories are kept alive in the region’s many museums, some dedicated to music. Significant landmarks include the Delta town of Mound Bayou, the first incorporated community of independent blacks in 1887. At Tunica’s RiverPark Museum, stories are told at the exhibit, From Plantation to Prosperity. At the Emmett Till Historic Interpretive Center in Glendora, learn how the murder of a 14-year-old African-American youth in 1955 sparked the Civil Rights movement. Along the way choose from a variety of accommodations, from casino hotels and stately historic homes to downtown lofts. VisitTheDelta.com

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