Vancouver’s charm lies in its exotic mix of European and native First Nations influences which is visible everywhere. After marveling at authentic totem poles built by the First Nations you can go indulge in an equally authentic European high-tea experience complete with scones and clotted cream. The city has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing and nature — serene wooded parks, lofty snow-capped mountain peaks, well-groomed slopes that are a haven for skiers, gorgeous vistas on scenic highways with poetic names like the Sea to Sky Highway, and quaint European charm tucked away into a mountain resort named Whistler. A three-day visit is ideal so you can complement the energetic city vibe with a relaxing day at Whistler Village.
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A short train-hop from London to the south coast of England brings you to Brighton — a seaside resort not to be missed! With its buzzy nightlife, beachfront cool, historic heritage, and treasure trove of quaint shopping lanes, it has long been a favorite on the visiting lists of those in the know.
In the eighteenth century, Brighton burgeoned from being a small fishing village into a busy health resort catering to the wealthy. In 1783, its accessibility and its potential caught the attention of the then Prince of Wales (later to be Prince Regent and ultimately King George IV). He sealed the town’s reputation as a fashionable locale by becoming a regular visitor and building the Royal Pavilion — his “pleasure palace” by the sea.
Walk into almost any restaurant in Barbados and you will find flying fish on the menu. After all, not only is it a ubiquitous national symbol, it’s part of the national dish — cou-cou and flying fish. But for the best flying fish, with the most authentic Bajan feel, the Oistins Bay Gardens Friday night fish fry is not to be missed.
At the Autumnia Festival in Tuscany you can taste fresh olive oil grown on the surrounding hillsides, talk to the family growers, sample the region’s famous wines, and ask local vintners for their recommendations. The bustling streets are also filled with vendors of multi-colored fruits and vegetables and locally-raised smoked meats. Expert chocolatiers demonstrate their craft and offer free samples of their delectable wares. Artisan cheese makers, basket weavers, cane makers, and woodcarvers all ply their trades in the crowded market.
Whether it be something for history buffs, beach-going families, or the avid adventurer — scaling the side of Mount Victoria, one of Devonport’s local ‘mountains,’ for example — there is always something to do and the little village unsurprisingly ends up spoiling visitors with choices. Try having a light brunch at Devonport’s Stone Oven Bakery and Cafe, a little red and white cafe around the corner of Clarence Street, with its vibrant atmosphere and cheerful staff. Cozy, warm, and homely within, the cafe embodies a contemporary household character, while wooden tables and chairs that spill onto a deck outside make a perfect background for a breezy conversation over an open-air lunch.