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Biggest Amateur Sand Castle Building Event in the World

On our recent visit to the Magdalen Islands we spent a very enjoyable stretch of time walking the Havre Aubert beach and admiring the biggest sand castles I’ve ever seen. The annual Chateaux de Sable des Iles is an event that will reach its 25th anniversary in 2011. This year 250 builders took part and […]

A Stay at the Domaine du Vieux Couvent, Magdalen Islands

The Domaine du Vieux Couvent on the Magdalen Islands is one of the loveliest places I have ever had the privilege to stay in. It had been recommended by a friend whose judgement I now hold in very high esteem. The 10 room hotel was built between 1914 and 1918, originally as a convent. It […]

The Magical Magdalen Islands of Quebec

It was love at first sight… of Quebec’s Magdalen Islands. My first view of these magical islands from the deck of the ferry was of Ile d’Entree, a knobby landform of red cliffs with a smattering of houses on grassy sections. The Magdalen Islands are a string of six islands, linked by sand dunes, in the […]

Food Recipes and Restaurants

A Visit to Baumwollspinnerei AKA the Leipzig Cotton Mill

Dinner at Spinnerei is what I see listed on my itinerary for the second night of a conference I’m attending in Leipzig, Germany. Beforehand, life is a little out of control, so I don’t even spend one minute checking it out on Google. That’s just as well so I have no preconceived expectations. Spinnerei isn’t a restaurant […]

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