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EVERYWHERE

09 NOV 2018: The song, “I’ve Been Everywhere” written by Geoff Mack, originally had Australian locations, but has since been adapted to countries all over the world. In the North American version Mack (using an atlas provided by Hank Snow) rewrote the lyrics. In this version, sung here by Johnny Cash, 91 locations are mentioned and there is an image to illustrate each.


A CITY OF TOWERING TEMPLES IN THE FOREST

09 NOV 2018:  The temples of Angkor are architectural masterpieces laden with artistic treasures, like the bas-relief galleries that tell enduring tales of Cambodian history and legend.


FINDING THE AFGHAN GIRL

09 NOV 2018: One of National Geographic’s most iconic covers was that of ‘The Afghan Girl.’ Readers around the world wanted to know more about her and wondered how they could help her. The response to the image created such a stir that years later, armed with only her picture, the magazine went back to see if they could find her.


GEORGIA ON MY MIND
Annie Lennox knocks it out the park

02 NOV 2018: The iconic version of this week’s music video is undoubtedly that of Ray Charles from his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road— but ‘Georgia on My Mind’ – now the official song of the State of Georgia, has been performed by any number of artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Jones, Coldplay, Oscar Peterson and Gladys Knight. The cover here is a personal favourite by Annie Lennox, from her 2014 album, Nostalgia.


MARRAKESH EXPRESS

26 OCT 2018:   Today’s musical video comes at the request of one of our readers, who suggests that it fits in with the ‘Riding the Rails’ story’ earlier this week.  Perhaps some of those ‘train geeks’ have actually ridden the Marrakesh Express. (VIDEO)


SCULPTURE BY THE SEA

26 OCT 2018: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, transforms part of Sydney's coastline into a 2km long sculpture park and features over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. VIDEO


LIGHTFOOT AND WHALEN

19 OCT 2018: One of the requests we received for our Friday City/Destination music video was for Gordon Lightfoot’s Alberta Bound. As I was researching that, I came across another, much, much earlier, Lightfoot album on You Tube – it’s not a video, but some old timers in the industry might recognize his singing partner – Terry Whalen.


CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

12 OCT 2018: When we asked for city or destination music references several readers sent in suggestions. It’s been fun for me going through them – and this one written by Steve Goodman and performed by Arlo Guthrie is, I thought, a good choice to cheer us up on a cold Friday morning.


NOT READY TO MAKE NICE

05 OCT 2018:  Our Friday music video reflects some of the turmoil we have just witnessed.  Given the events this past week in Washington DC, we dedicate this to Christine Blasey Ford, and all women and men, who have been belittled, insulted, humiliated and abused for speaking out.


WHALE WATCHING IN QUEBEC

05 OCT 2018: One of the most serene times I have ever experienced was whale watching in Tadoussac, Quebec. It was silent and beautiful in the early morning, the only sound was the whales breaking through the water or seals swimming by.


THE LAND OF FESTIVALS

28 SEP 2018: Bhutan, is a small Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a popular trekking destination also known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys.


BLISS IN VANCOUVER

28 SEP 2018: The Norwegian Bliss is about the length of three football fields at 333 metres and is capable of carrying nearly 6,000 guests. The new ship will dock at Canada Place in Vancouver on Sunday for the first time and has several more scheduled stops in Vancouver for the 2019 cruise season.


FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR

28 SEP 2018: Last week we asked for some suggestions from you about places that we could feature in our music videos. This one surprised us – because when we think of San Francisco we generally think of Tony Bennett’s iconic song. However, this song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie will likely bring back memories for our “Boomer” readers.


MUSIC OF THE CITY
Streets of Philadelphia

21 SEP 2018: The Sting video, 'An Englishman in New York', that we ran a few weeks ago, was so popular that we thought it might be an idea to regularly feature music videos about places. And why don't you help us choose - we welcome your suggestions for future ideas. This week we’ve chosen Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia (because I like it), but feel free to suggest any place/country/ locale that might have a song you enjoy connected to it.


OPEN WATER DIVING
Royal Caribbean offers something new

21 SEP 2018: Royal Caribbean has partnered with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) to offer a full Open Water Diving course for guests onboard. They are the only cruise line in the world to do so and once the course is completed guests are certified to discover incredible new world of underwater beauty on their own.


WHERE ON EARTH III

21 SEP 2018: It’s not just on this side of the pond that we are so tragically geographically-lite. These Brits were given the task of trying to name all 44 countries in Europe and failed miserably. Let’s be fair though, naming all the countries in Europe is definitely harder than picking out a single country on a world map, but come on guys – Italy is just hanging out there for you to see!


WHERE ON EARTH II

21 SEP 2018: So here in the second, ‘We pretty well don’t have a clue’, video. National Geographic Bee host Soledad O'Brien takes to the streets to see how worldly New Yorkers are - compared with Nat Geo Bee participants - who are in fourth through eighth grade. Think you could handle the challenge?


WHERE ON EARTH

21 SEP 2018:  In researching YouTube for videos on travel for this edition we were astounded to find a number of them pertaining to the relative ignorance of people today when it comes to geography.  This is not limited to any one country, but we have selected three videos to illustrate the generally dismal state of world knowledge.  


ONE YEAR LATER
Dominica gets back on track

21 SEP 208: One year after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, the island nation is rebounding. Dominica’s airports – Douglas-Charles and Canefield – are fully open for commercial operations with same-day connectivity with international carriers to and from Douglas-Charles. Several cruise lines are planning calls to Dominica in 2018 and 2019 and the ferry service operated by L’Express des Iles is also available.


SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE
Cheers to John Mann

14 SEP 2018: While Canada lost a music icon before his time in Gord Downie in October last year, no less a tragedy has been the decline of John Mann, the Juno award-winning singer, songwriter and actor best known as frontman for Vancouver-based folk-rock band Spirit of the West.


SOMETHING NEW AT SEA-TAC

SEP 2018: The estimated cost for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's new International Arrivals Facility has reached almost $1 billion. In 2013 Port of Seattle commissioners estimated the project would cost $300 million.


OVER THE RAINBOW
Thinking about Hawaii and remembering awesome IZ

A recent whale watching excursion in Charlevoix led us to recall a similar experience in Hawaii. And Hawaii, as it always does, reminded us of IZ, the late great singer/songwriter/ukulele player and local treasure more formally known as Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole. (VIDEO).



SPACENET WEDDING

Ryan and Kim Jenk planned a unique destination wedding in Utah. They honoured some traditions, the bride walked down the ‘aisle’ in a gown with a long train and the groom wore a suit. The ceremony took place on a space net 122 meters (400 ft) above the desert near Moab. Members of the wedding party wore tutus and took off from the cliff in paragliders. Ten flower girls jumped, wearing parachutes and dropping flower petals on their way.(VIDEO).


ENOUGH WITH THE GIRDLE CHECK

Its hard to say what was worse, having to wear a girdle or having it checked by your employer. Barbara 'Dusty' Roads  championed a crusade against sexism ending the practice of flight attendants having to weigh in at work and retire from their career at the golden age of 32. (VIDEO).


GLAMPING IN CAPE LAHAVE
So good it yurts

If you have ever had a yearning for a yurt, salivation for seafood or a penchant for paddle boarding, you might want to consider glamping on the east coast. Sure, these guys make it look easy but certified guides oversee the adventure of hiking, kayaking and sleeping under the stars. And a wilderness chef makes sure you are not heating canned beans over the campfire. (VIDEO)

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