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Gotcha!! — The Historic Town of Quito, Ecuador

Gotcha!! — The Historic Town of Quito, Ecuador

I could not wait to visit Quito, having read about the Historic Old Town with its colorful restored buildings… … and beautiful, almost medieval churches. In doing my research, there was mention that petty crime was rampant, because of the number of foreign tourists visiting the neighborhood who were proving to be good revenue for […]

The Magic of Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean

The Magic of Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean

Could this be Paradise? The Tulum landscape is a jungle of dense tropical foliage, a blend of many greens: tangled hanging vines, twisted mangrove tree branches, more exotic palm trees than it is possible to imagine. All this verdure is juxtaposed against a blue sky that drops into the aquamarine ocean with rows of gentle […]

STRIKING ARCHITECTURE IN PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

STRIKING ARCHITECTURE IN PANAMA CITY, PANAMA

(Originally written 2013. Scroll to the end for the unexpected twist about an American presence in Panama that became rather infamous several years later…) Mention the word “ARCHITECTURE” in Panama City and the response is always in superlatives, like “ICONIC,” a word they love, or “it is the highest,” “the tallest,” “has the most rooms,” […]

THE MARINE BUILDING: Vancouver’s Iconic Art Deco Building

THE MARINE BUILDING: Vancouver’s Iconic Art Deco Building

Almost every North American city has one: the Art Deco tower that outshines the rest of the skyline, even the taller, more recent additions. For Vancouver, this is the Marine building, a “tasting menu” of the finest ingredients of Art Deco Design and Imagery. Completed in 1930, the structure has been impeccably preserved. This legendary […]

Broom Co. — A Broom to Sweep Away All Your Troubles

Broom Co. — A Broom to Sweep Away All Your Troubles

Against a dramatic backdrop of skyscrapers that comb the sky, Granville Island in Vancouver is a microcosm of little roads lined with interesting shops, restaurants, and galleries. Known for its market stocked with the freshest of produce, it also has some of the most unusual shopping in the city if not the region. Finding our […]

SEARCH AND RESCUE DENIM: Turning a Utilitarian Article into a Fashion Statement

SEARCH AND RESCUE DENIM: Turning a Utilitarian Article into a Fashion Statement

While starting as a small one-man operation, Search and Rescue Denim has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, Netflix and Lonely Planet to name a few. How did this happen? The founder of the company, Will Fosdick, came to creating designer aprons in a serendipitous way.  Between the ages of 18 and 24, […]

Commercial Drive (Vancouver, BC)

Commercial Drive (Vancouver, BC)

The Drive, as it is known, is one delicious thoroughfare. Food-centric and loaded with food shops, it is best known for the eight-block stretch called “Little Italy,” where many Italian Immigrants originally opened food stores after coming to Vancouver in the 1970s.  Now extending for 22 blocks with about 300 storefronts, the shops on Commercial […]