Author: George Burden

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A NIGHT AT A REALLY SPOOKY CASTLE

  It was a dark night in the mountains of the southern Dutch province of Limburg (yes, though most of the country is below sea level they DO have mountains). We had yet to...

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YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN AMSTERDAM WHEN…

Your hotel has a sign at the front desk which looks like this..   2. You are far more likely to be run over by a bicycle than to be hit by a car…...

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OH THOSE GERMANS!

Driving through Germany and noticed that the well organized Germans put the first three letters of their town of origin on their licence plates. For example this one is from the town of Bitburg……

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CHECKING OUT THE SIEGFRIED LINE

Cruising along the highway near Monschau, Germany, my partner Stella suddenly screeched to a halt and pointed out a line of tooth-like concrete structures stretching at least a kilometer or more into the distance....

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THE SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE

First of all  true Scotch whisky fans  never spell it with an “e”.  However, despite rumours to the contrary they do often add a little water to the spirit to open out and expand...

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EXPLORING THE ROSSLYN CHAPEL

Our first day in  Scotland found Stella and I cruising by the legendary Rosslyn Chapel, home of the Holy Grail…at least in Dan Brown’s novel, The DaVinci Code.  Though we hadn’t expected to visit...

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Getting ready for Europe

The suitcase is half packed, shoes are polished and and my blazer dry-cleaned.  I am getting ready to fly to Europe! On September 5th we will attend a gathering of the Scottish Baronage where I will...

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Treesome anyone?

  Most of us think of cocooning as cozying up in our homes, not venturing very far afield, and enjoying the amenities of domesticity. Not so for Parks Canada, which has an entirely different...

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Cave surfing on the Magdalen islands

I hurled myself off the sandstone cliff edge of The Bluff, arms crossed in front of my chest, slicing sideways into the foaming surf. The surging wave thrust my body onto the smooth, bright...