Photo by Trey Ratcliff

Monday, September 25, 2023

Travels In Wales - Part 3


In Wales, the town of Cardigan is a wonderful mix of old and contemporary, including a window-walled coffee shop in the 12th century castle, a former riverfront warehouse turned into the atmospheric Albion Hotel, and a wood-fired pizza restaurant along the River Teifi.

The riverfront Albion Hotel has a delightful melding of the contemporary and the old, whether in the decor of the guest rooms, the bar, restaurant or other public spaces.

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Travels in Wales - Part 2

Some people come from far afield just to take a photo of what’s referred to as the “lone tree” in Eryi National Park (Snowdonia) in Wales. I watched one photographer set up for what looked like an extended visit to document the changing light on this silver birch as well as the rugged peaks in the distance.

Aside from nature-based wonders, Wales presents so many other wonderful surprises, including the array of boldly-hued facades.

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Travels in Wales - Part 1

Visiting or staying at Portmeirion Village on the coast of Wales is a not-to-miss experience. Sure, it’s where the cult classic, The Prisoner, was shot. But this quirky village is so much more: trails thread through woodlands, waterfront vistas are abundant, as are the diverse works of art on display.

No matter where you gaze, including through your windows, brings into view something fantastical.

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Public Murals and Sculptures in Toronto

Wherever I go in the world, I’m always on the lookout for public art and I found plenty to admire in Toronto. Some of the works were difficult to find while others are on the tourist radar. This is my latest for ForbesLife where I discuss the sculptures, art installations and street art that peppers the landscape of Toronto. 

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Public Art Around Reno


While I was in Reno, Nevada attending the awesome Cordillera International Film Festival with my feature-length comedy script, I had the opportunity to explore the fab public art that peppers the nicely landscaped plazas at The Outlets at Legends in Sparks, Nevada. (Many of the festival’s features and shorts played at the Galaxy Theaters Legends.)

One more example of the creative public art that dots the plazas at The Outlets at Legends in Sparks, Nevada. This botanical sculpture is part of a small water feature.

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

Adventures on Prince Edward Island - Part 3

On the North Lake area, I found the clouds to be mesmerizing.

There were no bad views when I bicycled from the East Point Lighthouse to Souris Beach.

It’s worth spending several days in the charming capital city of Charlottetown that’s peppered with vibrant public art.

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Monday, August 21, 2023

Adventures on Prince Edward Island - Part 2

A walk along the Greenwich Dunes Trail is a must-do when visiting Prince Edward Island. The setting that includes serpentine boardwalks (including a floating boardwalk) and tall sand dunes couldn’t be more bucolic.

Even in cloudy weather, strolling along the floating boardwalk is an enthralling experience.

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Sunday, August 20, 2023

Adventures on Prince Edward Island - Part 1

Bicycling around Prince Edward Island is an idyllic experience, full of picturesque views and great seafood. (I fell in love with the abundance of boldly-hued lupines lining the roads.)

Along the north shore, I discovered scenic North Lake, known as the World’s Tuna Capital, with its pristine oceanfront beaches and some blustery headwinds.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Travels In The Faroe Islands - Part 6

And yet another dessert that resembles a work of art, served at Raest in Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. Sebastian Jimenez, who hails from Mexico, is one of the most creative chefs around. Presented here on a blue and white tile is a churro containing a dollop of white chocolate along with coriander seeds, and topped with cornflowers. Next to it is a typical triangular-shaped Mexican snack, but here it’s made with rhubarb juice.

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