Articles by: Ann

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN IN CUBA—You say you want a revolution?

Paseo del Prado in Havana

“Well, you know, we all want to change the world …” It was not the Beatles but the Rolling Stones at the centre of a mammoth street party in Cuba just before we arrived. Still, I could not help using the Beatles’ lens during my stay of nearly a month with […]

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GUEST BLOG—Feeling at Home with Ulysses by Michael Groden

GUEST BLOG—Feeling at Home with Ulysses by Michael Groden

At home. Mentioning Ulysses might conjure up a range of associations – important, classic, difficult, even unreadable – but “at home” isn’t likely to be one of them. Sixteen people felt anything but comfortably home on a Monday morning this past July as they awaited the start of a Toronto […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS—Cuba! The times they are a-changin

TRAVEL PURSUITS—Cuba! The times they are a-changin

“And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again” – Bob Dylan Sometimes one has the chance to be an eyewitness to history at a remarkable moment. Ten years ago, visitors were told what we now know to be true: that along with the end of the Castro regime would come […]

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GUEST BLOG—Nella Cotrupi on Trieste and Tristezza

GUEST BLOG—Nella Cotrupi on Trieste and Tristezza

I flip pages of my memory like the pages of the many books we’ve read together. What do I come up with? The flotsam and jetsam of a world modern and yet defined by the ever-present layers of its past, its names, its words from many tongues, its wisdom, and […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS—Dubai or Not Dubai? That Is the Question

TRAVEL PURSUITS—Dubai or Not Dubai? That Is the Question

Confession – I want to sell you a Travel Pursuit to Dubai from March 7 to 13, 2016. Selling does not come naturally to me, but I think this trip deserves an extra push since, if you are anything like I was, Dubai may not be on your radar. My vision of […]

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TRAVEL PURSUITS—Winning pix from Colombia, winter 2015

TRAVEL PURSUITS—Winning pix from Colombia, winter 2015

We are pleased to announce the winner of our trip, Colombia: A paradise where reality and magic blur. Our judge this time was Alex Fiscalini, painter, photographer, graphic artist, and art director. Alex was drawn right away to this photo by Christine Croucher of Forest, Ontario. Christine has been toting […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Mystery & Manners in Savannah

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Mystery & Manners in Savannah

I was mulling over my impressions from our fifth trip to Savannah and was struck that this Travel Pursuit differs from others in a strange way. Most of the time I find the literature and the place complement and enrich one another. Even if we are in Florence discussing Dante, who […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN — It’s Colombia, not Columbia

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN — It’s Colombia, not Columbia

A funny thing happens when I travel with Classical Pursuits: I fall in love. OK, It may be more philia than eros, but a deep and enduring affection develops for the country I am visiting. It happened in Egypt, in India, in Vietnam and Cambodia. I leave home with great […]

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GUEST BLOG—Identifying with the “Other”: Shakespeare’s Othello and Verdi’s Otello

GUEST BLOG—Identifying with the “Other”:  Shakespeare’s Othello and Verdi’s Otello

By Üstün Bilgen-Reinart As an adolescent, I heard my father, who passionately loved music, discussing Verdi’s Otello with my uncle. I perked up my ears when I heard him say Otello was a masterpiece; the ultimate flowering of Verdi’s genius. At that time, I dreamt of becoming an opera singer, […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN—Wonder While You Wander with Ann

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN—Wonder While You Wander with Ann

All of our TRAVEL PURSUITS are variations on the theme of discovery. We travel as seekers of experiences and insights we do not find at home. Taking Your Soul for a Stroll: 160 kilometers on the Camino de Santiago is a bit different from our other trips in two respects. First, […]

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