On the Road with Ann

Why Walk the Camino de Santiago?

Facade of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

by Classical Pursuits founder and longtime walker Ann Kirkland For some, walking is a time-wasting and arduous chore when there are so many faster ways to get from A to B. And days-long hiking is a pointless and punishing undertaking. For others, the idea of a pilgrimage smacks of self-denying […]

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Travel Pursuits Poland: The Best-Laid Plans

Travel Pursuits Poland: The Best-Laid Plans

Adjacent to Kraków sits Nowa Huta, an in-your-face proletarian antithesis to the medieval and Renaissance architecture found in Poland’s hub of intellectual and artistic expression. Begun in 1947, and funded by the Soviet Union, Nowa Huta is considered one of the finest examples of deliberate social engineering in the world. […]

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A Grand Tour, Classical Pursuits Style

A Grand Tour, Classical Pursuits Style

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears the Human Soul – — Emily Dickinson       […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Welcome to the Rock!

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Welcome to the Rock!

“Knock, knock.” “Come on in. The door’s open.”     That’s the kind of open-armed reception you receive in Newfoundland, where we will be returning this August on the Travel Pursuit In Search of the Newfoundland Soul. As before, we will split our time between St. John’s and the Eastport […]

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Poland in the Afternoon

Poland in the Afternoon

WHAT: An afternoon of cookies and conversation about Polish poetry and film. A screening of Krysztof Keislowski’s Dekalog: Two. Information about our May trip to Krakow and Zakopane will be available. WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2017 – 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Toronto, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, […]

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A Famous Path That Still Holds Mystery

A Famous Path That Still Holds Mystery

Classical Pursuits is very excited to be mentioned in the recently published 100 Places in Spain Every Woman Should Go by Patricia Harris. Patricia’s chapter on the Camino and its history features Ann’s experience of walking the entire Camino Francés in 2010. Ann’s six weeks on the road inspired her to […]

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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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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN—More Than Mojitos

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN—More Than Mojitos

In just a few days Ann will be following in the footsteps of Pope Francis, Barack Obama, and the Rolling Stones. She is off on our first-ever Travel Pursuit to Cuba. As she was reading and packing she realized she needed a crash course in Cuban history and so prepared […]

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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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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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