If you have even a passing acquaintance with San Francisco, it’s worth making this trip. You don’t have to leave your chair – just sit back and let this video transport you back in time to Market Street in April 1906, shortly before the Great Earthquake and Fire. The film seems to have been shot [...]
Cities have a bad rap for being environmental baddies and that’s not always justified. While I love visiting beautiful wilderness areas, I know that my impact on the planet’s ecology is often less in a city because I don’t need a car to get there or get around. I’ve previously written about greening your city [...]
Trafalgar Square, London; December 1998 After last week’s trip down memory lane to a childhood holiday in Fiji, here is another time travel edition of Photo Friday. This is Trafalgar Square in London in 1998, with the Canadian High Commission in the background. My mother was living in Cambridge at the time and I spent [...]
Video of a turtle hatchling crawling to the sea on Heron Island set to “Girl You Never Knew” by Georgia Wonder. Adult turtles have no natural predators, but only one in a thousand make it that far. On Heron Island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, I follow one newborn green turtle on its hazardous first [...]
This gem of a video is from the British Film Institute but came my way via my friend Joanna Moncrieff on Facebook. Jo is a qualified tour guide in London and has a blog Westminster Walking. The video shows London in 1927 – in colour! Lots of familiar landmarks like Westminster and Buckingham Palace and [...]
The success of the Tourism Queensland ‘Best Job in the World’ campaign seems to have spawned a whole new way of promoting destination tourism. I particularly like the look of this ‘Gap Year’ competition from the New Zealand Tourist Board. Can you believe that I grew up in Australia and I’ve never been to New [...]
This has to be the best complaint letter ever. Singer-songwriter Dave Carroll from band Sons of Maxwell flew from Halifax, Canada to Omaha, Nebraska in March 2008. He tells the full story on his site but in summary, he says he was on the tarmac when he witnessed baggage handlers throwing his guitar case around. [...]
This is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. She sings better than I do! Thanks to @ginidietrich on Twitter for the link.