Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sights to See: Botanical Gardens Montreal, Montreal, Canada


One of the largest botanical gardens in the world, this park is home to 22,000 types of plants, flowers, and trees, as well as 200 different bird species. It houses greenhouses with plants from around the world, plus many large, themed outdoor gardens that are covered with snow from November through April.
Botanical Gardens Montreal (Les Jardins Botaniques de Montréal) 4101 Sherbrooke East, corner of Pie-IX, 514-872-1400.

See more images of the gardens' spectacular topiaries at:

http://www.voicingouropinions.com/2009/08/montreal-topiary-garden-photos

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Great Sleeps: World's Top 10 Hotels Under $19


Of course, you have to travel some distance to experience some of these bargains, but one is right in the good old U.S. of A.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.HotelsUnder19



image is of Shiva Guest House in Nepal; room is $9.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Things to Do: Swim with the Polar Bears at Polar Bear Habitat, Cochrane, Ontario, Canada


Unbelievably, you can swim with the polar bears here. However, for safety--though cute, polar bears are among the world's most ferocious carnivores--a bullet-proof, shatterproof glass that is almost 9 centimeters thick separates human from bear.

Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village 1 Drury Park Rd., in Cochrane, 800-354-9948, 705-272-2327; http://www.polarbearhabitat.ca/. Daily; in summer 9-5; in winter 10-4. $20, 65+ $18, 4-14 $12, Swim with the bears +$5.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Sights to See: Lefortovo Tunnel, Russia

The 3150-meter-long "Tunnel of Death" is the longest city tunnel in all of Europe. You might want to avoid it when you are in town.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fLW3OiH8OQ

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sights to See: National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.


Located within a building that is impressive both inside and out, this is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. Women artists seem to be greatly undervalued, with only 5% of art displayed in museums being by women. Here, you'll see more than 3,000 works--all by women. A free audio tour for special exhibits is available by cell phone. On the mezzanine, just off a grand staircase, a pleasant lunchroom operates weekdays in a spacious open area with arched windows.
National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave. NW, 800-222-7270, 202-783-5000; http://www.nmwa.org/. M-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Free 20-min. introductory talk M-Sat at 11 & 2, Sun at 1 & 3. $10, 60+ $8, students $8.