We believe that the best souvenirs are stories. Read them here.
An Underworld of Wonder: Virginia’s Luray Caverns
“Our feeling is that we have entered a new state of being…Before us are glittering stalactites and fluted columns strong enough to bear a world; draperies in broad folds and a thousand tints; cascades of snow-white stone; and, beyond, a background of pitchy darkness in which the imagination locates more than the eye can see.”
[Re] learning History at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre
It wasn’t until a recent visit to the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Nova Scotia that I became aware of our own Canadian connection to the black ex-slaves fleeing a newly-minted United States of America. That visit was an eye-opener in many ways.
Design is in the Details at Merrill House in Picton
To say that the owners have paid special attention to the details when they reimagined the historic Merrill House in Picton, Ontario, is a considerable understatement. Both Jordan Martin de Rosales and husband Evert Rosales de Martin have literally poured their heart and soul into this property – and it shows.
History in Pieces: Searching for Remnants of the Halifax Explosion
I was in a taxi heading to the Hydrostone neighbourhood in Halifax, curious to see the concrete-block style of house construction that was implemented here following the infamous Halifax explosion of 1917. I happened to mention the explosion to my driver as we were chatting, and was taken aback a bit by his response: a curious, “What explosion?” I was surprised by the question, given that the Halifax Explosion was one of the greatest disasters in Canadian history, and I was on a mission to learn more about it…