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Discover Salem, City of Witches

It may be in ‘New’ England, but it is impossible to wander around Salem, Massachusetts, and not think that this place is old. The little brick houses crowding the streets; the gulls floating over the silent beaches; the country roads walled with reddening foliage. One of those dreamy, in-between spaces, where time once flowed fast and vibrant, but now just meanders along, exhausted by the weight of the history it carries.

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Vancouver in 5 Hours

Having watched videos of Mt. St. Helens erupting when I was a kid, I fulfilled a dream of mine, by making a pilgrimage to its still­-scarred and smouldering flanks three years ago. Where that was a trip planned in advance, and in detail, my next visit to the Pacific Northwest was thanks to an unexpected six­-hour gap between flights at Vancouver International Airport en route back from Tokyo. As it turns out, Vancouver is pretty…

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Algonquin in a Day

At 7653 sq. km, it’s bigger than Palestine. Founded in 1893, it’s older than Hershey’s. And with hundreds of species of animals and thousands of species of plants, it’s one of Canada’s most intriguing public parks. But for this traveler ­who believes one should only camp if one is a) drunk or high and b) at a music festival (preferably with the Foo Fighters headlining), it also has the added bonus of being equidistant from…

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