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MAARTEN HEILBRON | Friday September 30, 2016

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Cycling the Danube

March 5, 2015 | | 2 Comments

There are many kinds of cycling trips. You may wish to follow in the spandex clad trails of the Tour de France, or opt for a fully catered five-star guided tour. That is not how my partner Kim and I … Read More

Ottawa’s Tulip Festival 2014

May 20, 2014 | | 2 Comments

To thank Canada for liberating the Netherlands during the Second World War, the Dutch send tulips to Ottawa, the home of Queen Juliana during the war.

The tulip festival website has the details.


I was born in … Read More

Ek Balam Cycling Trip

May 2, 2014 | | One Comment

While vacationing in Playa Mujeres (just north of Cancun) during March Break, we took the opportunity for another trip organized by Elite Cyclery.


It was a scenic but long three-hour drive to Ek Balam from Playa Mujeres, just … Read More

Still Bend: Frank Lloyd Wright’s House for Bernard Schwartz

February 9, 2014 | | 2 Comments

There are a few houses architected and built by Frank Lloyd Wright that can be rented. We stayed at one in October, 2013.

Architecture is not just about design aesthetics, but also about the practical details that transform a … Read More

Snowshoeing in the Thirty Bench Vineyard

January 29, 2014 |

January 25, 2014: Beamsville, Ontario

It’s a chilly, blustery and snowy -10 Celsius in Beamsville, so a glass of mulled wine is the happy reward for those of us who have made the drive from … Read More

Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, Curaçao

January 17, 2014 | | 3 Comments

Curaçao’s Hato airport is a small informal affair just outside the capital Willemstad, so I quickly spot Joy, my driver. We’re off to Nieuwpoort, about 30 minutes east of Willemstad.

There’s a gate at the entrance, and then it’s another … Read More

Paradisus Playa del Carmen

December 11, 2013 |

This is a long read. It’s a detailed, personal and idiosyncratic report of my stay at the Paradisus Playa del Carmen while researching a story for The Toronto Star on Cancun.

Bright and modern rooms which can be opened … Read More

Paradisus Cancun

December 8, 2013 | | One Comment

First assignment: Cancun

This is a long read. It’s a detailed, personal and idiosyncratic report of a trip to Cancun to write a story for The Toronto Star. If you just want the good stuff, read the Star article.

After writing … Read More

Toronto’s Subway Art

November 5, 2013 |

I’ve always liked Toronto’s subway system. On the day the Bloor-Danforth line opened (February 26, 1966) I made my way to Toronto with some friends and rode the entire system collecting transfers at every stop.

There wasn’t much art back … Read More

Cycling the Canal du Midi

September 21, 2012 |

Flat, off-road, shaded, with picture postcard views at every turn – a dream bike ride

The Canal du Midi trail is the perfect bike trip for casual cyclists. The trail is nominally 240km and passes through the Languedoc region, … Read More

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