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Marc Atchison is a veteran journalist and a seasoned traveller with more than 20 years of travel writing experience. As the former Travel Editor of the Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper, and now Editor-in-Chief and Senior Writer for TraveLife magazine (Canada) and travelife.ca, Marc has been to over 100 countries in the world. Japan is one of his favorite destinations and he's been there on numerous occasions.
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Viginia golf courses making history

Viginia golf courses making history

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. — History surrounds me in this cradle of America. Everywhere I look, the past looks back. Over there is where an Indigenous village thrived 7,000 years ago. A few metres away is where Revolutionary and Civil War battles were fought. On the spot I’m standing next to the James River is where Virginia’s first settlers made landfall and declared, “This is paradise!”
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The world is Virginia's oyster

The world is Virginia's oyster

TOPPING, VA. — Travis Croxton sticks out his meaty, calloused hand and welcomes me with an enthusiastic emoji smile. His ruddy, boyish face makes him look much younger than his 40-something years. His attire — untucked pink and grey plaid shirt, faded blue jeans and worn sneakers — is not the usual uniform of a business tycoon. But then again, Travis Croxton is not your usual titan of business.
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Toy Story Land open in June at Walt Disney World

Toy Story Land open in June at Walt Disney World

ORLANDO, FLA. — Thanks to movie magic, we found out what toys do when the lights go out nightly — Pixar’s 1995 blockbuster film Toy Story spotlighted that for us. And now, thanks to Disney magic, we’re about to find out what it’s like to be a toy.
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Visiting Africa at Walt Disney World in Orlando

Visiting Africa at Walt Disney World in Orlando

I look out on the savanna that spreads out below my balcony and admire the morning sun shimmering in the small pools created by an overnight rain.
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Texas wine town puts accent on hospitality

Texas wine town puts accent on hospitality

FREDERICKSBURG, TX — In a room filled with Texas twang, Richard Beaupre’s lyrical French accent stands out like a ballerina at a rodeo. “Mon dieu, it’s so good to speak French with someone,” says Beaupre, the former Montréaler.
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Richmond’s elegant  Jefferson Hotel 'wows' guests

Richmond’s elegant Jefferson Hotel 'wows' guests

RICHMOND, VA — The “wow” factor takes hold as soon as I walk into the palatial entrance of Richmond’s historic Jefferson Hotel —the Sistine Chapel of hotel lobbies.
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Richmond has a Real 'Cycle' of History

Richmond has a Real 'Cycle' of History

RICHMOND, VA - The much younger cyclists ahead of me on the lovely Virginia Capital Bike Trail strain to reach the top of a small incline while I ring my bell and pass them with ease. They appear to be impressed with the elderly rider’s stamina, until …
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Richmond's Restaurant Scene Food for Thought

Richmond's Restaurant Scene Food for Thought

RICHMOND, VA - I join the long lineup waiting to enter the Sub Rosa Bakery as the morning sun spotlights the colourful homes gathered in Richmond’s trendy Church Hill district.
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On a 'Mission' in San Antonio

On a 'Mission' in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX - A bubbly guide named Misty gathers our small tourist group in the handsome square opposite the fabled Alamo. In a whispered voice, as if not wanting to disturb the hero ghosts connected to this sacred place, she begins our tour by proudly telling us “I’m a fifth generation Texan.”
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NHL takes a Big Gamble on Las Vegas Knights

NHL takes a Big Gamble on Las Vegas Knights

LAS VEGAS - Skeptics think the National Hockey League rolled the dice and took a big gamble by putting a franchise — the Golden Knights — in this town where betting was the only contact sport in the past. Locals, however, disagree. In fact, many say the NHL’s success in Las Vegas is a sure bet.
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