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Captivating Cascais Portugal by Olivia Balsinger

A stones throw to the west of Lisbon, Cascais defines that laid back, coastal Portuguese way of life. The sea salt smell lingers in your nostrils as you ride your bike through the winding cliff paths. You are treading the most western land of Europe, once believed to be the “Edge of the World.” Cascais is known in history for having housed the summer residence of the Portuguese Royal Family in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The city is alive with historic buildings, castles and remnants of the past. A haven for adventure junkies. Cascais is one of those rare natural playgrounds with diverse offerings. Surf the waves of The Atlantic on the Estoril coastline, known worldwide for its waves. Climb in the valleys, bike along the majestic cliffs and, of course, hike to Cabo da Roca, the “Nose of Europe.” And when its time to relax after all the adventure, check into Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel, which provides that delicate balance of practicality and leisure. The location couldn’t be better—it rests right in the middle of two championship golf courses, is a five-minute bike ride to the sea and 15 minutes into the town of Cascais: secluded yet accessible. The property boasts 72 rooms, four of which are suites, as well as twelve villas.

China Tourism Introduces New Brand Logo China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) has made “Beautiful China” the tag line of its tourism and introduced a new global brand logo. With an overall look as a stamp, the new logo integrates modern messaging with the ancient Chinese art form of calligraphy. The hieroglyph in the background means “travel” in ancient Chinese language, which shows a flag guiding a couple around. The blue color represents the sky, delivering China tourism’s concepts - vitality, harmony and green travel. The red color gives tribute to the Chinese civilization that has been going on for thousands of years. Illustrating an international vision, the “Beautiful China” logo represents China’s promising and welcoming tourism industry. Canadian World Traveller Summer 2019

Exploring Tasmania’s Wild & Untamed Freycinet Peninsula by Olivia Balsinger When I first announced my next adventure would lead me to the barren east coast of Tasmania, even well-travelled friends had the same reaction: “You’re going to Africa now, Olivia?!” I couldn’t blame them for their ignorance--an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast, known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas and protected parks and reserves, Tasmania is certainly off the beaten path. And I had the opportunity to taste a bit of Tassie’s (as the locals call it) wildest side through a tour with The Great Walks of Australia company called The Freycinet Experience Walk. The trip began in Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, for a brief orientation before leaving society (and Wi-Fi!) for four days, experiencing nature each day and returning to our secluded lodge, Friendly Beaches Lodge—an archtitechtral marvel of both simplicity and sophistication—every evening. Long but fulfilling days would center around exploring the same ancient tracks of the bushmen some 30,000 years’ prior, discovering Tasmanian nature at it’s most intense. Hiking about 37 kilometers in total, we were led by two engaging guides, exploring the rare and remote corners of the National Park—from the pink granite Hazard Mountain to the forests with panoramic views of the coastline. Along the way we witnessed incredible vistas, discovered nesting lagoons and unique fauna, and were immersed in the history of a population that has kept eastern Tasmania entirely unspoiled and undeveloped. The ethos of The Freycinet Experience is to serve up the best that nature has to offer. On the eastern peninsula of the wild and untamed Tasmania, nature certainly exhibits its force.

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Canadian World Traveller Summer 2019 issue  

Now in our 17th year of publishing, Canadian World Traveller explores the culture and history of worldwide destinations, sharing the adventu...

Canadian World Traveller Summer 2019 issue  

Now in our 17th year of publishing, Canadian World Traveller explores the culture and history of worldwide destinations, sharing the adventu...