Skip navigation


Activities & Interests

Past travel articles organized by activity and interest.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Foreign photographers for rent

There's a photo in Nicole Smith's home office in Victoria. It's a moment captured between old friends on a Parisian holiday.Scorning selfies and ill-framed shots taken by strangers, Smith instead asked a mutual friend to play photographer and capture candid pictures of her and her girlfriend just hanging out.

Subject: photography; service industry; travel

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Build a highlight reel of your vacation with TripleSpot ( The free iPhone app captures travel experiences in a series of captioned photos that can be organized and shared with friends and family. Take snapshots of a destination (Chicago's Navy Pier, Machu Picchu, Big Ben), a once-in-a-lifetime feat (trekking the Inca Trail, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro) or a general theme (food trucks in Manhattan), add a short blurb about why you loved it and then add it to your so-called ''spot list.'' If you're curious, scroll through other people's spots using the easy-to-use explore function.

Subject: photography; software; travel; wireless technology

Saturday, August 31, 2013


Printic ( is a new mobile photo-printing service that delivers your favourite holiday snapshots to friends and family by mail. Compatible with iPhones and Android 2.2 smartphones, the app is easy to use. Simply select a photo from your phone, Instagram or Facebook albums, crop it and add a personalized message. A Polaroid-like image is printed and sent off in an orange envelope, anywhere in the world. At 99 cents (U.S.) per print (shipping included), the service is pricier than Shutterfly or Picaboo, but the finished product has a novel look and only takes three days to be delivered.

Subject: cellular telephones; photography; tourism; travel; wireless technology

Saturday, August 10, 2013


concierge@globeandmail.comThe question: Any suggestions for a trip where my husband can indulge his photography hobby? He loves architecture The answerFrom baroque Vienna to futuristic Tokyo, I've waved my camera around some of the world's most photogenic cities. But as an enthusiastic amateur - shooting 200 images to get one good one is why digital works for me - I often mull the idea of brushing up my skills beyond the Instagram level.

Subject: photography; tourism; travel

Saturday, May 4, 2013


Mosaic by Mixbook is a free app at that puts candid holiday snapshots into a hardcover photo book - and it's all done straight from your iPad or iPhone. Tap on your favourite pictures, fiddle with the order by dragging and dropping them on-screen, and place the order for a flat fee of $20 (U.S.), plus shipping and taxes. A neatly packaged 17 centimetre by 17 cm photo book arrives by mail. Although creating the photo book is less time consuming than using such sites as Shutterfly and Picaboo, there's a 20 photo limit per album and it's impossible to add embellishments like captions and title pages.

Subject: photography; software; technology; travel

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Picture perfect lets you know how to take postcard-worthy photos. Type in a city or landmark, and up pops a series professional looking snapshots, along with a map showing you where to stand and what you'll need to know to replicate the image. Technical specs about shutter speed, aperture and ISO may be lost on travellers using a point-and-shoot. But other information - such as the time of day the photo was taken and historical background on the subject - is helpful. While the site lacks content in some major destinations (you won't find any photos of Canada, Chile or Argentina), new albums are uploaded daily.

Subject: photography;; tourism; travel; websites

Saturday, March 16, 2013


The world's bustling stalls are the best way to dive into a culture. In a single spot you can discover new tastes, witness ancient traditions and find that one-of-a-kind souvenir. Here, Globe readers share their favourites. For more, visit

Subject: list; photography; tourism; travel

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Oh Canada!

What does Canada look like to you? We want to see your photographs that show off our big, beautiful and diverse country. We've received lots of scenic coastal shots, and now we're looking for everything in between. Send your Canada pics (high-resolution please)

Subject: photography; travel

Saturday, September 5, 2009

An endless photo album of blurs and zebra bums

In Nairobi I join five other tourists, all of us keyed up to begin our first safari. I climb into our Land Cruiser, competing for space with backpacks and telephoto lenses so big they dwarf the cameras attached to them. Not an auspicious start, I think.

Location: Kenya;

Subject: photography; tourism; travel

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Last weekend, we invited readers to share their best travel shots of animals in the wild - and more than 100 of you responded with eye-popping images of everything from roaming giraffes to regal eagles. Herewith, a few of our favourites. Or visit Globe Travel online to see a complete gallery of our picks.

Subject: travel; photography

Saturday, October 25, 2008


JAMIE SCARROWWhile Scarrow has photographed animals in exotic locations around the world, the Vancouver Island resident specializes in grizzly bears - especially those that congregate at Knight Inlet on the British Columbia coast. His work has been published in Canadian Geographic and National Geographic.

Location: World;

Subject: travel; photography; photographers

Saturday, October 25, 2008

How to shoot killer digital pictures

Many people using a digital camera are content to leave it in automatic mode and let the built-in computer do the thinking for them. Usually, the results are just fine. But even the smallest digitals now have features to help you improve your outdoor or wildlife photography. Here are a few tips on getting more from your camera.

Subject: travel; photography

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Sweet melody Owen Sound, Ont.Playing the violin with charisma, beauty and precision using one hand? Many budding musicians have a hard enough time playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with two. (Trust us on this.) Anyone who has heard Ottawa-born Adrian Anantawan play on CBC, CTV, YTV, Citytv or TVOntario should think about taking a trip to Owen Sound on Saturday to hear this extraordinarily gifted violinist in person. Born with one hand, Anantawan has played at the White House and has performed solos with orchestras across Canada and the U.S. On Saturday he is playing Tchaikovsky, Liszt and a new piece by Georgian Bay Symphony composer-in-residence Richard Mascall.

Location: Kleinburg; Owen Sound; Nobleton; Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism; music; photography; art

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Tune into your next trip

I. DecisoWhen it comes to resolutions, I am a slow learner. Every January for more than a decade now, I have committed to something I am apparently congenitally incapable of completing -- organizing my photographs from my previous year's travels. I had thought going digital would somehow make it easier to account for my photographs, but now instead of my linen closet it is my hard drive that is cluttered with old and frequently unremarkable pictures.

Subject: travel; photography; music; noise

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Ireland's past 60 years of troubles and turmoil, but also of joys and triumphs, are brought to life in Magnum Ireland, a new exhibit of the famed agency's photographers' take on the North and the South, at Belfast's Ormeau Baths Gallery. A catalogue of the best prints in colour and black and white -- by the likes of Henri Cartier Bresson and Eve Arnold -- features an introduction by Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist John Banville. It's a visual journey through rural scenes of village life, violent images of 70s-era Troubles, and depictions of today's prosperity. The show runs until Sept. 16.

Location: Belfast; Northern Ireland;

Subject: travel; tourism; photography; exhibitions

Saturday, July 8, 2006


It's hard to imagine that a photographer could capture unique images of one of the world's most photographed cities, but Luca Campigotto's black-and-white portrait of La Serenissima offers views of Venice streets and canals that even most locals have probably never seen. Every image, taken in the dead of night, is devoid of people, leaving the crumbling old buildings eerily naked and revealing what the photographer calls ''the very archeology of the landscape.''

Subject: photography; books; review; venicexposed

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Many people using a digital camera are content to leave it in automatic mode and let the built-in computer do the thinking for them. Most of the time, the results are perfectly acceptable. But even mid-range digitals now have a host of features worth exploring for even better results. Here are a half-dozen ways to get more from your camera:

Subject: travel; digital technology; photography

Saturday, February 25, 2006

My own private Paris

Rue des Guillemites, where photographer Peter Turnley resides in Paris's fashionable Marais district, is more alley than street. There is no number on his 17th-century building -- only a pair of iron doors that lead to a tiny courtyard. And to get to Turnley's penthouse suite, visitors must choose either a closet-sized elevator or a flight of narrow stairs.

Location: Paris; France;

Subject: travel; tourism; photography

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Photos of Kate Moss's real-life antics haven't been kind to her of late. But in a new exhibit called 15, Corinne Day's documentary-style snaps of the fashion icon reveal the fresh-faced, arrestingly beautiful Croydon girl she was as a just-discovered teen in 1990. Catch a rare glimpse of the supermodel before her Pete Doherty days in the free show running at Gimpel Fils Gallery until April 1.

Location: London; Great Britain;

Subject: photography; exhibitions

Saturday, January 28, 2006


On a cold and wet evening in Reykjavik, I've come, glossy brochure in hand, to the Red Rock Cinema to see the Volcano Show. I'm expecting a big bang, IMAX-type experience. But I find myself alone in what looks like someone's living room.

Location: Reykjavik; Iceland;

Subject: travel; tourism; photography; exhibitions

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Taking a photo-sensitive approach

Steve Manley has travelled a lot over the years and he has some magnificent photos to show for it. But going through his photos is a bittersweet experience for the Toronto-based art director and designer.

Subject: travel; photography; etiquette; ethics

Wednesday, December 7, 2005


Nick Brandt's collection of 60 black-and-white photographs of East Africa's vast landscape, and the magnificent animals that inhabit it, will make a perfect stocking-stuffer for wildlife enthusiasts and the conservation-minded. No red-in-the-tooth-and-claw images here -- just intimate, dignified portraits that perfectly capture these creatures in their natural setting.

Subject: books; photography; on this earth

Saturday, October 8, 2005

From tree to screen

The turning leaves of Algonquin's fall represent one of the most beautiful aspects of Ontario, and this year I want to learn to see them in a new way -- through the lens of a camera.

Location: Ontario;

Subject: travel; tourism; photography; education

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

London to host largest Arbus retrospective

A major exhibition on Diane Arbus, the legendary New York photographer whose work captured 1950s and 1960s America and transformed the art of photography, opens on Oct. 13 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Location: London; Great Britain;

Subject: photography; art; exhibitions

Saturday, September 24, 2005


For the itinerant shooter, the good news is that even in this dizzying digital era, the logic of capturing exciting images hasn't changed much since George Eastman gave the world the box camera almost 120 years ago.

Subject: travel; tourism; photography; cameras

Saturday, August 6, 2005

Photo gallery opens on Vancouver Island

The Orca Gallery, featuring fine-art photography by award-winning nature and wildlife photographer Rolf Hicker, recently opened in the coastal community of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island.Visitors can take in a 25-minute video presentation featuring never-before-seen underwater footage of killer whales. A gift shop offers framed art, custom-made mugs, mouse pads and more.

Location: Vancouver Island;

Subject: art; photography

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Famous faces haunt Ottawa hotel

When I checked into Room 358 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, George Bernard Shaw was staring down at me, Irish eyes smiling beneath white bushy brows.The black-and-white photograph of the eightysomething playwright was the only evidence in the large suite of its former tenants. Yousuf Karsh, who snapped the image, and his wife Estrellita lived in the same rooms for 18 years.

Location: Ottawa;

Subject: hotels; photography; biography

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Astronaut's photo exhibit blasts off in Sarnia

Photographs taken in space by astronaut Chris Hadfield, a native of Sarnia, Ont., will be exhibited from June 10 to 29 at the city's Gallery in the Grove.Hadfield (pictured above), a mission specialist on space shuttle flights in 1995 and 2001, will attend the opening of the exhibition, called Images From Space, which includes 37 photographs and his accompanying footnotes and audio recordings.

Location: Sarnia; Ontario;

Subject: space; photography; exhibitions

Saturday, May 14, 2005

One person's mess is another's art

Not many people would consider the mess left behind by hotel guests as art, but an exhibition of photographs at Toronto's Drake Hotel gives that mess an element of permanence and exposure to others.

Location: Toronto;

Subject: art; photography

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Prisoners of age exhibit at Alcatraz

Over a period of eight years photographer Ron Levine chronicled the plight of what he calls ''prisoners of age:'' elderly inmates at geriatric prisons in Canada and the United States. The images and accompanying interviews with inmates not only elicit sympathy for those trapped behind bars for 20, 30, or 40 years, they also pose troubling questions about justice for victims, their families and society at large.

Location: San Francisco;

Subject: art; photography; exhibitions

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

D.C. museum celebrates Hungarian photographer

Aficionados of fine-art photography can take in a retrospective of Hungarian-born Andre Kertesz at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., through May 15. The 113-photo exhibit spans his 70-year career and include early images from Hungary in the 1920s, Paris in the thirties and New York City in the seventies and eighties.

Location: Washington; District of Columbia;

Subject: travel; photography; exhibitions

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Confessions of a digital neophyte

The inevitability of advancing technology makes its point in Luang Prabang, Laos, as monks -- just boys, shaven-headed, and in robes the colour of tangerines -- make for the nearest Internet cafe with digital cameras.

Subject: travel; photography; digital technology

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Exhibit turns spotlight on stars' garbage

A new exhibition in New York's trendy SoHo neighbourhood is allowing visitors to see what kind of stuff celebrities throw away. The show, entitled Star Trash, is the brainchild of French photojournalists Pascal Rostain and Bruno Mouron, who spent the past 15 years sifting through the garbage of famous people and snapping photos of what they found.

Location: New York;

Subject: photography; exhibitions; elebrities

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Hamburg hosts 'holy' photo exhibit

Until April 12, visitors to Hamburg can catch Corpus Christi: Photographic Representations of Christ, 1850-2001 at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Comprising approximately 150 works by 81 artists including Fred Holland Day, Man Ray, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano, the show was conceived and prepared by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Location: Hamburg; Germany;

Subject: photography; art; exhibitions

Saturday, March 6, 2004

Rare John Waters films, photos highlight exhibit

Until April 15, New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting John Waters: Change Of Life, which centres on the iconoclastic filmmaker's photographs.Dubbed ''the Pope of Trash'' by William Burroughs, Waters turned to still photography in the early 1990s, focusing on pictures of images that appeared on television screens.

Location: New York;

Subject: photography; exhibitions; travel

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

'Tender cruelty' on display in new exhibit

A new exhibit, Cruel and Tender -- Photography and the Real, has opened at Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany.The show takes an in-depth look at photography that aims to present an unvarnished view of reality. It was inspired by scholar Lincoln Kirstein, who once described the works of American photographer Walker Evans as ''tender cruelty.''

Location: Cologne; Germany;

Subject: travel; photography; exhibitions; museums

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Paris gallery hosts daguerreotype exhibition

Musee d'Orsay in Paris is hosting an exhibition of the daguerreotype, a precursor to the modern photograph, which was invented in France during the 1830s.Entitled French Daguerreotype: A Photographic Object, the show comprises roughly 250 daguerreotypes as well as assorted cameras, newspapers, caricatures, paintings, objects, books, letters and manuscripts that reveal the importance of the daguerreotype as a social phenomenon. The exhibition runs until Aug. 17.

Location: Paris; France;

Subject: travel; tourism; photography; exhibitions

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Checking out Patterns in Antwerp

Until August 10th, visitors to Antwerp, Belgium can catch Patterns, a new exhibition that aims to explore the technical, artistic and cultural philosophy of clothing patterns. Patterns includes the works of contributing designers such as the Antwerp Six, Azzadine Alaia, Hussein Chalayan, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent. Also included in the show is an exhibition of photographs by the artist Nicole Tran Ba Vang and a sound design by Senjan Jansen.

Location: Antwerp, Belgium;

Subject: travel; tourism; art; photography; exhibitions

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Photography event set for Toronto venues

Contact, North America's largest annual photography event, will take place in Toronto, May 1-31.The festival will present the work of more than 400 local, national and international artists and photographers at over 150 indoor and outdoor venues, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Harbourfront Centre, Come As You Are Boutique on Queen Street West and the Starbucks at College and Euclid.

Location: Toronto;

Subject: photography; festivals; contact

Saturday, April 12, 2003

V & A hosts Bourdin retrospective

Starting Thursday, London's Victoria and Albert Museum will host a retrospective of the work of legendary photographer Guy Bourdin. Bourdin, whose fashion photographs first appeared in French Vogue in 1954, was well known for his ability to create a scene through carefully staged narratives.

Location: London; Great Britain;

Subject: museums; photography; exhibitions; history

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Fashion portraits on display in Edinburgh

Starting Tuesday, visitors can view key portraits by Mario Testino at Edinburgh's Dean Gallery. Testino, who arrived in London in the late 1970s, got his start by selling portfolios (including hair and makeup shots) to wannabe models.

Location: Edinburgh;

Subject: photography; exhibitions; travel

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Irving Penn's nudes on show

Famous for his portraiture, still-life and fashion work, photographer Irving Penn is less known for his female nudes. But beginning this weekend the public can get to know some of the acclaimed artist's least known works at Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-50, which opens Saturday at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The show, which comprises more than 60 silver and platinum prints, represents the first major exhibition of the artist's nudes. Considered highly unorthodox because of the voluptuousness of the forms and their unconventional poses, the works are arranged in a loose chronological fashion so that viewers can witness Penn's path of exploration. Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949-50 will remain at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art until July 27.

Location: San Francisco;

Subject: art; photography; exhibition

Saturday, March 1, 2003

Houston museum hosts Japanese photo exhibit

Japanese art photography and its history have seldom been examined in Western museums and books, even though it's been an important medium in the island nation since the mid-19th century. Now, the Japan Foundation and Houston's Museum of Fine Arts are mounting the West's first major retrospective of Japanese photography (1854-1998). The exhibit runs at the museum from March 2 to April 27.

Location: Houston;

Subject: photography; art; exhibitions; travel

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Capturing the moment

Time was, you'd come home from your travels, process your transparencies, set up the Carousel and beguile a rapt audience with a 140-slide tray of wonder-on-the-road. Nowadays when I invite friends over for an evening of travel pictures, you'd think I'd asked them to a dinner of boiled newts. Yet travel photography remains a giddying replay of a trip -- even if it's only for an audience of one.

Subject: travel; photography

Saturday, November 2, 2002

Photography Month hits Paris

November is Mois de la Photo (Photography Month) in Paris, and to celebrate, more than 60 exhibitions and events will be taking place at venues throughout the city. One of the key events, Paris Photo 2002, will feature 100 exhibitors and the works of more than 500 photographers from every corner of the globe.

Location: France; Paris;

Subject: photography; festivals; travel

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Vogue unveiled

Hidden images from the cutting edge of fashion photography will finally see the light of day on Saturday when London's Design Museum unveils more than 60 years of unpublished photos from the archive of British Vogue magazine.

Location: Great Britain; London;

Subject: museums; photography; exhibitions; travel

Saturday, August 3, 2002


Sofitel hotel to open in Montreal In October, Canada will get its first Sofitel hotel. Located in a former office block at Sherbrooke and Stanley Streets, the Sofitel Montreal is promising to be a haven of relaxation and comfort for its future guests. All of the hotel's 258 guest rooms will feature high ceilings, the latest technology and Sofitel's trademark ''art de vivre a la francaise'' design.

Location: California; Washington; Toronto; Montreal; British Columbia; Great Britain; London;

Subject: historic sites; photography; hotels; restaurants; rankings

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Avedon exhibit to hit NYC this fall

Beginning Sept. 26, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will be hosting Richard Avedon: Portraits.Featuring 180 works, the show will span the renowned photographer's career from his earliest portraits taken in the late 1940s to his most recent work. Highlights will include a selection of images from the artist's famed In the American West series, as well as portraits of his father.

Location: New York;

Subject: museums; photography; exhibitions

Wednesday, July 10, 2002


Caving Collingwood, Ont. Two hours away from Toronto is a spectacular wilderness site with a network of hidden caves. Overgrown vines and imposing limestone make this place feel more like a remote South American jungle than Ontario countryside. Removed from civilization, the caves of Metcalfe Rock are a dream for adventurous weekend explorers.

Location: Dundas; Collingwood; St. Marys; Ontario;

Subject: photography; caving; stonetown heritage festival

Saturday, May 18, 2002

A war-zone photographer's sanctuary

For more than two decades, American photographer Steve McCurry has made his living and built a formidable journalistic reputation by capturing remarkable images in what he calls ''Hell realms.''

Subject: photography; books; sanctuary: the temples of angkor

Articles by Destination

All Travel Destinations

Find travel articles by destination going back to 2002.


Vacation Ideas

Back to top