Vegan cookbook author and entrepreneur Sarah Kramer has been dealing with breast cancer since her diagnosis earlier this year. Since then, she has faced many challenges, including keeping her curio shop open in downtown Victoria.
In April, Sarah’s Place (106-560 Johnson Street) temporarily closed while Kramer underwent and recovered from surgery. Now, Kramer says she’s made the tough decision to shut down her brick-and-mortar store for good on June 1.
In a May 24 blog post, Kramer wrote:
On my bookshelf at home, I have a copy of Frommer’s Paris 2009, which provides a comprehensive albeit somewhat conservative guide for any traveller visiting the City of Lights.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to rely on new Frommer’s editions in the future thanks to Google’s decision to halt publication of these handy guidebooks this year.
All of the major attractions, museums, and shopping districts are covered in my Frommer's guide, as well as the city’s artistic and architectural history. There’s even a section on side trips to Versailles, Disneyland Paris, Fontainebeau, and other destinations.
Without it, I would have had a much less enjoyable visit.
I recently wrote a travel column about a trip overland from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Monrovia, the capital of neighbouring Liberia. As I noted there, while most cities in east and southern Africa are connected by Greyhound-style bus services, shared transport on the continent’s west coast is a little less formal.
The Iranian-government-owned Press TV is routinely lambasted for anti-Semitism and for giving a platform to Holocaust deniers.
But its English-language programming tries to present a more benign image of the Islamic republic.
Safora Nowrouzi's report, which you can see above, makes Tehran appear like like any other hip, cosmopolitan city.
It's a far cry from the portrait of Iran in the critically acclaimed movie Circumstance, starring Coquitlam's Nikohl Boosheri. It demonstrated the extent to which Islamic authorities go to disrupt young people having fun.