Hey, that’s the wrong London!

Question: I tried to make a hotel reservation in London, Ontario, Canada through Priceline. The site displayed three tabs. The first two tabs displayed the correct city, but when I switched to the “best deal” tab it automatically switched to London, UK.
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Did I forget to mention I was born in Canada?

Harry Kopy has a secret.

You can’t tell by looking at him, or even by talking to him, but if spend a little time with him, you’ll know that although he’s a U.S. citizen, he was born in Canada.

OK, maybe it’s not a secret — but it was an important detail when he booked his recent Celebrity cruise to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
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Road trip update: Coming back to Québec City

This is Montmorency Falls, near Québec City, Canada. I missed it the last time I was in town in 2002, because it was January, and people don’t visit the falls during the winter unless they want to go ice climbing.

I wish I had. It’s taller than Niagara Falls, and in many ways, it’s more accessible because of its cable car and bridge. Takes a good picture, too.

I know I’m not the first person to say this, but after two days in the provincial capital, I feel like I’ve been to France. Oh, I know the Québec-is-more-French-than-France thing is a travel writer cliché — but that doesn’t make it any less true.
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Government fines airline for … cabotage violations?

True story: The Transportation Department today fined President Air Charter, a Canadian air taxi operator, $20,000. Why? It had apparently violated cabotage laws.

Here’s the consent order (PDF).

If you said cabo…what you’re not alone. Cabotage is an antiquated rule governing the transport of passengers between two points in the same country by an aircraft registered in another country.

Too bad the rule exists, because if foreign carriers were allowed to operate in the U.S., it would improve service dramatically. Can you imagine flying transcontinental on Singapore Air? I argued for cabotage laws to be eliminated in the past — here’s a 2002 op-ed on the subject — but the subject is a non-starter in Congress, unfortunately.
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The first run of 2009 (ouch!)

Getting your ski legs isn’t always easy. Here’s what happened to Christopher Elliott when he took his first run of 2009 at Whistler-Blackcomb.