Monday, December 14, 2009

Cuba's Hot!

Cuba's hot with Canadians.  Photo by Janie Robinson, Travel Journalist.Cuba is expecting a record-breaking one million Canadians this winter. Janie Robinson finds out why Cuba's hot with Snowbirds in her Toronto Star travel story online at

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Story and video Exploring Lausanne, Switzerland

Canadian Olympic memorabilia. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel Writer
The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland celebrates the Vancouver 2010 Games with a touch of Canadian culture in Janie Robinson's  Toronto Star travel story . Watch Janie's  J-Walk Travel Media Productions web travel video Lausanne's historic watchman and discover this time-honoured calling dating back over 600 years.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Janie's Favourite Winter Getaways

Family fun in Florida. Photograph by Brian Quinn, Travel WriterWhether you're planning a warm winter getaway, or just escaping with some arm-chair travelling, join Janie Robinson in four of her favourite sunny destinations in this issue of Simcoe Life Magazine at

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Best Newspaper Feature Award-Canada

The many faces of Mayreau.  Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel WriterJanie Robinson is honoured to win the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Best Newspaper Feature Award-Canada, for her "Special Delivery Via The Mail Boat" story in the Toronto Star newspaper. If you missed Janie's award winning travel story featuring the mailboat ride to the tiny island of Mayreau, here's a look online at

Monday, October 26, 2009

Story and video Jump Up with St. Croix moko jumbies

St. Croix's colourful art of moko jumbie stilt dancing came to the Caribbean with enslaved West Africans, who brought their culture and indigenous religions with them. Janie Robinson and cameraman Greg McFadden join lively, lofty dancing fun with this St. Croix Jump Up video and Toronto Star travel story .

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Czech Spa treatment in the bag

The Czech Republic Blue Bag Special.  Photo by Janie Robinson, Travel Writer Huddled alone in my turtleneck sweater and very little else, the spa attendant returned with a big blue bag in one hand and a big black strap in the other. Discover how this Czech Republic spa session turns out to be a real gas, in Janie Robinson's Toronto Star travel story online at

Friday, October 16, 2009

Story and video Janie's Royal Visit

Where I come from, when a guy invites you to join him for tea, and it's his birthday, you get him a card.  Turns out, it's not quite that simple if the guy happens to be His Royal Highness Prince Philip.  Here's my side of the story in my travel column in Simcoe Life Magazine The Royal treatment in Britain.  Watch  
Janie Robinson's J-Walk Travel Media Productions web video Janie's Royal Visit.

Cuba's old town a true charmer

Plaza Mayor sits at the heart of Trinidad de Cuba. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel Writer Trinidad de Cuba may look like a movie set, but the old town is a real city centre where everyday Cubans live and work. Janie Robinson discovers the colonial charm of Trinidad and Old Havana while visiting the casa particulares (Cuban version of a bed-and-breakfast) and paladares (small family run restaurants) in her Toronto Star story in the Saturday, October 10, 2009 Travel section.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Edinburgh goes high fashion

Scotland's got style. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel WriterThe vibrant Italian fashion fantasyland of Edinburgh's new Hotel Missoni is hard not to notice in the middle of Scotland's traditional capital. Janie Robinson checks out (no pun intended) the newest fashion hotel and discovers luxury travel deals luring us to sample specials at high-end hotels and restaurants throughout Britain in her Toronto Star travel story at

Friday, September 4, 2009

Story and video Screwing up royally?

Not every visitor to London gets inside Buckingham Palace. Even fewer get a chance to meet Prince Philip.
Janie Robinson shares what to do - and not to do - when visiting royalty in her Toronto Star story Hey, did I just royally screw-up? and Janie's J-Walk Travel Media Production web video Janie's Royal Visit.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Story and video Going with the flow in New Hampshire

Summer in New Hampshire. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel WriterSpend summer on the waters of New Hampshire. You'll find a surprising seacoast, an historic canoe trail and much more in Janie Robinson's Toronto Star travel story Going with the flow in New Hampshire and Janie's J-Walk Travel Media Production web video Water, water everywhere!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Collingwood Elvis Festival

“Elvis has left the building.” That's because he heads to Collingwood every summer. Yes, there’s a Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin’ On at the Collingwood Elvis Festival July 23-26. There’s a whole lotta things going on in this gorgeous Georgian Bay getaway every weekend, as “ski country” melts away into “cottage country”. Janie Robinson has in Zoomer Magazine.

Bike back in time on Tay Shore Trail

Cycling the Tay Shore Trail. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel Writer It's a simple wooden bridge over the winding Wye River, along Southern Georgian Bay's new Tay Shore Trail, just an hour and a half north of Toronto. Cross the bridge on your bike, and cycle back in time in historic Huronia with Janie Robinson in this Toronto Star online story at

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Story and video Newfoundland-Spirits of the Vikings

Parks Canada interpreter, Clayton Colbourne.  Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel Writer.Clayton Colbourne grew up playing with ghosts - the spirits of Vikings that lived on the grassy shores of of L'Anse aux Meadows fishing village more than 1,000 years ago. Join Janie Robinson as she follows the trail of Norse explorers on Newfoundland's remote Great Northern Peninsula. Read Janie's Toronto Star newspaper travel story Spirits of the Vikings and watch Janie Robinson's J-Walk Travel Media Production travel web video from Oslo, Norway Vikings Came First.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Video - Norway Vikings

Residents of Oslo, Norway have always known that the Vikings arrived in North America before Christopher Columbus. They just had trouble proving it, until a Viking site was discovered in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. Take a look at Janie Robinson's J-Walk Travel Media Production web travel video shot in Oslo, Norway  Vikings Came First.

Celebrating The Fall of the Wall in Germany

Janie on the border between Germany and Poland. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel WriterOn this 20th anniversary of 'The Fall of the Wall', a reunited Germany has good reason to celebrate. Janie Robinson explores this country without borders in her current travel column in the May/June 2009 Simcoe Life Magazine, pages 28 to 30.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Enjoy some Fresh Air

Janie hiking the Bruce Trail.  Photograph by Brian Quinn.Join Janie Robinson on CBC Radio Fresh Air, and celebrate the unofficial start to summer here in Ontario. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, camping and geocaching - join Janie live on CBC's Fresh Air between 8 and 8:30 am on Saturday, May 9, 2009. You can listen-in anytime and find a list of Janie's suggested Weekend Getaway websites at

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hawaii Five-O

President Obama and his daugthers on vacation in O'ahu, Dec 08.  Photo courtesy of Sea Life Park
The Islands of Aloha are in celebration mode this year and Janie Robinson finds ways you can join the party! As Hawaii proudly honours the presidential election of a favourite son, the state also celebrates 50 years as the 50th state in America. Janie takes you from Obamamania is O'ahu to anniversary deals on The Big Island, in the April 2009 issue of DreamScapes Magazine.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Biking Berlin

Cycling the Berlin Wall. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel Writer
Join Janie Robinson on a Berlin Wall bike tour on this 20th anniversary of "The Fall of the Wall" for chilling stores of families and friends literally separated overnight, in this March 19, 2009 travel story in the Toronto Star newspaper.
Biking Berlin.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cuba - beyond the beaches

Join Janie Robinson in Cuba and discover a 16th century living museum of cobblestone streets, red-tiled rooftops and colourful colonial mix of houses, mansions, churches and plazas. You'll find Janie's Cuba - Beyond the Beaches travel column on page 32 to 34 in the March/April 2009 issue of Simcoe Life Magazine.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ontario March Break

Janie enjoying Ontario March Break.  Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel Writer Join CBC Radio travel columnist Janie Robinson on Fresh Air, and discover all the great stuff happening in Ontario this March Break. Janie's live on CBC's Fresh Air between 8 and 8:30 am on Saturday, March 7. You can listen-in anytime and find a list of Janie's suggested Ontario March Break websites at

Monday, March 2, 2009

My big fat Greek secret

Kapetanios Festival, Amorgos. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel Writer Join Janie Robinson on Amorgos Island, and discover the best time to live like a local in Greece, in Janie's travel story published in newspapers across Canada, including the Toronto Star.  This youtube video captures the Kapetanios festival and just happens to catch Janie at work, photographing the colourful celebration.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Dominican Republic Discoveries

Discover DR's rural roots. Photograph by Janie Robinson, Travel WriterDiscover Dominican Republic's rural roots in Janie Robinson's travel column in the January/Februrary 2009 issue of Simcoe Life Magazine, Pages 28-30.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

February Fun in Ontario

Rideau Cup Sled Dog and Skijoring Races. Photo courtesy Ken Watson. Janie Robinson discovers skijoring in her February Weekend Getaways travel column on CBC Radio Fresh Air Saturday, January 31, 2009. If you miss the show, listen in on Janie's latest travel chat anytime at and check out some of Janie's suggested websites for February fun in Ontario:
Ontario Travel
Ontario Ski Info
Ontario Snowmobile Info
Toronto Winter Festival
Credit Valley Snow Train
Hamilton Tourism
Niagara Parks
Ottawa Winterlude
Rideau Canal
Thunder Bay Tourism
Sault Ste. Marie Tourism
Haliburton Tourism
Ontario Travel North of Toronto