The Tuscan countryside beckons travellers looking for a change of pace. (CAMERON HEWITT PHOTO)

Escape to the Italian countryside

To connect with the rural charm that defines Tuscany, consider exploring by car and staying not in towns but in farmhouses. Savvy travellers can slow down and get a taste of Italian rural life in the traditional-yet-cozy lodgings of a countryside B&B or an agriturismo -- a working farm that takes in guests.

Francois Pinault. (Reuters photo)

French billionaire to create new Paris museum

French luxury goods magnate Francois Pinault is finally achieving his ambition of opening a museum in Paris to house his vast private art collection a decade after he ditched previous plans over red tape and opened a gallery in Venice instead.

A tall ship ride in magnificent Halifax Harbour is a great way to explore and learn about the city. You also can try whale-watching rides on the coast. (JIM BYERS PHOTO)

Top 5 must-sees in Halifax, Nova Scotia

You’ll find fresh Maritime air, a pretty waterfront and some of the nicest people in Canada in Halifax; the sort of folks who come to a screeching stop in the middle of the road the second a Torontonian puts their foot out to jaywalk. Here are five must-see’s when you’re in Halifax.