The fine art of travel

Your Stories, Lyle Carter

Published on July 14, 2014
Dee Appleby recently opened Land And Sea Tours in the art Gallery of the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro. SUBMITTED PHOTO

‘Cultural tours brings art and travel to a whole new level’

Last Wednesday, very much in keeping with the art tours she offers, Dee Appleby opened an office in the art gallery at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro. The new business is being launched under Land And Sea Tours.

“The Marigold is the centre of cultural life in Truro,” Appleby said. “I’m very excited about having an office there.”

Appleby, an art history instructor at the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia and an independent cultural travel adviser affiliated with Betty MacLean Travel, explained that as more and more travelers choose their holiday destinations based on the variety and quality of cultural products, cultural tourism has become a fast growing segment of the tourism industry.

“Cultural tourism means visiting museums, taking architectural and historical tours,” Appleby said. “This can be attending the opera, ballet, theater and concerts.”

In talking with Appleby, it is very evident that art and travel are her passion.

“I love what I do,” Appleby said. “It is an extension of my history classes. Cultural tours brings art and travel to a whole new level.”

Through her affiliation with Betty MacLean Travel, an international travel agency, Appleby is a member of Virtuoso with access to hundreds of hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and cruise ships.

Recently, Appleby returned from a museum tour to New York City with 42 of her art history students. The next trip, in the planning stage, is to Boston. Appleby is pleased with the response to date.

“Boston is rich in history and culture. There is no end to the things to see and do in that city. It’s a very popular trip and there’s been tremendous interest. For anyone interested in joining there’s still a few seats available on the bus.”

The tour will include attending the Boston Ballet performance of Swan Lake, the Boston Symphony, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Site of the greatest art heist in American history) a walking tour of the Freedom Trail and a stop in Concord.

The Boston tour involves eight hours of travel the first day before stopping for the night in Bangor, Maine. Four hours travel the second day will see the tour group check in at the Boston Cambridge across the river from Harvard University.

Appleby, born to Canadian parents in Bangor, Maine, lived in both Central Florida and Quebec City during her youth. The family later moved to Montreal where she graduated from MacDonald High School. Going on to attend the University of Montreal, she studied Classics. This was followed by studying translation at McGill University.

An IATA-trained and tourism professional, fine art appraiser and member of the International Society of Appraisers, Appleby managed the art gallery at Fox Harb’r Resort for three years. A former columnist with the Truro Daily News, Appleby has published two books on Nova Scotia artists.

Appleby and her husband Brian (a Truro businessman) moved to Truro in 1992. They have two grown daughters.

“We’ve taken full advantage of the vibrant arts community here in Truro over the years,” Appleby said. “It’s been a wonderful place to live.”

Appleby can be reached at Land And Sea Tours by telephoning 890-4704 or by email


Lyle Carter’s column appears every second Tuesday in the Truro Daily News.

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