London-based architect George F. Durand designed several major landmarks in Petrolia, including St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Victoria Hall and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. These photos are taken from the book, Victorian Heritage, published in 1986 by Nancy Tausky and Lynne DiStefano. Handout/Petrolia Topic

Petrolia's architect

Anyone with a keen interest in Victorian architecture knows of the name George F. Durand (1850-1889).

The small hidden beach at Colomitos Cove, in the Bay of Banderas, Mexico is accessed mostly by boat by locals and cruises dropping anchor on a day trip from Puerto Vallarta's marina. (Barbara Taylor/London Free Press)

Pacific paradise

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville ... Love the Jimmy Buffett song and enjoyed many a hit-the-spot tequila and lime drink while in Mexico recently.