A Day of Adventure – Toronto to Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

A Day of Adventure – Toronto to Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

badlands, grasslands national park east block, saskatchewan

Bob and I had never explored the Canadian Prairies before we planned our summer vacation to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Committed to discovering more of our own country’s unique landscape and culture, we booked a car in Regina, Saskatchewan, for use after flying west from Toronto.  Grasslands National Park East Block was our first destination. Read more

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The Astounding Beauty of Glenariff Forest Park in Northern Ireland

The Astounding Beauty of Glenariff Forest Park in Northern Ireland

causeway coastal route, county antrim, northern ireland

As Bob and I made our way towards Glenariff Forest Park in Northern Ireland, the previous day’s damp weather persisted with dark clouds shrouding the rugged cliffs along the Causeway Coastal Route.  We were off to see Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens. Read more

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Exploring the ruins of Old Sarum in England

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Exploring the ruins of Old Sarum in England

Salisbury Cathedral, New Sarum, Wiltshire, England

After reading Ken Follett’s novel, Pillars of the Earth, which loosely parallels the construction of Salisbury Cathedral, New Sarum, and having completed Edward Rutherford’s book about Sarum, it was a consensus between Bob, me and our son that we should visit Old Sarum, the location of the original Salisbury Cathedral in England.

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Mosaiculture 2018, an artful garden in Gatineau, Quebec

Mosaiculture 2018, an artful garden in Gatineau, Quebec

jean, mosaiculture 2018, gatineau, quebec, canada

Since the inception of a Mosaiculture Competition/Exhibition back in 1998, Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal has launched 5 competitions and 6 exhibitions worldwide.  We have been fortunate enough to visit two of these, Mosaiculture 2018 in Gatineau, Read more

Driving the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

Driving the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

killarney lakes, killarney national park, ireland

When Bob and I set off from Killarney to drive the famed Ring of Kerry route, technically, we had already seen a section of it the previous afternoon when we arrived there in Killarney National Park.  Thankfully, glorious sunshine had provided us with spectacular views of the Killarney Lakes. Read more

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Notre Dame Cathedral, the symbol of Paris

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Notre Dame Cathedral, the symbol of Paris

notre dame cathedral, paris, france

Our tour of the French countryside provided respite from our first few days in the bustling urban environment of Paris, but soon enough, it was back to the City of Light before returning to Canada.  I won’t say that we saved the best for last, but our final sightseeing did include a visit to famous Notre Dame Cathedral, an evening spent at Moulin Rouge, and a romantic boat cruise on the Seine River. Read more

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Charmed by Tintagel on the Coast of Cornwall

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Charmed by Tintagel on the Coast of Cornwall

street scene, tintagel, cornwall, england

It was a damp and dreary afternoon when Bob, our son and I arrived in Tintagel, but our despair was fleeting.  Lush plantings along main street soon put smiles on our faces.  Gardens held back by drystone walls were overflowing with flowers and bursting with rich colour.  What a welcome sight! Read more

The Cinque Terre Grape Harvest by Monorail Amazed Us

The Cinque Terre Grape Harvest by Monorail Amazed Us

cogwheel railway, cinque terre, italy

As Bob and I motored our way through Cinque Terre, we marveled at the vast mountainsides transformed into arable terraces filled with vineyards.  It was hard to comprehend how grapes harvested at the bottom of the slopes could be transported up to the top until we came upon a grower operating a monorail train for just that purpose. Read more

Our walk among the whimsical limestone Elephant Rocks

Our walk among the whimsical limestone Elephant Rocks

elephant rocks, duntroon, south island, new zealand

From Oamaru, Bob and I made plans to visit the Elephant Rocks near Duntroon, some interesting limestone formations that were made famous by their appearance in the fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Read more

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