Our Visit To Newgrange – Ireland’s Ancient Passage Tomb

Our Visit To Newgrange – Ireland’s Ancient Passage Tomb

newgrange, county meath, ireland

A must-see for Bob and me while traveling in Ireland was Newgrange, an important passage grave west of Drogheda in County Meath.  This megalithic structure is considered one of the most important in Europe and the great national monument of Ireland. Read more

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Punting on the Avon River in Bath, England

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Punting on the Avon River in Bath, England

bob punting, avon river, bath, england

After indulging in a full English breakfast at the Kennard Hotel in Bath, England, Bob, our son and I set off in search of the Bath Boating Station.  Our aim was to rent a punt and pole ourselves along the Avon River. Read more

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

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

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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: A moment in the City God Temple of Shanghai

Traveling down memory lane: A moment in the City God Temple of Shanghai

People conduct ceremonies of worship inside the City God Temple of Shanghai, in China.

In 2006, Bob traveled to Shanghai, China, and during that trip, he took time to visit the City God Temple of Shanghai.  As Bob discovered, the ceremonies of worshiping the City God of Shanghai is a solemn and dignified event.

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Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance

Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance

florence, italy across river arno

Who wouldn’t want to visit Florence to look upon some of the most famous sculptures in the world:  Michelangelo’s sculpture David, Bartolomeo Ammannati’s Fountain of Neptune, and Donatello’s heraldic lions?  The artistic and architectural heritage of Florence goes far beyond those sculptures and led to this city, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, being called the birthplace of The Renaissance. Read more

The Wondrous Il Duomo di Firenze in Florence, Italy

The Wondrous Il Duomo di Firenze in Florence, Italy

il duomo di firenze, florence cathedral, florence, italy

The day that Bob and I headed out to explore Florence, we were anxious to discover everyone’s fascination with the highly renowned Florence Cathedral, in Italian known as the Il Duomo di Firenze. After arriving in the city, we did not go directly to Piazza del Duomo but instead heightened our anticipation by viewing many other sights in the city.

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St. John’s, Newfoundland is a Feast for the Eyes

St. John’s, Newfoundland is a Feast for the Eyes

an image of a ship docked in St. John's harbour, Newfoundland, Canada

Maritime weather might be foggy and rainy, more likely freezing with severe Nor’westers and dastardly blizzards in winter, but everyone agrees that St. John’s, Newfoundland is a feast for the eyes despite the climactic conditions.  Colourful facades light up any day no matter the time of year. Read more

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere A Magnificent French Castle



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Chateau de la Bourdaisiere A Magnificent French Castle

An image of the main entrance gate to Chateau de la Bourdaisiere in the Loire Valley, France.

One of my hopes on our trip to France was to spend a night in a “real” castle like Chateau de la Bourdaisiere.  By happenstance we learned about this castle, when we came upon a little tourist information booth along a country road in the Loire Valley, and it happened to be staffed by an English-speaking young woman.  Read more

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