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Canada - Prince Edward Island

CANADA | Friday, 17 May 2019 | Views [105]

The countryside was very nice.  It was a combination of highway 63, with forest on both sides of the road, and the Rocky Mountain foothills, with its hiss and bends.  It was a bit rainy, but not so bad that I could not take in the beautiful ... Read more >

Canada - The Maritimes - Shaky Start

CANADA | Friday, 17 May 2019 | Views [91]

The first thing I noticed when I got off the plane in Halifax was the smell of the salt air. I got my rental car and headed off to my AirBnB in Grand Lake. I used my phone Google Maps to find it. The roads were very winding and hilly and it took me ... Read more >

Mexico - Playa del Carmen

MEXICO | Saturday, 2 Mar 2019 | Views [76]

It had been a long, cold winter. The first snow was in September. February was the coldest in 40 years. We needed a reprieve so we went to Playa del Carmen for week. We had been to most of the tourist spots on previous trips, so decided to just chill ... Read more >

London 2018

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 9 Sep 2018 | Views [175]

Greenwich We took a day trip to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark and Royal Observatory. On my last trip to Greenwich, I discovered the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, that links the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich. It was built to replace the unreliable ... Read more >

USA - Richmond, VA

USA | Friday, 8 Dec 2017 | Views [289]

My cousin, Stacey Cabaj, was starring in Mary Poppins in Richmond, VA. Considering I had missed her starring in Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and South Pacific I really wanted to see her perform. We cashed in some Aeroplan miles and took the ... Read more >

Churchill, MB - Polar Bear Tour

CANADA | Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 | Views [275]

  Christina's boys bought her a polar bear tour in Churchill, Manitoba for her 60 th birthday and a group of her friends decided to tag along. The polar bear tour had been on my bucket list for a very long time, so this was the perfect opportunity.... Read more >

Italy - Rome

ITALY | Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 | Views [343]

Ed and I both had flights out of Lisbon the same day – albeit to different destinations. He was returning to Canada, I was going to Rome. My flight was delayed by an hour. I kept myself amused by watching Ryanair check carry-on luggage for size.... Read more >

Portugal - Zambujeira do Mar

PORTUGAL | Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | Views [159]

    On our return to Portugal, we stopped for one night at Zambujeira do Mar. The winding and hilly road brought us to the sleepy fishing village on the west coast that also has some agriculture. However, it is tourism that ... Read more >

Spain - Malaga & Cadiz

SPAIN | Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 | Views [201]

We were driving right past Malaga on our way to spend the night in Cadiz. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga and although he had left the city, never to return, at the age of 19, they realized the importance of their native son and had a ... Read more >


UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | Views [194]

    We stayed in the small coastal town of San Roque , just outside of Gibraltar. There was not much to see or do, but it was lovely and quiet. Our room at Hotel Las Camelias had a view of the water. It also had a restaurant with ... Read more >

Spain - Granada

SPAIN | Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 | Views [217]

We arrived in Granada and had a heck of a time finding a place to park, again. We ended up about a 10-minute walk from Hostel Lima. This had to be one of the nicest places we stayed on this entire trip. It was spacious and very decadent in its decor.... Read more >

Spain - Jaen

SPAIN | Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 | Views [183]

We stopped at St. Catherine's Castle, an 8 th century Moorish fortress. It changed hands many times over the years, with the Christians and Napoleonic French enlarging and reinforcing various aspects of the fortress during their occupation.... Read more >

Spain - Cordoba

SPAIN | Friday, 15 Sep 2017 | Views [202]

On our way from Seville to Cordoba we stopped at the small town of Carmona for lunch. We parked behind a church and wandered around a bit. We found a lot of abandoned churches. We had our lunch in the plaza then carried on to Cordoba.  ... Read more >

Spain - Seville

SPAIN | Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 | Views [167]

After leaving Monsaraz on our private blueberry trail of a road, we crossed the border into Spain.   Rather than stay in busy Seville, we booked the Hotel Lince in nearby Aznalcázar . It was a sleepy little town surrounded ... Read more >

Portugal - Monsaraz

PORTUGAL | Monday, 11 Sep 2017 | Views [164]

    Due to its geographical location, this hilltop has been occupied by different people since pre-historical time. Recorded history has the Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, Mozarabs, Jews, and Christians here successively, as well.... Read more >

Portugal - Sintra

PORTUGAL | Sunday, 10 Sep 2017 | Views [181]

  Palácio Nacional de Sintra   The next day, Sunday, we left Lisbon and headed to Sintra. We found a parking spot not too far a walk along a sculpture-filled ravine park from the  Palácio Nacional ... Read more >

Portugal - Lisbon

PORTUGAL | Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 | Views [353]

LISBON   I arrived in Lisbon the day before Ed because my flight would have arrived after his, and considering he was flying directly after coming off a night shift I didn't want him waiting for me. Also, I wanted ... Read more >

London - part 2

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 | Views [255]

Cutty Sark     The Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built in, 1869 she was the fastest clipper on the ocean. Time was money, and she was fast! Her reign died with the onset of steamships. She was sold to a Portuguese company ... Read more >

London - part 1

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 20 Aug 2017 | Views [458]

Ed's sister, Patsy, and I went to see kd lang at the Jubilee on the 19 th . She spent the night at our house then the next morning gave me a ride to the Red Arrow bus terminal, where I took the bus to Calgary YYC Airport. I was supposed to be on the ... Read more >


PHILIPPINES | Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 | Views [784]

       Although the Philippines was never on our bucket list of places to go, when Ed's twin brother, Allan, said he was getting married there we simply had to go! Ed was the Ninong – keeping with the Filipino custom ... Read more >

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