Category: travel

books

The Vicissitudes of Travel

I write quite a lot on my blog about Hubby’s and my travel adventures. We love to travel. But appearances on Instagram to the contrary, travel isn’t all beautiful sunsets and stunning vistas. Sometimes it’s exhausting, stressful, disappointing, and even …

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art

Crazy for Georgia O’Keeffe Reprise

I may not know much about art or artists, but I know that I’m crazy for Georgia O’Keeffe. At least I am since I returned from a two day mini-vacation in Toronto last summer where I took in the Georgia …

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canoeing

Tales from My Travel Journal: One More Portage

Years ago when Hubby and I were on our first canoe trip in Algonquin Park,  I thought we would never, ever get to our campsite. Paddling is slow business, and takes endurance and patience. Like the proverbial kid in the …

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Australia

Tales from My Travel Journal: Adventures Downunder

“Stop!” I shrieked as we hurtled along the Bass Highway, south of Melbourne, Australia, “Stu-u-u… sto-o-o-op. It’s the giant worm!” Ha. Writing that makes me laugh. When I shouted at Hubby to stop, we were on our way from Melbourne …

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Ireland

Tales From My Travel Journal : Ireland

I’ve kept a travel journal for years. I started recording our canoeing adventures back in the eighties, mostly because pictures cannot capture the essence of a trip like words can. Pictures cannot convey the misery of a sleepless night in …

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language

Ici On Parle Français

Bonjour, mes amis. Hello from sunny Quebec. Hubby and I are spending a quiet week at a resort in the Laurentians. Not the glitzy, newer than new, kind of resort. L’Auberge du Lac Morency was originally built in the 1930s, and …

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how adversity can strengthen a marriage

When Do Two Become One?

I’ve been reading an amazing book this week. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Strout is a beautiful writer, so skilful with words and images. Her work puts me in mind of Alice Munro, and of another Canadian writer, David Adams …

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life

What I Learned in 2017

Back when I was still teaching, we talked a lot about helping kids to become lifelong learners. Our students graduated from high school and headed out into a world in which it was increasingly difficult to know things, because ‘things’ …

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Bakewell

Wrapping Up England: Peaks, Valleys, and Friendship

So. England. Now, where was I? Better settle in with your coffee or a glass of wine, depending on which time zone you live in, folks. This is going to be a long one. Our UK trip continued apace after …

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Bath

Doings in Bath

Bath. How many years have I longed to visit Bath? And by Bath, I mean the one in Somerset, in England. Not the one in New Brunswick, which is lovely, of course. Nor the one in Ontario, which is lovely …

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