Day Trip to Sheffield, UK

September of 2016, I spent three wonderful weeks in England.  I arrived at Gatwick Airport, hopped a train to St Pancras International Station, crossed the street to King's Cross, and boarded another train north.  My visit included York, Lincoln, Sheffield, London, Stratford and Bath. I was staying in Lincoln for a few days, and one... Continue Reading →

Preview of Changes and Upcoming Travel

New Developments It's early 2017.  We're having decent weather on the sunshine coast of Florida.  Mostly sunny, and starting to get warm.  There has been very little rain, and only a couple of storms. My only travel has been local -  to Orlando, Tampa and St Petersburg. I've been spending my winters in Florida for... Continue Reading →

Travel Review 2016

2016 was not a great year for travel.  Due to circumstances out of my control, I was unable to spend my usual winter at my condo in Florida.  I was in Canada from October until April 1st, when I went to Florida for one week. Eartha Kitty stayed home for this trip.  I took I75... Continue Reading →

Vancouver Heritage

  There are a number of magnificent heritage buildings in downtown Vancouver, many of which are re-purposed banks. At the turn of the 1900's, banks gave their depositors a show of strength by building these monuments.  By the end of the 19th century, most of these had been sold off and the banks now rented properties.... Continue Reading →

Return to Vancouver, BC, Spring 2016

WestJet had a seat sale, so I thought it was time for another trip to Vancouver, BC. I usually book trips based on a seat sale and where I want to go.  One of the conditions of this sale required me to take a flight with three stops.  I departed from London, ON (YXU), next... Continue Reading →

Warren Pennsylvania Weekend

Every quarter, IHG Rewards has a special called PointBreaks.  Hotels across the world are available for booking at five thousand points nightly.  I've taken advantage of this many times.  Sometimes the hotels are inconveniently located, sometimes they have just been renovated, at other times the hotel is about to be reflagged. My recent stay was... Continue Reading →

The Old St Thomas Church

Completed in 1824, the St Thomas Anglican Church is one of the oldest structures in the city.  It was in continuous use until 1877, and designated a heritage property in 1982.  In 1877, the significantly larger Trinity Anglican Church was built. Restoration of the church took place in 1986. It is still in service as church on... Continue Reading →

Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto The Art Gallery of Ontario began as the Art Museum of Toronto in a historic Georgian manor in downtown Toronto.  The building was left as a bequest of Harriet Boulton (nee Dixon) in 1909. The building has had numerous upgrades and expansions over the years.  The... Continue Reading →

Hastings Street, Vancouver

Five years ago I spent a decent week in Vancouver.  A slight chill in the air, most days were a combination of rain and sun.  I stayed at the Empire Landmark Hotel, a huge place (a former Sheraton, I believe), with breakfast served in the revolving restaurant on top.  There was a lot to see... Continue Reading →

Detroit Institute of Art

Five years ago I spent a weekend in Detroit.  My friends waved me off, hoping that I'd return with more than a toe tag.  I returned to Detroit in 2015 to be surprised how good the city is now looking.  My first stop was the Detroit Institute of Arts, followed by a stroll down Woodward... Continue Reading →

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