Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Very rarely do I make a trip that isn't planned months in advance.  Although I don't have a full schedule when I travel, I usually have the dates, methods of transportation and hotel reservations firmly in place.  On short notice, I booked a flight to Halifax.  Peggy's Cove is thirty minutes away. The Ford Taurus I... Continue Reading →

Symmetry in Architecture & Design

Symmetry in Architecture & Design I'm not one prone to haunt beaches.  I did spend a few days on Ambergris Caye in Belize a few years ago, but that's about the extent of my tropical vacations.  My visit to Puerto Rico was mostly limited to San Juan and a few outlying areas, including El Yunque... Continue Reading →

North Shore Lake Superior

Very early in 2017, I learned about the Thunder Bay Blues Fest.  The event features 100% Canadian talent, so I booked a VIP pass and began making plans.  Held during the first weekend of July, I made this into a road trip, planning to do a circle tour of Lake Superior.  Two days driving, but... Continue Reading →

Four Days in York, UK

York, UK I just can't resist a seat sale. Early in 2016, Iceland Air had a seat sale to London.  I waffled over this for some time, and left it up on my screen.  $650 was a good price for a flight from YYZ - LGW, including a stopover in KEF on my return.  Finally,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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