Category Travel

Bellvue House

Sir John A. Macdonald has been in the news a lot lately, and not much of it was complimentary. Strange for someone who died in 1891. I’ve been thinking I should write about the resurgent Macdonald controversy, and I do plan to do so when work calms down a bit. Maybe this post from 2016 […]

On The Brink Of War

Let’s take a trip back in time today. To the Cold War. And two a post from five years ago.  I grew up in a society that prepared for a war that never happened. That is something we can all be thankful for. The Cold War was the longest major conflict of the 20th century, […]

In The Cave

If you are a regular here you mnay have noticed postings have been sporadic the past week or so. Too many urgent things to do – and the next week probably won’t be much better. I feel a litttle guilty in not posting daily for your entertainment – but only a little. No time to […]

Speaking of Castles…

Six years ago today I offered you a photo essay of the castle in Badenwiler, pictures I took on my first visit there the previous month. At the time in never occurred to me i would spend four years living just a few kilometres away, and the Badenweiler castle would be one of those go-to […]

Another Castle

Given the travel restrictions, I didn’t visit many castles during our last 18 months in Germany. Then again, once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. Tourists don’t feel that way of course. Living in Germany, with a ruined castle on every second hill, I quickly reached the point where castles lost their appeal. Seen […]

The Fourth Plinth

When I took the picture I didn’t realize the sculpture was only temporary. It was early 2017 and it was my first viist to Trafalgar Square in (I think) 30 years. I didn’t remember having seen the giant thumb before – but it is possible in 1986 I didn’t want to waste film on it. […]

Jogging The Memory

You think you will always remember. But you don’t. I took this photo in the summer of 2009. Summer vacation in Germany. Exactly where? I haven’t a clue. I know it is within a couple of hours of Heidelberg, because the photos before and after include members of my wife’s family from that area. I […]

Coming Into Vernazza

In the hope that someday soon restrictions will be lifted and tourism will again become possible, I thought I’d share some pictures from my 2009 Italian vacation. My wife wanted to visit Cinque Terre, a region I had never heard of before. She sold me on the idea of five isolated villages with no access […]

Behind Bars

Justin Trudeau is holding me prisoner. I am not alone, he has had thousands of other Canadians locked up without charges, without trial, without conviction. That this “quarantine hotel” is somewhat comfortable does not mitigate the fact this is essentially an internment camp. There is no public health reason for my being here. The government […]

You Be The Judge

Did the Canadian government lie to the people when quarantine hotels were introduced? They wouldn’t do that, would they? Back in January, when it was made mandatory for returning air travelers to stay in a quarantine hotel, the government said there would be exceptions. The rules were made public, and anyone who felt they qualified […]