Category Travel

Standing Strong

Time for a flashback, from the days when travel was fun, this time a post from October 2014. It dominates the town of Bayeux still, as it has for almost 1,000 years. It has survived wars and conflicts and remains a testament to the Christian faith of the Norman people who started building it long before […]

The Timber Raft

Somehow I had misssedthis one. Maybe because it was painted in 2004, five years after we moved from Pembroke to Ottawa. About 30 years ago the city of Pembroke began commissioning murals for the downtown area. The theory was they might draw tourists.  I think they did for the first few years, though I don’t […]

Out In The Woods

I am after three months back in Canada just beginning to understand how much I am missing Germany. Not the bureaucracy of course, but I miss the Black Forest. Ottawa has an urban forest with many kilometres of trails, but somehow it just doesn’t feel the same. Still, it is better than a concrete jungle. […]

Friendly Skies?

First flight – delayed. Secondflight – delayed. Third flight – delayed. Fourth flight – canceled. Is it any wonder I dislike flying Air Canada? These days though they pretty much have a monopoly on Canadian destinations. I could have found American alternatives for my recent trip to the US – at triple the cost. My […]

Lighting Up The Sky

They will be doing it again tonight. Thursday night fireworks are a summertime tradition in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Thousands gather to watch. The first of our two weeks in Maine this year the show was disappointing. Only about two thirds the usual length, we wondered if the display had been curtailed due to COVID.  There […]

The Answer Is…

What were those blue things in yesterday’s post? Rubbber (I think) mats that have replaced the boardwalk in some parts of Old Orchard Beach. Less slippery when wet, and easier for wheelchairs.

End of an Era

I wrote this post in 2016. As I have discovered in 2021, the “All American Meal” is no more on The Pier. A hot dog is now $2.00. I guess all good things come to an end. I can’t believe they have been able to hold the price if the meal steady for 36 years. […]

On The Beach

It is 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and everyone on the beach was a smile on their face. Quite simply, there is no place they would rather be – even at this early hour.  I feel the same way. It was been 102 weeks since I last stood on this beach – 714 days. […]

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, […]