Advent Calendar Blog -2022 – Leading the Changes in Your Life

We’ve often been given the metaphor of making our way down a road or path as a comparison to going though life. I agree that in many ways, there are similarities, for example the final destination is unknown, but we have a map, general knowledge of points of interests along the way, and we haveContinue reading “Advent Calendar Blog -2022 – Leading the Changes in Your Life”

All That Lies in Between

Funny how opposites work. In couples, you often find that opposites attract each other, perhaps to complete one another, finding the Yin to your Yang, or your soul mate as its very often coined. In this couple, the dreamer is well balanced with the analyst, a realist that keeps the spontaneous one grounded. An oppositeContinue reading “All That Lies in Between”

Pacific Coast as seen with Vision…of the Seas

Did I ever tell you about the time we were cruising along the Pacific Coast? I have told many stories of the fabulous travels we have been blessed to enjoy these last few months. It’s hard to keep up and share all my memories. Just as we stepped off one journey, our faces still beamingContinue reading “Pacific Coast as seen with Vision…of the Seas”

Stopping in San Francisco

Thirty years ago, I came to San Francisco as part of my honeymoon. It was my first visit to the west coast, and to California. The city completely charmed us, as we visited the sights, and took part in local festivities. On our way from LA to Napa Valley, we thought we would stop inContinue reading “Stopping in San Francisco”

‘Tis the Season – The Cabernet Sauvignon Season…

My head has been spinning for a week, which is partly the reason why I have not posted anything on this blog since arriving in San Francisco. I also had a few “memoirs” to finalise about the tail end of our trip along Central America, and our arrival in LA/San Francisco before I could focusContinue reading “‘Tis the Season – The Cabernet Sauvignon Season…”

Photos of Panama Canal

We went through the Panama Canal on Monday, November 19th, on Day 7 of this 16 day cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas. It took all day to cross the three locks along the Canal. The Gatun locks (pronounced Gatoon) consists of 3 gates, and with each one, the water rises 28Continue reading “Photos of Panama Canal”

National Housing Day – Nov 22

I became aware of Canada’s National Housing Day in 2006. At the time, I was working with CMHC – Canada’s national housing agency, and local affordable housing advocates had decided to mark November 22 as a day to draw attention to the need for affordable housing in many cities across Canada. I was convinced fromContinue reading “National Housing Day – Nov 22”

Is cruising for you?

We took our first cruise vacation in 2012. It was an exciting trip for my entire family, to mark my parents 50th wedding anniversary. The trip aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas was memorable in so many ways, but we were the only ones in the family to catch the cruise bug. The appealContinue reading “Is cruising for you?”

Spain to Florida – the route of the Conquistadors

Juan Ponce de León and Christopher Columbus both sailed from Spain and discovered the Americas. It was Ponce de Leon who actually got the credit for discovering La Florida in 1516, and he named it so, because it was a great “place of flowers”. Fast forward 500+ years later, and we embarque on the sameContinue reading “Spain to Florida – the route of the Conquistadors”

Barcelona – How can I forget

Barcelona, such a beautiful horizon Barcelona like a jewel in the room If God is willing….If God is willing… We will meet again someday Friends until the end! VIVA BARCELONA! The song Freddie Mercury was supposed to sing with Monserrat Caballé at the opening of the 1992 Olympic Games kept playing in my head. TheContinue reading “Barcelona – How can I forget”

« I’m toooo young to die… »

Eliza was a greeter we hired when we arrived from Rome to Florence. She arranged for our luggage to be collected from the train, and for someone to hail a taxi for us. While we waited she shared with us a lot of personal information. We told her we just needed a taxi to getContinue reading “« I’m toooo young to die… »”

Travel? Not without certain comforts of home

When we decided to be world bohemians for 4 months, it was clear that we nevertheless would need (want?) some comforts of home. Mindful of the bags we would be dragging our intention was to be ruthless and pack only what was absolutely necessary. In Italy especially, elevators are few, and the cobble stones streetsContinue reading “Travel? Not without certain comforts of home”

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