Advent Calendar – Dec 23: Toby the Cat

Did you know I am an ailurophile? I will say that my husband is as well, and others in my family. This is the term used to describe a cat lover, derived from the Greek word “ailouros” which means cat and the suffix “phile“, meaning lover. While I don’t discriminate against dogs, I must confessContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 23: Toby the Cat”

Advent Calendar – Dec 21: Sunrise

The best part of my day, is watching a sunrise. The cover pic is a photo I took earlier this year from my east facing hotel room as the sun rose over Miami. You would be surprised how quickly it happens, from the moment the pinkish red glow appears on the horizon to the timeContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 21: Sunrise”

Advent Calendar – Dec 14th: Skating (or walking) Ottawa’s Rideau Canal

If you have ever been spent time in Canada’s Capital as a visitor or a resident, then you likely know of the Rideau Canal. The narrow channel weaves through Ottawa landmarks and neighbourhoods along an 8km stretch, connecting the metropolitan’s two universities while delivering the most picturesque scenery a city can provide. Many of usContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 14th: Skating (or walking) Ottawa’s Rideau Canal”

Advent Calendar – Dec 11th: Settling Into a New Neighbourhood

Change is a good thing. It makes you more resilient, and increases your ability to deal with unplanned events and adapt to the changing world around us. My husband and I have certainly become more resilient to change since 2013, when we sold our house and belongings of 20 years, and uprooted ourselves to Halifax,Continue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 11th: Settling Into a New Neighbourhood”

Advent Calendar – Dec 9th: Humans Need Connection

Travel should be about helping you connect with the people of the countries you are visiting, to understand their culture, their economy and their history. What I like about cruising is that we get that opportunity, not only in port, but also with the people we meet on board. There are typically over 60 nationalitiesContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 9th: Humans Need Connection”

Advent Calendar – Dec 7th: One For the Bucket List

Let me take you back to the summer of 2019. The air is warm, people are out and about and you are sitting out, possibly enjoying a refreshing beverage, listening to the sounds around you. You hear the birds of course, maybe a light breeze rustling through the trees and general murmurs and clatter peopleContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 7th: One For the Bucket List”

Advent Calendar – Dec 4th : Beyond Shore Excursions

I have written before about cruising and until our recent trip to Mexico, preferred vacations on ships rather than resorts. I would say that for a vacation in the Caribbean, a cruise is still my preference. This year, we took 3 Caribbean cruises, visiting islands of the lesser and south Antilles (St-Thomas, St-Marten, Barbados, St-Lucia,Continue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 4th : Beyond Shore Excursions”

Advent Calendar – Dec 3rd: Once a year, go someplace you have never gone before

We all know that travelling gives us an opportunity to expand our knowledge and gain a better understanding of other cultures, and countries. Beyond this, the benefits of travel are quite tangible, physically and psychologically. I walk more when I travel, and my stress level goes way down. The fresh air stimulates endorphins, putting meContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 3rd: Once a year, go someplace you have never gone before”

Advent Calendar Blog- December 2nd: Baby Its Cold Outside!

How is it that we travelled in the summer and the fall to all these warm places, and then made it back just in time to go through another winter in Ottawa? What is wrong with us? Most Canadians that have the travel bug fly south for the winter, but we seem to do thingsContinue reading “Advent Calendar Blog- December 2nd: Baby Its Cold Outside!”

Advent Calendar Blog – Day 1 – It Was In The Cards!

We have had a wonderful year, and as I reflect on our blessings, it occurs to me that I have not shared much on our blog, despite having a great year filled with discovery, dear friends and family and new journeys. Many of you have asked about the next instalments. Not all journeys involve travelling.Continue reading “Advent Calendar Blog – Day 1 – It Was In The Cards!”

Visite guidée de notre logement en Toscane – Guided Tour of Where we stayed in Iano, Italy

Alors voici deux video vous donnant un aperçu du village de Iano, dans la commune de Montaione en banlieue de Florence, en Toscane, ainsi qu’un visionnement de notre logement pendant notre séjour de 2 mois. J’inclus d’abord les coordonnées de google maps afin de vous situer quelque peu. Nous étions a 1 heure de Florence,Continue reading “Visite guidée de notre logement en Toscane – Guided Tour of Where we stayed in Iano, Italy”

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”

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