Mary Copeland

Charlie and Mary

Mary Copeland


Former TravelPod Member: mcopeland

Joined: August 17th, 2013
From: lives in United States

North America » Canada August 14th 2019

Yikes! It's been more than a month since we've been home and I have yet to finish my blog, even though it's been mostly written for a long time. Needed to add photos! So here goes, old news. Manitoba and Alberta 6/23-7/6 Winnipeg We had an early morning leaving for our 9:30 train from Toronto to Winnipeg, Manitoba since our Airbnb was so far from the station. Luckily we had checked the metro schedule the day before and discovered that it did not start running until 8 and were able to catch a “night bus” that went straight to the station with time to spare. For the last time we got to experience the Business Lounge and priority boarding – quite a nice setup in Toronto. On the train there are just 3 sleeper/berth seat arrangements ... read more
Miles and miles
Winnipeg Skyline
St. Boniface shell

North America » Canada » Ontario July 8th 2019

Ontario, June 14-24, 2019 Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls We left Montreal in a soaking rain, hauling our suitcases to the train station. We had neglected to try the famous Montreal bagel, so grabbed one at the train station. Different than the New York style bagel, it is first boiled in honey water before being baked. We weren’t impressed. Ottawa is in the province of Ontario and is the capital of Canada and from what we can see so far, a clean beautiful city. Our Airbnb is much nicer; although, interestingly, we find ourselves back in the province of Quebec, as we are staying in Gatineau, Quebec, just a short walk across the bridge. But it’s still raining. I think it’s rained about 50% of our time in Canada so far. Downstairs in the apartment building ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec July 1st 2019

Quebec City & Montreal – 6/8-6/13 We left Miramichi for the Quebec/Ontario "corridor" - the main population areas of Eastern Canada which includes 4 major cities - Québec City and Montreal in the province of Québec, Ottawa and Toronto in Ontario. The train from Miramichi to Québec City took almost 11 hours overnight. This was our first experience of sleeping on the train in economy class, and it was not pretty. Although Charlie slept like a baby, I did not sleep at all. We even had empty seats next to us, but there was no way to get comfortable. In Economy Class you also don’t get to use the dining car. It’s the snack bar only – snacks, sandwiches and a few frozen foods they heat up. First stop Québec City. Québec City is a beautiful ... read more

North America » Canada » Prince Edward Island June 23rd 2019

Ugh! As usual, I am way behind blogging. Right now we're on the train to Winnipeg - a 34 hour trip. Hoping I can catch up a bunch. PEI and New Brunswick (6/1-6/4) We again landed back at North Sydney and again ate dinner at Bette’s (a hole in the wall with great inexpensive homemade food – lots of carrots and turnips (have I mentioned the carrots and turnips? The only vegetables they seem to have in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia). We headed south through Cape Breton and stayed at Ann’s Airbnb halfway down the island. Ann was quite a character who lives in a charming 100 year old house. She had 2 friendly horses and even a cranberry bog on her property. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to check it out, nor did we want ... read more

Newfoundland From North Sydney, Nova Scotia we caught the ferry to Newfoundland, a 6 to 8 hour trip, depending on the weather. Fortunately the seas were calm. We had stopped at a McDonald’s for breakfast before boarding. McDonalds in other countries are always interesting – they had a counter with pastries, really good expresso type coffee and poutine on the menu. For the uninitiated, poutine is a mixture of French fries, covered with cheese curds and gravy. There are lots of variations (including with lobster). We have yet to try it. The most interesting part of our ferry trip was our conversations with others on the boat. Canadians are a friendly lot, and there was lots of teasing of the Americans and some advice on what to see in Banff National Park. We learned a new ... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax May 31st 2019

Dear Friends (and others!), This blog will be about our 2 month adventures traveling across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver – mostly by train, with lots of stops on the way. Some of you may have subscribed to our previous trips to follow along on our Caminos, and not be interested. It’s okay if you unsubscribe – my feelings won’t be hurt. Maybe next year for our next Camino. I won’t be writing every day – maybe just every Provence. Halifax, Nova Scotia An uneventful flight from Austin to Halifax after 2 hours of sleep. The highlight was using one of our United lounge passes in Newark. Free buffet, good coffee and a relaxing place to wait until our connection. I could get used to that! We landed to find rain, cold and a strong wind, ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 8th 2018

Well I'm finally getting around to finishing up our Portuguese Camino blog. We arrived home on the 7th of December only to jump right into Christmas preparations. Here you go. Hope you've enjoyed it. Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, to Madrid, Apartamentos Tirso de Molina. We went to our favorite place for breakfast in Santiago, Butafumeiro, for coffee and croissants slathered with chocolate. Yum. We said goodbye to Santiago and caught a 12:00 train to Madrid. I really wish we’d spent more time in Santiago. We actually got on the right train (don’t ask me about the Torino/Tirano fiasco in Italy a few years ago). It was a pretty comfortable, uneventful 5-hour ride to Madrid. We negotiated Metro ticket buying, managed to fight the rush hour crowds, got off at the right station, only to find it ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela November 28th 2017

Saturday, November 25th to Picaraña, Pension HK, 26.5 kms. A day much like yesterday, but without the rain. We saw more pilgrims today and passed and were passed by some we met yesterday. The Dutch/Spanish couple we met yesterday we again saw at our “second breakfast” and again tonight, as they are staying at the same place. We are staying well past Padron – the usual last stage before Santiago – to give us a head start for tomorrow, leaving us with somewhere between 14 and 17 kms. to Santiago, depending on who you read, plus a good sized hill we hear. We figured better a long day today than tomorrow. A cold, windy, but good day, our longest day. Sunday, November 26th to Santiago, Pension Libredon, 17.2 kms. We’re here. We made it to Santiago. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia November 25th 2017

Wednesday, November 22nd still in Redondela. Another vacation day lost. I had a bad night with lots of pain where my leg joins my foot, plus the new blisters. I’m exhausted and so we decided to stay in the apartment for another day. We slept until 10:30. I stayed off my feet for most of the day. Charlie made breakfast – scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, yogurt and orange juice – the best breakfast we’ve had in a long time. We planned to ship my backpack ahead to our next place to give my feet a break, but they wanted 25 euro (vs. the 5 euro regular charge) because it’s off-season. Yikes. I’ll pass. There’s a 70% chance of rain tomorrow. I’m not optimistic about our walk tomorrow. Thursday, November 23rd, to Pontevedra, Hotel Madrid, ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Redondela November 22nd 2017

I'm trying to get caught up on my blog posts, so you may see several in the next few days. We're actually In Madrid now, having made it to Santiago last Sunday. Sunday, November 19 to Baiona, Hostel Santa Maria Playa, 12.3 kms. It was dark again when we left at 7:45 and stayed that way for quite a while as we had mountains to our right that blocked the sun. Although it was just 12 kms. to our room at Baiona we were trying to catch the 12:00 or 1:00 Mass at Santa Maria de Baiona, a 13th century built church.. Again, no breakfast until 9:00, it being a Sunday, but the hotel made us a small tray of bread, oranges and juice, but no coffee! We thought we’d find something on the way, but ... read more

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