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North America » United States » New York » New York October 7th 2013

We have been through Central Park. It is lovely and green. There are 7 separate lakes and so many places to just sit and enjoy the weather. Plenty of playgrounds for children. I never knew that there would be so many large rocky outcrops. Apparently New York is built on rock. They have also reclaimed a lot of land especially in the early years. We went to the American Museum of Natural History. Quite amazing with all the stuffed animals and dinosaur types on show - a lot of work has gone into these exhibits. Went to the Guggenheim. Ticked off my bucket list by viewing a Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Gaugain and others Saw the Flatiron building. Also on the bus they showed us Millionaires Row where there are still mansions as they used be. Beautiful ... read more
Exhibit at Museum
Giant turtle
John with Gorilla exhibit

North America » United States » New York » New York October 7th 2013

New York We arrived last Wednesday in the early morning sailing under the Brooklyn Bridge and passed the Statue of Liberty and docked at 7am. We were very lucky to get some great photos of the Statue of Liberty at dawn. We disembarked after breakfast at 10am with the process running quite smoothly as we had already cleared immigration in Bar Harbour with scary Homeland Security. We caught a taxi to pick up the keys. That was a miracle with the number of our bags in one taxi! Once arrived at the apartment though not large at least it looked like what we thought it would. The only problem it is noisy because it is over the Irish pub! Live band plays each night! We bought some ear plugs! Once we dumped our luggage ... read more
John & I at the top of the Empire State building
Narrows Bridge
Empire State Buidling

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 3rd 2013

USA - Bar Harbour, Maine Prior to leaving the ship - we had to go through Immigration. Officers come to the ship to go through the procedure to enter the USA. We had already entered the USA on the beginning of our trip when we landed in Los Angeles on our way to New York and had had our photos and fingerprints done. So we didn't have to go through all that again. Today we went off the ship by tender to Bar Harbour - what a great little town it is very quaint as they all seem to be over this part of the world. We did a bus tour to Acadia National Park and up the to the top of one of the mountains where we had the most fantastic view of ... read more
Stunning views
Downtown Bar Harbo
people at Mt Cadilac

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor October 2nd 2013

to finish off the last story at Peggy's Cove - sorry - We were also shown the area where the Swissair plane crashed in 1997, we saw the memorial and where the remains were buried. We stopped at a cafe for lunch - had some really nice fish - haddock and chips and salad. Our hosts told us later that the owners of the cafe had lost their 23 year old daughter in the plane crash and had come overseas to the funeral and ended up staying. So they bought the diner and are happy being there but strangely enough they don't visit the memorial nor do they attend the annual service. We had a great time on the bikes and would do it again. We enjoyed the what we saw of Halifax and it was ... read more
A freezing Lyn
Memorial for plane crash
Peggys Cove (2)

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Sydney October 2nd 2013

Sydney Today we are in Sydney, Nova Scotia - we decided to do a private tour to Louisburg Fortress which was a great tour. Louisburg has been perched on the edge of the continent for 300 years and was once a bustling seaport, a hub for trade and commerce on the Atlantic. A multi lingual, multicultural community and France's prize in the new world. The Fortress of Louisburg is North Americas largest historical reconstruction costing in excess of $160M. The tour guide was extremely enthusiastic about the history of Louisburg and was great to listen to. The guides and shop and other people there were dressed in period costume and you would think you were back in the 1800s'. It was a very cold, wet and windy day today and we were quite wet ... read more
Louisburg house
Lyn & Noveen at Louisburg

Boarded the ship - Holland America Lines - the Eurodam at around lunchtime. Some confusion when going through the customs area - when we were misdirected by one young man - several times but eventually got to where we had to be and did all the things we had to do. Dropped into our cabin and then met Ken & Noveen to show them around the important parts of the ship. Of course this meant Bar by Bar and stopping in at the Crow's Nest for our first drink..s. Later we had dinner and then stopped at the BB King band in the Queens lounge and sang and danced along with the music - was really good! The ship wasn't leaving until the next day at 4pm so we stayed up late. Today we had a ... read more
Mayors office
Lyn & Noveen

North America » Canada » Quebec » Saguenay September 22nd 2013

Day 6 Today we caught the train to Quebec (pronounced Keebek) we decided to go Business Class which was a great idea - we loved it and were served a 3 course meal and free drinks. We four had a table between us and the plan was that we would play Canasta on our journey but fell asleep after lunch. It was interesting that it was so much cheaper to go Business Class on the train than it was to fly! We arrived at the very old but lovely old Quebec railway station and found our way to the hotel - staying at Marriott hotels all the way until we get on the ship tomorrow - Yeehaaaaaaaa! We went to a restaurant called Hobbits for dinner - gosh everything is taxed 15% on top of the ... read more
Old Quebec city
Quebec cathedral

North America » Canada » Quebec » Saint Felicien September 22nd 2013

Day 5 Started the day off watching Lyn do her early morning workout in the gym while working my fingers off typing this - Lyn retypes later onto the blog... so off to the airport and flew to Montreal which took less than an hour so as you would guess, uneventful. We went for a walk to look for somewhere to dine that night when a local approached the sorry and lost looking Aussies to find out what we were looking for. She came up with some great suggestions for dinner and places to have a look at while in Montreal. We went to Old Montreal as she suggested and found a beautiful spot - well it was a square with restaurants, buskers and lots of little kiosk type shops with little gardens everywhere from the ... read more
Quebec Railway Station
Holland America ship

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 18th 2013

This day was a late start as a result of the day before - we didn't realise we were exhausted. We bought tickets for the Hop on Hop Off bus to see the sites of Toronto we stopped at the TCN tower which was the tallest tower until the big one was built in Dubai. We went up in the elevator which took 58 seconds to get to the top - you wouldn't want to be scared of heights and the lift was on the side and you could see how fast you were going up while trying to look at the scenery below and beyond. Once at the top you can see why Toronto is called the city of condominiums - huge towers everywhere and a lot more being built. Drinks were had at the ... read more
Baseball game
Boat cruise

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 18th 2013

Here we are at the Marriott Courtyard in Toronto. I am working out in the gym bright and early - about 5.30am while John is putting this together on my iPad and slowly, very slowly, waking on a walker. Breakfast at Cora's - franchise with great food - interesting breakfast - fruit, eggs and bacon - all on the same plate but somehow it doesn't seem wrong. They do, however, butter your bread before it's served to you. Lovely, friendly people and found out it's in Montreal and franchised throughout Canada which is good news. We had booked a full day excursion to Niagara Falls - which started off at 9.30am as we were picked up along the way to other pick ups at hotels in the inner city area. It was an introduction to this ... read more
Niagara Falls

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