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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston July 31st 2008

Geo: 42.3585, -71.0596Today was spent in the car. We left Quebec about 9am and headed off on Highway 73 south to Maine. The day was warm and sunny and the going was pretty good. We stopped about 10-30am in St Georges for brunch and then crossed the USA border into Maine. We drove through the Appalachian Mountains. There were Pine trees, Lakes and grazing fields. We followed Highway 95 down towards Boston taking it in turns to drive. As we approached Boston we followed the road into the city centre but soon realised that there were few motels here. We drove out towards the airport thinking that there might be hotels near ther. Logan airport is not far away. However, there were only the expensive chains there. We were told that a little further on we ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 30th 2008

Geo: 46.8266, -71.3024We took our time this morning. We had a great and inexpensive breakfast at the restaurant connected to our hotel. We retraced our steps from yesterday stopping to take some photos at interesting spots. Went into the church of Notre-Dame-Des-Victoires. Found an altar there dedicated to St Genevieve. Walked up to the Chateau Frontenac and investigated the archaelogical excavations of the former Chateau St Louis which had been the original Governor's residence.We then climbed the stairs, constituting the Governor's Promenade. This was built to commemorate the 350th anniversary. This climbs up the Hillface to the Plains of Abraham. Great views along the way. The Plains of Abraham was where Gen Woolfe attacked the French forces of Montcalm in 1759 and won the victory that established Canada as part of the British, rather than the ... read more
Notre Dame-Des -Victoires
The Boardwalk and Chateau Frontenac
The Citadel

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 29th 2008

Geo: 46.8266, -71.3024We are relaxing in the most gorgeous room we've had so far, in the Hotel Port-Royal in Quebec City. Yes, we are paying over $200 for it but it well worth it. We are in the old city, and we found this after driving around the city for awhile. To be walking distance from all the restaurants, shops and the Port and have this great room we feel is money well spent. Our only problem is they are booked out tomorrow and the only room available in Quebec for the same money or less is at the Hilton, would you believe, so that's where we are going tomorrow.It is Quebec's 400th birthday so the place is packed with tourists. And who can blame them? This place is great.We arrived here about 4-30 pm after ... read more
Inside the Olympic Stadium
Our hotel room
Son et Lumiere show

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal July 28th 2008

Geo: 45.5075, -73.5587Montreal is a fabulous city!! We have had a great day and a half here. We manged to stumble on a hotel on the coolest restaurant street in the city, Rue Crescent. this is similar to Rundle Street or Gouger Street but a very happening place. Yesterday we drove along the St Lawrence Seaway from Bowmanville through Kingston and on towards Montreal. We stopped in a small town called Brockville where we had a nice Chinese Lunch. This town had a great historic area, with a very attractive square that had been restored. We followed the river from there and stopped at a couple of Historic sites. The first was near Prescott where there was an historic fort, Fort William. Further on there was The Battle of the Windmill site. This was a battle ... read more
Notre-Dame Cathedral
Our Petrol Company
Site of the Battle of the Windmill

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal July 27th 2008

Geo: 45.5075, -73.5587This is Part 2 of our Niagara experiences.Having done the Canadian side on Thursday we returned on Friday morning for a second tour which promised to cover all the sights of the American side. Our first stop was The Cave of theWinds. This was situated on Goat Island which separates the Falls and is in USA territory. Here we were given those attractive yellow ponchos and green, blue and white sandals to wear. We then went down on an elevator to the level of the base of the American Falls. We again went through a tunnel and emerged at the base of the Falls. The walkways here are reconstructed every year as the winter snow and ice is enough to destroy them. We walked to the base of the American Falls. There are large ... read more
Maid of the Mist plus Rainbow
The Bridal Falls
The top of the American Falls

North America » Canada » Ontario » Bowmanville July 26th 2008

Geo: 43.9138, -78.6885I've not updated this for a couple of days because the computer was not connecting. Having had it looked at the irony was that the most upmarket hotel we have stayed in, The Hyatt in Buffalo, did not have a workable wireless connection. We are now in a small hotel in a backwater in Canada and we are connected!!!So now to the events of the last few days.We flew from Seattle to Buffalo on Wednesday. This was just a travelling day as it was a 5 hour flight to Chicago and then a 2 hour flight to Buffalo. We had to spend an extra 1 1/2 hours in Chicago airport waiting for our plane, so in the end we arrived in Buffalo at midnight as there was a 3 hour time shift.Thursday morning was ... read more
American Falls by night
Both Falls in colour
Canadian Horseshoe Falls

North America » United States » Washington » Auburn July 23rd 2008

Geo: 47.3075, -122.23We drove into Seattle this morning arriving about 9-30am. No Sleeplessness for us!! We found a park for the day for only $16 and headed along the Waterfront. It was an overcast day with a cool wind. The first attraction to take our eye was the Seattle Aquarium, which was atleast warm inside. A Wall of fish confonted us first. Around this was clustered a crowd of people watching a diver and a guide outside the tank talking about the numerous fish swimming past. During our visit to the aquarium we checked out the Tropical tanks, the Underwater dome and watched the shore birds exhibition. There they were being fed and the puffins and other birds dived and swam underwater catching the fish. We then went to the sea otters and the seals. I ... read more
Sea Otter
Seattle Harbour
The Odyssey Maritime Museum

North America » United States » Washington » Auburn July 22nd 2008

Geo: 47.3075, -122.23We have had an interesting couple of days. Yesterday we drove into Vancouver and first visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This is one of the best examples of a suspension bridge in the world. It was originally built in 1889 and has only had minimal upgrades since then. It is now in a park which has a number of attractions. The Douglas firs are huge and the other species of plants there are abundant. It is a temperate rainforest. There is a Treetops walk and another boardwalk which hugs the cliffs. Well worth a hour or two spent. After a pleasant lunch at the small restaurant opposite the park we went into the city. We drove through Stanley Park on the end of the peninsula. This has some good beaches and is obviously the ... read more
Steam Clock in Gastown, Vancouver
The Treetops walk at  Capilano Suspension Bridge

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Richmond July 20th 2008

Geo: 49.1632, -123.137This morning left Lytton about 9-30am. Not in a hurry to ever visit there again! Set out to drive to Vancouver. The road ran along side the mighty Fraser River and the scenery was fine, the river and the pine-covered mountains along the way. Went through the town of Hope which led to inevitable puns about living in Hope and the town which springs eternal!!.Once on the Freeway it was an easy but boring drive into Vancouver. With the help of my magnificent map reading Fletcher navigated his way into downtown Vancouver. However, there was not a motel to be seen. We drove on towards the Seattle road and after much fruitless searching arrived in Richmond where near the airport we found the motels in a cluster!!. We have booked into the Travelodge for ... read more
Confluence orf the Fraser and Thompson rivers
My Boat at Steveston Harbour
Prawns for sale at Steveston Harbour

North America » Canada » British Columbia July 19th 2008

Geo: 50.2338, -121.577Today was a travelling day. We set out from Jasper late after a late breakfast and going to the Post Office to send Lucy and Sam presents for their birthdays. We then drove towards Kamploops. We stopped for lunch at a small town called Blue River. We had a great lunch there at Saddlelodge restaurant. We continued to drive along the Thompson River. One of the observations we have made is of the huge freight trains that run through here. Today as we were driving there were at least 12 trains which each stretched at least a kilometre in length. I managed to count the number of carriages and it was 100!!We drove through Kamploops and on to Highway 1. We decided to stop at a small town called Lytton. It is a very ... read more
Lake Kamploops
The Icefields

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