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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 18th 2016

Up early and ready to go. First project is to scout the perimeters, three blocks in each direction to find interesting restaurants, shops and parks. First in the order of things is breakfast. The closest was a fancy hotel but we found the prices exorbitant. Five dollars for a cup of tea! A little further on we saw some signs on a wall so we crossed the threshold. The restaurant was on the second floor. It looked more like a banquet hall but there was a number of older people scattered around the room. We were shown to a table and handed a menu that contained a few picks and small English text below the Chinese. Just like home where the language of the majority takes precedence. Nothing looked like anything we recognized as breakfast fare. ... read more
Waterfront Development

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 17th 2016

On vacation but don't sleep in due to jet lag. I figured I could catch up while crossing the Pacific Ocean. This hotel also offered free hot breakfast but without the baked beans that are traditional in Québec. Good thing as the air conditioning on the plane isn't that good. Thankfully, returning the rental car was uneventful. A quick hop over the Rockies. Once we had reclaimed our baggage we headed over to the international departure area. Vancouver international Airport is my favourite from around the world. I love its open concept, the panoramic views of the mountains and the native artwork everywhere. Here are some details of Bill Reid's creation myth. Something I had not noticed on other visits was a display of Inuit sculptures. Here is a photo of one piece that perfectly mirrored ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary February 16th 2016

Early flight to Calgary so we had spent the night in a hotel near the airport. When I looked out the window just before dawn, a light snow was falling with the forecast calling for it to change to freezing rain.I guess I was the next in line for a more thorough security check as I had to remove my belt and shoes and be subjected to a frisking. From now on, I will remove my belt and shoes before being asked. Tough toenails if my pants fall to the floor. At least I didn't have to go into the glass booth to be penetrated by some sort of rays to see if I had swallowed a bomb. After boarding the plane, it was a game of hurry up and wait. We sat on the tarmac ... read more

Another sunny, warm day in Costa Rica. We had peaceful night’s sleep. Not a peep from the adolescents. I guess they are not a sports team of some sort. The birds started chirping before dawn. No monkey sounds though. I thought I heard thunder but I think it was the first plane of the day taking off from the airport some ten kilometres away. Coffee was served around the pool shortly after six and breakfast started around seven. I was one of the first in so there was lots of everything. Once the kids arrived, the waiters were kept busy refilling jugs and platters. I am sure they ran out of milk. We lazed around the pool until checkout time and then hung around the reception waiting for our taxi. He arrived early, having brought a ... read more

Last day in Coahuila. I had planned to go to the beach one last time before the van picked us up at 1pm but slight stomach cramps dictated I stay close to the loo. Granted, the bubbles of the breaking waves would make a good tummy massage but I feared adding to the flotsam being stirred up by the rip tide. I contented myself with laying in the hammock and listening to the surf. Of course, our shuttle was a half hour late. Clo was pacing and becoming increasingly agitated. The van arrived and away we went. It was a much more comfortable one that that of the way here. Since it was Good Friday, all the locals were at the beach. It stretched from Cahuita all the way up to Limon, something we did not ... read more
Rosa de America Hotel
Rosa Cabin
Rosa Flowers1

Today, Claudette is taking a vacation from vacation. It is a do nothing day for her. For me, vacations are all about doing things. I do enough of nothing in my regular life, so today I am off to Cahuita National Park for a stroll through the jungle bordering the beach. It is not far to go, only a ten minute walk to the other end of town. It opens directly onto a beach. You can hire a guide to point out wildlife or do it on your own. The trail follows the coastline with spurs leading to small secluded beaches. At one point, the trail cuts across a peninsula to give the hiker a since of the real jungle. The signage gives fair warning at some of the beaches that rip tides are present. These ... read more
Ant Highway
Blue Crab 1
Blue Crab 2

Today we are better organized. We arrive at the bus depot in plenty of time to catch a ride to the Jaguar Rescue Centre. There had been a hard rain just before dawn but since it is always humid, it didn’t cool things down any. The buses must have been made in China. The seats are not very wide, considering the mean size of female posterior here. Nor is there adequate leg room, even when sitting up straight. Thankfully the bus trip was for less than a half hour. We were let off at the entrance to the centre but were too early for the tour. It was suggested that we hang out at the nearby beach for the next hour. It is a narrow white sand beach (I don’t know at what level the tide ... read more
Free Lunch
Don't Mess With Me

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Limón » Cahuita March 31st 2015

Slept in till six o’clock. I should have known that this would be a harbinger of calamities to come. A laid-back cuppa, listening to the birds celebrate the rain that fell last night. Since we will be gone most of the day, I decided on a hearty breakfast of bacon & fresh eggs from the market. They were excellent. Tasty with bright orange yoke, rare at home. The jaguar rescue centre was our destination. We arrived at the station just in time to see our bus pull out. This meant that we would miss our tour. Back to our cabin to formulate plan B. Chocolate tour it is. Back to the bus station a second time. We would each look out a different side of the bus for sign for Cocoa Trails. Luckily a German group ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Limón » Cahuita March 30th 2015

When daylight arrived, I could finally see our surroundings. Short, lawn grass high plants on an uneven ground with wide spaced shrubbery and tall trees. Other shrubs are strategically planted to obscure the view of the other cottages. Raised cement walkways, bordered by flowering bushes, converge on the reception booth where coffee and toast are served from 7-9. A good occasion to compare notes with other guests. I prepared my own breakfast while Clo was perfectly happy with the house offer. It was so nice to drink a large glass of ice cold milk again. As I have learned about Costa Rica, internet service is sketchy. It was advertised that WIFI was available throughout the property, in reality, the router only covered the area close to the entrance. Not far to walk but inconvenient. I must ... read more
My Hammoch
Red Flower
Red Flower 2

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Limón » Cahuita March 29th 2015

Up early as the local busses to elsewhere were revving to go at the crack of dawn. I had hoped to sit out on the pool patio in the early breeze. Instead, I found a quiet little nook within the building to record my journal. By six-thirty, all the bus racket had ended and it was pleasant to sit outside for the included breakfast. Not as comprehensive as in Fortuna. Tom, the owner, circulated amongst the guests. Since the street was quiet, we decided to walk around and find a place for lunch. It was quite a surprise to find that we were only a few blocks from the pedestrian streets we had walked yesterday. We could have avoided all those rowdy bars and tired whores. Our bus arrived half an hour late. Traffic was fine ... read more

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