Page 6 of fer de lance Travel Blog Posts

North America » Canada » Quebec » Mont Tremblant July 27th 2010

That was actually in 2003, on a fishing trip in a place 2 hours North of the city of LaTuque. Fishing was good. We caught some pikes and walleyes during the week, which we cooked as soon as we caught them. Delicious! I was there with my wife and a family of friends. One day, i left early to go fishing on the lake, while my friends were staying to relax a bit. At some point, in the cabin, they saw a bear paw through the damaged window screen, trying to grab some apples! They did some noise to chase it away. They went on the lake then, to tell me the story. When i heard the story, i immediately stopped fishing, to go back to the cabin, in the case the bear would be still ... read more
Pike fishing
Bear close to the cabin
Rustic cabin

North America » Canada » Quebec July 14th 2010

Here are some recent shots of animal, small or not, that i have taken in my region. Some insects are alien like! Enjoy! I added some recent winter pictures.... read more
Deer in the winter
longhorned beetle
Little frog close to pink flower

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque March 6th 2010

For that trip, one of my goals was to find scorpions or tarantulas and take pictures of them. I can't help it, I love these critters!! I succeeded with the scorpions! I found one in the jungle at night, and the second one, my wife found it in her bed! But for rest of the trip, I can tell that's it's a beautiful and varied region as for the landscapes and nature, culture, food. In Yucatan peninsula, we visited Merida and Campeche cities, Celestun, (biggest concentration of pink flamingos in the world), Calakmul region where you have a cave with hundreds of thousands of bats that go out every night, and pass right by your face, (Cooool!) and also the ancient city of Calakmul deep in the jungle and with myriads of animals to see, and ... read more
Flamingos in Celestun
spider monkey

North America » United States » Florida » Hollywood February 10th 2010

I was not supposed to go to Florida this year but a last minute opportunity came in, so i went for a 8 days quick trip. Temperature was much colder than usual: daytime temperatures were between 9 and 18 degrees Celsius, so not very good for swimming! But the cold brought some advantages: fishes died because of the cold when i visited the Florida keys, so i was able to pick some on the beach, just before they died and took pictures. Yes so good for me, but not for the fishes :-( Also, i visited the Big Cypress preserve, and most reptiles were sluggish, (16-18 degrees max), so it was alos good for pictures too. In a week, i go to Mexico, to visit Yucatan peninsula and Chiapas region. One spot in particular should be ... read more
Reef gecko
Cubic fish
Brown water snake

North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico January 31st 2010

This was my first time in Mexico. We wanted to see certains things in particular for a long time, like the winter home of the monarch butterflies. We also took the challenge, (kidding :-) ), of visiting places in Mexico city. The horror stories about that city, are exagerated. The city of New York is far more dangerous statistically speaking. In Mexico, like other big cities, you need to avoid a few neighbourhoods and use common sense not to attract thieves. We arrived in Mexico city. We stayed in a small hotel named Milan, in the "zona Roma". The area was nice, kind of middle-class neighbourhood, with business people and restaurants and plazas. We visited the "Bosque Chapultepec", a big park in the heart of the city. In the park, you have a mix of little ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Limón » Cahuita January 30th 2010

Third time in Costa Rica, but this time to visit the Atlantic coast. That region doesn't really have a real dry season like the Pacific North West, so it may rain less, but it's raining a little bit everyday nonetheless. This was perfect because the jungle there is really all green and it was much easier to spot frogs, and we saw a ton of them, without any difficulty! So in brief, we arrived and stayed at San Jose one night. Next we took the bus to the Atlantic. The bus trip was really nice, especially in the mountains, in Braulio Carrillo park, where the cliffs and sides of mountains are litteraly draped with plants! Arrived at our place for a couple of days, we stayed at Puerto Viejo, a very sympathic little village. The highlight ... read more
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At last we were able to come back to Costa Rica, 2 years after the firs trip in 2005! Between the 2 trips visited some places in Quebec and in the states, (kentucky), but i really wanted to come back - Mi paraiso! We began by going to Carara national park, making sure to stop on the bridge over rio Tarcoles. One of the stop to easily watch a big group of Crocodiles. We then headed to Manuel Antonio park, a famous and small park, yet very interesting. Wildlife is easy to see here, at least the most popular ones. Moved south to Uvita and Marino Ballena park, and stayed in Uvita. The beach is superb, with the jungle in background! One entrance of the park leads to the Tombolo, a liitle strech of sand, when ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal January 21st 2010

Finally we were there! I'm an avid wildlife viewer so i couldn't wait to arrive. I heard and read so much good things about Costa Rica. We stayed at Ciudad Quesada, where a family of friends live there since a couple of months. Because we had to come back to home, almost most of the times, we limited the visits to Northwest of Costa Rica, except, the time we stayed on a beach in Nicoya. Here's a small sample of the places we visited and the things we saw. Enjoy!... read more
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Pacific coast

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