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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary February 23rd 2018

7/13 In the morning we took the C-Train near our hotel to the Calgary Stampede Park. The park is enormous (208 acres). There are two Stampede entrance options when taking the train from the city to the park. We were told to take the second entrance or furthest stop on the train's schedule and it proved to be good advice. We landed near the main building where we could pick up our tickets, cowboy hats and other paraphernalia. From there we walked around the animal barns, saw a “Working Cow Horse Show” in the indoor arena (what a relief from the heat outside). For lunch we had an enormous Gator pork sandwich that actually originated in the Everglades. There was much disorganization among workers at the fairgrounds. Stampede Guides gave different directions for the same agenda ... read more
Tipis in the Indian Village
Beautiful tipi decorations, Indian Village
Costumed First Nation people

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary February 23rd 2018

7/14 We spent the morning at the beautiful Studio Bell National Music Centre. An architectural wonder, a truly beautiful building designed to capture sounds for every listener. Here there are 5 floors of opportunities to explore the various musical genres represented in the Canadian music scene. I went into the Vocal Booth where I learned I was an “Alto rising star,” I then played the drums and realized it had been about 55 years since I played them. It showed. A large screen in one of the rooms played music along with movie clips beautifully representing all the provinces in Canada. The building across the street housed the famous Aims Project, the state of the art mobile recording studio on wheels built in a truck by the Rolling Stones called one of rock n’ roll’s most ... read more
The "Chucks" Chuckwagon Races
Intense competition in "The Chucks"
 Aerial winged snow people descend to the stage

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary January 14th 2018

2018 is well in its course. And we face the new realities – extreme climates all over the world and the US withdraws from the Paris Accord; we are afraid of a nuclear holocaust while two mad men ready to press the red buttons; the US President uttering racial slurs to the African and other nations! Still we say “Happy New Year” to each other; because, some of us continue to believe in the nicety of human civilization and look forward to a better tomorrow. And definitely our travel blog community is one of them; because, we share our experience, our love and friendship with one another, we are eager to support others when there is a need. That makes a difference. So even I am late, it is never too late to say “Happy New ... read more
Vietnam Diary - the cover page
Blogs turned into a book
Happy New Year 2018

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 15th 2017

I was really looking forward to this drive from Kalispell to Calgary, today. We drove this route a few years ago, from east to west, and it had killer views. So I had high expectations that the west to east drive would be equally as impressive. And they would have been, if it wasn’t for the fires. We left our hotel at 7:35 and 54 degrees and headed east on Canada Highway 1 only to find the beautiful scenery hidden behind a curtain of thick smoke. I am posting examples of what it should have looked like as well as photos of what it actually looked like today. (I stole them from my files, of the last trip through here.) The first part of the drive passes between a wonderful, very long lake on the left, ... read more
Watching the train with Dad
This is what the photos should have looked like today
And this, too

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 1st 2017

Hello everyone! As you may know, Annika, Erika and I are traveling to Europe next week. In order that you can follow our adventures, I have decided to try a travel blog. Shocking - I know. But my email is always full and I don't want to fill yours with photos and videos, so lets give this a try. My posts will be private only. Stay tuned!... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 16th 2017

Sunday was Finley's last day with Poppy and Grandna. Finley chose to visit the Calgary Zoo. He loves nature and animals. They have added a lemur experience where you are guided to an up close encounter with the lemurs. He seen lots of exotic animals but his favourite was the the Canadian wildlife section where he got to see captive versions of the mountain sheep, grizzly, elk and his favourite the bison. On Monday Finley flew home to Halifax. It was his first time flying alone but he was quite excited. Finley travelled with us for 19 days. He would have liked to have stayed longer but his mom, dad and sister Zoe were anxious to have him home.... read more
New Lemur Exhibit
Lemurs
Grizzly Bears

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 15th 2017

On Friday Jul 15 we drove from Elk Island National Park to Calgary. This was one of the busiest highways we encountered. We camped on the outskirts of Calgary and took a shuttle into the Calgary Stampede for the chuck wagon races and evening entertainment show/fireworks. Jann Arden was the MC for the entertainment show. Due to the crazy crowds and traffic it took us 2 hours to get back to our campsite. The next day we decided to take the C-Train into the Stampede. We had tickets to the Rodeo. Finley loved it all but the bull riding was his favourite.There were over 140,000 on the Stampede grounds. The prime Minister was in attendance but kept a low profile. I got a couple of pictures of security on roof top with my camera zoom lens. ... read more
Finley Watching Chuckwagon Races
Budweiser Clydesdales
Chuckwagon Races

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary June 7th 2017

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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary May 20th 2017

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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary May 16th 2017

Travelling was a tad stressful. The Canadians did not recognise Kate's two attempts at applying for a VISA, so we travelled to Heathrow early to sort the problem. An enormous traffic jam outside Swindon added to the riding blood pressure!! A delightful BA lady spent 30 minutes sorting the problem out with the Canadian embassy, culminating with a smile and a nod. Our relief was compounded when the same lady upgraded us to business class, with access to the posh lounge and a bed on the plane😀 Needless to say the flight was a delight!! We got to our airport hotel and not the sack immediately!! What hits you about Calgary is the freshness of the air, there are no diesels here as it's too cold. After a substantive breakfast, including two coffee refills, we did ... read more
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