Blogs from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, North America


"Take the world nice and easy, and the world will take you the same”.- Irish proverb And just like that, we're home! What a fantastic trip we had to Ireland. :) It was good craic (Irish for fun). The first leg of our flight home was from Dublin to Montreal, and it was quite a pleasant flight. The configuration of the rows of seating on the plane was two seats along each side, and three in the middle. Susan and I were sitting in the two seats along the side, so we didn't have to worry about being squished in with someone else. That makes for a much nicer flight. I wasn't looking forward to the Air Canada Rouge flight, but actually it turned out just fine. We were supplied with pillows and blankets, and settled ... read more
Flight of beer at the Montreal airport
One of many Irish coffees

"A good start is half the work" - Irish Proverb We are very excited to be travelling again, this time to Ireland! Our flight to Dublin (via Toronto) leaves mid-day tomorrow, so no crazy early morning required. This trip is shorter than our usual ones, just 12 days from start to finish, but still time to see a variety of the country, and, we are sure, to have many pints of Guinness! We will start our trip in Dublin - and yes, we have our timed entry to the Guinness Storehouse :), and then head out on a 3 day tour of southwest Ireland. Then it's back to Dublin for a few days, followed by several days in Belfast. Like many North Americans, I have Irish ancestry. I grew up with my maternal grandmother telling us ... read more
My Irish Great Grandmother
Ella helping with packing
Our view of the Fraser River

No one recognizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow- Lin Yutang I‘m writing this sitting on the couch, watching Coronation Street episodes that we recorded while we were away, having a coffee in my Moroccan mug, and eating macarons from Paris! Pretty nice. It’s a lovely sunny day today. I may rouse myself for a walk later or I may just stay on the couch 😄. We got back about 10 pm the day before yesterday, after a long journey home. We were up early on Tuesday for our flight home. Our alarm went off at 5:15, and we finished packing, and making sure everything was ready to leave our apartment. We took it in turns each going down in the elevator with ... read more
The tube escalators at Charles de Gaulle airport
The tube escalators at Charles de Gaulle airport
Last café creme and pain au chocolat in Paris

North America » Canada » British Columbia » New Westminster September 7th 2018

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it. - Charles Dudley Warner We are very excited to be travelling again, this time to Morocco and Paris! We booked this trip many months ago, and it is hard to believe we are finally (almost) on our way. Our flight leaves Vancouver tomorrow (at the civilized hour of 10 am), and we have a bit of a milk run getting to Casablanca (via Calgary, Halifax, and Paris). As most of you know, Susan works part time for WestJet, and we got a super cheap fare to and from Paris (confirmed not standby), so it was worth it to have a few stops along the way. Ah, Casablanca ... it immediately reminds me of the movie of the same name. My absolute favourite ... read more
Sunrise over the Fraser River
Hawk in tree by our window

North America » Canada » British Columbia » New Westminster December 6th 2016

Travel day, it's 1030 I'm ready to go, cab is coming at 1430, I might be a little early. Sun is shining but cool and still lots of snow here, but soon will be in spring/summer.... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » New Westminster October 30th 2016

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. - Terry Pratchett So, I am writing this on the couch, back home in New Westminster. The title is kind of a joke, since it is actually a lovely sunny morning. Not a cloud to be seen. However, it has been cloudy and rainy since we got back, and the forecast, after today, is for rain. A bit hard to take after all the sun and hot weather in Egypt and Jordan! Our flight back from London to Vancouver (about 9 1/2 hours) was pretty pleasant. We managed ... read more
Ella again
Morning in New Westminster
Our version of Egyptian breakfast

North America » Canada » British Columbia » New Westminster September 19th 2016

See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security. - Ray Bradbury I can't believe we will soon be in Egypt! I have wanted to travel to Egypt since I was a child, so this trip is really a dream come true for me. We have been busy with pre-trip preparation, and now the departure day is almost here. My copies of the Lonely Planet guides to Egypt and to Jordan have been read, highlighted, post it noted, and coffee spilled-on. I've googled endlessly. Now all the planning can stop and the adventure can finally begin. Susan and I are flying to Cairo, via Frankfurt, and spending three extra days there before we join fellow travellers on Peregrine Adventures' 17 day "Classical ... read more
New suitcases

We've been back home for a few days now, and I'm finally starting to get over the jet lag! I think it's harder adjusting to the time difference (15 hours) when you come east. Plus it's at the end of a whirlwind 26 day holiday instead of at the beginning. Susan is back to work today and I go back tomorrow. I get to ease back into it since Friday is my day off, so I only have a 3 day week. It's going to be a bit of a shock going back to work I think. It was the same way when we came back from Turkey and London. Day after day of seeing wonderful sights, always something different, then suddenly you're sitting at your desk back in your office. What? Ah well, got to ... read more
Lori and Susan at HK airport

North America » Canada » British Columbia » New Westminster September 3rd 2014

We are calling it the Cali-Florida Adventure: departing Vancouver on Monday, September 22nd after the big birthday cruise bash on the 21st. We head down to LA for a week to visit friends, have fun, adventures and relax. Then off to Florida. A week in Disneyworld and Universal... hello Harry Potter... then we relax (?) in Westin where both Marilyn and I will visit with friends dating back to - wait for it - high school. So, for now, we are sourcing free entertainment, maps of local destinations we are going to frequent and previewing a bit of history of the areas - a favourite past-time of mine. Thus far, LA will consist of visits with Tracey and Brian and Bill and Clemente the wonderful folks we met on our cruise in 2013. We are so ... read more

Well, we're on the countdown now. Two weeks to go. We are getting very excited! I am practicing with the iPad mini keyboard. It's so small it's a bit hard to get used to. This is just a practice entry to make sure this blogging thing will work. I've never done it before. I took a couple of pictures on our camera, used the new cable to transfer them to the ipad, now I'll see if I can attach them to this entry. We've got the necessary visas, and booked various tours before and after the tour. In case you didn't know, we are on Intrepid Adventures 18 day tour "Best of Cambodia and Vietnam". We start in Bangkok, where we have a couple of extra days. The tour ends in Hanoi, where we have one ... read more
Trip prep

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