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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 14th 2018

For those of you who travel cross country or overseas, you know exactly what I am referring to. A long drive or a long flight does seem to stop up many of our bodily functions. Perhaps, a closer look at the cause, and maybe a few remedies? Just don't get too close! First, the tummy itself, most likely bloated, gassy, maybe even painful. On an airplane, this is quite stressful. Less so in your own car, or rental. The change in routine, and the stress of travel both contribute to your problems. For some people, limited access to a regular bathroom is a factor. Also, a convenient and clean toilet. Many of us cannot wait to get to our hotel room. The culprit: I believe it is dietary change. Time zones also work against us. Sleep ... read more
Increase your fiber
And your greenies
And walk, walk, walk!!!

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto August 1st 2018

Those of you, like me, who like to take the train once in a while, should be pleased to hear about this: From The Points Guy: Amtrak’s Great Dome Car will soon be back on the track. The already amazing views of Amtrak’s rail routes are just getting better. This fall, Amtrak is temporarily bringing back its 1955 Great Dome Car. Its top deck is enveloped by windows that peel up to the roof of the car for an airy, scenic ride that’s perfect for viewing the season’s change. The car will only run on certain routes between August 11 through November 2, so if you plan to travel on Amtrak to one of the destinations it will be attached to, you might want to snag a seat on the upper deck of the car. Keep ... read more
Vistadome on the way to Machu
Amtrak dome car

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 22nd 2018

At the airport checked in with no problems. I do a bit of shuffling with her luggage as we were 10 pounds over. Do you or take you to Iceland and still one and a half he goes over but he let us go through anyway. So I ended up checking his carry-on because it was too heavy and we are off to our Nexus gates. Security was not busy at all. We can undergo the ferry lounge where we may have indulged in one too OK three or four glasses of wine. Had. Rice with butter chicken not bad :) We sat and watched the planes come in, gave thanks for the life we have, our children, family and grandchild and wished we could have brought Mazu. Ok we miss him a little already! The ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 2nd 2018

„...I got your smile, that‘s all that matters“ Kanada: Das lang erwartete Grande Finale dieser Reise. Nach Sommer, Sonne, Strand und Lebenslust wartete Toronto darauf entdeckt zu werden. In meinem Kopf spielte sich einiges ab, zwischen Wolkenkratzern, hektischem Stadtleben, Fastfood-Großketten, Straßenmärkten und Kultur-Events. Doch wie schon so oft wurde ich überrascht; es folgten sehr entspannte, glühend heiße Sommertage - am Strand! - quasi eine Fortsetzung meines Kapitels in Mexico. Nur diesmal auf Englisch.Gute kanadische Musik zu diesem Blog: Xavier Rudd und Hey Rosetta! Zum Einstieg ein kleiner Schwank aus Downtown Toronto: Ich war in einem kleinen Vintage Shop auf der Qu... read more
Mary's Nachbarschaft in Toronto
Toronto's Skyline
Toronto Downtown

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 28th 2018

It finally appears that I am taking a long awaited trans Canadian rail trip. The rail portion of this trip begins in Toronto, and ends three nights later in Vancouver, BC. I flew yesterday to Toronto from home to start the trip slightly late. Sixteen hours, to be accurate. Yes, originally 10 pm last night, but now 230pm Wednesday. On the back end in Vancouver, I will get there at 2am, stay the night, then fly back home on Sunday. VIA Rail Canada was established in 1977. The basic route we are taking is Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, Kamloops, and finally, Vancouver. The distance is 4466 kilometers (2775 miles), 4 nights, and 3 days. I shall be housed in a "Sleeper Plus" berth for one person. Meals are included. There is a bon voyage champagne ... read more
The rear observation car
Night lights on the VIA
Winnipeg at dusk

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 28th 2018

Meal time on the train has never been more than mostly average. After all, the food is basically loaded onto the train already cooked, and heated prior to serving. Usually, the best meal is a steak or a hamburger. It was even worse on the Trans Siberian Railway, where the meals are simply awful, and food has not been refrigerated!!!! So, this trip on the VIA Canadian is, by all indications, a step up. A BIG step up, according to these food bloggers. I will wait and give you a better report when I get to Vancouver. Here goes on the bloggers: From Food Guy Montreal: In short: the food was excellent. I don’t know many trains, buses, boats, or airplanes where you can get duck confit eggs benedict for brunch, shrimps and scallops with a ... read more
The bar
Some of the food

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 23rd 2018

Just about every blog I have read about this trip says that VIA is NOT Amtrak. Thank goodness. I took my last long distance Amtrak journey last January, the Coast Starlight, from San Diego to Seattle. Why is VIA different? Most bloggers say that the staff is happy to be there, or at least, really good at faking it, right Elaine? They are friendly, just as if you are in Canada! But on the downside, the Canadian share track with freight and guess who gets priority? Just like Amtrak, freight comes first, after all, it pays the baggage, so to speak. Some delays have been up to ten hours, which I find difficult to believe or endure. But it is reasonable to gain a little time back, since some VIA Canadian stops are rather long. If ... read more
My seat, in a single room
Lounge car at rear of train
Small but comfy bed

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 23rd 2018

I can't really say that I know much about Canadian cities, other than Montreal and Vancouver. Toronto, I have always viewed as the "poor man's" Montreal. But this is probably not fair! After all, Toronto is the capitol of Ontario, and with almost 3 million residents, the fourth largest city in North America. I know it since I have changed planes here a few times, and know they have the Blue Jays (MLB) and Maple Leafs (hockey). It is also considered the financial capital of Canada, with the seventh largest stock exchange in the world. The crime rate is also very low. Some famous people from Toronto include: Samantha Bee, John Candy, Jack Kent Cooke, Joni Mitchell, Alex Trabek, Joey Votto, Andrew Wiggins, and Neil Young. The rest are hockey players, in fact, the Hockey Hall ... read more
A cold Molson is always a great way to enter Canada
Cute street behind my hotel
Looks very nice!

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto March 2nd 2018

Wahoo!! Ça y est enfin!! 13:45h de vol pour l’Inde et un autre court vol pour le Nepal (Kathmandu)!! Jamais sans mes Skittles 🤪... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto February 18th 2018

Mmmm, TravelPod is defunct and I’ve overtly said I’m not blogging this trip. Instead, I’m choosing to on-line diary despite that being a subtle differentiation. Our preparations for departure were unusually calm. Starting early with visits to those we want to see beforehand, finding some warm and leaveable winter coats at Value Village, ordering tech bits early and getting a grip on next-year apartment rentals started a steady, manageable pace on the track to finally exiting unit 1106’s door. Mom and Dad are wintering in Halifax for the first time, Emma and Hannah are taking up skiing, Kelly and Marty are in high gear on their careers, we have friends and family whose circumstances are on our minds, and we leave in good health and spirits. And our suitcase holds three characters chosen by our granddaughters ... read more
Guess whose is who’s




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