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North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls May 8th 2019

What a difference a day makes to the weather! Today was cold but dry, clear, sunny with a bright blue sky. Just perfect for our trip to Niagara! The Falls are about 150 kilometres from Toronto and the bus journey takes about two hours. When we got to Niagara, John and I just looked at each other in dismay: “they have ruined it” we said. The main street down to the Falls Parkway is much more depressing than the Lonely Planet indicated; at eye level one is greeted by amusement arcades, funfair rides, cheap gambling joints, some sleazy-looking accommodation and the all-important photo opportunity with a life-sized plaster statue of Jack Sparrow! Johnny Dep, not your fault but what the hell has “Pirates of the Caribbean” got to do with Niagara? Look ... read more
By the Canadian Falls
Power and Beauty!
Down on Table Rock before passing under the Falls

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto May 7th 2019

Our flight from Lisbon to Toronto yesterday was happily uneventful: no delays, no hassle, no turbulence! The flights take a northerly trajectory across the Arctic Circle, hence the relatively short flying time of seven and a half hours. Since Toronto is five hours behind Portugal (six hours behind Spain) we landed just an hour and a half after departure from Lisbon. I watched two good films to pass the time, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Bornand then enjoyed watching the sun setting as we flew down towards Toronto on a SW heading, from our seats on the right-hand side of the plane. High above Lake Ontario, we were spellbound by the beauty of vibrant slashes of orange, gold and red, set against an almost translucent blue heaven, whilst below us lie ... read more
Decided against a trip out to Toronto Islands on this lovely old vessel; it was still only 6 degrees mid-morning!!!
Down by the harbour on a misty Tuesday morning. CN tower in the background.
Saint Lawrence Market

North America » Canada » Ontario » Port Elgin April 13th 2019

Dear All Hello again from London. I have just arrived back from a family visit to Ontario, Canada. I thought I’d write a travel blog entry on a wonderful three-day trip I took from my family’s country farmstead not far from Toronto, up north and west towards the stunning shores of Lake Huron. It was a lovely little trip, and seemed also to be a positive test-case for potential future short, ten-day trips to North America over future Easter holidays. This is very exciting, as although I have been to both the USA and Canada, I’ve only seen very small parts of each, and there are so many other areas in these two huge countries that I would like to explore. Perhaps an annual mini-trip there every year for the foreseeable future may enable me to ... read more
Lake Huron
Red Squirrel
Inglis Falls

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto February 19th 2019

Toronto – A Multicultural Treasure, Canada February 2019 Welcome to Toronto, the most multiculturally diverse city on the planet, where more than 180 languages are spoken on a daily basis. A popular adage describes the city as "New York City run by the Swiss," and it's true—you can find world-class theater, underground tunnels, shopping and restaurants, the sidewalks are clean and the people are friendly. It's estimated that over half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada and despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along extremely well. When the weather is fine, Toronto is a blast: a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world's finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals. Yes, winter in Toronto can be a real drag, with things getting messy on ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto February 2nd 2019

Long filled day catching up on work and organizing the family for our departure. Said our goodbyes to the baby, Cleo that is, and took a final trip to Boston Pizza to visit Julia at work before we left. Going to miss her :) We arrived safely at the airport, had a quick check-in but realized once thru security that I had Sean's phone in my bag. OMG, panic set in.... knew it was too good to be true. Kids waited for me as I returned to the departures and hoped Sean didn't drive too far before he realized he didn't have his phone. Thankfully, he was there waiting, hoping I too had made the discovery! Reunited again, and I got another quick goodbye :) (Lucky me) before setting off to the gate again. Well, almost ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ajax October 28th 2018

Our JAL 777 has WiFi and we just flew over Ajax, which is near Toronto. Never heard of it. Assuming JFK is OK and the traffic is not bad, yeah, right, Fran and I should be at our apartment in a couple of hours. Our day was long but relatively uneventful. I enjoyed writing this travel blog. Next bloggable trip, ????????? David... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Kingston October 4th 2018

Nous voici au point final de la route que nous prenons dans l'Ontario. Nous n'avons pas cherché à faire des kilomètres dans cette région... Nous passions seulement le temps... C'est ainsi que nous continuons à longer le Saint Laurent, de temps en temps de belles maisons... Puis viendra Gananoque, mais nous ne nous y arrêtons pas car ce sera pour notre dernière nuit de ce petit périple. Le but d'aller à Kingston est de faire une petite croisière sur le Saint Laurent... Nous avons aimé, mais pas tout à fait... 3 heures dont on ne retirera qu'une bonne demie-heure intéressante ou sympa ! Cette ville est peuplée de touristes... notre hôtel est un peu excentré mais on trouve facilement un parking dans la ville... cela ne pose donc pas problème de venir y dîner ou se ... read more
avec un lever agréable...
passage dans certains villages...
toujours l'habitat

North America » Canada » Ontario » Kingston October 4th 2018

Aujourd'hui, on se promène sur l'eau... plus précisément sur le Saint Laurent... Mais avant d'arriver à l'embarquement, un petit tour obligé sur la place du City Hall où se tient le marché... produits habituels mais aux belles couleurs... Nous prenons un bâteau sympa pour trois heures... afin de tourner autour des 1000 îles... nous sommes heureusement bien installés tout en haut... le soleil tape... on va bronzer ! mais un petit vent souffle et c'est tout bon... Par contre à nouveau les commentaires sont fait pour les sourds... ça crie énormément !!!! et les gens qui n'écoutent pas n'en font pas moins... Le début de la croisière est très monotonne car longe une très grande île... Ce ne sera qu'après presque deux heures que cela deviendra un peu amusant... On découvrira des maisons de tous gabarits... ... read more
bientôt Halloween...
des pommes aux couleurs rarement vues

North America » Canada » Ontario » Kingston September 29th 2018

Nous voici au Canada ! où nous retrouverons d'ici quelques jours Yvette, la soeur de JJ. Ce ne sera pas dès notre arrivée car nous ne pouvons être accueillis que si nous arrivons en voiture de location... Il sera 20h quand nous sortirons de l'aéroport... Nous avons fait pas mal de km cette dernière semaine et marché beaucoup lors de nos visites... la fatigue se fait un peu sentir, il n'est donc pas question à cette heure et dans le noir de nous aventurer à trouver son appartement en voiture de location. Nous avons alors pris la décision de passer la nuit dans un hôtel proche de l'aéroport et de prendre en charge notre voiture de location le lendemain à une heure où nous serons reposés pour reprendre la route ! On commencera par se promener ... read more
cadeau anniversaire Icelandair !

North America » Canada » Ontario » Huntsville September 15th 2018

September 15th 2018 Canada - Creating some new Memories Our lives are full to the brim with memories aren’t they? Memories of special people and wonderful places, delights and disasters, the exciting, the good - and just now and again, the not quite so good. But all memories have first to be created. Come, join us here by the fire pit beside our cabin in the woods in the Blue Rocks Campground, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, and we’ll tell you a little of what we have been up to for the past two weeks. We’re here to catch up with some very special friends in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, and Upper New York State, USA, to revisit a few old haunts and discover more of Canada and North America’s delights. But first, let me introduce you to Jon and ... read more
The grey haired nomads at Lions Lookout, Huntsville
The Boathouse Cabin
The mural in the G8 Centre, Huntsville

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