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Montreals Garden of Light Montreals Garden of Light

First, let me be very clear… Montreal’s botanical gardens are a “must see” at any time of the year. However, the most enchanting time to visit is during September and October. Why? Well, that is when they become the Jardins de Lumiere (Gardens of Light). Each year since 1992 the Chinese Gardens have come alive with colorful… [Read more of this review]

Devonian Botanical Garden Devonian Botanical Garden

Today we are traveling about twenty minutes south west of Edmonton, the capital of Alberta Canada to visit one of Canada’s botanical gardens.. the Devonian Botanic Garden. Part of the University of Alberta, the garden is not only a tourist attraction, it  is a highly respected research centre (one of the most northerly of the world’s botanic… [Read more of this review]

A Glimpse of Madrid A Glimpse of Madrid

Welcome to Madrid, Spain. Did you know the official symbol of Madrid is a bear and a strawberry tree? Bear and the Strawberry Tree (I didn’t know the significance of it…but when we saw people lining up to take a photo with this statue we did too! And then did some research to learn about it. I guess there were bears in this area at one… [Read more of this review]

Panorama Route South Africa Panorama Route South Africa

What a beautiful day here in Hazeyview, South Africa (near Krueger Park). Let’s take the opportunity to drive the Panorama Route which will take us into the Drakensberg Mountains. First decision…which way do we go!   Aside: That is not just a rhetorical question. Good maps are not that easy to come by here, so if you find one hang… [Read more of this review]

Bourke Luck Potholes Bourke Luck Potholes

The tourist guides said this was a “must see” spot to visit when driving the Panorama Route. Potholes? Seriously? But okay, let’s have a look. Yes, it is rather attractive here. Interesting colours in the rocks. Nice waterfall. Oh, my! What on earth! (Hope you are enlarging the photos for a better look.) These must be some of… [Read more of this review]

A Glimpse of Atlanta Georgia A Glimpse of Atlanta Georgia

It is still wintertime back home but here in Atlanta spring has sprung! (Hint: Click on any photo to enlarge it.) We usually take a hop-on hop-off bus tour when we arrive in a new city, but this time we are taking a bus tour. Good choice as our guide/driver (Israel) is wonderful. Our first stop is at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum. We… [Read more of this review]

Oamaru, New Zealand Oamaru, New Zealand

We are driving along the ocean (Atlantic) heading north from Dunedin on the south island of New Zealand… passing pastures filled with sheep… and cattle. (Remember those three details…ocean, sheep, cattle. They will become significant.) (Remember, too, that you can click on any photo to enlarge it.) Before long we arrive in the town… [Read more of this review]

Fortress Louisbourg Fortress Louisbourg

We are here at one of Canada’s National Historic Sites on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Welcome to Fortress Louisbourg… and welcome to the 1700’s! (A national historic site, this is an authentic reproduction) We are almost there. In the distant past we would have likely arrived by ship and passed through these gates…the Frederic… [Read more of this review]

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

When we told a friend we were spending a week in Lethbridge her response was (and I quote!) A week! What on earth will you do there? Well, we found a lot to do! Our home for the week was at a lovely timeshare in Paradise Canyon…down in a coulee next to the Oldman River, and next to a gorgeous golf course. (Hint: Click on any photo to enlarge… [Read more of this review]

Boulders Penguin Colony Boulders Penguin Colony

Hmm… What is this? (Hint: Click on the photo to enlarge it.) Yes, it is a penguin. Maybe the next photo is closer to what many of us imagine when visualizing penguins. (Remember…click!) Cute, aren’t they. Here we are on the southern cape of South Africa …in Boulders (next to Simon’s Town) to get a close up experience… [Read more of this review]

Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal

Most major cities have some type of hop-on hop-off bus tour…Lisbon is no exception. So let’s hop on the Red Line and get an overview of Portugal’s capital. We begin our tour at the Marquis of Pombal Square. The bus heads north (away from the river) and soon takes us past a lovely building  which reminds one of the Moorish influence… [Read more of this review]

Marquis of  Pombal Square, Lisbon Marquis of Pombal Square, Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal Today we are walking along a lovely grand boulevard (reminiscent of the Champs d’Elysee) in central Lisbon. It’s named Avenida da Liberdade…which certainly must have historical significance that I must research as soon as the opportunity arises. In the meantime we are just enjoying the wide boulevard with its lovely… [Read more of this review]

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