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Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 May 2019

The ancient town of St Malo on the Brittany coast, where we’ll now be spending the first half of our French “land cruise” this September. Good morningAs you can see in the image immediately above, I’ve made some exciting changes to our French tour this September.  Several readers had suggested that instead of an entire week in one place, we consider splitting the tour into half a week in each of two places.  While I love the idea of long one-week stays, I’m not totally tone-deaf to what you tell...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Usa, UK, England, London, California, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Sacramento, Newsletter

Gorillas weren’t missed: an alternative safari in Uganda

Wildlife in Uganda usually means mountain gorillas but a simpler, lower-cost tour offers a wealth of other primates, tropical birds and jungle adventuresAt first we walk along the forest edge. On the right is a stone wall and beyond it women are weeding their potato patches. Watching them are two magnificent augur buzzards, eager to snaffle any rodents. Sunbirds loop in crazy arcs around our heads and a chameleon creeps away along a branch. “The wall was built to keep the wildlife out of the far...
Tags: Travel, Uganda, Safaris, Wildlife Holidays, Adventure Travel, Africa Holidays, Christine, Uganda holidays

we movie to canada: wmtc annual movie awards, 2018-19 edition

Time to change things up. I've (finally) gotten tired of my silly movie award categories, and need a change. I decided to go with a conventional one-to-five rating scale. But I wanted to use a good symbol, something other than stars (too common), thumbs-up (too cliched) or a maple leaf (too patriotic). I'm using a symbol that's very meaningful to me. (To be honest, it was between ☮ and this, but I could only get the peace sign to work in Blogger.)Here are the movies and series I watched between ...
Tags: Travel, Florida, UK, Hollywood, Salma Hayek, Oregon, Wikipedia, New York City, Angels, America, Frances Mcdormand, Ethan Hawke, James Bond, James Franco, Elvis Presley, Daniel Craig

Californian Academy Of Science

Heres a quick virtual visit for you to the Californian Academy if Science in San Francisco. Christine and I went for lunch at Twitter and then took a Lyft to The Golden Gate park and this amazing place.Butterfly forests reef and river environments
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Christine, Golden Gate

Muir Woods Christine's visit

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Tags: Travel, Christine, Redwood, Marin County, Muir Woods, Gaias

A Road Trip Through Romania as it Celebrates 100 Years of Nationhood

Romania is celebrating its hundredth birthday and there is no better time to visit this unique European country. Val shares a Romanian road trip itinerary through Iaşi, Moldova, Brasov, Transylvania, and the modern capital, Bucharest, with plenty to do, see and eat along the way. Although the land and mountains are ancient, inhabited once by Greeks, Dacians, and Romans, the modern nation-state of Romania is only one hundred years old. Born of the shattered empires after the First World War, th...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Unesco, Hungary, Netherlands, Pizza Hut, Romania, Airbnb, North America, Moldova, Carol, Western Europe

London to Venice

This morning I left the Arthur Findlay College and my cousin Christine drove me to her place where my other cousin Jo collected me to go to London Gatwick Airport for our flight to Venice. We landed and got a coach to the terminus area and then wa
Tags: Travel, London, Venice, Christine, Jo, London Gatwick Airport, Arthur Findlay College

Days 2 to 4 in London Thursday Friday Saturday

On Thursday after an early breakfast in the hotel Jo and I caught the tube to Charing Cross Station and then a train to Orpington and took a taxi to Jos house.Jo then drove us to Jean and Rons where Christine my other cousin and Frank joined
Tags: Travel, London, Jos, Frank, Christine, Jo, Jean, Charing Cross Station, Orpington, Rons

The Best Road Trip from Vancouver for first time visitors

Best Road Trip from Vancouver, Canada As residents of Vancouver, we’re often asked about things to see and do in Vancouver. One question we’ve been asked a lot recently is – what is the best road trip from Vancouver? It’s a great question. You have plenty of options in British Columbia. Do you go east to the Okanagan Valley or west to Vancouver Island or north to Whistler and Pemberton? In our opinion, British Columbia is one of the best places to visit in the world. Bold statement – I know. ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Canada, Adventures, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Travel Tips, British Columbia, National Park, Chinatown, Columbia, Road Trip, Jamie, Trip Ideas, Duncan

Taking to the Skies: 5 Questions With Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy

Carnival Cruise Lines is bringing fun to the skies—and to a city near you. On August 29, the line launched the Carnival AirShip—the centerpiece of its “Homeport Advantage” campaign—at its Sixth Annual Day of Play at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The AirShip will travel to seven cities on a thirty day tour of the Southeast United States, highlighting the lines’ accessibility—over half of the United States’ population can drive to one of Carnival’s 18 ports in five h...
Tags: Travel, Advertising, Atlanta, Cruise, United States, Miami, Carnival, Carnival Vista, Christine, Southeast United States, St Jude Children s Research Hospital, Galveston, Shaquille O Neal, St Jude, Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise

The Best Things to Do in Kiev Ukraine – A Local’s Guide

Our guest contributor, Val, shares a city reborn, with the best things to do in Kiev, Ukraine, 25 years after he first lived there. You’ll discover a vibrant city full of culture, history, and great restaurants.  It is time to dust off your outdated ideas and hesitations about travelling in what was the Soviet Union. Modern Kiev, Ukraine not only smashes the stereotypes but also exceeds the expectations of the savvy traveller searching for a destination with authenticity and integrity. Kiev, f...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Nazis, Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Red Army, Kiev, Metro, Unesco World Heritage, Don, Christine, Soviet Union, Val, Golden Gate, Independence Square

Best museums in Chicago

Chicago is home to more than 60 museums, a veritable playland for the culturally inclined. Many visitors head straight to the Museum Campus, where three great options are set on a super convenient loop on the lakefront. The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium are within walking distance, but I don’t recommend fitting them all in one day. Unless you’re on a mission — armed with a pass to skip the lines, a checklist of exhibits, and timetable of show times — it’s just too much gr...
Tags: Travel, US, Chicago, Museums, Warhol, Ferris Bueller, Hyde Park, Loop, All, Chicago Il, Christine, South Side, MCA, Monroe Street, Obama Presidential Center, Art Institute of Chicago

I stand with Patrick Brown - Here's why I'll be voting for him...

If you're a political junkie like me, then you're no doubt hooked on what's happening with the Patrick Brown story.  I'm all over this like Doug Ford's little brother on a crack pipe. Patrick Brown, left for dead....the knives still stuck in his back with nobody in the party with the guts to take a chance and offer him their support.  The all powerful #MeToo movment convincing them to toss their leader into the political graveyard where he was supposed to die.   But he didn't die, it took ...
Tags: Travel, David, Party, Ottawa, Ontario, Cbc, Christine, Brown, Elliot, Patrick, CTV, Wynne, Patrick Brown, Doug Ford, CTV News, Bell Media

Sevilla Cadiz Cordoba

Our personal tour guides Stephen and Christine who live in nearby Coin took us on a 4 day tour which included Sevilla and Cadiz.Sevilla has many beautiful Plazas outdoor seating areas. and seemed a little less hectic than Madrid. In some ways I would
Tags: Travel, Sevilla, Madrid, Stephen, Christine, Sevilla Cadiz Cordoba, Cadiz Sevilla

A love letter to Sonoma County

A love letter to Sonoma By Shelly Jarvis Photo: Christine #wedge-0 { background-image: url('') }@media(min-width:560px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('') } }@media(min-width:1200px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('') } }   ...
Tags: Travel, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, Johnson, Sonoma, Levis, St Helena, All, Christine, San Francisco California, Santa Rosa, River Road, Laguna Beach, Manhattan Beach

The Sweet Feast Lisbon Offered

  In Portuguese the word to eat is "comer". Growing up my mother made a few Portuguese dishes but mostly they were desserts so the first thing we did when we arrived in Lisbon was to go to a bakery, and then another, and another... I do believe Portugal has more bakeries than France, and that is saying a mouthful. Wonders never cease with what one can do with fresh egg yolks, flour, creamy butter, and sugar. In Portugal, one of the defining roots of their culture is the pastry shops where home ...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Chelsea, Portugal, Annie, Journeys, Lisbon, Versailles, Louie, Martin, Mary, Christine, Evelyn, Julie, Ritz

Canoeing the Miramichi River with Storeytown Cottages, Doaktown, New Brunswick

We give our ONAK folding canoe the ultimate test on the Miramichi River with Storeytown Cottages & River Adventures, Doaktown, New Brunswick, Canada. “You can practically float all the way down the river,” we were assured. “It should take you two to three hours depending how much you paddle.” Hmm… a three-hour boat tour. Why did this sound eerily familiar and where is Gilligan when you need him? We hadn’t set out to have an epic adventure on the Miramichi River that morning. It was a gorgeous ...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Europe, Canada, New Brunswick, Belgium, Brussels, John, North America, Anna, Mother Nature, Alison, Slow Travel, Nb, Ontario

9 things to know about South Padre

T exans know that if you want to do a beach trip right, you head to South Padre Island. SPI, as it’s known, is a city located on a barrier island of the same name, just 20 or so miles, as the piping plover flies, from the border with Mexico. But there’s more than white sand and clear waters here. We’re talking abundant wildlife and the chance to easily view it, extreme adventures and the operators who’ll set you up for them, incredible music and art and the opportunity to see it all. Once you v...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Mexico, Things To Do, David Guetta, Gulf of Mexico, Central America, All, Trip Planning, South Padre Island, Outdoor Adventures, Christine, MichoacAn, Kemp, Steve Aoki, Watersports

Craft beer is epic in Virginia Beach

I n so many cities across the country, craft beer is no longer an outlier or a novelty — it comes standard, almost to be expected. So how does any one place manage to stand out from the crowd? Virginia Beach has figured it out. Maybe it’s the proud military heritage, the rich bounty of nearby agricultural communities, or the unique marine combination of the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Either way, Virginia Beach is quickly becoming its own special craft beer destination. Need to see for y...
Tags: Travel, Navy, California, Virginia, Beer, Army, San Diego, Food And Drink, East Coast, Vikings, Commonwealth, Nightlife, All, Atlantic Ocean, Breweries, Virginia Beach

On the Canal at Last

Geo 52.3732 1.26174We abandoned our car after 606.8 miles of adventure and were met by the wonderful Clive and Sarah Thompson who entertained us onboard Amphora their canal boat until 39Cameo39 was ready for us.Christine the lovely lady at
Tags: Travel, Christine, Clive, Sarah Thompson

5 Personality Types Who Love to Trek in South America

Ever wondered who takes an active vacation trekking in South America? The type of folks who will be your fellow adventurers on an active tour of Peru or Patagonia? The answer might surprise you—because there is no one answer. We see an endless panoply of unique and interesting individuals, but they do share a few common traits: Openness, curiosity, enthusiasm, courage, and more than a little love of adventure. Over the years, we’ve identified a few general personality types that many—not all, o...
Tags: Amazon, France, China, Chicago, Chile, Italy, Argentina, Patagonia, Peru, Jasper, South America, Norway, Ecuador, Lima, Galapagos Islands, Mother Nature

New Forest

Jean and I were up early to get packed for our 830am departure with Christine. We drove for a few hours until we got to the New Forest a national park where wild horses roam around. We saw several standing in the middle of the road holding up traffic and
Tags: Travel, New Forest, Christine, Jean

Last day in Paris

Geo 48.8566 2.35097Another easy start today then into Paris with Christine to visit Notre Damme.A quick visit to Shakespeare39s Bookshop and Saint Severin.Fondue and duck confit for lunch.Bought an oil painting and added our padlock to the padl
Tags: Travel, Paris, Christine, Notre Damme, Severin Fondue

Eurostar to Paris

Geo 48.8566 2.35097Caught the Eurostar from London to Paris then chauffeured to Asniers.Checked into Hotel Genin Christine39s apartment.Went for a walk around the local streets and stopped for a pastry.Dinner with Christine and Odysee and wa
Tags: Travel, London, Paris, Christine, Genin

Our Airstream adventures in Anglesey

Sleek, silver and sexy! The Airstream caravan where we spent the weekend in Anglesey was certainly turning heads, as we arrived at the White Lodge Caravan Park – park owner Christine told me “We’ve already had lots of people asking if they can rent your Airstream.” We were there to explore Anglesey and try out the Airstream in its temporary home, before it heads to the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC Birmingham, where it will be on show 17-22 October 2017. Arriving at White Lodge Cara...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Featured, Camping, Wales, Activities, NEC, Nature, Liverpool, United Kingdom, Food And Drink, Bristol, Birmingham, Caravan, Active, Stay

Off to UK and Africa.

Good day everyone we are off.Christine and I are off today on our next adventure. We are starting in the UK with stops in Wales and then the south coast of England close to Brighton. After that we are off to Africa for a four week adventure from Nairo
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Wales, Africa, Brighton, Christine

Good charlotte @ preakness stakes at pimlico race course in baltimore, md, pimlico race course, may 20

I tried to keep him together, and I was a little worried about that. we got a perfect trip and saved all the ground. Fourth in the Preakness — good charlotte @ preakness stakes at pimlico race course in baltimore, md, pimlico race course, may 20 too early. I always worry about him starting because he stumbles a little bit. 2017 ABC News Internet Ventures. who won the spotlight with sharp sartorial selections. But I was really, it was a slow pace and the race didn’t unfold the way I wanted. E...
Tags: Travel, Maryland, Virginia, Derby, Nascar, Concerts, Christine, Mark Casse, Kap, ABC News Internet Ventures, Equestrian Federation, Fair Hill, Tampa Bay Downs And, Julien Leparoux

My Top Cinque Terre Travel Hacks

I’m not a big fan of using the word “hack” to indicate anything not involving screwdrivers and saws, however in the travel world, if a destination ever needed hacking, the Cinque Terre would be it. Recently more famed for its dense crowds than for its beautiful scenery, the management of the Cinque Terre National Park declared last year they’d be limiting the number of people who could access it. Perhaps a good idea, but I interviewed the director of the park soon after for Travel+Leisure and he...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Headline, Florence, Liguria, Don, Christine, Nicola, La Spezia, CamelBak, Vernazza, Tommaso, Cinque Terre, Georgette, Monterosso, Manarola


The last few days we have been enjoying our time in Bergen. We did an amazing cruise through the fjords. Enjoyed a bunch of hiking and walking around the city centre. I also found out Christine sleep talks. After meeting my goat friends primarily Oba
Tags: Travel, Bergen, Christine

The end of stavanger stay

So yesterday Christine and I did a thing. We hiked up to Pulpit RockPreikestolengoogle it. This hike is classified as easy to the humans of Norway. But let me tell you it was anything but easy. After battling gravity the entire way up we were g
Tags: Travel, Norway, Christine, Pulpit RockPreikestolengoogle

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