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MERVEILLEUSE MER BALTIQUE Par Paul Desbiens (Article)

 

Paul Desbiens

Pour les personnes qui aiment la propreté, l’ordre, l’architecture, les parcs, l’honnêteté et la gentillesse des locaux, la Scandinavie est imbattable. Mon épouse Suzanne et moi (Paul Desbiens) avons passés trois jours à Copenhague avant de nous embarquer sur le Regal Princess (4,200 passagers) pour une croisière de 11 jours nous menant vers Oslo (Norvège), Warnemunde (Allemagne), Tallin (Estonie), St. Petersburg (Russie), Helsinki (Finlande) et Stockholm (Suède). Ce voyage avait lieu du 20 mai au 3 juin, 2016, l’une des meilleures périodes de l’année car l’ensoleillement débute très tôt le matin et se termine vers 22h30. Ma ville préférée fut Copenhague et ce fut Stockholm dans le cas de Suzanne. Voici en bref quelques photos évocatrices de nos diverses excursions.

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ELBOW READING IN CHINA By Bill Johnston (Article)

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I gazed out from my dark hotel room into a bitterly cold "Peking"* evening.  It was February 1976 and acrid dust from countless charcoal fires hung in thick, grey clouds over the city, coating buildings, streets and people alike in a ghostly pallor. Though it would have been frowned upon, one could have shot a cannon down any of the broad boulevards surrounding Tiananmen Square and only clipped the odd cyclist. 

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DAY TRIPS AROUND OTTAWA: TOUR 13 By Ken Harley

 

 

 

 

 

 Ken and Maxine Harley

This tour takes us across the Ottawa river and west into the region of Quebec known as the “Pontiac”. To begin, cross one of the bridges to the Province of Quebec and find your way to highway 148 west (ouest in French). We started from our home in Blackburn Hamlet, took Hwy 174 west, exited on the Vanier Parkway, then down to Sussex drive and across the Alexandria Bridge (the one Next to the National Gallery) then straight ahead to HWY 148.

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CROSS-CONTINENT MOTORCYCLING By John Lang (Article)

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John Lang

 

As my 70th birthday loomed I knew the decision whether to buy a motorcycle could not be further postponed; I had to take the plunge or forget about one of the main items on my bucket list.  For decades I had put it off, deferring to the opinion of friends and loved ones that getting on a motorcycle at any age, but especially in one’s dotage, was foolhardy to the point of idiotic. However, after ruminating on this, viewing the question from several angles, I felt such biased advice could be discounted: none of the motorcycle gainsayers had the slightest desire to get on one. I opened Kijiji and searched on ‘motorcycle’.

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DAY TRIPS TO SUMMER THEATRES IN EASTERN ONTARIO By Ken Harley

 

 

 

 

 

Ken and Maxine Harley

Maxine and I have, over the past few summers, enjoyed traveling to some of the many summer theatre venues in Eastern Ontario. One particular attraction is that most companies offer afternoon performances, which means we can enjoy a pleasant country drive to the theatre, perhaps stopping in at one of the Historical Sites mentioned elsewhere in this series, enjoy a unique lunch, take in a good show and then arrive back home before the sun is down! You can also do the Historical visit, attend the theatre, and then enjoy a pleasant dinner; heading for home or spending the night in one of the many B&B’s that dot the countryside, as you wish.

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SNOWBIRD TO FLORIDA BY CAR By Chips Filleul (Article)

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 Chips Filleul

Contemplating a road trip to a destination in Florida, but who have never,or not recently, done it?  My credentials for offering information and suggestions are that for a number of years my family and I have regularly driven both ways- in the spring and again in the late fall.

From this you'll surmise that it suits us to go by road. Flying has some obvious attractions , but we've found there is a definite lure to travel without the need for reservations, tickets or haggling with car rental companies. Having one's own vehicle at the other end is a big cost reducer, to which I add the ability to load up the minivan with a surprising amount of stuff-including in my case three rangy hounds who hate being pushed into crates and confined in dark, threatening baggage holds.

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CROISIERE EXOTIQUE Par Paul Desbiens

CROISIÈRE EXOTIQUE DE 14 NUITS DANS LES CARAÏBES 22/11/2014 au 07/12/2014

 Paul et Suzanne Desbiens entreprirent cette croisière une journée à l’avance avec un vol Ottawa-Miami via Toronto. Ils séjournèrent au Hampton Inn Miami/Brickell dans le centre de Miami, à proximité du Port de Miami. Paul invita son frère et belle-sœur qui vivent à Boynton Beach pour une belle soirée dans un restaurant italien au cœur de Brickell, un carrefour des gens du jet set. Le lendemain matin, Paul et Suzanne entreprirent une marche qui les mena le long des quais de Miami et pouvoir ainsi constater l’ampleur des développements immobiliers.

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USA'S FRIENDLIEST HOMETOWN - THE VILLAGES By Peter McNaughton (Article)

 

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Peter McNaughton

Several years ago, my wife Sandi overheard some women talking about a place in Florida one of them owned near Orlando which sounded interesting. We were going to be in the area so we decided to rent a place there for a couple of weeks to check it out. After two weeks we thought it was just too good to be true so we came back the next year. It wasn't too good to be true--in fact we now go there every year for six months (the maximum allowed by the U.S.) and it gets better every year. It's called The Villages and for the last few years it has ranked in the top three fastest growing communities in North America.

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MILLISLE B&B (MERRICKVILLE) By Bill Kilfoyle (Article)

 

 

Bill Kilfoyle

Mary and Derry Thompson are the hosts of this bed and breakfast located in a beautiful old home in the Village of Merrickville. I visited this place and started to write up a description of it. Then I thought I should check out the Janette Higgins Ontario Bed and Breakfast web site, and low and behold an excellent write up has already been done. It accords with my own observations of Millisle which I visited in January( 2005). If you need additional assurance about the Higgins’ web site you will be comforted to know that Adrienne Clarkson formerly of Toronto and more recently of Ottawa has said that the assessments of Janette Higgins are “totally dependable”. The Higgins web site is at www.bbontarion.com/millisle.cfm . If this doesn’t work just go to www.bbontarion.com and search for Merrickville.

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LETTER FROM ITALY - By John Durley (Article)

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John Durley

It all began when my wife received word that her request for a leave of absence had been approved. Our next step was to decide where in Europe to spend the time available.
We were in the process of signing up with a house exchange agency when a friend put us in touch with the owner of a house in NW Tuscany, Italy. After a brief exchange of e-mails, we agreed to rent it for 3 months.

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