By the time March rolls around, Ottawa residents can be forgiven for thinking longingly of sunny skies,warm breezes, and blue seas. My husband and I recently returned from a two week cruise,– our favorite way of escaping the winter blahs. We have waxed eloquent on cruising holidays but a few of our friends remain skeptical about the value of this form of holiday. Some talk about sea sickness, some about the brevity of the shore excursions, some worry about their waistlines, and some just say “a whole week on a boat! Are you kidding?” This article is directed to all of you who share these concerns or who have never cruised for whatever reason.
Ken and Maxime Harley
Since retiring, Maxine and I have become avid day trippers throughout Eastern Ontario. Our trips usually focus on a light lunch at one of the many small tea rooms to be found in the many towns, villages and hamlets to be found in the area.We also explore local historical sites, craft shops, antique stores or other interesting sites on the way to or from our lunch spot.
We had such high hopes for Sri Lanka and yet we've been here only five days and are already talking about leaving. (Luckily, we cut back on our original plan to spend two months here!) If it weren't for my Celtic parsimony and having scored two tickets from Colombo to Rome for $325 each we'd probably bail next week.
'Why?' I hear you ask.
Frankly, I think we may have hit the wall. As marathon travelers, I suppose it is inevitable that sooner or later we would test our endurance limit. While we have had some great moments here, Sri Lanka has challenged us with some unexpected negative serendipity.