MAXIE – Keeps me on the move!!! Helps my Mind with the this COVID-19 isolation we are dealing with!!
Upper Barraka Gardens. The gardens were not too impressive but the views from here are a WOW! Eddies, perfect little Italian restaurant tucked away from the square. Excellent seafood pasta with homemade bread!!
(2018) -Medina is named the “Silent City, because at one time it was the capital of Malta, but after the Great Siege it lost its role. The seat of government is located in Valletta for security. Medina is a beautiful walled city. For most part transportation is by foot and horse and carriage. The streets […]
2018 – We catch Bus 222 from Sliema for the ferry to Gozo, about an hour to arrive to the ferry. 460 Euro return. The Ferry crossing took 25 minutes. Fabulous views of the coast along the way. The Bus is there as soon as we dock. Our hour drive to the Temples gave us […]
Our flight to Portugal was due to leave this evening,,,,it’s been years since we have been to Portugal. We were looking forward to this trip. Impossible to travel! Devastated with the catastrophic COVID-19 we are dealing with. All we can do is stay safe, stay positive and live in the here and now. Visit to […]
Malta, a first time visit. Now another we can add it to our Country Collection List. Our hotel is located in Sliema. The ferry to Valletta is located directly across the street from our hotel. Beautiful ride, beautiful scenery, beautiful photo moments.! Valletta Valletta is the main attraction in Malta. A walled city constructed in […]
Me….The Blue Spot in the Eye of My Dog Maxie.
A spectacular site which comprises many monuments dating back from the ancient times. We take a cab from our hotel and arrange for him to pick us up in 3 hours. He arrived on time …25 Euros return…Perfect!! The information center has a site map with a description of the area and the most important […]
The Promenade along the waterfront leads towards the dockside in the Old Town. Along the way it is a perfect place to see fishing boats, yachts and view of the ocean. Many restaurants in the Old Town and crowded with tourists hanging out waiting for food. We were disappointed waiting for over an hour…. had […]
The medieval Castle is situated in the old historic area of Limassol. This is where King Richard the Lionheart was married during the Crusades in 1191. Many replicas here dating back from the 3rd century…. weapons, Medieval pottery, tombs, crosses etc. The Castle was rebuilt in 1590 during the time of Ottoman rule. Its architecture […]
Larnaka is a bustling seafront tourist town …even in off season. Our most interesting and unusual site we see is this older lady walking along the waterfront with 4 birds on her shoulders and head. I am sure she has gone viral on Facebook and YouTube. Church of Saint Lazarus Situated in the center of […]
Nicosia, divided between the Turks and the Greeks…last divided city in the EU. Arriving into Nicosia we notice a huge Turkish Flag made of stone on the mountainside facing the Greek side. Hummm!! Presidential Palace Our first stop was at the Palace of the Emperor of Cyprus, who was once the Archbishop. This is where […]
With COVID- 19 nightmare it throws all travelers in a panic. We are booked to head to Portugal in a week. As is our norm, we never buy travel insurance….with all our travels, we do the math, and it seems more cost efficient than paying extra dollars for insurance for hotels and flights. Now, we […]
Looking at the reviews online before we boarded…. the ratings threw me off. Tripadvisor rated 2/5. SKYTRAX rated 1/10. We have flown all over the world, pack minimally and rarely check a bag. With this economy flight bags must be checked ….we had to break our rule, checked our bags in advance. Helpful and friendly […]
Cartagena – Hotel Boutique las Carretas This hotel was a perfect pick for us. Located within the main gates of the walled city. The historic design of our room with comfy beds and a balcony with a table and chairs overlooked the old city. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the view below. Staff were […]
We booked a 7 hour bus tour through Viatour for $290.00. Outside our hotel there is a cab waiting with a driver who doesn’t speak English. That threw us in a flurry. Eventually our guide arrives. We realize it is just the two of us on tour. Humm? We are told it is too congested […]
This is the square where Royal Customs inspected goods upon arrival. The largest and oldest square in Old Town. Christopher Columbus Located in the center is the statue of Christopher Columbus. In 1502 Christopher Columbus explored the coast of what is now Panama. This country is named Colombia in his honor. Not a history buff, […]
Many interesting and well preserved historic sites to see within the Walled City of Cartagena. Easy to maneuver around the narrow street….all within walking distance. Pedro de Heredia First historic statue we come upon is Pedro de Heredia (1505-1554) a Spanish conquestador and founder of Cartagena. Plaza de Los Coches Plaza de Los Coches, an […]
Google Maps guided us in the right direction…2.4 KM from our location within the Walled City. Interesting street art in Getsemani neighborhood. Crossing the bridge gave a great view of the water. Sad to see locals with children living in poverty along the banks of the river. We decided to without a guide. $10.00 each […]
Yeah !! Another Country added to my Collection. This a really cool area to visit. We stayed within the Walled City, a perfect choice. Love the narrow brick roads, horses pulling carriages, lovely restaurants and sites to see. The street musicians are the show stopper. This evening we went out to a unique restaurant around […]
Sunrise, Sunset Swiftly fly the years One season following another Laden with happiness and tears (1964 Sheldon Harnick) My words in last line would be ….Laden with Happiness and Cheers)
interesting way to view wild life in Costa Rica from the water. The cruise along the water is about 6 km from Nicaragua. Now that is a country I have never been ….otherwise feet on the ground I could have added to my Country Collection. There are many species of birds, including cormorants, Ibis…my favourite […]
AVIANCA rates high on my list of airlines. I was impressed with my flight from Toronto to San Jose. Friendly and helpful staff, good legroom in the economy section, comfortable seats and food service. ….and movies. The reviews on Skytrax rate AVIANCA 5 /10.. with only 357 reviews, On Trip Advisor, the rating is 4/5 […]
Number 1 on my list is travelling the world…seeing places I have never been. Number 2 on my list is tasting local food. Costa Rican food is unique, flavourful and fresh .
Also known as White Face Monkeys. They are show stoppers in Costa Rica. In Cahuita we see them every morning and evening right outside our room.
COSTA RICA – 2004 our first visit. An amazing introduction to this mystical country and the world of travel. Day trips are easy from Jaco. Manuel Antonio. It was here, on a hike around the park I was badly bitten. It wasn’t life threatening but definitely life altering. That’s what “travel bugs” can do. Expecting to […]
My favorite beach in Costa Rica is in Manuel Antonio. Don’t get me wrong…yes the waves are strong. Watch out for the undertow!!! Warm pristine waters and beautiful white sand beach is a place not to miss. Love taking photos while travelling. When I zoomed in I was surprised to see this huge fish jumping […]
C 123 plane, which is now a restaurant, was part of the CIA Nicaraguan -Iran , Contra affair. Shot down down in 1986 over Nicaragua, with an American crew on board. Check out the movie American Made with Tom Cruise. Pat and I each sat in the cockpit, he the pilot …me the co-pilot. The […]
Hiking around in the Cloud Forest in Monteverde there are so many interesting things to see. Don’t get me wrong …seeing the clouds hovering below tree level is a highlight, for sure. Strangler Fig What got my attention was a unusual tree…so tall …couldn’t see the top. Learned later it is a Strangler Fig Tree. […]
Invisible Man- Bogota, Colombia The Gold Museum is a place not to miss when visiting Bogota. Free admission on Sunday. One of a kind collection of Gold Smith pieces. It began in 1939 and is a highlight for many tourists. Below are some of my favorite exhibits.
Highlight of Monteverde Is??? Resplendent Quetzal … we see both male and female. Well known for their colorful plumage. Their pigment is created by melanin which causes tanning in humans. Known as the National bird of Guatemala, the Quetzals are more numerous in Costa Rica due to the large forestation. Up Close and Personal So […]
SKY BRIDGE – 5 Started at Bridge 5. Didn’t realize it is the longest and highest bridge. 200 feet above sea level. A challenge for me with my paranoia of height. However …the view of the treetops forest from the bridge is incredible and worth the height. COATI MUNDI On Bridge 3 we […]
Beware of Scammers! Totally different here than it was several years ago. Along the way there are tourist hackers everywhere acting as Guides. Avoid! To buy our tickets, we must walk along the tourist street to the entry of the Park. Tourist Trail The entry starts with a trail along a board walk or along […]
Watch Out! This Monkey Will Steal Your Beer!
Why are Howlers Turning Orange ? Walking through the Jungle in Caao Negro we hear HOWL HOWL ! We race around and to our amazement we see some Howler Monkeys in the trees with patches of orange, on their tails and legs. Very unusual! The Reason Why There in a tree, on his own is a […]
La Fortuna – Hot Springs Our typical way to explore, on our own. Paid $44.00 each online. A lot less expensive if booked through a Tour Company. $4.00 each way with to our Uber driver. GeoThermal Pools Upon arrival there were few in the water. Hurrah! Four Geothermal pools provided by hyper-magnesia filled waters on […]
Sloth Hiking through the National Park, our first site was this Baby Sloth. He is a definite show stopper. Hugging a tree and slowly moving his head from his arm. He was all by himself…his Mama left him. My gosh …no way I could move on, I became a sloth as well. I waited for twenty […]
Bergenhus Castle Bergen has so many historic places to visit. Bergenhus Castle, built in the 1700’s is located near Bergen harbour. Free visit. The interior is closed for the season. Interesting walk around the Fortress. As we walk by the cannons near the edge of the cliff we notice the spectacular views of the harbour. […]
Bergen is an interesting City to visit. History, Food and a Spectacular waterfront. Very hilly and good place for a workout. Our first stop was to see the ancient Leprosy Museum. Founded in the 15th Century, was the Hospital for Leper’s until the early 1900’s. Unfortunately it was closed for the season. A lot of […]
Flam This is our stopping point as we sail through the Fjords. Tiny Village …..300 residents. Tourist stop for those sailing through the Fjords. Many people at the shops, restaurants and craft stores. We poked around in the shops. Found a great wool cap. Perfect Norwegian souvenir. The restaurants were packed. We decideto eat street […]
September 2019……Last day of the season for Go Fjord Tour. So pleased we didn’t miss this experience. A 13 hour return from Bergen to Flam. Perfect! Our ticket says 8:00AM. Good thing we arrive 20 minutes before departure. No instructions given as to what time Check-In begins. Oh my Gosh! We could have missed our […]
Bergen – Norway Always exciting to travel to a country where we have never been. This is now our 108th Country where we have traveled. Before heading through Security at the Charles de Gaulle Airport France, we were selected to have our carry on luggage weighed. Pat’s was over by 3KG, mine under by 4 […]
Paris ..great day trip to Versailles.
THE LOUVRE Our booked tickets helped beat the crowds. A popular tourist place. First stop for all visitors is the the Mona Lisa. The highlight of the Louvre. Forty minutes later we are in front of the barred-off area of the Mona Lisa. When we were here, years ago, we could stand directly in front […]
Eiffel Tower Our hotel receptionist was very helpful in telling us the best way to reach the Eiffel Tower. “ Walk outside. Turn left and buy 10 bus tickets .” Easy! Just jump on the bus and no need for the correct change. Bus 8o. Twenty minute run from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower. The […]
Basilica of Sacred Heart Paris Jet lagged and zonked…this is a place we can’t miss. It is a steep climb to get to the Basilica. Located in Montmartre, the highest point in the Paris. The view from here is incredible. In the distance, this is our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. The construction began […]
Sept 2019 Trip to France With Boeing 737 Max 8 out of the sky, we have an unusually long flight from Nova Scotia to Paris. Otherwise we would have had a direct 6 hour flight. West Jet Halifax to Montreal Tight 40 minute connection with our delayed flight arrival. Had we checked bags they would […]
Hong Kong Heritage Museum The largest museum in Hong Kong offering loads of information on history starting from the beginning of time. The video is a great way to introduce us to different times in History. Opium Trade The story about the Opium trade is our favourite . It tells the story of Britain importing […]