Snow Goose – Nova Scotia

This Snow Goose is a white-bodied goose with black wingtips that are barely visible on the ground. The pink bill has a dark line along it often called a “grinning patch” or “black lips.” I also saw this dark morph Snow Geese,”with a white face, dark brown body, and white under the tail. Then I […]

Helsinki, Finland

2013 -Market Square – We spent hours here making sure to see every craft store. There are some wonderful Finnish handicrafts here. We buy a couple of lovely wooden hats and a numbered print from a local artist of a reindeer . They did have many wonderful local crafts, reindeer antler bottle openers and wine […]

The Cattle Egret

I saw this bird and he caught my attention. In many parts of the world the Cattle Egret is as common as our European Starlings. In Nova Scotia it is an annual regular but quite uncommon and turns up in the oddest places.

Mandarin Duck- Nova Scotia

NOVA SCOTIA – Who’s the Fairest of Them All? – It has been said the male Mandarin duck is considered the most beautiful duck in the world.. We have been very fortunate to have the presence of this majestic creature in our province for a few months now and as I catch a glimpse (and […]

St. Petersburg – Russia

2013 -We travelled Visa Free from Finland on ship to St. Petersburg for 3 nights in Russia. We checked in early at 3PM and they looked Passport. our online Reservation. They gave us their boarding card, room key, and departure card , arrival card and and immigration paper. We stayed on the 4th floor and […]

Salt Marsh Trail

The Salt Marsh Trail is part of the abandoned Musquodoboit railroad that has been transformed into a part of the Trans Canada Trail. We noticed him when we walked along the Marsh Trail and he is named a CHIPMUNK. He is definitely a member of the squirrel family all over our area in Nova Scotia. […]

Day 2 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Museum, along with the rest of Phnom Penh, was evacuated and abandoned. It closed between 1975 and 1979, and was found in disrepair. Many objects were damaged and stolen. The Museum was repaired and reopened in 1979. The Royal University of Fine Arts is located on the west side of the museum.  It is […]

100 Plus Countries

As a child I would stand in my backyard and look across the ocean in my mind. I could see a strip of the earth in the distance and I was hoping I could swim to the other side of our world and see all of our other countries.

AIRCRAFT CARRIER

We walked along the Halifax Harbour and saw the world’s largest USS Gerald R. Ford,  aircraft carrier from the USA. They were carrying more than 75 aircraft and with a crew of about 4,500 personnel.

Rock Sculpture – Peggy’s Cove

This monument was carved in granite created by William E. de-Garthe and located in the village of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia is called: “A Memorial to the Brave People of Peggy’s Cove”. I think it was his way of showing his respect for the difficult life of a fisherman at sea. In 1926 William immigrated to Canada […]

Ha Long Bay – Vietnam

$49.00 day tour through Viator. We didn’t take a chance on going with the $25.00 tour sold in the Old Quarter, nor being ripped off with the $280.00 tour we saw online. Also we said no to the overnight option as the boats are all old wooden, and rats hiding out onboard Ha Long Bay […]

My Son Sanctuary – Vietnam

2017 -UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Site _ Located in Central Vietnam, a little over and hour drive from Hoi An. Upon arrival we board a shuttle to My Son which lies far inside from the gates. Our guide does a great job maneuvering us through the site with lots of explanation. It was constructed as Hindu […]

Ranthambore Fort – India

2012-We were too ambitious booking 6 safaris. So, we decide to forgo this morning safari and take a trip with our driver Happy to see this ancient historical site. An impressive fort that towers above the area. Steep climb to various levels where it is situated atop a 700-foot-high hill, bounded by an enormous stone […]

Leaving Delhi to Madhapur

Jan 10 2012 –We got up at 5 AM. The hotel staff brought us coffee and tea. We arranged two box breakfasts and the taxi arrived at 6 AM. We headed out on time to The Nizamuddin Train station in Delhi. Pretty hectic at the station. Lots of homeless people all over the place, but […]

Uniacke Estate Museum and Park

The estate of Attorney-General Richard John Uniacke (1753-1830) was built around 1813. It was a four hour horse back ride to and from Halifax. He was a lawyer, office holder, and politician, and in Republic of Ireland. He arrived in Nova Scotia, via the West Indies and Philadelphia. He was a wealthy man and invested […]

Arusha Safari – Tanzania

2009 -This was a devastating time for the wildlife in this part of Africa. The drought destroyed so many animals, with no water or vegetation. We saw animals fading away and saw many animals dead. A difficult trip to remember. Wildebeests are getting so thin and some are dying. These elephants are hoping to eat […]

Welcome to the Serengeti

2009 – We enter the Serengeti and see some Coke’s Hartebeest. The one upfront is winking at me. Other than that, not much else. We are starting to worry that we won’t see many animals during this extremely dry season. Now…excitement soon returned. We spot two photogenic cheetah near the road way. Our guide tells […]

ON SAFARI – SO MUCH TO SEE

TANZANIA -This gorge is  a steep-sided ravine about 30 miles long, in the Rift Valley. The  Olduvai Gorge is commonly referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.” This is site was made famous largely by the work started in the 1930’s by Louis and Mary Leakey. It is one of the most important prehistoric sites […]

Sweeney Museum Yarmouth-Nova Scotia

The W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum was created by W. Laurence Sweeney’s son and daughters. We learned to convey the story of all the people of Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Limited A small but beautiful museum to learn about the history of the Sweeney Fisheries.We were here for research, but this is a museum for everyone […]

Sabi Sands – South Africa

THE BEST MOMENT CAN BE THE WORST – On the edge of my seat in an open jeep. THERE ! A LEOPARD !  OMG he’s going to jump into the Jeep and grab me!! Driver says, “Stay calm, no screaming!” This is the excitement we signed up for. Somehow I managed to keep my mouth […]

Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

2014 -Compared to Zambia, a very different view of the Falls on this side. Around two thirds of the Falls are located here….Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Rainbow Falls. Locals nicknamed the Falls “smoke that thunders”…I get it…roaring waters and cloudy mist. Even though we are here in dry season the mists rise […]

Zambia – East Africa

2014 -Our taxi driver was able to get us through Border Control to enter Zambia. With feet on the ground we reached our 100th Country. Goal accomplished!! We considered our driver to be our Tour Guide. From the bridge we had our first view of Victoria Falls during the dry season. Amazing view of the […]

Johannesburg – South Africa

On our way back from Cape Town we have an overnight stay in Johannesburg. Exhausted after our early morning flight, we can’t resist taking the rest of the day to see our surroundings. From the moment we enter our Hotel and we saw facts surrounding this dark period of South Africa are outlined in a […]