Book Notes and Road Trips

A book lover I shall always be. A traveler I choose to be. When I travel, a book travels with me. An actual, physical paperback book. I tried to go book-free while traveling in Europe last year, as I only allowed myself a single carry on backpack. Keeping to the essentials was key. So I…

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Having a Bad Day? Good News / Bad News Story

A road trip gone bad can result in a no good, very bad day. A routine trip which we’ve traversed dozens of times over the years turned into a journey of epic proportions a couple of weeks ago. Our truck’s recent repairs (new transmission, radiator and sundry other mechanical parts) should have given us a…

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Vancouver Island Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

I was curious about the Juan de Fuca Trail which meanders along the southern coastline of Vancouver Island, BC. I was also intimidated by it. Poring over the map, I wondered how I would navigate any portion of the 47 km trail. The scheduled hiking day arrived. Even though we were already on Vancouver Island; we’d…

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English Style Eats: Vancouver Island Travels

“It’s the best place to eat in the area!” our B&B hosts enthused. “Plus it’s nestled in the country and is fashioned after an old style English pub.” We were sold. After a few sketchy details from our hosts we drove off. The country roads wound back and forth, with each turn more confusing than the…

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Mission Creek Greenway Hike

Contrary to the McIntyre Bluff Hike, I was certainly more enthusiastic about our plan to hike the Mission Creek Greenway trail — it’s flat! Our route began at Mission Creek Park located on Springfield Road at Durnin in Kelowna, BC. Plenty of parking, playgrounds, picnic areas and washroom facilities comprise a large portion of this treed park….

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McIntyre Bluff Hike

Hiking is not my passion. In fact, if I could choose between a hike and almost anything else, the ‘anything else’ wins every time. Yet here I was on a fine summer day, driving towards Oliver BC to embark on a hike. Hubby had wanted to hike up McIntyre Bluff for decades and had finally…

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Something odd in Paris: another perspective

Paris had a greater impact on Hubby and myself than we thought. Even now, months after visiting, we reminisce and reflect on our experience in the City of Lights. My experience was posted some weeks ago. Hubby’s thoughts made it onto paper recently, which he agreed to share in this space. I am proud to introduce my…

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To Market, To Market

Want to break free from your routine and experience a casual, fun, festival shopping experience? Head for a local farmer’s market, basket in hand and change in your wallet. I am delighted when farmer’s market season returns because I get bored with shopping at the same places week after week. Blossoming with colourful tents and…

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Café Culture

It didn’t take long, in fact mere hours after arriving in Paris, and then I was lost. Not lost in terms of location, but lost to the allure of tempting displays of perfect pastries in shop windows, the smells wafting from food trucks along the cobblestone streets, the glimpse of glorious plates of delicacies being…

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A First Timer’s Visit to Paris

We didn’t plan to go to Paris. As we considered where to spend our 35th anniversary, we were intrigued by the idea of Europe. However, Hubby and I approach travel from somewhat different perspectives. He is thrilled by the idea of hiking rugged, uninhabited mountains or traversing desert canyons. I envision reclining in a beach…

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