Category Archives: biography

Travelling In A World Overrun With Tourists

Here are views of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, taken at the very end of October, 2018. No longer is it possible to have an unobstructed view of the fountain, and to push your way through the throng close enough … Continue reading

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The Battles of Quidditch and Trafalgar

It is safe to say that before a recent trip to southwest Spain, our grandsons were more familiar with airborne battles on broomsticks as in the game of Quidditch than they were with historic conflicts at sea involving the British … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Bed

It’s time to leave Canada and roam some other parts of the world, starting with Edinburgh, Scotland. This is a handsome city, carved into two halves by a deep gully: Old Town and New Town, though the latter in its … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Conclusion

Here are some final thoughts from Roaming the Big Land: Flavours of Canada: Now we (have) travelled to both the western and eastern extremes of Canada–Toe Head in Haida Gwaii and Cape Spear at the northern end of the Avalon … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Northwest Territories

Roaming north to the territories again, here are some excerpts from the chapter, “North of Sixty”: “So, what brings you to Yellowknife?” the CBC producer asks me on the phone…why are you coming in March. It’s still pretty cold here, … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Manitoba

On the long trek westward, some excerpts from “Manitoba On My Mind” are up next: We stand in the covered porch of Dalnavert House (built for Hugh John Macdonald, only surviving son of Sir John A.), waiting for a torrential … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Ontario

Given the physical and population size of Ontario, this post includes excerpts from two chapters of Roaming the Big Land, one focusing on the urban and the other the rural character of the province: First an excerpt from the chapter, … Continue reading

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