Category Archives: family literature

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 Lake District and Swallows and Amazons

Among the most famous writers of children’s books is the British author, Arthur Ransome. Unlike most contemporary writers of such books, he created adventure stories based on credible real-life incidents even though his youthful characters imagined events occurring that went … 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, British Columbia

Reaching the west coast at last, here are some excerpts from the chapter entitled “Looking For Utopia”: Since the middle of the nineteenth century, British Columbia has been a magnet for groups seeking a new and better life, one that … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Yukon

Moving west across the territories, here are some excerpts from the chapter inĀ Roaming the Big Land,” entitled, “Trekking for Gold”: Late into the flight to Whitehorse…I struggle to catch a glimpse of Lake Bennett and Lake Lindeman, headwaters of the … 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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