20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bonavista, John Cabot & the Matthew Legacy

When Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) first spotted the North American coastline in 1497 he declared "O buono vista" and more than five centuries his statement holds firm. The town and area around Bonavista is glorious in every language.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dildo, Cupids and Brigus

It's no secret Newfoundland communities often have unique names and three we recently visited on the Avalon peninsula are Dildo, Cupids and Brigus. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Clarke's Beach Housesit

We'd dreamed of doing a Newfoundland housesit for a good many years and in late August it became a reality. We arrived in Clarke's Beach, a small community about one hours drive from "town" (which in Nfld means St. John's as it is consider the ONLY town) and were greeted with open arms by homeowners, Antje Springmann and Dennis Minty.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

St. John's, NL

Think St. John's and one immediately thinks of colourful jellybean row houses perched on steep hills rising up from the bay.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ferryland, Cape Spear and Signal Hill, Nfld

The warm summer temperatures and brilliant sunshine during our four days in St. John's prompted us to hit the road on day one and see the coastal communities. Our first stop south was Ferryland. It was here in 1621 that George Calvert (aka Lord Baltimore) founded a permanent settlement. Prior to this it had been used as a station for migratory fishermen from France, Spain and Portugal. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vieux Quebec

Our first visit to Quebec City took place twenty years ago and when we returned this week I had to wonder why it took so long to return!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pelee Island

Pelee Island had been on our list of places to visit for a number of years and as this is Canada's 150th birthday we decided to spend a week there June 10-17. Our rental cottage was basic, but adequate and its best feature was the huge deck overlooking Lake Erie.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Vence, France: Part 2

Welcome to the final instalment of our time spent in the lovely medieval village of Vence, France.