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!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Campbellville With Chimo and Nukka

We're often booked months in advance for a housesit and our recent Campbellville sit is no exception. Last February Gloria and Bob posted their dates on TrustedHousesitters.com and John and I applied. A few emails and a Skype chat later plans were made for us to meet in person in mid June. We had a lovely afternoon with lunch, laughs and of course wine, and that same day we met Nukka and Chimo.

L to R: Nukka, Chimo

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Charlottetown, PEI to Campbellville, ON

In mid-October we travelled 1750 kilometres from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to Campbellville, Ontario to begin our next housesit. While the journey can be completed in a relatively short period of time we took our time, stretching it out over four days and seeing a few of the sights along the way. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Charlottetown, PEI

Upon completing our Dartmouth, NS housesit on Thanksgiving weekend, we headed to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island via the 12.9 km long Confederation Bridge that connects PEI to New Brunswick. It is the longest bridge in the world that crosses ice-covered water.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

While in Halifax we visited the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. It's conveniently located downtown a short walk from the ferry terminal.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mahone Bay, NS

One of our most memorable discoveries during our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia housesit was the small town of Mahone Bay. We were unaware of it prior to our arrival in Lunenburg, but upon hearing glowing reports from other travellers we decided to take a look-see. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Easy, No Knead, Crusty Bread

We're thankful for good friends we've known almost three decades and surprise, surprise they enjoy travelling as much as we do! Whenever we get together the conversation always includes updates on each couples latest escapades and more often than naught includes wine and a home cooked meal. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Evergreen House

Small, local museums are often overlooked due to time restraints, but when we're in an area more than a few days we often find they are a great resource in getting to the heart of a community. Dartmouth's Evergreen House is one such place.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dartmouth, NS and Murphy

Each housesit is an opportunity to get to know an area and live like a local. When an opportunity arose near Halifax, we jumped at the chance and are grateful to Colin and Laura for making it become a reality. Their cozy, comfortable home in Dartmouth is a short fifteen minute walk to downtown and the harbour.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fort Louisbourg

When we set out on our Atlantic Canada adventure in August we had two must-see destinations in mind. One was the Viking settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland and the other was Fort Louisbourg on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. 

Dauphin Gate

Saturday, October 7, 2017

St. Anthony to Port aux Basques

Our final two days in Newfoundland we were mostly on the road, travelling south from St. Anthony to Port aux Basques to take the ferry back to North Sydney.

Cow Head, Newfoundland

Friday, October 6, 2017

L'Anse aux Meadows

One thousand years before the Europeans arrived in North America Norse expeditions travelled from Greenland and established a settlement on the tip of Newfoundland's great northern peninsula. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

St. Anthony

We stayed three nights in St. Anthony as the Snuggle Inn self-catering cottage. Our unit is on the lower level of the orange house with the red roof, shown in the centre of the photo below (to the far right of the orange airplane).

Monday, October 2, 2017

Western Brook Pond Boat Tour

When friends heard we were planning a trip to Newfoundland the number one suggestion of absolute must-see destinations was Bontours Western Brook Pond Boat Tour.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Rocky Harbour

Twillingate to Rocky Harbour is a 425 km drive. In the centre of the header photo (above) is Gros Morne mountain (807 metres or 2648 feet high). 

Friday, September 29, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Vence, France: Part 1

Tourists flock to Vence to visit Matisse's "masterpiece" the Chapelle du Rosaire, yet this medieval hilltop town has so much more to offer and worthy of a visit on its own accord. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Food, Glorious Food!

One of the joys of travelling is sampling the food of each region and while we were in Europe this past winter and spring we did just that - in three countries: Portugal, Spain and France - and we began our culinary adventure as soon as our feet hit the ground in Lisbon.

Ristorante Caffetteria Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Matisse's Chapelle du Rosaire

French artist Henri Matisse considered the Rosary Chapel in Vence the accomplishment of his life's work. "It demanded four years of exclusive and assiduous work," he said, "and it is the result of all my active life. Despite all of its imperfections, I see it as my masterpiece."

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer

During our incredible 5-week housesit in Nice we were fortunate to be able to return to Cagnes-sur-Mer a second time to tour the Renoir Museum. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Haut-de-Cagnes: Part 2

As mentioned in Haut-de-Cagnes: Part 1 this is our favourite medieval village in France. The reasons are many, but the main being it continues to be a vibrant community. Ordinary people work and live here. They raise their families here. Haut-de-Cagnes (literal translation is the 'top of Cagnes') is not simply a tourist destination filled with art galleries, shops and restaurants - although it does have a few of each including one or two hotels.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Marc Chagall Museum

The Marc Chagall Museum is a short walk from our port-side housesit in Nice, France. Dedicated to this Russian born Jewish artist, it was a must see while we were in the city.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Jean Cocteau Museums, Menton

Our five-week housesit in Nice, France allowed us ample time to explore the surrounding area. One day we took the #100 bus (sixty minutes each way) from Nice to Menton which is the last town on the French Riviera before the Italian border. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Villa Kerylos

Villa Kerylos is perched above the Mediterranean in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Its design is based on a traditional Greek-style home and built in the early 1900s by French archaeologist Theodore Reinach when a hunger for all things Greek was the rage. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Saint Paul de Vence

The medieval hilltop town of Saint Paul de Vence is a short, economical bus ride from Nice. For 3 euros per person (round trip) the #400 bus leaves from the Albert 1er bus stop and takes approximately 55 minutes before arriving in Saint Paul.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Five Weeks in Nice

Housesitting has broadened and enhanced our lives exponentially. We've made lifelong friends and taken care of an array of adorable pets while travelling slow and living like a local in a great many places the average traveller either bypasses altogether or zips through at the speed of light. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Barcelona by Bus & Foot

While we were in Barcelona we took the Hop on, Hop off City Bus tour. There are two companies that provide this service, but we opted for the Official Barcelona City Tour as it offers both an eastern and western route that can be done on the same day for a single price.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Barcelona's La Pedrera

The high speed train from Cordoba to Nice stops in Barcelona and while we were on our way to Nice for a 5-week housesit we first spent three-nights in Barcelona the last week of March. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

In & Around Cordoba

Cordoba is one of the most fascinating cities we've visited. Combine its vibrant Spanish zest for life with its diverse culture and there is a lot to love about this place.