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Beautiful Blur

I’m walking around the streets of my city, thinking about an old movie I watched the other day In The Cut, where Meg Ryan is an English teacher who has a passion for words she goes through life with a… Continue Reading →

Storm on a Tall Ship

It’s early Thursday morning, actually not that early, about 7 AM, on the tall clipper ship, the Star Flyer. I’m sitting in the lounge having a coffee and writing in my journal. All is quiet and the ship is running… Continue Reading →

City Shadows Night

wandering through the dark and narrow calle shadows roaming the alleyways, tunnels lights creepy and scary but not dark green mysterious water 400 bridges boats on canal helter skelter Casanova, Marco Polo, Shylock ghosts passing by palace windows chandeliers old… Continue Reading →

Life After “Likes”

I recently got an email invitation to attend a webinar in person at 500px, which is on Duncan Street, Toronto. The title of the event was ”Life After Likes: Falling Back in Love with Photography” and addressed social media concerns… Continue Reading →

Cycling Berlin to Copenhagen

This was the last part of our fabulous Northern European Adventure. A 10 day, 550 km ride, through East Germany and Denmark. No mountains, but hillier than expected, and many deep forests. This was a self-guided trip, but there was… Continue Reading →

Exploring Berlin

The best walking tour of this entire trip was the Berlin Alternative Walking tour with Jonathan as our guide. When he first opened his mouth, I thought I was back in TO with my friend Peter – same voice, same… Continue Reading →

End of Baltic – part 5

Stockholm was the end of our Baltic Sea Cruise with Viking Cruises. From here we flew to Berlin for the next leg of our adventure. A strange thing happened in Helsinki, Finland. At least 3 times, while walking around in… Continue Reading →

Formula for Happiness

As we did a 2 day excursion of St. Petersburg, visiting palace after palace after palace, they all started looking the same to me. It was hard to imagine the opulence that the Russian aristocracy and royalty enjoyed before the… Continue Reading →

Baltic Cruise Part 3 – Rostock, Germany and Gdansk, Poland

Here are some street scenes I made in Rostock and Gdansk, after I escaped from the cruise ship supplied shore excursions. [Click on any photo for the slideshow. Please leave comments at the bottom of the page]  

Baltic Cruise Part 2 – Denmark

We’re on a 2 week trip in the Baltic Sea on a very big ocean liner, which is really different for us. After the Norway stops, we had a couple of visits in Denmark. Many crowds of tourists in Copenhagen…. Continue Reading →

Suddenly… a whisper…

We were hiking in the forests above Eidfjord, which is at the end of a Norwegian fjord. Very beautiful, this is a land of mountains and idyllic farms and pastures. We were looking for the ancient Viking burial site. The… Continue Reading →

Bazaar of the Bizarre

This is an alternative marketplace for all things macabre. For example, you can buy jars with preserved baby aliens. When I first visited the Bazaar of the Bizarre, I thought it was a once only event in Toronto, but I… Continue Reading →

They Harvest Us

They live amongst us. We know about these aliens from a distant star but we don’t know that they look like carnivorous lizards. They somehow cloak themselves to look like us. They send us to fancy resorts to fatten us… Continue Reading →

Baby it’s cold outside…

…Damn cold, -15 -20°C cold, and snow blizzards too. This January’s been so cold, I almost froze my fingers off walking around, making photos. But being a true Canadian trooper, I had to get out, and even though extreme cold,… Continue Reading →

Québec en hiver

Cette annĂ©e a Noel, nous sommes aller Ă  QuĂ©bec pour manger et skier. La premier nuit, nous avons sĂ©journĂ© dans la vieille ville de quebec Ă  l’Hotel Clarendon, construit en 1870. Nous avons pris le petit dĂ©jeuner au restaurant “Le… Continue Reading →

“Say something stupid…”

“… So I can write a blog!” That was the gist of our aprĂ©s-ski conversation the other day at Mount St. Louis, over beer, of course. Nothing stupid was said, worth writing about, anyway, so the only thing I have… Continue Reading →

We were cycling in Hungary…

… and trying to find our way out of the city of GyĹ‘r and back to the Danube Bikeway on our route to Budapest. This was early morning with nobody around to ask directions. Nobody could speak English here, anyway…. Continue Reading →

It was the end of June, 1963,

… my grade 8 graduation night at Holy Family Elementary School, Hamilton. Right after that, my dad loaded my brother, cousin and me, along with the fishing equipment, and my 2 other uncles, into the 1960 Chevy Impala wagon, and… Continue Reading →

September Festivals

It was a beautiful September in the Danube River valley. We were cycling across northern Austria, when in the afternoon, we happened upon a small town where we wanted to get some lunch. But even though there were cars parked… Continue Reading →

Pardon My French

… something I heard a few times on our recent trip to Quebec City and surrounding area… from Francophone people who seemed to be fascinated by this phrase… and they weren’t even excusing themselves after slipping out an F-bomb. Chantal… Continue Reading →

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