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Under the Tuscan Wall

We were also under the Tuscan sun, which was up to 35C everyday. We stayed in the town of Lucignano, which is a medieval walled town, originally built in 1391. We were actually staying in a wall, with no view… Continue Reading →

Thinking about the Urban Prophesy in Florence

The next leg of our Italian adventure was a 6 day cycling trip from Venice (actually Maestre, which is the mainland part of Venice) to Florence. When I saw this graffiti in Florence, it made me think quite a bit…. Continue Reading →

A Few Days in Venice

There are 55,000 people living on the island of Venice, and over 20 million tourists a year, so we were a little overwhelmed. Yes, it was busy, but we found quiet places where you could relax and where the food… Continue Reading →

Cycling the Dolomite Mountains in Italy

The second part of our Italian adventure was a cycling trip from Niederdorf, which is about 10 km from the Austrian border, to Maestre, which is by Venice, but on the mainland. The 6 day cycling trip covered 340 km…. Continue Reading →

Do I have a half-brother in Italy?

Or sister? In Rome, for the first part of our Italian adventure, we were walking around the old Roman ruins area close to the coliseum. At one point, we were high up on a lookout point, I started thinking about… Continue Reading →

52 Week Photo Challenge – 2nd 10 weeks

I wonder how many people take a lot of shots on their smart-phones or even cameras, and never off-load the images onto a computer. Next question… how many people actually work with the images on the computer? In the old… Continue Reading →

First 10 weeks … What? AGAIN?

At the beginning of January, I started a new 52 week photo challenge (#dogwood2017) and the first week’s assignment was rule of thirds. Although the rule of thirds is a compositional thing, I had a very definite idea of what… Continue Reading →

This is not a ski trip post…

… (But there are some skiing photos) As I write this, it’s about 10 °C outside. Centennial Park, where I teach skiing, never opened this year, and Wiarton Willy didn’t see his shadow. I don’t care what certain people down… Continue Reading →

20,000 tried… only a few survived!

… and I was one of the survivors! (I have a t-shirt to prove it). Yes, I made a photo for every one of the 52 weeks of the #dogwood52 photo challenge. It’s been one of the longest projects, work… Continue Reading →

Strange Happenings

When I was on my Arctic Expedition cruise in August, one night I was laying in bed, reading, when I started feeling a strange vibration. At first I thought it was from the ship’s engines, but it seemed too repetitive…. Continue Reading →

Dog Days (The next 10 weeks)

The expression “dog days” refers to the hot, sultry days of summer and with the rising, at sunrise, of Orion’s dog, the dog star Sirius. Well, that’s a nice scientific explanation, but to me, it means just plain “lazy”. Remember… Continue Reading →

Kangerlussuaq (Day 12) – final

We left the ship for the last time at 8:30 this morning and on shore in Kangerlussuaq, which was a US airbase during the cold war, we boarded Mercedes Unimog all terrain trucks. It was a very bumpy ride up… Continue Reading →

Itilleq, Greenland (Day 11)

This morning there was a AC Q&A panel meeting with much talk about the conditions of the Inuit – political, social and economic. Seems like the answer would be more and better education, which is expensive because of the large… Continue Reading →

Ilulissat, Greenland (Day 10)

This morning, we had a very interesting session about “Intergenerational Connections”, hosted by 87 year old Sally. The young people were very much into this, and I spent about half an hour holding 3 ½ month old baby Jane. In… Continue Reading →

Uummannaq, Greenland (Day 9)

This morning, we landed for a short visit to an ancient cemetery at Qilakitoq. Then, back at the ship, we had our polar dip, but it wasn’t too cold… about 5áµ’C. Spent the afternoon in the town of Uummannaq, Greenland… Continue Reading →

Karrat Fiord, Greenland (Day 8)

We lost another hour overnight, so now we’re in Greenland time. We entered Karrat Fjord, Greenland and the icebergs were spectacular. Other than birds, we haven’t seen much wildlife on this trip. Only one polar bear at a distance. I… Continue Reading →

Day 6 and Day 7 on the Ocean Endeavor

We went into the 3rd time-zone last night; 1 more to go. This was a quiet day, and I was very tired. These AC expeditions are not relaxing vacations, although I’ve been using the hot-tub almost every evening. I’ve also… Continue Reading →

Ice Cappuccino in the Arctic (Day 5)

Walter and I walked around Pond Inlet together, visiting the Parks Canada office, library and town hall. Again, I talked to many people – teens and adults, and of course, made lots of photos. I visited the Northern Store, which… Continue Reading →

I’ll have mine with ice, please (Day 4)

This was another busy day with 2 excursions. In the morning we did a zodiac cruise to the glacier and ice-bergs at Croker Bay on Devon Island. This is the largest non-inhabited island in the world. It was very cold… Continue Reading →

The Streets of Arctic Bay (Day 3)

We lost an hour overnight… altogether; we would sail through 4 time-zones, Central, Eastern, Atlantic and Greenland. Even though we wouldn’t sail that great a distance, lines of longitude and time-zones get squeezed together in the far north. For the… Continue Reading →

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