August 30, 2016

Downtown Perth

Follow us on Facebook! With a population of just over two million, Perth is Australia’s fourth largest city as well as the largest city and the capital of Western Australia. It was founded in 1829 as the administrative center for the Swan River Colony. Today it is a bustling modern city that headquarters most of the mining companies that are the mainstay of Western Australia’s economy. Getting there from the suburbs is pretty easy as the Perth Metropolitan Region has an extensive modern rail transit system. Perth serves as a central hub with rail lines going out in five directions like spokes on a wheel. The system extends all the way…

August 16, 2016

Grouse Mountain in the Summer

Follow us on Facebook! North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain is a popular ski hill for locals but it is also a great destination for visiting in the summer. Not only is the view of downtown Vancouver spectacular from up there, the ski resort has a lot of amenities to appeal to the summer visitor. There’s even a helipad on the mountain if you want to take a scenic tour of the city by air. The fun starts, of course, with getting there. Whether you go by car or are on a tour bus, your visit starts at the base of the mountain. From there it’s a scenic trip to the top…

August 16, 2016

Photo Gallery: Birds in Motion at Grouse Mountain

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos and videos of the Birds in Motion show at Grouse Mountain.  Great Horned Owl The Vulture The Bald Eagle On our visit in 2012 they had a mature bald eagle with it signature white head. On our 2015 visit, it was a younger bald eagle whose top feathers had yet to turn white. Peregrine Falcon Be sure to check out the other photo gallery of Grouse Mountain in the summer. Photo Gallery: Grouse Mountain in the Summer   Follow us on Facebook!

August 9, 2016

Paris: Ooh-la-la!

Follow us on Facebook! Often the unexpected is what makes a vacation truly memorable. And sometimes the unexpected is so out of left field that it cannot be replicated. While we absolutely loved our week in Paris in 2011, one incident stands out as a story we tell over and over again. It is deliciously wicked and if we were to visit Paris twenty more times, I doubt it would ever happen again. If we had stayed at a different hotel, it wouldn’t have happened. If we had gone down to breakfast a half hour earlier it wouldn’t have happened. But kismet – it happened. As I recounted in my…

August 4, 2016

Paris: The City of Light

Follow us on Facebook! Paris does not have a wild plethora of neon like Times Square in New York or the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. It’s called the City of Light because of its importance during the Age of Enlightenment and because it was one of the first European cities to get street lighting. My wife and I spent a week in Paris to celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary in 2011. We had never been there before and we were in for a treat. Paris is fabulous. Today’s post will give you an overview. In future posts I’ll look at the Palais de Versailles, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the…