Cartagena, Colombia

When we booked our excursion online for Cartagena, we knew nothing about the city. Since we booked a tour of a 16th century Spanish fort, we thought it might be a sleepy little city like Cadiz or Malaga in Spain. Malaga is actually a good size with around 570,000 people but it doesn’t seem large. […]

Photo Gallery: Cartagena, Colombia

Here are some additional photos of our visit to Cartagena. The picture above shows a panoramic scene of the city through a gun turret at the top of the fortress San Felipe.

The Mountie Museum

Follow us on Facebook! Besides being the capital of the province of Saskatchewan, Regina is also the home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy, also known as Depot Division.  Every Mountie in Canada is trained at this facility which covers several acres.  Mounties have been trained there since 1885 and the place is steeped in […]

RCMP Depot Division and Heritage Centre Photo Gallery

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos of our visit.  Above is a stylized Mountie at the entrance drive to the centre. Entrance lobby to the Heritage Centre Changing Mountie uniforms over the years The marching band on parade Stained glass windows in the chapel Two Mountie stained glass windows behind the pulpit Display […]

Perth’s Playground

Follow us on Facebook! Back in 1984, Perth businessman Dallas Dempster had a smart idea. Let’s get rid of this dump! Burswood Island, an island in the Swan River just a couple of kilometres from Perth’s city center, was the site of a large landfill. Dempster suggested to the Western Australian government that the site could […]

Photo Gallery: Dragonfly Festival

Here are some additional photos of the Dragonfly Festival. Since the Dragonfly Festival pics don’t show the lake, I’m starting with a photo from 2000 from a previous visit. Daughter Sarah and her cousins Shaun and Eric on Wabamun Lake in the summer of 2000. Front of the Dragonfly Festival event guide The town’s dragonfly […]

Photo Gallery: Places and Buildings Around Fremantle

Fremantle has many interesting places and buildings.  The photo above  shows the Whalers Tunnel and the Round House from the city side. Here are a few more. Bathers Beach The Whalers Tunnel – a plaque says the tunnel was excavated by the Fremantle Whaling Company in 1837 “to facilitate the transport of whale oil and […]

Photo Gallery: Les Jardins de Versailles

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos of the magnificent gardens at Versailles. Looking past the west wing of the Château towards the Grand Canal in the distance. The North Parterre seen from the Apollo Salon in the Château The Pyramid Fountain sits about a third of the way down the path towards the […]

Les Jardins de Versailles

Follow us on Facebook! My last post covered our visit to le Château de Versailles.  That grand old palace, built by Louis XIV, and now a museum is certainly amazing. But equally extraordinary are the surrounding grounds and gardens. The entire estate covers over 800 hectares or almost 2000 acres. That’s about twice the size of […]

Le Chateau de Versailles

Follow us on Facebook! Most of central Paris is within walking distance. And on the afternoon we arrived, we did just that, walked around the old city – from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysées to the Louvre, and back along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower again. Many other […]