Category Archives: TOURING

MOUNT VESUVIUS HIKE

The first objective of our Italian adventure was an early morning assault on Mount Vesuvius. VIEW OF NAPLES FROM MOUNT VESUVIUS Pleasant start to the hike. Onwards and upwards! VOLCANIC CRATER VIEW SOUTH TOWARDS THE AMALFI COAST AND THE ISLE … Continue reading

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ITALIAN HOLIDAY

I had a great time hiking in Italy last month. The trip started and ended in Napoli, a nitty gritty port city in the south of Italy with a bad reputation. I had visited Naples decades ago and had an … Continue reading

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CAMBRIDGE ICE RINK

The official opening of the spanking new and long awaited Cambridge Ice Rink was held on Saturday, 28 Sept.¬† Fortunately I was in town for a reunion dinner at my old college and was able to attend the gala opening … Continue reading

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HOMAGE TO BRUEGEL

During a recent stopover in Naples, I had the opportunity to revisit the Capodimonte Museum on a pilgrimage of sorts to reconnect with Pieter Bruegel after a far too long interlude of several decades. On the very first day of … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

Today is International Youth Day and my young friend Zac Wagman makes an official stop in Ottawa on his cross Canada ride for sustainable forestry development. Zac started the ride in Victoria, BC and hopes to finish in St. John’s, … Continue reading

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NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

Unbelievable news out of Paris! Notre Dame cathedral has gone up in flames. Below is a rough sketch of the cathedral I made back in the day when I was backpacking through Europe and couldn’t afford a camera. At least … Continue reading

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GOLAN HEIGHTS

The Golan Heights have jumped back into the news the last few days. VINEYARD BELOW THE GOLAN HEIGHTS¬† Today the Golan Heights is a centre of viticulture and the region is now better known for its wine than for its … Continue reading

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. SECOND CLASS WASH HOUSE, GROSSE ISLE, QUEBEC An image from a less happier time, the second class wash house served immigrants forcibly quarantined on Grosse Isle in the St. Lawrence. Thousands of Irish did not survive … Continue reading

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ST. DAVID’S DAY

Happy St. David’s Day to all my Welsh friends. KAYAKS ON LAKE VYRNWY HIKING MEMORIES OF WALES CHIRK CASTLE GARDENS, WELSH MARCHES

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. YAD VASHEM CATTLE CAR MEMORIAL, JERUSALEM

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