Hopewell Rocks vs. Parlee Beach

Hopewell Rocks vs. Parlee Beach?  This was my recent dilemma after a visit to Moncton, New Brunswick.   As a beach bum, my first choice was Parlee Beach.   Alas, two days before my departure ATV News aired a story about the high levels of E. coli in the famed beach’s warm waters.  One lady later interviewed…

Nova Scotia Beach Experiences 2 – Visiting Nova Scotia’s North Shore

Red mud is more than limited to PEI.   Nova Scotia’s Amherst Shore shares this rougy wonder.   This area is on Nova Scotia’s Sunrise Trail and the waters of the Northumberland Strait. The red sand looks great in photos, but up close it’s more brown. This year we cottaged on Heather Beach and visited the surrounding…

Canadian Abroad – Travel Tips for Touring Quito, Ecuador

  Quito is the capital of Ecuador and the highest elevated capital city in the world.  The city is also one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. I have been to many UNESCO sites, so it was special to visit Quito.  I am an approved Explorer Quotient Trainer for…

San Francisco Travel Tips for the Single Traveller

When travelling alone, a city’s hop-on and hop-off double-decker busses are great way to see the city, get tidbits and interesting insights to the city’s history and have guaranteed convenient transportation. San Francisco is the first non-European city where I have used this tourism service.   European cities are filled with history and many attractions.   In…

Canadian Abroad – Rule Britannia, Touring England

This was my last morning in Brussels. I lounged at the hotel  rather than last-minute shopping for chocolate.  The train to London departs from the Midi Train Station.  I hailed a small cab waiting outside my hotel.  To the cab driver’s dismay, I was only going to the train station and not the airport.   This cab driver…

Canadian Abroad – Experiences Touring Belgium

If you lived in a country where every second store was a gourmet chocolate shop and you brewed great varieties of beer, wouldn’t you think life was grand?  We all know the properties of dark chocolate; combine that with beer… men and woman should be grinning from ear-to-ear!  May be their lovely disposition is because…

Canadian Abroad – Last Night in Dublin Vacationing in Ireland

The bonus of booking with Rail Tours Ireland, I found tucked in my information package a Hop On – Hop Off bus tour ticket for Dublin.  I had planned on taking this tour, so I was delighted to see the savings in money, and time to find a ticket agent.   When a tour company can…

Canadian Abroad – Travel Tips CORK Ireland

An early morning rise to meet my tour group at the train station. There are ten of us in the group from Canada, Australia and France. We have a personal escort to Cork with Railtours Ireland. A motor coach then met us at the station and took us to Blarney Castle. I had to kiss the Blarney Stone, which…

Canadian Abroad – Tourism Experiences DUBLIN IRELAND

I was fortunate that Hurricane Sandy did not affect flights to the UK. My arrival went without a hitch, until I stood in the immigration line in Ireland. I waited 20 minutes and then it was no problem. Dublin airports have great bus lines to bring people into the city. Mine was longer than anticipated,…