London: January, no rain, what?

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It seemed like my itinerary had worked me into progressively colder climes to prepare me for my mid-January return to Vancouver...home, for now. Although I was prepared to brave the notorious London weather (can't be much different from the 'wet … [Read more...]

Amsterdam: Clean, Friendly, Rich

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Back in the 4th grade I wrote a poem that began with these words 'Holland and Paris is where I shall be, When I'm twenty-four maybe.' Well it certainly took a few years beyond my childhood expectations, and Amsterdam wasn't officially on my … [Read more...]

Belgium: Ghent

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It was a brisk and bright day in the late afternoon when I arrived in Ghent, a municipality located in the Flemish region of Belgium. In the 13th century Ghent was the largest city in Europe after Paris, perhaps this explains why the buildings are so … [Read more...]

Belgium: Bruges “Venice of the North”

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Bruges is located about 100 kilometers from Brussels. It has a population of about 125,000 and has about 2 million visitors annually. Even on a cold January day I was startled to find a square that I had walked through only minutes before, was now … [Read more...]

Happiness to you in 2014!

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What's on your bucket list for 2014? … [Read more...]

Palace of Versailles

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Now a wealthy suburb of Paris, Versailles was once a country village where Louis XIII went on hunting trips. After purchasing the property in 1624 and building a hunting lodge, it was his successor, Louix XIV who  expanded it into one of the largest … [Read more...]

Hôtel de Ville, Paris

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The Hôtel de Ville, the building that houses the administration for the city of Paris, was lit up for Christmas with twinkling lights on the roof, a sparkling Christmas tree and a forest of vertical light towers. A lighted skating rink in the front … [Read more...]

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain

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Granada, the capital of Spain, is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a popular ski area. More on Granada The pomegranate, which in Spanish is granada, is the official symbol of Granada. I was captivated by this beautiful fountain … [Read more...]

Advent in Málaga

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It seems so odd to watch the seasonal decor spring up around Málaga without the usual accompaniments of cold weather, myriad versions of Santa Claus, and the jingle jingle of bells on the donation kettles. Where I am staying in the old town part of … [Read more...]

Coliseum

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