I slipped out of the city on a cold (-19 C or 2.2 F), clear Ottawa morning, still pitch black at 5:20 am. There was a three hour layover in Toronto followed by an almost 10 hour flight. Weeks of packing up my house and I was beat. I had been up early the previous morning to have my car serviced bef
You're standing on the Dufferin Terrace with the beautiful and imposing Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac looming above, but what's that glass object in the foreground?
It's a Skylight, one of several.
We walked over and peeked through the glass to see people walking down below us. Then we found the k
Our second day in Old Quebec was a beautiful blue sky day that started much the same as yesterday. Staying in a hotel near the train station meant we were outside the old city's walls so we had a walk and took the same heart-attack inducing climb up the big staircase. Then there was a gradual walk
"Let's go to Quebec City," he said, and so we did.
Sometimes you just need an adventure. We bought our train tickets for the next day but didn't make any progress at finding a hotel, not that we were worried. School had started and we knew tourist numbers would be down, and on the 5 hour 45 minute
On July 1st 1867, The British North America Act created Canada. Since 1879, the day has been a statuatory holiday to celebrate, first, the anniversary of Confederation and, later, "Dominion Day." It wasn't until comparatively recently, and during my lifetime, October 27, 1982, that it was renamed t
The history of cotton manufacturing is intertwined with the history of Manchester, and there is no better place to learn about this than its Science & Industry Museum. They have an amazing exhibit; daily demonstrations of cotton processing on old functioning textile machines. I'm not sure what was
It takes 10 minutes to travel by train from Manchester to Eccles, and on my recent holiday, we did just that. Eccles is a small town of approximately 39,000 and it's the birthplace of those delicious Eccles cakes.
In the nearby Chat Moss peat bog, evidence of human settlement dates back as far as
The first time we went to The Cavern Club, The Magical Mystery Tour bus let us off a block away and our guide led us there. You could sense our excitement as we descended the stairs at 10 Mathew Street and heard the music before we entered the darkened room.
It was Beatles music.
We were in the cra
Are there any Beatles Fans here?
My friend and I joined a bus load full of them for the two hour Magical Mystery Tour. We boarded this big comfortable bus at the Albert Dock and it was a pretty full load considering it wasn't tourist season. What a beautiful day for a tour!
Coming to Liverpool and
The photo, above, was our first view of Liverpool after we left the local train and were heading towards the harbour. Aren't these beautiful and elegant looking buildings? They say the city once rivalled New York in its importance.
Here's a tip: When you arrive in Liverpool by train, hold onto your
The Chester Rows, above, are found in all four of the old city's main streets. Dating from the 14th century, they evolved from houses and shops built on rubble left from Roman ruins. The buildings have shops or dwellings on the lowest two stories and galleried walkways running the length of the sto
We decided to spend an afternoon in Chester, Cheshire, and as the old city isn't close to the train station, we walked along the river to get there. I thought you might want to come along for the walk. (You will see the old city soon in another post.)
Leaving the train station, we wound our way th