Juneau Whale Safari

Sitting by the window of the Oceanview restaurant finishing our second cup of coffee of the morning the ship slows and we begin its approach into Juneau the state capital and, strangely for America, only accessible by sea and air. Along the shoreline are isolated homes and posts sticking out of the low tide mud […]…

Ketchikan and Totems

You may have heard that Alaska as a state of weather extremes and you’re not wrong. The lowest recorded temperature in Alaska was -80O F (-62OC) recorded in 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp whereas the highest temperature was 100OF (38OC) at Fort Yukon in 1915. However, the weather in South eastern Alaska is far milder […]…

A Day at The Royal Agrictural Winter Fair

An annual event when my sister and I were teenagers was going into Toronto to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Now in our 60s we are both within easy reach of Toronto again and finally made a return trip to the Royal late last fall. It was a long day but we were both glad […]…

Les Belles-Soeurs

A nostalgic play for me at the Stratford Festival this season was Les Belles-Soeurs. It takes place one evening in Montreal in the 1960s as a woman, Germaine, who has won one million stamps, works with her sisters and friends to paste them into books in order to redeem them for all manner of merchandise. […]…

First Cruise

Finally, after a virtually 24 months of staying at home, we are off on holiday, this time an ocean cruise, our first cruise. Not your normal ‘soft’ warm weather one around the Med, or Caribbean, but a hardy ‘adventure’ one to Alaska starting out of Seattle, though not too adventurous as we are getting on […]…

Kim’s Convenience

If you have ever seen the Canadian situation comedy called Kim’s Convenience, you may be interested in seeing the play on which the series was based. The play was first seen at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. I had never seen the television series but when the play was on in London, Ontario late last […]…

Frankenstein Revived

The World Première Adaptation of Frankenstein Revived by Morris Panych is one of the more innovative productions I’ve seen at the Avon Theatre at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. It is based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and presents the story as if she is writing the book and directing the characters with her […]…

The wide-open spaces of South Dakota

Full of amazing sights from the famous town of Deadwood to the incredible Crazy Horse Memorial it’s somewhere well worth considering next time you are thinking about a trip to the USA. …

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