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Who is buried in the Orchard Dump Cemetery? (a.k.a. Finding Max)

Note: The backstory of the Finding Max series can be found on the Remembrance page. All of the assumptions made below are based on probability. There is always the chance that Max could be anywhere in the graveyard… or not… Continue Reading →

Le Moulin Grenier de Repentigny

I have a new obsession: les moulins. In Québec they pepper the landscape and turn up when you least expect them. There are 18 documented historic windmills in Québec and in many cases they still perform their primary function: to… Continue Reading →

That place called New Amsterdam

Before New York was packed with people… before it was a global destination for fashion, music, and business… before it was home to the Mets, the Rangers, and the Yankees… before it was the place that Loyalists hid during the… Continue Reading →

The Last Flight

Ok… so… it’s true. I’m leaving my ridiculously amazing travelling gig to take something local in Montréal. There will be travel; but, a different kind of travel that is done at a sustainable pace (hopefully). It feels weird. This site… Continue Reading →

Very few original, intact WW1 trenches still exist

Evidence of the Great War is still visible on the landscape in Western Europe. More than a billion shells were launched during the war and farmers/construction workers still frequently find ordinance or gas canisters (bomb disposal experts get calls daily)…. Continue Reading →

Beautiful Photos of Brugge’s Canals

Brugge’s prime and strategic location on the North Sea has ensured that the area was inhabited long before recorded history… and made sure that every European invading force came to the city in an attempt to conquer and control its… Continue Reading →

Little Details, Brugge

This is my second Easter spent in Brugge. The first was in 2011… when the Tour de Flanders (La Ronde) was still in Brugge. This time around it was La Niña’s choice to visit the city and explore. For this… Continue Reading →

Finding Frank… at the Menin Road South Cemetery, Ypres

In 1916, Menin Road was the route that Allied troops took from Ypres to the front line. Today, the front line is gone but the road still exists (Menenstraat) and if you leave Ypres from the Menin Gate, it’s a… Continue Reading →

Finding Joseph… at the Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery in Souchez

Cabaret-Rouge is close to Vimy Ridge (France) and is one of a handful cemeteries we visited outside of Ypres and Passchendaele. We travelled here to visit the grave of a great-uncle: Joseph McKenna and leave a memorial bag. Cabaret-Rouge is… Continue Reading →

So many cemeteries… so much death…

The overwhelming thing about touring the countryside in Belgium and France is the sheer number of cemeteries in a relatively small amount of space. Some are on the side of the road, some are hidden behind bushes and trees, and… Continue Reading →

The Dominion British Cemetery (a.k.a. Finding Jack)

For the posts on Jack McEachern and group of men from Cabri/Mill Village who fought with the 209th Battalion, start here. We went to the Dominion British Cemetery in Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt to look for Jack McEachern. With me came blossoms from… Continue Reading →

Yes. It’s Flooding.

As helicopters swirl above our house and as troops in black SUVs fly past our house because it is one of the only dry routes into the flood zone, I can’t help but wonder why there is so much flooding?… Continue Reading →

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