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Vimy: One Hundred Years Later

Like mentioned in a bazillion previous posts, this year is the 100-year anniversary of Vimy Ridge. This is the battle most celebrated by Canadians and is considered a defining moment for Canada. This is the view that they fought for…… Continue Reading →

Arleux-en-Gohelle (a.k.a. Finding Max)

On April 28th, it will be exactly 100-years since my relative (Max McKinnon) died on the outskirts of a small medieval town named Arleux-en-Gohelle. When the family received notice that Max had been killed, they were told that he died… Continue Reading →

World War 1: Taken on Strength to France (Part 8)

This is the eighth post in a series about a group of World War 1 soldiers from Mill Village, Nova Scotia who all enlisted for the 209th Battalion in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For full context and more information about the… Continue Reading →

World War 1: The 9th Reserve in Bramshott (Part 7)

This is the seventh post in a series about a group of World War 1 soldiers from Mill Village, Nova Scotia who all enlisted for the 209th Battalion in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For full context and more information about the… Continue Reading →

World War 1: The 9th Battalion in Shorncliffe (Part 6)

This is the sixth post in a series about a group of World War 1 soldiers from Mill Village, Nova Scotia who all enlisted for the 209th Battalion in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. For full context and more information about the… Continue Reading →

2016: A Year of Travel

This year was exhausting though there was less travel than in previous years. Big changes happened in our non-travel lives: Stryder passed away, we moved to a different province (Québec), we learned how to function in a new language, La… Continue Reading →

When in Rome…

On my day of departure, I somehow managed to sleep in. I’m not sure how it happened because my bio-clock is relentless. I wake up at 4:30 every morning. It doesn’t matter what time zone I’m in, I wake up… Continue Reading →

Finding unexpected beauty amongst the chaos

I have one final gallery to show from Napoli. But before showing the gallery I want to re-iterate what I said in my first post: either you love or you hate Napoli. The inter webs are divided, passionate, opinionated, and… Continue Reading →

Castel Sant’Elmo

You can see the castle from just about everywhere in Napoli. It was one of the first things we saw from the hotel (and were curious about). In the Bourne Supremacy Napoli scenes, the castle appears looming in the distance… Continue Reading →

The martyr, the catacombs, and the blood mystery

The next stop on the underground exploration tour was the large and cavernous Catacombe di San Gennaro. The catacombs in Napoli are connected… and I don’t mean via tunnels, but rather they are connected by one organization: Catacombe di Napoli…. Continue Reading →

The castle and the crocodile

It’s real name of the building is the Maschio Angioino but for the majority of the tourists who visit the city, it is known as the Castel Nuovo (the new castle). New is a “relative” term meaning the old royal… Continue Reading →

Charles III’s artistic legacy in Napoli

Before there was the Louve, before Belvedere Palace, and even before Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli was opened by Charles III of Spain (1750s). The mid-1700s of Napoli’s history signals the Spanish occupation… Continue Reading →

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