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We drank a lot of coffee during the first few hours in Vermont

Crossing the CA/US border was… well… an unexpected experience. We’d done the due diligence and researched busy entry times, Nexus line openings, and overall important need to know details on the USCBP website. The day we wanted to cross the… Continue Reading →

Oakledge Park

We stumbled on this park by accident. And, I’ll say that it’s a rather confusing place. There are plenty of people exercising, hanging out with their kids, taking photos, and enjoying the sunshine and view. The park is beautiful, windswept,… Continue Reading →

There are lots of roadside attractions in Burlington

There’s no shortage of bizarre roadside attractions in Vermont. Many are quick stops or are completely ignorable… depending of your objective. Since our objective was to “find bizarre things in small town America,” we made an effort to find the… Continue Reading →

This is Vermont!

It’s time to knock another state off the “states we’ve visited” list. In the map below, the blue states are the states we’ve visited (22 complete)… the grey we have not (28 remaining). Vermont is a quick weekend jaunt from… Continue Reading →

Moulin à vent Fleming, LaSalle

It’s easy to find this imposing windmill overlooking one end of Lac Saint-Louis (part of the St. Lawrence). Simply drive along Boulevard LaSalle between Lachine and the Canal de l’aqueduc and at some point it will pop into your line… Continue Reading →

Wandering the streets of Beacon Hill

At the time of settlement (1630), Boston was known as “tri-mount” for the three hills that made up the area. The middle of these three hills would eventually become Beacon Hill… then known as pastureland. Eventually “tri-mount” would become Tremount,… Continue Reading →

One of the Civil War Ironclads: U.S.S. Cairo

Ironsides and ironclads… are common vernacular from the American Civil War. Ironcads refer to the steam-powered metal armoured ships that roamed the Mississippi Delta during the war. They defied logic (much like airplanes)… and stayed afloat even though they were… Continue Reading →

The Panthéon and Hoche

The Panthéon in Paris is King Louis XV’s great contribution to the world of cemeteries… sort of. The original intent in 1755 was to build a church to replace the crumbling Abbey of St. Genevieve, but due to lack of… Continue Reading →

It’s been 50-years since Expo ’67

The men behind these achievements should be proud and happy. We should be grateful to them, as we recall the skeptics who once said Expo 67 was too big a project for Montréal, Québec or Canada to accomplish in less… Continue Reading →

It looks pretty but it’s deadly

It’s been 20-years since the infamous Montréal ice storm that shut down the city for weeks, caused multiple deaths, and cost insurance companies billions of dollars in insurance claims. Our neighbours still talk about it… and it’s the reason why… Continue Reading →

These are the great views from Marguerite Bourgeoys

The view from the top of Marguerite Bourgeoys is definitely worth the climb; and, there are plenty of places to take breaks along the way to make the climb manageable for those who need to take it slow. From the… Continue Reading →

A Trip to Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville

I haven’t seen the inside of an airplane in what feels like a very long time (in reality it’s only been a few months). I’m ok with that. For now I happily get into my Jeep and drive to little… Continue Reading →

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