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This used to be a baseball city

Sports are a way of life in Montréal; this is a city of icons and heroes. Hockey is certainly ingrained into the DNA of every single child who grows up here. Even today, most little communities have an outdoor rink… Continue Reading →

Le Moulin à vent de Pointe-Claire

During one of the coldest days of the year (a tough feat because there have been a lot of cold days this year), we headed out to one of the windiest, unprotected, desolate, ice covered parts of the West Island…… Continue Reading →

The sticks and stones of Old Montréal

Montréal is one of the few surviving cities in Canada founded in the 17th century (1642). It’s also one of Canada’s most diverse, politically complex, culturally rich, and historically interesting metropolitan areas. It’s always been this way; Montréal is a… Continue Reading →

Les Moulin de l’Île-Perrot

The windmill and miller’s house stand quietly on a lonely corner of the island overlooking the Baie de Vaudreuil, Senneville, and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. It dates to the era of Charles le Moyne de Longueuil et de Châteauguay (from this post)… maybe…. Continue Reading →

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 →

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