Monthly Archives: December 2019

A Farewell to Toronto’s CLRV Streetcar

CLRV (Canadian Light Rail Vehicle) streetcar On Sunday, December 29, 2019 the Toronto Transit Commission retired its CLRV (Canadian Light Rail Vehicle) streetcars after forty-two years of service. Enthusiasts of all things Toronto and transportation came out to experience one last … Continue reading

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Les Santons de Charlevoix

Les Santons de Charlevoix Many years ago, while travelling through the Province of Quebec’s Charlevoix region, I came upon a wonderful shop nestled in the small town of St. Joseph de la Rive, called Les Santons de Charlevoix, where they … Continue reading

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A Baltic Journey: Sweden

  Malmö, Sweden While the Queen Elizabeth docked in Denmark, we decided to go into Sweden for a short visit. I felt guilty, riding on the bus that took us away from beautiful Copenhagen, especially when our bus tour guide … Continue reading

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A Baltic Journey: Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark What I remember most fondly about Copenhagen is the rushing sound of hundreds of bicycles going by in the streets. The exhilarating feeling of being part of a vibrant city was never as intense as I walked the … Continue reading

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A Baltic Journey: Latvia

Riga, Latvia Riga is a beautiful city to visit. We managed to enjoy a guided tour of its abundant Art Nouveau architecture, which graces many of its streets like an outdoor museum (a comparison I read about in a Portuguese … Continue reading

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A Baltic Journey: Estonia (part 2)

Tallinn, Upper Town – from the Kohtuotsa viewing Platform Tallinn’s Upper Town, on Toompea Hill, is as charming as the Lower Town. We explored it on a guided tour. Our tour guide was excellent and she enriched our knowledge not … Continue reading

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A Baltic Journey: Estonia (part 1)

Tallinn Old Town, Lower Town  Tallinn is a beautiful city full of exquisite architecture, both new and old. Although we didn’t have time to visit modern Tallinn, we meandered through the medieval Old Town on a quiet Saturday morning by … Continue reading

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A Baltic Journey: Russia (part 2)

The State Hermitage Museum seen from Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshad) The day we visited the Hermitage, it was packed with tour groups given in many languages. Our large Cunard group was masterfully guided by a Russian tour guide – a … Continue reading

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A Baltic Journey: Russia (part 1)

St. Petersburg

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A Baltic Journey: Finland

A rainy day in Helsinki Havis Amanda Fountain and Sculpture  by Ville Vallgren Bicycles at the edge of Esplanadi Park Esplanadi (Espa) Park Helsinki Central Station Helsinki Central Station Helsinki Central Station Senate Square and the Lutheran Cathedral of St. … Continue reading

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