Monthly Archives: September 2014

Part 1 – The Amazing Flower Parade

Having spent a few ‘intense’ days visiting the Canadian War sites through Normandy and Belgium, we were ready for our next cultural experience – participating in an annual flower parade in Loenhout, Belgium.  This has been a tradition since 1952, and what started out as

The Venice of the North

  How many of you have heard of or visited the city of Bruges in Belgium? Not many people have, so I am here to introduce you to the most amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site that I have ever seen…. When you visit Bruges, it is

Another Surfing Success!

Amidst our WWI and WWII explorations, we came to meet another wonderful family through Couchsurfing.  The De Vuyst family were a super energetic group of 5 who had just recently returned from their own amazing travel experience in New York City and California. The family took

A Day In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppy’s blow, between the crosses row on row. That mark our place, and in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, fly scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead, short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and

Victory at Vimy Ridge

After an emotional day at Juno, we spent a pretty quiet night at a small inn in Rouen. We had some great discussions with the girls about the World Wars. They asked some pretty good questions, such as, “Why would countries encourage their people to

Journey to Juno Beach

One item on our list of ‘must-dos’ for our global field trip was to visit the Canadian War memorials in Normandy and Belgium.  So, we left the hustle and bustle of Paris and headed north, with our first stop being the Juno Beach Centre. The

Montmartre – the “heart and art” of Paris

Having visited the “main sights” of Paris, we decided to visit a new neighbourhood for us, that neither Katina nor myself had ever been before – Montmartre.  This beautiful, unique area is built upon a huge hill in north Paris, and is crowned with the Basilica

Petits Pains au Chocolat

I learned how to make a delicious French recipe that you can eat for breakfast! I made Petits Pains au Chocolat, but not the real French Pain au Chocolat. The real French pastry is made from scratch but probably takes a really long time to

A Travel Reality Check

So far on our trip we have had nothing but “green lights”.  We have been having a great time with numerous positive experiences.  Of course we’re happy about everything being so wonderful, but sometimes that can lull you into a false sense of security.  Sometimes

The French King of Sandwiches….

  Croque Monsieurs are fancy ham and cheese sandwiches, which are really yummy as a snack or meal. I had never really known exactly how to make them. We had them for lunch, and it made us feel very French! It was better than a

Paris with Friends!

Paris is an amazing city and we have really enjoyed our time there…in fact, one week was too short to see so many sights and try so many new things. It’s even better when you have friends to show you the way and introduce you

The Ultimate Treasure Hunt

The Louvre is an amazing museum full of almost 35 000 artifacts.  Needless to say, the 13km former palace is not something that can be visited in an afternoon! We wanted to use some type of technology to help us navigate the museum, so we

How do you say “wow” in French? Musee d’Orsay

Our 3-hour walking tour when we first arrived really set us up well to plan our remaining time in Paris.  One of the things we decided we absolutely had to see was the Musee d’Orsay, located “just down the road from” the Louvre.  The museum

An Endless Experience at the Eiffel Tower

  The Eiffel Tower is a big “A” shaped tower that is one of the biggest tourist attractions in France. The Eiffel Tower was built by a man named Gustave Eiffel for the World’s Fair and to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the French Revolution in 1889.

Let Them Eat Cake!

  After visiting the Palace of Versailles, I now know the differences between palaces and castles. Castles are nice, but they are made more for defensive purposes, whereas palaces are much more comfortable and are meant to be lived in. Let me take you on