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Hotel vs Hostel – Ritz-Carlton vs Montreal Central Hostel

Hotel vs Hostel – Ritz-Carlton vs Montreal Central Hostel

  Hotel vs hostel – which is better for a solo traveler – hotel or hostel? I recently spent one night at the Ritz followed by a night at Montreal Central Hostel. The Ritz-Carlton in Montreal is a 5-star hotel that opened its doors in 1912. It was the first hotel in North America with the […]

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Graffiti – Montreal Quebec Street Art

Graffiti – Montreal Quebec Street Art

I love street art finds while strolling around a city like Montreal – murals and graffiti are plentiful. My third solo trip to Montreal began with a welcome coolness in the air. August in Austin TX brings hot dry weather and the opportunity to walk around outside during the day or night and be comfortable […]

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Glittering Gold Bar in My Hands

Glittering Gold Bar in My Hands

On my recent solo trip to Ottawa I visited the Parliament buildings and wandered around the ByWard Market then headed over to the Royal Canadian Mint. This is where collectible coins and investment grade coins are created. As I arrived at the Royal Canadian Mint a tour was just about to start. I  paid the […]

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Fabergé and Faux Fabérge at MMFA

Fabergé and Faux Fabérge at MMFA

In Montreal my favorite museum to visit is the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and yesterday I attended the fabulous Fabergé exhibit. I used to make jewelry and do cloisonné enamel work so I have an idea of the craftsmanship required to create these fine works of art. The extraordinary Fabergé Imperial Peter the Great Easter […]

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Montreal Quebec – Public Art – Memory Gaps

Montreal Quebec – Public Art – Memory Gaps

My third solo trip to Montreal begins next week and I started thinking about things to do and see on this visit to one of my favorite cities of the world. Previously I have stayed at Montreal Central hostel which is next to the central bus station and near St Catherine Street – a great […]

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Big Bend National Park – A Solo Road Trip to West Texas

Big Bend National Park – A Solo Road Trip to West Texas

  I never gave too much thought as to why the West Texas park known as Big Bend National Park was so-named. I found out when I took my first solo road trip to West Texas in December 2010. The trip would take me from Austin to Marathon – Alpine – Big Bend National Park […]

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Ammolite – Colorful Gemstone of Alberta Canada

Ammolite – Colorful Gemstone of Alberta Canada

Ammolite is a gemstone made from fossilized shells of the extinct ammonite mollusks – squidlike creatures –  found primarily in Southern Alberta. The shells could grow to as large as 1 meter in diameter. Ammolite is often made into colorful gemstones and Feng Shui practitioners refer to it as the “Seven Color Prosperity Stone”. That’s […]

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Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Botanical Garden is a little piece of Zen in central Austin. I often stop by in-between bookkeeping client appointments to take a meditative break. Spring is my favorite time to visit Zilker Botanical Garden because I love to see the redbuds begin to bloom but there is beauty in every season. The setting is serene with […]

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YYC = Calgary Alberta Canada Airport Code

YYC = Calgary Alberta Canada Airport Code

YYC is the airport code for my hometown Calgary Alberta Canada. I enjoyed a visit with my family and just returned yesterday. I like to visit Calgary towards the end of June so that I can enjoy the long summer days. It’s great weather for hiking and being outdoors. I’ll just give you a little […]

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Cotton Clouds – Leaving Austin for Barcelona via New York

Cotton Clouds – Leaving Austin for Barcelona via New York

I flew out of Austin headed to Barcelona via NYC on Wednesday morning and a short while into the flight I noticed the clouds all seemed to be lined up in tidy little rows as if someone had planted them in the sky! I am always in awe of cloud formations – looking up at […]

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Quebec City – Two days in Old Quebec and Free Cirque du Soleil show!

Quebec City – Two days in Old Quebec and Free Cirque du Soleil show!

Traveling alone to the province of Quebec in August 2011 I spent my first week in Montreal then traveled to Quebec City on an afternoon train with Via Rail. It was an enjoyable journey of 3 1/2 hours or so. I arrived in Quebec to a sunny afternoon and made my way to the Hosteling […]

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Canon Powershot SX-700 w/30x Zoom Lens Test Photos – Initial Review

Canon Powershot SX-700 w/30x Zoom Lens Test Photos – Initial Review

I just purchased the Canon Powershot SX-700 for my upcoming solo trip to Barcelona Spain (read my post-trip review here). My previous camera was also a Canon Powershot – the pocket-size SD1300IS which is a great little camera for everyday use. However, mine had developed a grey smudge mark in dead-center on certain photos – most […]

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