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Nomad Life Update – Long Term Road Trip – USA Canada

Nomad Life Update – Long Term Road Trip – USA Canada

First of all, sorry for being an absentee blogger! I missed writing and posting my travels! I’m a bad travel blogger. I write posts in my head but they don’t make it onto the computer. Dozens of stories are swirling around in my brain, unedited, unposted. Perhaps a glass or three of wine will entice […]

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Going Nomadic – Forgetting Fear – Taking a Leap

Going Nomadic – Forgetting Fear – Taking a Leap

While transitioning to my soon-to-be nomadic lifestyle, occasional moments of fear and doubt creep into my psyche. I shoo the negative thoughts away pronto! I don’t have time for doubts and fears. I have too many things to do before I leave for my year-long road trip adventure. My brain is skilled at creating what if scenarios […]

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Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

The first afternoon of my solo trip to Ottawa I decided to go for a walk along the Ottawa River and I discovered the wonderful Rock Art exhibit at Remic Rapids. I glimpsed a grouping of stones balanced on one another like an inukhsuk. Walking further down the river I saw dozens of balanced rock art sculptures.   […]

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Poutine Quintessential Quebec Cuisine

Poutine Quintessential Quebec Cuisine

While traveling around the world or at home I love to experience different cultures via the food. There are not too many foods that have their origin in Canada, where I grew up, but visiting Quebec I had the pleasure of tasting one of them. Poutine is quintessential Quebec cuisine. Poutine consists of French fries […]

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Ottawa Locks UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ottawa Locks UNESCO World Heritage Site

On my recent solo trip to Ottawa I visited the Ottawa Locks on the Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A series of eight locks allow boats to travel between the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal with a total lift of 79 feet. Located between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier Hotel the Ottawa Locks […]

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Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

On my third attempt I was able to visit the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. My first attempt was stopped by a scheduled protest on Parliament Hill in the afternoon. My second attempt I arrived too near closing time but I did receive some useful information from the staff. I was instructed to arrive 10 minutes […]

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National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

The National Gallery of Canada on Sussex Drive is near the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. It is housed in a magnificent building designed by architect Moshe Safdie. The gigantic spider sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois is visible from a distance. The National Gallery of Canada opened in 1988 and the focus is Canadian art but there […]

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Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery

Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery

On my recent solo trip to the Motherland my favorite public art in Ottawa was the sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois. The giant spider stands in front of the National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Drive. I first visited Maman on my way back from a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint and returned a second time when I viewed […]

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Koreana Restaurant – Dolsot Bibimbap Korean Food Montreal

Koreana Restaurant – Dolsot Bibimbap Korean Food Montreal

Strolling along St Denis Street in Montreal is a perfect place for any solo traveler visiting the city. There are boutiques if you like shopping, coffee shops with Wi-Fi, art galleries to browse, street art, and dozens of restaurants to choose from – many with outdoor terraces to sit and watch the people go by […]

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Rideau Canal Walk from Dows Lake to Ottawa Locks

Rideau Canal Walk from Dows Lake to Ottawa Locks

Ottawa is a great city for outdoor activities. On my solo trip to Ottawa I chose an overcast day to walk from Wellington West to Dows Lake and along the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa Locks near Parliament Hill. I wanted to visit the Rideau Canal since I was a kid in Calgary Alberta. I […]

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Jamming with Montreal Tam-Tams Music Jam Mont Royal

Jamming with Montreal Tam-Tams Music Jam Mont Royal

Jamming and dancing to the Tam Tams on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Montreal’s Mont Royal Park was a perfect finish to my solo travels in Montreal and Ottawa. What are these Tam Tams you ask? Tam Tams is the name given to the weekly summertime drumming festival that takes place on the east slope […]

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5 Days of Solo Travel in Ottawa – Highlights of my Trip

5 Days of Solo Travel in Ottawa – Highlights of my Trip

My first solo trip to Ottawa – the capital of Canada – the Motherland – was in August. I took a train from Montreal and stayed in beautiful Wellington West – just south of the Ottawa River. Walking to catch the bus to my AirBnB accommodations I stopped on the overpass from the Via Rail […]

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