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Solo Trips and Tips blog posts and photos about traveling in Canada including road trips, hiking, kayaking, street art, graffiti, and more travel tips

Montreal Graffiti Street Art and Murals Around the City

Montreal Graffiti Street Art and Murals Around the City

Montreal graffiti and street art is easy to find while walking around the city. 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 […]

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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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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, squid-like creatures, found primarily in Southern Alberta. The shells could grow to as large as 1 meter (39 inches) in diameter. Wouldn’t it be wild to find one of these amazing mollusks while out hiking in Alberta?! Alas, ammolite is not so […]

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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 […]

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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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Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

We’re enjoying springtime weather in Austin Texas. The wildflowers blooming along the Austin roadways always get me thinking about my mom, affectionately known as Mumsy, who happens to love gardening. She loves getting her hands in the dirt. She loves picking out new plants to try out in her garden. She even managed to get […]

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Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Located at the Montreal Botanical Gardens the exhibit Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013 included 48 entries from 19 countries. It took me two visits to view the entire exhibit, tickets were good for two days due to the size of the exhibit. Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal started in 1998 and the first exhibit appeared at the Old Port […]

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