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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Pelicans Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast

Pelicans Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast

My solo road trip to Port Aransas on the Gulf Coast of Texas was planned around the whooping crane festival in February. I didn’t see any whooping cranes but I did see plenty of brown pelicans in Port Aransas Texas. I visited the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas and was surrounded by some […]

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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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Where to Stay in Barcelona – La Ribera District Barcelona

Where to Stay in Barcelona – La Ribera District Barcelona

This post may contain compensated links. Find more info in my disclaimer La Ribera District is where to stay in Barcelona – it was my home during my solo 9-day visit to Barcelona. La Ribera is a great walking neighborhood in Barcelona. I felt safe on my own exploring the area both during the day and […]

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Museums of Marrakech Morocco

Museums of Marrakech Morocco

Visiting Marrakech for the first time I enjoyed learning about the local culture through art and history. I visited modern art galleries as well as the historical museums. I stayed in the walled city (the medina) of Marrakech so I could explore the city on foot and get lost in the maze of narrow walkways. Many of the museums of […]

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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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Getting Lost While Traveling – Enjoy Losing Your Way

Getting Lost While Traveling – Enjoy Losing Your Way

Getting lost while traveling is a given for me. I am directionally challenged. I expect to get lost when I’m traveling but I do not get upset about it. I’m unable to pinpoint the exact moment when it happened but I have been possessed by the wanderlust for many years. I believe the seed may […]

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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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