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Another perfect day with beaming blue skies, great temperatures and no humidity greeted me yesterday After a lovely strengthening breakfast and some business issues, Clare and I set off by car to explore British Columbia's capital Victoria We started by parking our car pretty close to "Mile Zero", right next to Beacon Hill Park...

My second day in Rochester started off with a lovely Park Avenue neighbourhood breakfast and an exploration of the ArtWalk neighbourhood I only had a few hours left before I would have to hop back on the high-speed ferry, the CAT, to Toronto, and I definitely wanted to get a more indepth look at some of Rochester's historical architecture Rochester is one of those North American cities that has managed to preserve a good portion of its historical masterpieces, despite the "urban renewal" efforts of the 1960s that saw many historic buildings razed and replaced with nameless, faceless skyscrapers and office buildings...

If you have read my articles for a while, you know that I am a visual arts lover One of the highlights of my Rochester trip was a walk through the Neighbourhood of the Arts My local experts Patti and Carrie met me in the morning and we started off with a lovely breakfast at a restaurant called Jine's, located in a bustling neighbourhood on Park Avenue...

Two days ago I took the CAT fast ferry from Toronto to Rochester and arrived well-rested after a 25 hour boat ride in the Port of Rochester, a scenic Rochester suburb called Charlotte I was greeted by Patti and Carrie from the Rochester Visitors Association who had helped me with my itinerary and were kind enough to show me around...

For a while now I have been dreaming of taking the recently re-introduced high-speed ferry service from Toronto to Rochester The ferry service briefly ran last year, introduced by a group of private investors, but stopped running after a few weeks due to financial difficulties It was reintroduced this year after the City of Rochester purchased the ferry at an auction and contracted an experienced ferry service based out of Nova Scotia to run it...

On July 23 and 24 my friend Leslie and I went on a weekend adventure: a learn-how-to-kayak weekend on the Ottawa River We had a great time, combining sports and relaxation on a weekend away from the city As you know, wherever I am, I keep my eyes open for interesting travel-related story ideas, and one story idea decidedly hit me right in the face when we started socializing with the other weekend vacationers...

Way back when in February I went to the Outdoor Adventure Show and I twisted my friend Leslie's arm to go on a learn-how-to-kayak weekend with me We booked 2 days including meals, kayaking lessons and camping accommodation with a company called Equinox Adventures that has a rafting and kayaking camp located on Calumet Island in the Ottawa River So Friday we got ready, I picked Leslie up from work and we headed off on Highway 401 east of Toronto...

It gets hot in Texas The air shimmers and dances above the plains, and the baking sun draws a spider's web of foot-deep cracks in the hard-packed clay Lizards dig in under the biggest rocks they can find, and even the prairie dogs hide deep in their burrows, venturing out only in the late evenings to scrounge for seeds and dry grasses...

My grandparents migrated from Germany long before I was even a twinkle in my father’s eye My father was two at the time and doesn’t remember much of his life in Germany My grandmother, though, has always stayed in touch with her brothers and sisters remaining in Germany and often longed for a Christmas spent with her family back home...

Has someone you love tried to hurt themselves by committing suicide If so, how did it make you feel I ask these questions because I can relate to them...

Genesis 33:5: “And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the woman and children, and said, who are those with thee And he said, the children which God has graciously given thy servant” Children are a gift from God...

There is nothing to compare to the wonder and magic that a child experiences at Christmas When my sons were small, there were many such moments The look of awe on their faces the first time they spied the brightly lit tree surrounded with presents, their first gingerbread house and cookie day, to name a few...

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, our family found itself in an odd situation My husband had recently been promoted within his company, which resulted in our moving to a new city We made the move in mid-November, which made planning for Thanksgiving virtually impossible...

Once there was a man who sat around all day and did nothing One day he was sitting outside and a bird came and perched on the fence next to him The bird asked the man, "Why do you always sit around all day and do nothing...

Budget Car Rental company, known as Budget Rent A Car System, Inc, has been renting out automobiles since 1958 With 1900 locations worldwide, Budget Car Rental is one of the best known rental companies in the world The company is a subsidiary of a publicly traded corporation, the Cendant Corporation...

Sshhh Don’t tell anyone but there are a lot of stories “floating” around about cruising Many people are going to believe these stories until they take their first cruise...

Are you looking for a book to read and you are not completely sure of the contents you’ll enjoy the most You have several things to think of For example: do you want to learn about some topic, such as plants or animals...

Philippians 419: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" One Friday morning, I was supposed to go to a nearby nursing home to hold a service...

Santa Claus actually started out as a version of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, known as Neptune by the Romans Early Greek sailors feared him He could bring terrible storms in the sea, or grant them safe journeys...

One would think that Christmas lights have been around for as long as Christmas itself Can any of you imagine Christmas without lights How would the children find their way in the dark, so early on Christmas morning without them...

The first ever created maps were made not for economic reasons but more for religious purpose The early maps of the world display religious icons similar to the icons that are found on the pages of the Book of Kells During the 12th century the map of the world were created with the shaped of a T and O...

Two months ago, a 13-class-old schoolgirl was in remission in Ashford, Kent for throwing a snowball at a police force car It was reported in the national and local press, merely not 1 journalist chose to focus on the about disturbing aspect of the incident: she was DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID-swabbed and her details were added to the National DESOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID Database Unlike her ticking-off or public humiliation, this mark against her name volition remain indefinitely on a mainframe somewhere in the Forensic Science Service...

Susan Murphy-Milano, Daughter of Chicago Police Detective Philip Murphy who murdered her mother Roberta Murphy, in 1989, before taking his own life speaks out on this tragedy in Flordia on 10/11/05 It does not matter in what city or state this took place, the fact still remains that blue still defends blue The spokesperson for the Orange County Florida sherriff's department Barbara Miller responded "Not only when you have a deputy who has died, but when you see two small inncocent children, it's very disconcerning and disheartening to the officers" Well, the officers responded to at least 5 calls for help from estranged wife Leigh Ann to this home in the past month...

Although the origin of the pirate flag is unknown, it is generally thought that it was invented to strike fear in the hearts and minds of their enemies The pirate flag, or “Jolly Roger” as it often called, was likely intended to scare their potential victims into a speedy surrender The origins of the name “Jolly Roger” are difficult to establish...

About 1,500 years ago, a 16 or 30-something woman named Justa Grata Honoria was found flagrant d’ellicto with her employee, Eugenius, a steward\overseer\chamberlain\comptroller (upper management), by her younger brother, Valentinian III (CEO – West Division), and his escorts (mopes) in a palace located in Ravenna, Italy Val got mad and took it out on Eugenius, had him killed (strangled, most say, by a mope), a factoid of absolutely no historic importance until you learn what this event set in motion But, first, back to the sex...

As I sit here writing this article I can see a shadow moving in the corner of my right eye, the shadow of a man The man has settled into an armchair I can feel him watching me...

Since I grew up in the 1950's it is fun for me to reflect on some of the nifty things during that era Drive In Theatres Known then as the "passion pit", Drive In Theatres bring back many happy memories My birthday being in July was the prime season for Drive In movies...

It was a Sunday afternoon My friend Kurt and I met for lunch We kept talking about our upcoming trip to Vegas...

Sunday morning, July 3d, 2005, arrived in south Georgiait was a humid morning, but the birds were singing, I could hear the distance church bell ringing...

The Time Machine brings me back to Chancellor Avenue, Newark,New Jersey, circa 1964 Vintage cars like the ’62 Oldsmobile Spitfire, 1957 and 1958 Chevy’s roamed up and down the street passing The Bunny Hop, The Burgerama and Dave’s Hot Dog Haven Did we only eat French Fries, hot dogs and hamburgers...

 
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