.All Trips / North America / Western Canada / Yukon

The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Whitehorse

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Canada’s Yukon territory is well know for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor recreation.  It’s a very sparsely populated region (one human for every 2 moose), but there are a few interesting indoor sites to visit including this one, which I think is the best in the territory.  

Why was Beringia not covered with ice?  Because while it was cold, it was too dry.  The coastal mountains of Alaska so sheltered the interior of Alaska and the Yukon from moisture that there was not enough precipitation here to create a glacier.  Because of thick ice sheets on the continents, the ocean levels were lowered and a land bridge appeared which allowed migration of people and animals between Asia and North …

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.All Trips / Central Canada / North America / Saskatchewan

Murals of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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The Canadian province of Saskatchewan and its city of Moose Jaw are hardly on most tourist maps (though I recall as a kid I thought it very cool that a city was named after an animal’s mandible).  As with many things in life, when you scratch the surface you’ll find something interesting underneath.  

So it was this past summer when I was driving between Calgary and Winnipeg.  Having passed through Moose Jaw many times through the years, without stopping for more than gas, I though I’d head into the city and look around for a few hours.  It was an enjoyable break from the day’s driving.

 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Capone’s Hideaway, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

The city has an interesting array of large outdoor murals depicting its history and development …

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.All Trips / Europe / France

A Visit to Paris’ Rodin Museum

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Many consider Auguste Rodin to be the greatest sculpture since the Renaissance.  It’s a point that’s hard to argue with as Rodin was a highly imaginative and successful artist, still well known a century after his death.

Probably the best place to see his work and learn more about his life is in Paris’ Rodin Museum.  Most pieces in the Museum’s collection are located within the Hôtel Biron, a classic 18th-century mansion, very close to Les Invalides (where Napoleon’s tomb is located).  To a large extent the Rodin Museum is park-like, with seven beautifully landscaped acres dotted with sculptures by Rodin.  It’s a lovely relaxing place to be, within the heart of the city but removed from the busy …

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.All Trips / North America / Western Canada / Yukon

Signs of Whitehorse

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As many of you know, I like to collect photos of signage during my travels.  Looking for signs helps me study the destination I’m visiting more carefully than I otherwise might have, and often tells me a lot about the nature of the city I’m visiting.

Whitehorse is the Yukon’s only city and the center of the territory’s commerce, tourism and government.  And while it is a relatively young city, it dates to the Klondike Gold Rush, a most colorful and interesting period in history.

Here are some of the signs I encountered during my recent trip to northern Canada.

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.All Trips / Car Culture / North America / Saskatchewan

Great Cars Along the Highway: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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One of the more unusual vehicles I’ve seen in years was this Mazda SUV, spotted in the parking lot of a hotel I was staying at in Saskatchewan, while traveling between Winnipeg and Calgary this summer.

The vehicle itself is a generic SUV, but the paint job captivated me.  The vehicle belonged to an Army Medic and pays tribute to some of those in the Canadian military who have lost their lives in Afghanistan.  A rather nice touch and moving tribute to these fallen comrades, and something unusual for Canada.

I think the photographs are self-explanatory.

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.All Trips / Europe / Italy

A Visit to the Basilica of San Zeno, Verona

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Saint Zeno (about 300 to 380 AD) is the patron saint of Verona, and this Basilica is named in his honor.  He migrated from northern Africa and possibly was a black man.  Saint Zeno spent much of his life in Verona – first as monk, then as bishop.   He was beloved by the people of Verona and it seems he served them well.

Verona has many very old buildings and historic churches, of which San Zeno is one of the more interesting.  A church has existed on this site since the 4th or 5th century to house the remains of San Zeno.  The building you visit today is a Romanesque church built in the 12th century after its predecessor suffered …

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North America / Pacific Northwest / Washington

“Pic of the Week”, May 24, 2018: Trans-Canada Airlines, Seattle

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One of the world’s great plane museums is Seattle’s Museum of Flight.  We’ll visit the planes inside on another day; today I wanted to focus on a airplane that caught my attention from the collection of aircraft outside the main museum building.

The plane is a Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation.  This airplane was delivered to Trans-Canada Airlines — Canada’s national carrier which ultimately became Air Canada — in 1954.  It was among the last of commonly used propeller aircraft, with jet engines soon to dominate commercial air travel.  This particular plane, after providing passenger and later cargo service, was converted into a cocktail lounge and lunch bar in Toronto before being restored and added to the Museum of Flight’s collection.

It is …

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.All Trips / England / Europe

Experiencing the London Eye

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If you haven’t visited London in a few decades you might have missed seeing a new landmark on the South Bank of the River Thames, near Westminister Bridge. The London Eye is a massive Ferris wheel — the tallest in Europe –and it certainly catches ones eye as you approach it from the Houses of Parliament.   It is popular, usually with long lines and waiting times.  The Eye is the most visited paid attraction in the United Kingdom, with almost 4 million visitors annually.

Here are a few facts about the London Eye:
– It is 135 m (443 ft) tall and 120 m (394 ft) wide.  When it opened in 2000, it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, but …

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