.All Trips / Central Canada / Manitoba / North America

St. Andrews-on-the-Red, Manitoba

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One of the oldest churches on the Canadian prairies is St. Andrews.  It’s an Anglican (Episcopalian) church in the community of St. Andrews and is situated on the Red River — hence the name, St. Andrews-on-the-Red.
The church is more than 170 years old.  In the 1820’s, the stretch of the Red River north of (what is now) Winnipeg was largely settled by former workers of the Hudson’s Bay and Northwest Trading Companies, many of whom were immigrants from the Orkney Islands.  Archdeacon W. Cockran established a mission and built a wooden church here in 1831. This wooden church soon became too small to accommodate the congregation and a new stone church was begun in 1844 and completed in 1849.  The …

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A Walk along Halifax’s Waterfront

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I enjoyed my visit to Halifax, although I’d have to say it’s not one of the prettier cities in Canada.  An exception to this impression was my walk along the city’s waterfront, which is a lovely place.
The city has a terrific 6-km boardwalk known as the HarbourWalk which stretches along the main highlights of harbor and which is said to be one of the longest boardwalks in the world.  It’s flat and easy to do, and walking this stretch is most pleasant on a nice summer day.

Harbourwalk, Halifax Waterfront

Harbourwalk, Halifax Waterfront


The walk offers some nice views of the harbor, and of ships and sailboats moving about — even of a lighthouse on an island.  There’s the sound of gulls and of waves crashing, and …

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.All Trips / Argentina / South America

Rambling around Recoleta

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Recoleta is an upscale residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires, where my wife and I stayed during our visit to that city.  The area has interesting historic architecture and is where you’ll find the Recoleta Cemetery and the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church.  Some of the most expensive real estate in Argentina is in Recoleta.

Plazio Sarmiento (Ministry of Education), Recoleta

Plazio Sarmiento (Ministry of Education), Recoleta


This post is a compilation of some of the sights we encountered during our wanderings around this part of the city.  One of these features Pizzurno Palace, also known as the Sarmiento Palace (home to the Ministry of Education).
Recoleta is a place families live and play, with some nice parks and green spaces. There’s some interesting public art and …

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Tractor Pull in Markerville, Alberta

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One of my stops when visiting rural Alberta was the village of Markerville, a farming community built by Icelandic immigrants northwest of Calgary.  Markerville has a popular ice cream shop, which was the main reason I visited.  While I was enjoying my scoop of chocolate ice cream, I heard an announcer’s voice echoing in the distance.  I couldn’t understand what was being said, but had to find out what was going on.
I walked over the pedestrian bridge across the Red Deer River and was surprised to find a colorful collection of tractors in the town’s baseball field, with a scattering of antique cars and other farm equipment.

A gathering of old tractors, Markerville

A gathering of old tractors, Markerville


I’d come across a “tractor pull” that was part of weekly series of events …

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.All Trips / Central USA / Montana / North America

A Visit to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

01 Little Bighorn Battlefield

My most recent visit was my third to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, which preserves the site of “Custer’s Last Stand” — the Battle of the Little Bighorn (June 25 and 26, 1876). The National Monument has a small museum but the highlight of your visit will be to drive through or walk across part of the battlefield.  There are grave markers where soldiers fell during the battle, the largest cluster on the hill where General Custer died, as well as a few more recent markers for some of the Cheyenne warriors who were killed during the fighting.
You’ll enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Little Bighorn valley and “Big Sky” country of Montana.  Every time I’ve visited storm clouds …

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.All Trips / Europe / Italy

Catania’s Great Cathedral, Sicily

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Catania Cathedral faces the city’s main square, and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
As you stand in Catania’s main square and look at the exterior of the cathedral, you’ll be impressed by its beautiful Baroque features.  The many lovely marble figures decorating the exterior and grounds of the building add to its uniqueness.  It’s easy to see why the cathedral is one of Catania’s most popular buildings — both during daylight hours and at night.
Catania Cathedral is also known as Saint Agatha Cathedral in honor of a young Christian martyr named Agatha who was killed at this site in the third century.  Agatha was said to have been a beautiful and pious young girl born into a good family.  …

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.All Trips / Europe / Slovenia

Some Street Art from Slovenia

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This post contains a few photos of some of the art we discovered while wandering the streets of the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, which I hope you enjoy.  The first we encountered was this statue of a bull taken outside of a bank near the apartment where we were staying — shades of Wall Street!
There were an interesting assortment of statues and much that we saw….
(Click on thumbnails to enlarge, right arrow to advance slideshow)


 

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.All Trips / Asia / India

A Wedding in Jaipur

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If there’s anything more colorful than a wedding in India, I’m not sure what that would be.  It’s uncommon for a group of tourists to be invited to a wedding celebration; this unique opportunity arose because our tour guide was a good friend of the groom, hence the invite.
Indian weddings are still mostly arranged affairs, the parents picking appropriate mates for their children.  I personally believe that marriage for love is better, but the Indians are happy with their system and it seems to fairly work well for them.  Marriages in India are as stable as those anywhere in the world.
We arrived at the rented venue, part of a total of about 250 people ultimately attending.  We were invited to …

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