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The Butchart Gardens: Big, Bold & Beautiful

I have a confession to make. I have lived in Vancouver for nine years. I have visited my mother in nearby Sidney – a 10 minute drive away from The Gardens at most – for an additional four years. But up until last week I had never been to the Butchart Gardens, located just outside […]

Travel Photo Thursday: Louisbourg Soldiers – Circa 1744

Late last summer we visited the Louisbourg Fortress in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. It’s a Canadian National Historic Site and North America’s largest historic reconstruction. Back in 1713 Louisbourg was an important seaport and stronghold for the French. By 1760 it was in English hands. What today’s visitor can see are the sights and sounds of […]

Food Recipes and Restaurants

A Visit to Baumwollspinnerei AKA the Leipzig Cotton Mill

Dinner at Spinnerei is what I see listed on my itinerary for the second night of a conference I’m attending in Leipzig, Germany. Beforehand, life is a little out of control, so I don’t even spend one minute checking it out on Google. That’s just as well so I have no preconceived expectations. Spinnerei isn’t a restaurant […]