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I am an Avid lover of all things Egypt involving Tombs, Pyramids and Archeology. I was fortunate to see the King Tutankhamun exhibit many years ago in Philadelphia. King Tut is my favorite and what started my interest in Egyptian History.
Recently while we were in Montreal looking for activities to fill the day we stopped at Pointe-a’-Calliere. This is a wonderful Museum of History and Archeology that features local History as well as outside Exhibits. The Museum is built above the remains of the first french settlement , walk through the Original Sewer constructed between 1832 and 1838. There is well over a Thousand Years of History on this site.
To my surprise the Featured Exhibit was “Queens of Egypt”.
This wonderful exhibit will be in Montreal until November 4th, 2018 so why not take a Fall Foliage Drive and head up to Montreal and see it for yourself.
It’s amazing how a few hundred miles can make such a difference in cultures. Montreal not that far West of Saint John New Brunswick and Halifax yet things are very different. Most noticeable is the lack of English both spoken and displayed on road signs , menus, television etc. as well as the friendliness of the people.
Along with the strong French influence you will find many of the people rude. I totally understand being annoyed with tourists, I work in an area with a large population of summer tourism and it gets overwhelming. The people here are rude to each other as well, it had nothing to do with tourists.
I never finished French Class and it’s not a priority language for me to complete. Thanks to google translate I was easily able to decipher the dinner menu beyond my educated guess.
We wandered around looking for food and landed at Merchant Boeuf it looked like a nice upscale place. We looked at the menu outside and decided to give it a try. The host said they were only offering brunch. Beware if you are hungry after a long trip this place is not for you. The choices were limited to about 5 items. My husband had sliders, I usully take photos of our food (awasome food ) I wish I thought to do so this time. There were three buns with a tiny meatball on them and I am NOT joking when I say they were SMALLER than a Quarter or Loone for the Canadians. I ordered a Greek Salad it was served on a plate smaller than a saucer and the olive was two squirts of Olive Paste. The only filling thing was my beer an amazing tasting Oatmeal Stout from St. Ambroise.
We finished our Beer paid the $ 86 bill and left. We walked around for about 15min. and it looked like rain. The street we were on had many restaraunts with outdoor seating and since we were still starving we took a seat at Maggie Oaks.
I had a large order of fish and chips, I don’t recall what my husband ate. Both of us had beer,dessert,and coffee and the bill was still less than the other place.
This time we left feeling like we had a meal. The rain had caused a quick decision that didn’t involve research. After ordering I discovered Four Square only rated the place a 5.5 thankfully they were wrong it was at least an 8.
The following day we headed out early to Notre-Dame Basilica.
In 1824 the Construction began , the Architect was James O’Donnell. There have been additions and changes over the years. The construction of the towers began in 1841 and was completed in 1843. The Western Tower houses the great bell which weighs 10,900 kg.
In 1874 the interior was beautified. The Organ built in 1891and modified a few times has approximately 7000 pipes. Unfortunately vandalls set fire to the Chapel on Dec. 7th, 1978 that almost completely destroyed it. It was rebuilt between 1979 and 1982.
Coba (Spanish: Cobá) is an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The site Coba (Spanish: Cobá) is an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600–900) of Mesoamerican civilization. The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600–900) of Mesoamerican civilization. The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.. credit for information Wikipedia.
Our tour begins with a short bike ride to the entrance where the ball game called Pok-Ta-Pok is located. It is believed that the two rock structures are used to bounce a large heavy rubber ball weighing as much as 9 lbs between the sculls representing the way to gain points.
La Iglesia believed to be a ceremonial location for prayers and offerings .
Stelae 1 has a carving representing the Mayan time cycle ( part of the area called the Macanox Group named for Macanox Lake.
Temple of the paintings relating to agriculture and rain cycles. Xaibe has different levels of construction.
The roads leading through the site are original mayan roads called Sacbe, which resemble a dense concrete. All of the construction will leave you speechless.
Now saving the best for last, Nohoch Mul built to commemorate the power of Coba’s rulers and the last resting place for some of the reigning overlords. The highest pyramid in the Yucatán Peninsula at 138 ft. Climb to the top if you dare , the steps are very close together . I found the easiest way to get to the top was not look down , or up . The view is amazing and scary , since the next part of the adventure is getting back down.
I can’t believe people actually took children up there. The roped off area is only the entrance to a structure at the top, Not a security rope. There are no barriers to keep one from falling off the edge and no phones or cell service for emergencies.
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The largest of 40 small islands that makes up Turks and Caicos with an average temperature between 80 and 84 degrees.
In several locations you can see clear across the island to the other side. This fairly flat island is less than 7 square miles.
The first documented discovery was in 1512 by Ponce de Leon although many believe, Christopher Columbus landed here in 1492.
A monument in his honor has been erected in Cockburn Town.
Features JAGS McCartney International Airport near John Glen Drive. Astronaut John Glen’s space ship splashed down in the atlantic ocean in 1962 just of the coast of Grand Turk and a replica is placed here, just a few months later Scott Carpenter also splashed down.
Over 150 years ago The Grand Turk Lighthouse was brought over from the UK to cut down on shipwrecks on the reefs.
Tourism is the main business , the locals are friendly and appreciative of the people.
We continue with #Bonaire. As you can see from the photos it is beautiful. There are alot of hotel casino properties along the waterfront. The area is known for its salt flats and attracts flamingos.
Did you know that flamingos are born white? The minerals in the salt give them the pink color.
Bonaire is a popular dive spot , a boat is not required due to the way the shore is you can just walk into the water.
I love to visit new places and people and learn first hand about other cultures. Traveling by cruise ship is a simple way to do this. Many may choose the candy coated version but I like to venture out and see things for what they are.
If you like jewelry Amber and Larimar are both very prevalent here. There are museums dedicated to them.
We still enjoyed our time, the first day at a resort being pampered on the beach. If you never left this little bit of paradise your golden.
The following day we visited La Romana this area exists because of shell oil and Paramount Pictures. Several movies have been filmed here along the river , Rambo , Predator , Anaconda and more.
Also overlooking the Charon River is the Village of Altos de Chavon with many cobblestone pathways leading to the Archeological Museum , and The Famous School of Design. The Church of St. Stanislaus Consecrated in 1979 Pope John Paul II sent the ashes of Poland’s patron saint, St. Stanislaus , and a hand carved statue to commemorate the church’s inauguration .
Many famous movie stars have been married here as well as held there receptions in the courtyard.
The Amphitheater, inaugurated in 1982 by Frank Sinatra has since hosted dozens of famous performers such as Sting, Elton John, Marc Anthony , Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias and many more. Today this theatre is still a very important part December 30th, 2016 Enrique Iglesias performs.
Next we continue on to Bonaire and the salt flats. This was a very beautiful view from the ship with clear blue waters and colorful surroundings. During our journey, especially when we find a location we may want to return to , we asked about the crime among other things. We were told the crime is relatively low (relative to what I wonder as all of the businesses had bars on their windows.)
Who says you can’t be an international traveler ? You don’t need to fly to see the world. My most recent adventures are heading up the coast of Maine all the way to Nova Scotia. This is an area we travel to often but this time decided to go a little further than our usual stop in New Brunswick.
To break up the long hours I usually stop over in Bangor, Maine it’s a quaint area ,we always stop at Sea Dog Brewing for dinner and a walk along the waterfront. The occasional times we don’t quit there we continue on to St. Andrews, a little fishing village with whale watching tours , charming shops and a historic park and Lighthouse. If you have followed my Facebook page you have probably seen photos I have posted in the past. If not, search this blog for New Brunswick and you will find St. Andrews , Saint John and St. George .
With our final destination Halifax still over a full day away, I found an additional place to stop over. Moncton which has several hotels was booked full so we stayed in nearby Shediac the Lobster Capital of the world. Since it was raining and we had a few hours to kill before check in we made a pit stop at the Moncton Casino.
We make another stop along the way to Peggy’s Cove another beautiful little fishing village and spend a few hours checking out the shops and walking the rocks along the lighthouse .
Time to finish our journey to the Waterfront in Halifax and grab a bite to eat on the boardwalk. There are stores, pubs,hotels,restaurants,and museums all in walking distance .
There are many boats you can go aboard or ride around the harbor including Theodore the tugboat. There a several different bus tours available as well . We took a city tour that lasted about 2 1/2 hours and showed us the Shipping ports and the various historic buildings. Eventually we went to The Fairlawn Cemetery where many of the bodies from the Titanic disaster are buried.
We also visited the Citadel that rests on the very top of the hill in Halifax. You can walk , we did but be prepared for a steep climb. The entry fee is reasonable and you can tour on your own or with a group. They have Drill Demonstrations, Rifle and Cannon Firing Demonstrations, Sentry Changes and much more. There is also an Army Museum and WWI Exibit.
That is all for today’s adventures, I will continue again in a few. Want your own adventure let me know.
Charleston, an old city with lots of history not all pretty. This is the beginning in a short series, more to follow next week. One way to quickly learn and see many things Downtown is by Horse Drawn Carriage.
I prefer The Palmetto Company , their animals are treated well and their drivers are knowledgeable. Because of the City Regulations , only a certain number of Carriages are allowed on the street at any given time. In order to keep this fair between the companies a type of lottery system is used, that also designates the route the carriage will take.
No matter where you are taken you will certainly find places to return to on your own time. We walked all over the city and the waterfront area also known as The Battery is pretty with a large fountain and pier to walk along.
The dark side of the city encourages people to seek out ghostly adventures, we toured the Old City Jail, it became out dated over the years and was extremely overcrowded. There are Ghost Walks, Graveyard Tours and many Culinary Tours.
Another favorite it The Old City Market now selling a large variety of wares, the best being hand crafted items such as seagrass baskets. The Confederate Museum Built in 1841 and is housed above The City Market.
The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon also known as the Custom House was opened in 1767 it housed prisoners in the Dungeon under horrible conditions.
If you are looking for a place to stay there are many places on the outer edge of town that offer transportation into the city. Downtown has several Bed & Breakfasts or other High End Hotels if cost is not an issue.
Who is planning on visiting Cooperstown? October 10th 2015 you will find Cooperstown on Tap
COOPERSTOWN ON TAP
Cooperstown on Tap on Main Street in Cooperstown – Between Pioneer & Fair Street! Saturday, October 10th from 5pm to 8pm with VIP beginning at 4pm. This three hour premium event will showcase over 150 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries! Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. VIP tickets are $50 and include an extra hour of sampling beginning at 4pm, a souvenir tasting glass and access to rare Ommegang beers! General Admission tickets are $35 and include 3 hours of sampling and a souvenir tasting glass! Must be 21 years or older VIP – $50.00 General Admission – $35.00
Cost: 35.00 to 50.00
We also have a new business this year called HOP ON Tours aboard the ” Beerslayer” 18 passenger bus check our website
There a dozens of reasons to visit. It’s not just Baseball, Beautiful Otsego Lake waiting on the fog to burn off, , Ommegang Brewery, Council Rock Brewery, The Cooperstown Distillery, The Historic Otesaga Resort Hotel, The Farmers Museum , Glimmerglass Opera just to name a few. Cooperstown is centrally located in Upstate New York. Before beginning our day we must stop for coffee at Stage Coach Coffee Roasters.
If you want to take photos your best option is between 7:00-8:00 am, this little tour around town for all of these took about 5 minutes. At this hour of the day you are nearly alone on the street and the paid parking is not valid at that hour.
It’s never to early to start planning for next years trip. Most repeat visitors for the really special events have standing reservations making space for newcomers very limited. www.atouristlifetravel.com