Bonnie Scotland with Correna – Part 1

March 7 2017

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My plane finally appeared through the blizzard at YXE

 

What a stormy winter day, I am guessing that Mother Nature didn’t know that I was supposed to be leaving this morning for Scotland.  My flight was scheduled for 11:20 but since they were concerned with planes landing because of the wind we were delayed about an hour.

The flight from Saskatoon to Toronto was pretty uneventful.  I have never flown out of Toronto before for an international flight so I did walk around a bit before heading to the Maple Leaf Lounge.  By the way the tomato red pepper soup was delish!

 

This was a huge trip for me as I have never been across the Atlantic.  With all my traveling it just hasn’t happened before.  My flight from Toronto to London Heathrow wasn’t too bad; we did have quite a bit of turbulence but just shut your eyes and hang on.  I did get a bit of sleep which made the flight much better.  Since I have never been to the UK before, I had to get myself around Heathrow Airport.  It was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I had to transfer from terminal 2 to 5 but there were signs everywhere and I have no problems asking for help if I need it.  The flight from Heathrow to Glasgow was another story.  There was a problem with the fuel gauge so it took them just about an hour to get the all clear.  Since the flight was sold out, I had the lovely middle seat and we just sat and waited for the hour to get going. Oh, I just about forgot that there was a footy team on our flight so it was like peddle to the metal to get them to Glasgow to get to their game.  Again turbulence and not a happy tummy, on the bright side my ear problems weren’t an issue at all!

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Of course I had to stop at the Harry Potter Shop in London Heathrow Airport! 

Celebrating 2016

2016 has been a year full amazing travel experiences and adventures.   We thought we would share some of our favourite personal travel moments with you.   This is such an amazing world we live in and we are so happy that we get to share it with you!

Karen’s Visit to Club Villain at Walt Disney World

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“The one thing I have learned about Disney from my past trips is to never pass up a special ticket event. My favorite that I have been to so far is Club Villain. There is themed food and cocktails. A Dj and his dancers entertained us throughout the evening. We were given an opportunity to socialize with several diva Villains. There were no lines awaiting you to meet up with Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Cruela De Vil and the Evil Queen.  This is an event not to miss!”

Amanda’s Jamaican Vacation

“Beautiful water and great weather.  The Jamaican people are the friendliest and most accommodating I’ve ever been around.”

Correna’s Search for Charlie Brown in Hong Kong

“My great adventure in Hong Kong began when I tried to locate this Charlie Brown Café in downtown Hong Kong.  One piece of advice, do not think you can get by with land marks in Hong Kong.  There just happens to be a Rolex store on every block!   It was well worth the search!”

Casie’s Trip to Puerto Vallarta

“It’s fabulous”

Joanne’s Blue Lagoon Plunge in Iceland

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“Iceland is the perfect destination or people looking for the unexpected.  It has something for everybody.  I was lucky enough to experience the Aurora Borealis, take in geysers and glaciers and bath in the Blue Lagoon.”

Jamie’s Family Vacation to Kauai

“Kauai Hawaii. Land of flowers, sunny beaches and Jurassic Park movies. Poipu had perfect weather and we loved the quiet, laid back feel of this Island. “

Elena’s Romantic European River Cruise

“Life on the ship is amazing.  They say food fills the soul, well your belly will be happy also.  I went on the galley tour while on board. For a kitchen so small the meals are impressive. No soup or dressings are made from powders or pre-made starters, everything is from whole natural foods, it’s evident in every bite.

The cabins are comfortable and take your breath away.  I highly recommend paying the extra to upgrade your cabin from the lead in category. You may not think you’ll spend time in your cabin but when the sun comes up around 5am or you’re leaving port then you can just draw back the curtains and doze off and on while watching the views as you sail by.  Sailing past countless Vineyards and castle is great way to start your morning if you ask me.”

Kyra’s Family Camping Trip to Banff

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“I went to the beautiful Moraine Lake and Lake Louise.  I had never been to either of those lakes before and I just fell in love with how pretty they are!”

Heather’s Destination Wedding Travels

“In 2016 I was lucky enough to travel not once but twice for amazing, beautiful destination weddings.   My brother was married in Puerto Vallarta and a dear high school friend was married in Ucluelet, British Columbia.  The first trip was another amazing family vacation but even more special.  The second a bit of a high school reunion and a road trip with two of my very best friends.”

Stephanie’s Costa Rican’ Adventure

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“Kayak and paddle boarding on Lake Arenal in Costa Rica, with beautiful views of the Arenal Volcano is one of my favorite travel memories in 2016. “

Colleen’s Bucket List trip to Newfoundland

“Ales, Whales and Newfie Tales is what is waiting for you in Newfoundland and so much more.  We went for 2 weeks but could have stayed for a month.  The people, the hiking, the music, the scenery even their own winery are just some of the things that are waiting for  you.  From Iceberg Beer which you can only get in Newfoundland to the East Coast music heard at every pub it’s a must return destination.  Oh, yes don’t forget the Puffins. “

It has certainly been a memorable year.   We can’t wait to see where 2017 takes us and hope to share it all with you along the way.    If you would like any help planning your own amazing vacation please feel free to call our office at 306-242-TRIP (8747).   We would love to help you have amazing travel experiences too.

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COLLEEN’S NEWFOUNDLAND DREAM – Blog 5

We have done George Street in St. Johns and the whale tour so now it is time to continue our journey in Newfoundland.  In order to truly appreciate Newfoundland, you have to head out of St. Johns.  We are on our way to Rocky Harbour in Gros Morne National Park and make an overnight in Twillingate.   Please keep in mind driving times as once you are off the main highway, the other roads are windy and you can only go 80Kms per hour so it takes a while to get anywhere.    We stay at the Anchor Inn hotel in a 2 bedroom suite with kitchen.  It is a great town with lots of small shops for your NFLD souvenirs and some great restaurants.  We decide to do the whale watching tour in the morning but only see a couple of minke whales.  After the tour we head off to the AUK Island winery where all their wines are made with the local berries.  They have over 10 different kinds of wines and they are not too bad.  I would recommend a stop here is you are interested in wines.

We are off to Deer Lake to pick up my sister who is coming for the second week.  With road construction we are a bit late and arrive in Rocky Harbour around 7:00pm.  What can I say; Rocky Harbour is like one of the small towns you see in the movies.  It is on the ocean and in a really pretty area.  We are staying at the Spruce Grove Cottages in a 3 bedroom suite.  The owner Nellie has everything prepared and we move right into the cabin.  I can say that I was a little worried as I was thinking of some cabins that I have stayed in the past but happy to say that it had 3 large rooms with a large bathroom and no carpets!

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Twillingate Lighthouse

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Anchor Inn – Twillingate

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Rocky Harbour Sunset

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Rocky Harbour Spruce Grove Cottages

 

COLLEEN’S NEWFOUNDLAND DREAM

Today Jorgen and I decided to take the Iceberg Quest Ocean Tour to see if we can see the whales a little closer up. We take the 9:30 tour but it is cold and rainy so we think we will just stay inside the cabin.  I always like to take a boat tour when we are in new cities as you see the city from a much different perspective from the water.  We go past the Battery and on the way I see the Signal Hill trail and it is pretty much straight up so it may be something to rethink.

We are soon off the coast and run into a pod of whales feeding.  The captain turns off the engines and the whales come very close to the boat. We now have to leave the cabin and get out on deck so we get wet pretty quickly but it is worth it. It’s great to see the whales up close but with the engines off the boat is riding in the waves so I have one hand on the railing and one hand on my phone but miss all the best pictures as I don’t have an extra hand to take the pictures.

I finally get a few shots off and the whales head off out to sea and we head back to the harbor.  The tour was about 2 hours and worth the $65.00 it cost to do the tour.  If St. Johns is your only stop then I would recommend you take this tour.

This afternoon we are off to Quidi Vidi which is a small town just out of St. Johns to take a tour at the brewery.  The brewery opened up in 1996 and produces beer for NFLD.  We sign up for the beer tasting and head outside to wait for our tour to start.  There is not much in Quidi Vidi but the brewery, a local artisans market and Mallards Cottage which is a very popular restaurant where reservations are a must.  It is Monday so the market and the restaurant are closed so we have a quick look around and head back to the brewery.  The brewery is located in a very scenic spot on an inlet.  We pay our $10.00 for the tasting and head up to the room at the top of the brewery for our tasting.  Our taster was Sue from St. Johns who not only told us about the different beers but a lot of history of St. Johns.  In the end we tasted 7 different beers and spent about $100.00 on beer and beer glasses.  If you like beer you will love this tour.

 

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Colleen’s Newfoundland Dream – Blog 3

We arrive back at Signal Hill with just enough time to see the Military Tattoo but it is Sunday and everyone is out so parking is at a premium.  There are 2 parking lots, one by the Visitors Center and the another on top of Signal Hill.  Try to park by the Visitors Center as the tattoo takes place on the field beside the center.  The cost is $10.00 and they have a drum and flute core and then they go through the different wars with full historic dress.  Just a reminder that the tattoo is not every day so check the times when you are there.  When the tattoo was done, we went up to the top parking lot on Signal Hill and the view from up here is gorgeous.  You can see all the way to Downtown and out to sea.  It’s here that we see the Signal Hill walk and decide to do that on another day.  The walk up Signal Hill begins in the Battery and you walk up to side of the mountain to the top of Signal Hill.  We head back home to have a BBQ for supper on our deck.

 

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Colleen’s Newfoundland Dream – Blog 2

The first thing on our list is the Ferryland Picnic.  It is listed as one of the top 10 things to do in Newfoundland.  We drove from St. John’s to Ferryland which took 1.5 hours.  The drive reminds me of driving in BC with the narrow winding roads and trees on each side.  Once in a while we get a look at the ocean.  We arrive in Ferryland and follow the signs for the picnic.  We park and begin the ½ hour hike up to the lighthouse.  This is not wheelchair accessible as the path up there is just rocks.  The walk can be a bit strenuous but take your time as it is worth it.

We arrive at the lighthouse go in and order our lunch.  There are 4 to choose from and each comes with salad, sandwich, dessert and freshly squeezed lemonade in a mason jar.  Prices are around $27.00 for the picnic.  You are given a blanket and flag and we make our way outside to find our perfect picnic spot.  They find you by your flag and bring out your lunch in a wicker basket.  The food is so good.  Everything is made fresh and the desserts are to die for.  Each comes with real whipping cream.  We are told we picked a great day as the sun is shining and there is a small breeze.

No sooner do we sit down the whales start to perform for us.  They are slapping their trails and waving at us with their fins.  There is even a small group of dolphins following them around.   This is our first whale sighting and we are definitely entertained.   Just a reminder that a reservation is required as they quickly sell out and they are not open every day.   We are going to the Military Tattoo at Signal Hill at 3:00pm so reluctantly we leave to head back to the city.

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Colleen’s Newfoundland Dream – Blog 1

Hello from St. John’s NFLD. Newfoundland has long been on my bucket list and finally we are here. We flew into St. John’s which has a small airport and picked up our van from Budget. Sorry did I say van, no we got a Ford Flex which is more of crossover than van but I guess that’s what they mean by Dodge Caravan or similar. We are staying very close to downtown in a Jelly Bean house and we are really happy with our place. Downtown is not very big and runs along the harbour. The streets here remind me of San Francisco. They are steep and you are going to get a great workout if you are walking. Even though they have a smaller downtown, they have lots of great restaurants and check out Fred’s if you are interested in any East Coast music or any music really. They have a great selection and great staff. If you are looking for something, they will find it. They must be good as we left there with 3 CD’s. While you are there you must check out George Street with its bars on either side of the road. We stopped at O’Reilly’s which was voted the best Pub in Canada.  Lot of great music here. We also stopped 2 doors down at Christian’s which has the best Screeching in ceremony in St. Johns. For $20.00 you can become an honorary Newfoundlander. A quick piece of Newfoundland steak (bologna), kissing of the cod, and a shot of Screech and you are in with a certificate to prove it. This is a must. We only have 3 days in St. John’s to hopefully we will have enough time to get it all in.

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