I do have some technical experience to share if anyone is contemplating a trip of the kind described in these posts of the last four weeks. And the usual disclaimers apply that I am not an expert and this may all be second nature to many readers. However, here goes: Continue reading Technical gadgets and gizmos on the trip
We booked our flights economy through Opodo but we find ourselves flying home Air Canada on the very latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Everything state of the art, including a USB outlet for me to keep this phone charged and me writing the whole way (if I completely lose my senses). Best of all, we have three seats for the two of us! Continue reading Reflections while flying home – and afterwards
Lesley’s turn again:
As we approached Jasper in the Rocky Mountaineer we saw a number of ospreys and bald eagles, even one of the latter on a nest with 2 chicks. But, when we were only 15 minutes from Jasper, and we saw a black bear climbing up the embankment next to the railway, the whole carriage erupted in cheers and clapping! Continue reading Flora and Fauna (and Four Lakes) in the Rockies
Contrary to the weather forecast, we woke to a brilliant, clear morning.
And rushed down to breakfast when it opened at seven. Continue reading Lake Louise – heart of the Canadian Rockies
Walked to the station and picked up our second hire car, this time from Hertz. Honda Elantra. Brand new. Nice.
Drove back to the Tonquin Inn, collected bags and checked out.
Leisurely drive down this superb mountain route, initially opting for two sections of the old road : 93A and 93B. Continue reading The Icefields Parkway – Jasper to Lake Louise
SPOILER ALERT If you are ever likely to do this wonderful journey, just do it. For heavens sake just discover it for yourselves.
Otherwise – on we go. By all means enjoy this feeble attempt to record a few of our impressions.
From the moment we stepped out of our taxi at the dedicated terminal at Vancouver we knew we were doing something special. Continue reading The Rocky Mountaineer – one of the world’s great rail journeys
Just as in Monument Valley three weeks ago, and in a Barbara Kingsolver that Lesley has just finished, our fourth and final day in Vancouver brought home to us the extent to which, all over the world, Westerner’s are trying to make some amends for the terrible arrogance with which they set out to obliterate the cultures of indigenous peoples.
Having proudly mastered Vancouver’s excellent bus service we put our $1.75s into the coin counter by the driver of the C23 into town and then used the same ticket to transfer to a 14 trolley bus (electric) for 33 stops to the University of British Columbia’s beautiful, park-like campus. (Google Maps’ route-finding app once again invaluable) Continue reading Day 23 : Vancouver – perfect choice for our longer stay