Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Newcastle upon Tyne is quite unlike any other place in the world. It is a city where old meets new – the historic architecture melds with the technological advancements of the 21st century in a striking way.”


Take a look at this top destination in the United Kingdom:

Source: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Scenes from Montreal

With few signs of spring here in Newfoundland, and our vacation more than two weeks away, I’m getting a little restless for a change of climate and scenery. This morning found me looking back on photos from a different spring, of our May trip to Montreal five years ago. Won’t you come along and take in some sightseeing with me, in one of my favourite cities?

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view from our hotel room


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inside the Centre for Architecture
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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
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Let’s go inside.
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Exhibition by Yoko Ono

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John Lennon's Piano
John Lennon’s Piano

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Mount Royal Park
Mount Royal Park

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playing in the park 😉

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Ah…Spring in full bloom

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view from hotel # 2
view from hotel # 2
Loving Old Montreal!
Loving Old Montreal!

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pretty windows
pretty windows
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admiring the architecture

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View from the top of Olympic Stadium
View from the top of Olympic Stadium

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I wanted to bring these home.
I wanted to bring these home.
Sunday Fun Downtown
Sunday Fun Downtown

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Enjoying sangria on Crescent Street

Hoping to visit again someday.

Have you ever been to Montreal? Lived there? What is your favourite city to visit?

Travel Theme: Architecture

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Architecture.

While I was out and about in the older section of St. John’s last month, I stopped to admire some of the colourful Victorian rowhouses near the downtown. Tourists come every year looking for the street called Jelly Bean Row, but there is no one street. It is the nickname given to all the vibrantly painted row houses in the downtown area.

At Wit’s Inn 🙂


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For fellow Canadians familiar with the CBC television show Republic of Doyle, this is the outside shot of the "Doyle household"
For fellow Canadians familiar with the CBC television show Republic of Doyle, this is the outside shot used for the “Doyle household”.


Scenes From France – Part Three: More Paris!

Join me for one last look at our trip to Italy and France, as I share some more of my Paris photos.  Ah, quelle belle ville!

outside Notre Dame Cathedral
impressive French Gothic architecture

Such a friendly congregation of birds outside
the Notre Dame Cathedral!

one of many Seine River cruises

Fountain in the Place de la Concorde

Arc de Triomphe

Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
with an Eternal Flame.
Me…and my paparazzo? ;-D
Avenue des Champs-Elysees

Louis Vuitton
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is nicknamed
La dame de fer (the iron lady)?
Husband and I, just before the Seine Dinner Cruise
Sis and her husband
Au Revoir, Paris!

Scenes From France – Part Two: Paris

Over the previous winter, my sister and I and our spouses had planned this Italy/France trip to end on a high note.  Now tell me, how better to end it than with a visit to Paris in June?

I considered it an interesting fact that this beautiful city had been originally nicknamed the “City of Light” because it was a center of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment, but later earned the name when Paris began lighting the Champs-Elysees with lamps.

With so much to see and do, my camera had kicked into overdrive, so this section of my travelog will have to be shown in two blog posts.  I hope you enjoy them. For the best viewing experience, click each one for a closer look.

our hotel
view from our hotel room
just outside our hotel
…and at night!
also a view from our window – temptation everywhere
for the sweet tooth

Academie Royale de Musique – the Paris Opera
wrought iron balconies abound

one of my favourite street scenes

One of our larger excursions was an afternoon at the Musee du Louvre. The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world, and a historic monument because of its beginnings as a fortress.  As it is also one of the biggest art museums worldwide, these pictures as a representation don’t even scratch the surface of what waits inside its walls.

throngs of tourists everywhere
view of the Louvre Pyramid in the main
courtyard from inside one of its wings
another view from inside

one of the spectacular ceilings in the Louvre
Mona was smaller than I expected.

Okay, I know you’re smart, husband,
but stop pretending to read that  ; )

A real mummy – yikes!