Île d’ Orléans

Leaving Montmorency Falls, we crossed over the St. Lawrence River to l’Île d’ Orléans. This island is loaded with apple trees and instead of wineries they have “cideries.” We stopped to buy cider and apple liqueur – it was like a wine tasting – and we also bought some apple butter. Our next stop was … Continue reading

Art in the Park

At the far end of the Plains of Abraham is the Musée National Des Beaux-Arts Du Québec, the Québec Museum of Fine Art. As it turned out, they had an exhibit of one of the French Impressionists, Gustave Caillebotte, which is our favorite style. After touring the gallery, we stopped in the cafe for a … Continue reading


As we were driving through the Province of Ontario, we noticed that the road signs were in English and in French. However, as soon as we crossed the border into the Province of Quebec all of the road signs were in French; there was no English version. This intensified the deeper into Quebec we drove … Continue reading

Rain Delay

The walking tour today was great, even though it rained off and on throughout the 2 1/2 hour tour. Our guide knew his history and was very informative. We started by walking out on the boardwalk in front of Le Chateau Frontenac along the fortress wall. That’s our guide on the left and Dale on … Continue reading


Yesterday was another windy and rainy day, but we eventually ventured out and took the ferry to the old city. Here’s the view from the ferry back toward the terminal. The restaurant we went to is just off to the left, out of the picture. And off we go! Here’s the old city in the … Continue reading

Québec City

We just arrived in Québec after another all-day drive, but we plan to stay here for at least four nights. It’s beautiful here and there’s lots to do and plenty to see. Québec City was the main French settlement in America (outside of New Orleans) back in the 1700s and a major battle of the … Continue reading

O Canada

“O Canada” is the Canadian national anthem, but for us, today, the “O” stands for “Ontario.” Yesterday, after Niagara Falls, we took Trevor shopping and to a movie and then decided to change our plans and head further north, into Canada, intending to return to Buffalo on the 22nd for Trevor’s birthday. So, this morning … Continue reading


In 1960, a little over 50 years ago, the year Sandy was born, I spent the summer in Erie, Pennsylvania, with my mother’s parents, Honey and Gramps. They owned and operated a hotel on Lake Erie at the time and they lived in a cottage on a bluff above the beach in a little neighborhood … Continue reading