Friday, 2 October 2015




Poem for you, my love.  Steve

Good night

Good night? ah! no; the hour is ill
Which severs those it should unite;
Let us remain together still
Then it will be good night. 

How can I call the lone night good,
Though thy sweet wishes wing in flight?
Be it not said, thought, understood ---
Then it will be --- good night. 

To hearts which near each other move
From evening close to morning light,
The night is good; because my love,
They never say good night. 

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tuesday, 15 September 2015



I shopped all morning at Fox Run Mall sans kids. Steve picked me up and we headed to Cape Neddick Maine. After driving around and looking at amazing homes while the kids napped we ended our drive at a smaller local beach frequented by the locals and not so overpopulated on a sunny day.  A quality afternoon of play in the waves and sandcastle building. We ate delicious seafood cuisine at the local Lobster house (Lobster Pound). I won't forget all the lovely fresh shell fish consumed on this holiday anytime soon. I'm still drooling! We were put off by the low Canadian dollar while planning our trip home but I'm so glad we went for it in the end. We found great hotel rates and shopping deals. Finding so many delights this trip has made me want to spend more time in Ontario. Not sure what our future hold in the next few years but I know I want to spend more of it by the Ocean for sure!! xo


Crescent beach state park, Cape Elizabeth

Long Sands beach, York

Ogunquit beach, Ogunquit

Laudholm beach, Wells

Goose Rocks beach, Kennebunkport

Old Orchard beach, Old Orchard

Scarborough beach state park, Scarborough

Popham beach state park, Phippsburg 

Reid State Park, Georgetown

Sand Beach, Acadia national park


We shopped we dined, we took in the salt air. I was on a high after the shopping in New Hampshire but to find this amazing holiday spot was the perfect end to our already EPIC East Coast Adventure. Money Magazine dubbed Portsmouth New Hampshire One of the top 5 best places to live in America. I felt all the reasons why while there. Excellent Uni town not too far from Boston. Great people, service and accents! Steve took the kids to a concert in the park (suggested to us by a sweet young couple on a date at dinner) while I tackled the school shopping. We ate at Chipotle for lunch and dined in front of the iconic Moran Tugboats for supper.

Portsmouth- a terrific location! 

We are right here on the coast of New Hampshire, just 45 minutes south of Portland Maine and 45 minutes north of Boston, Mass.  The closest snow skiing is an easy 30-40 minute drive to Gunstock Ski Mountain.  The coast, with our beautiful beaches and Atlantic Ocean, is right here at our doorstep.   We've got great highway access for all major commuter routes, airports in 3 cities are less than an hour's drive and we have a small airport right here in Portsmouth, Amtrak rail service is just 15 minutes away.

Sunday, 30 August 2015


We had one full day to explore Quebec City. We left Ottawa at 4am so we would have a good chunk of the day to explore. We entered the Old City on Rue Saint-Jean, passing through a gate and out onto Rue Dauphine. The Old City definitely has a European feel both French & English. I'm glad we set off early and were able to hike 5km around the old city before the rain started. We had lunch at Paillard a cafe-boulangerie. It was a huge space with tall ceilings and lots of seating. The were little round tables in the front, as well as several long communal tables in the main area next to the bakery cases and coffee station. Cafeteria style dining at reasonable prices . Peroni and Sapporo are offered on tap as well as a good selection of wines, a coffee, tea and juice bar. Such a great day. Quebec City was a great stop over. So much history & beauty.  We had dinner at St.Hubert! Boys tried out chicken, rib & poutine platter. We got back to our hotel just in time for the concierge delivery of anniversary wine and cheese which we gave to kids to eat while they watched the lightning  storm.   ( just the fruit and cheese )

 We all crashed hard and woke up at 6 to drive the 9 hours to L's place in Moncton. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015


The Your Mantra: “Never Go on Trips with anyone you don’t love.”- Ernest Hemingway 

You are: A true romantic at heart! True to sign of the weighing scales, a Libran is a balanced traveler who wants a bit of everything and loves to travel with their partner. While you would like to have everything organized and in place before they arrive, it is only so that you do not miss any small activity while they are at their favorite vacationing spot. Librans are majorly outgoing and being diplomats, they love to be a part of any and all collective activities. Accommodating and gracious, you are very social but also love privacy.

What would satisfy your wanderlust? : A stay on the Shikaras of Dal Lake in Kashmir, or a houseboat stay in Kerala and among the overseas travel destination Venice, Vegas and Miami would make the cut. 

What is your travel mantra