Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Neil and I recently went on a week long Mediterranean cruise. First time for both of us.
We flew from Montreal to Paris, switched planes, on to Barcelona were we boarded the ship. From there, we sailed for the next seven days with stops in Marseille (took a smaller boat to Portofino), Savona (visited the ancient city of Pompeii), Napoli, Palermo, Tunisi, (yes, Africa), Palma De Mallorca (our favorite stop of all) and then back to Barcelona. I could not possibly show all the pictures that I took so I chose some of my favorites to share with you. We spent most days sightseeing at each destination since with both enjoy architecture and history. The one stop that we didn't enjoy was Tunisi, Africa. We had been warned by the ship crew not to head out alone and that it was recommended that you went with a tour guide for obvious reasons. I was very uncomfortable at first because of the stories that we were told but eventually relaxed as our guide made the excursion interesting and humerous at times. He took us to a couple of markets which was a real experience!!! They will sell you anything!! It was a short excursion and I was more than happy to return to the ship. I did however see a couple of camels walking through a field. The meals on board (dinner was a six course meal every evening) were absolutely wonderful along with wine!! The flight home from Paris to Montreal had to be the longest flight in history (or so it seems). We were seated the row right behind the wall. No place to stretch your legs out (the plane was jammed full). I had finished reading my book well into the flight with nothing else to do for the next 3 1/2 hrs!! Eventually, we arrived in Montreal. Canada has never looked better and I was glad to be home back in Brockville, Ontario.
This is what came down overnight here in Brockville, Ontario. Driving home from work last night was at times a "white knuckle" experience and became worse the further I headed East to Brockville. This is what I woke up to this morning and it's only October 29th!! According to the Ottawa Citizen, the last record set was on this day in 1962, 15 cm fell overnight. This is pretty darn close!! Next thing is making the trek to the shed and rummaging through to find the snow shovel!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I recently picked up a copy of "Mudbound" and read it during my holidays last week.
I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it. The story takes place in 1946, when a family moves from Memphis to a remote cotton farm in the Mississippi. The story revolves around two families...one white and the other black. Each chapter is told by one of the characters which adds more interest to the story. I don't want to give away too many details. The ending gave me chills and the characters haunted me for days!!