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Sugaring off time

Spring has been slow to come, as has the maple sap. Yet the sugar shacks have started operating, mostly for fun.

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Time to catch up

Where did this summer go???? Let’s see… I got a new camera and tried it out on flowers… over and over… there is definitely a theme developing here. Next I experimented with growing eggplants. What a surprise they are! First…dainty purple flowers Then a hairy cocoon gives birth to a tiny fruit (or is it […]

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French and english prices

Interesting  observation online…I get Air Canada Vacations ads in both french and english. The french ads were on the average $400 more expensive for the same package (a romantic getaway to Rome for example). I kept going from one to the other, comparing the ads and scratching my head. The look was the same, the hotels were […]

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Update

Long time no write…. I was in Barcelona for a week and that story should materialize eventually…Otherwise I have been busy  with the usual life activities  but feel that I now have a better grip on things (for the time being) having disposed of all the winter accountrements: clothes and boots, shovels and salt buckets, […]

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Finally!!!! The Kenya story is here!!!

After a lot of editing and writing, after Christmas and a few more trips and adventures, the Kenya story is finally up on the travel side. And so finally… awim…awep…awim…awep..the Lion sleeps tonight

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A lesson in zebras

Notice anything different between these two zebras?The second one’s lines are narrower and do not go around its belly. It is called a Grevy Zebra.There are three species of zebras: the plains zebra, this Grevy zebra and the mountain zebra. The plains zebra and the mountain zebra belong to the subgenus Hippotigris, but Grevy’s zebra is the […]

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Tourism versus Morals

Tonight I attended a travel talk on Thailand, but the speaker chose to discuss the fate of disappearing tribes. He talked about the “giraffe” women, who were treated like zoo animals by tour operators who charged tourists to gawk at them.This made me think back on my visit to a Maasai tribe in Kenya. We […]

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Clint passed away

I have lost a good friend. Bruce McClintix, known as Clint to everyone, passed away last wednesday in Palo Alto California. He was a gifted artist, a generous, eclectic and fascinating man.  I will always cherish the two Turkey water colors of his that adorn my office. I am not sure if his family will maintain […]

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Out of Africa!

After a 33 hours of travel I am finally back home from the trip of a lifetime!I went to Kenya and visited Nairobi, Lake Naivasha, Mount Kenya, the Masai Mara and the archipelago of Lamu on the Indian Ocean. I stayed in wonderful resorts, ate great food, met interesting people, but mostly I got to see […]

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Playing tourist at home

This was my bi-annual food and culture weekend.   We decided to bypass the Museum of Fine Arts this time and chose instead a walking tour of the green alleys of Le Plateau. Le plateau being one of the trendiest neighborhoods on the island, I was curious to get a closer look. I was aware […]