When I last left you, Charles and I were just arriving at Chateau Grand- Rullecourt, in the Pas de Calais, France, the home of our friends Patrice and Chantal de Saulieu O’Toole de La Chamonerie. Quite a name! We hadn’t seen them for 28 years, and although we thought we were going to be staying […]Read more "Pilgrimage to France Part 2"
When Charles and I travel there are certain parameters that must be met. Scenery should be compelling; there should be history, art and culture, and things to be learned, we need to walk, and I need a place, if at all possible, that has a pool so I can swim, and finally, the food should […]Read more "Pilgrimage to France: Part 1"
Every year we do our great migration north from Florida in late April. See https://suddenly70.ca/2016/11/14/the-great-migration/ (to read about our migration south). We pack up the dog, the glider, the car, clean up the condo, put our Florida cars on trickle chargers, fill the bird feeder, organize my lovely cleaner, Reitha to come in and vacuum […]Read more "Summer in the City"
After our wonderful visit to Angkor Wat, see my previous blog, https://suddenly70.ca/2017/07/06/the-incredible-angkor-wat/,we flew into Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it is now called, and found ourselves in an extremely busy airport. This narrow country has a land area of 128,000 sq. miles, and a population of 90 million people. Canada for example, has […]Read more "More Notes From the Sea: Vietnam"
Midway through our cruise in South East Asia we arrived in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, ready for our excursion to Angkor Wat. Overnight bags packed, and passport documents ready, we left the ship with 34 other passengers. We were immediately divided into two groups and boarded separate buses with a tour guide. Our itinerary had been given […]Read more "The incredible Angkor Wat"
Years ago Charles and I, our three sons, and my father-in-law, sailed together on a rented bare boat in the Caribbean. We loved our adventure, and when we swiftly passed by a cruise ship we all said we would never travel that way. Never say never. Soon after that, one of our dearest friends was […]Read more "Notes From The Sea"
Everyone I know who has been to Singapore has told me that they adore the city with its orderliness, it cleanliness, and its shear beauty. I was anticipating a wonderful visit, but I certainly wasn’t expecting a fabulous flight from Hong Kong to Singapore. I chose Singapore Airlines because they offered a better deal than […]Read more "Notes From the Road: Singapore Swing"
When I was a young opera singer and travelling the world to perform, I always hoped that when I was a senior, I would be able to fly Business Class. And here I am in my seventies and sitting in a very comfortable seat on Air Canada. Well actually we are in sleeping pods and […]Read more "Notes from the Road: Hong Kong"
Heading Charles’ bucket list has always been a trip to Hong Kong and Singapore, with Angkor Wat in the mix. Top of my list was South Africa, and if you are following my blogs you will know what a fantastic trip that was last year. See https://suddenly70.ca/2017/01/18/south-african-dream-2/, https://suddenly70.ca/2017/02/03/south-african-dream-pt-1/, https://suddenly70.ca/2017/02/17/more-south-african-dream/, https://suddenly70.ca/2017/03/11/african-dream-come-true/ . Now it was time […]Read more "Notes from the Road: The Far East Part 1"
My biggest fear when I booked this trip and when I got on the small aircraft that took us to Sabi Sands from Nelspruit, was that I wouldn’t see The Big Five. When our small plane landed on a narrow airstrip in the bush and it came to a stop, we were met by our […]Read more "African Dream Come True"