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Every year, at the end of May, Ottawa goes crazy with thousands (and I do mean thousands!) of tulips. If it’s May in Ottawa, it has to be the Tulip Festival. The full story of the Tulip Festival is a wonderful story of friendship. The quick synopsis goes like this: During World War II, Canada provided safe haven to the Dutch royal family, sheltering them from the three year […]

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  “It’s difficult / a challenge / hard to travel with a dog.” Ack! No, it’s not! In our opinion, it is no more difficult to travel with a dog than with kids. But you don’t see every post on travelling with children start with a caveat about how challenging it is. As you can tell, this issue is a little pet peeve of ours.  That kind of […]

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As much as I love sharing my adventures and projects with you, Dear Reader, I am not as comfortable tooting my own horn. Once a year on our blog anniversary, I reflect on what we have done and achieved, but honestly, other than that I don’t go around poofing out my chest fur and getting all “Look at me.” But you know what? This time … ? This […]

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I am back from Croatia, Dear Reader, and, Oh my! OH MY! My head is FULL of amazing adventures to share with you! I know you are eager to read them all but first—first—I have to share with you one of the best ideas ever! It was one of the most fabulous experiences we had on this trip. I hope you will forgive me if I keep you waiting […]

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This past August, we had the great luck of being invited again to visit our friends on the Jersey Shore. We couldn’t resist the lure of Brigantine and the quiet relaxation it promised. Since our trips tend to be very go-go-go, the idea of simply enjoying the sun and surf and taking many naps sounded just about right. The trip would allow us to enjoy a full 10 […]

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I know I am always going on about the lack of pet friendliness in North America, but every now and then, something remarkable happens: we discover that what we assumed would not be pet friendly, in fact, is. Visiting Fort George in Niagara with a dog is possible!! It was with great delight that we discovered that Fort George near Niagara-on-the-Lake allows dogs to visit the grounds—for free even! […]

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Travel for us is about discovering the new. It’s one reason why we seldom return to the same place. It would be even more unusual for us to visit two years back to back. The only time we make an exception to this preference is when we are invited by friends or family. Because we love them. And, well, we want to see them. But in a nutshell, […]

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I’m taking a little break from my travel blogs about Europe to write about something a little closer to home. I’m super excited about what I’m going to share. You’ve heard me say it before—and sadly I will likely say it again—Canada is not very pet friendly. Seriously, it isn’t. There is a lot of this … Canines are not allowed on public transportation in most of the […]

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Some of you may not know this but, Mom has a degree in Hotel Management. Oh yeah … and from Switzerland no less. Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM) to be precise! So when we decided to go to Switzerland and spend a little time near Geneva and visit Lausanne we had to tack on an afternoon in Montreux to revisit Mom’s old “college days haunt”. I think it was […]

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I want to take a moment to share with you the fun of biking and wine tasting in Burgundy—two activities that can be pet friendly depending on how you go about it. Burgundy is a cyclist’s paradise. Just look at this map of cycling paths in Burgundy! Lots of options, right? Many companies organize cycling tours, but unless a guided tour is your goal, you can cycle Burgundy […]