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Quebec City and Ottawa

Beautiful view of Chateau Frontinic and the Fall Colors!

We said good-bye to Montreal much too soon and were on our way to Quebec at 8am. The morning was a pretty drive along the St. Lawrence river. We stopped at a Copper art museum and specialty shop which was very interesting. Then we stopped at Montmorency Falls cascading down 100 feet. We never tire of waterfalls. This one is really spectacular and 30 meters higher than Niagara!

The top of Montmorency Falls.

The top of Montmorency Falls.

 

 

Quick stop on way to Quebec to see house The Adam's Family was filmed in! Fun!

Quick stop on way to Quebec to see house “The Adam’s Family” was filmed in! Fun!

From here we headed to the City where we checked into our hotel. That night we had a wonderful meal at L’entrecote Saint-Jean restaurant. It was a delightful restaurant and the food was delicious- my favorite meal of the trip. The next morning we got up at  8am and had a 2 hour tour of Quebec. It was a wonderful overview of the City. We had the whole afternoon to explore the City on our own which was really fun.

Beautiful view of Chateau Frontinic and the Fall Colors!

Beautiful view of Chateau Frontinic and the Fall Colors!

A huge mural painted in the center of old town. Feels like you can walk right into the street and meet the people there.

A huge mural painted in the center of old town. Feels like you can walk right into the street and meet the people there.

“Fresque des Québécois
Visitors to Old Québec’s Place-Royale can’t miss the immense Fresque des Québécois on Côte de la Montagne. This mural recounts the story of Québec City, weaving in visual allusions to its unique architecture and fortifications, and its larger-than-life personalities. Look closely at the building’s windows: you’ll see some 15 historic figures and nearly a dozen of Québec’s leading writers and artists. It’s truly a breathtaking work!”

Quebec gearing up for Halloween!

Quebec gearing up for Halloween!

Delicious mussles in Quebec.

Delicious mussels in Quebec.

Love all the views of this gorgeous Chateau that is seen all over the City as you walk through it.

Love all the views of this gorgeous Chateau that is seen all over the City as you walk through it.

We left Quebec City after 2 wonderful days of walking and exploring. This City makes one feel as if you are in Europe. This was my second time here and won’t be my last I hope. We arose early to travel to Ottawa. It was another long ride on the bus. We arrived in Ottawa at 3pm and had a wonderful tour of this beautiful City.

Our lovely guide who gave us a tour of the city - dressed in 100 attire.

Our lovely guide who gave us a tour of the city – dressed in 1800’s attire.

The Parliament building- Most important building in City.

The Parliament building- Most important building in City.

There was a huge rib and Bar-b-que cook off we enjoyed for dinner - blocks of Bar-b-que and lots of people- great fun.

There was a huge rib and Bar-b-Que cook off we enjoyed for dinner – blocks of Bar-b-Que and lots of people- great fun.

Police marching in memorial celebration of all fallen officers everywhere in the world

Police marching in memorial celebration of all fallen officers everywhere in the world

The first thing Sunday morning we were up and out the door to see the parade and memorial service for all police officers throughout the world. It was very impressive – the parade was huge with thousands of police officers marching in uniform with bands, bagpipes and much pomp and circumstance. We were there for 3 hours! With the parliament as the backdrop it was really impressive and a true tribute to those in service to protect and care for the people.

Hundreds of motorcycle cops led the parade then lined up with lights flashing.

Hundreds of motorcycle officers led the parade then lined up with lights flashing.

After the memorial we spent an hour on bikes and rode all along the Canal Rideua which winds through the city. “Built during a time when Canada feared a potential attack from the United States, the Rideau Canal has become a defining landmark in Ottawa. The 202-kilometre (126-mile) canal, which travels south to Lake Ontario, first opened in 1832. Its 47 locks and interconnectedness with lakes and rivers is a true engineering marvel, leading to its designation as a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parks and trails line the Canal as its travels through Ottawa, perfect for a scenic picnic and bike ride.From May to early October the Canal becomes a popular spot for cruises, canoes, and kayaks. And during the winter it turns into the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink.”

We then walked to the farmers market and saw some other sites along the way. We waited in line for 2 hours to see the inside of the parliament building and the beautiful library and rotunda. We were back at the hotel by 5pm- in time to make it to our final farewell dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant.

Biking along the canal

Biking along the canal

View of Parliament and the brilliant Fall colors

View of Parliament and the brilliant Fall colors

The canal frezes in winter and people ice skate here!!

The canal freezes in winter and people ice skate here!!

Tons of garlic in the Farmer's Market- Had a great sandwich here.

Tons of garlic in the Farmer’s Market- Had a great sandwich here.

The impressive library in the Parliament building. http://www.parliamenthill.gc.ca/

The impressive library in the Parliament building. For more information about this famous library go to http://www.parliamenthill.gc.ca/

This was a great day in Ottawa- I really loved this City. It was so clean and fun to explore. The people were really nice and I was sad we did not have more time there.

Our last day we boarded the bus once again and headed back to Toronto to catch our plane home. We had two stops along the way. First stop was one of the many locks along the Rideau Canal. This was an interesting and , also gorgeous spot along this canal which is a world heritage site.

Picture of home along the canal.

Picture of home along the canal.

The lock in action.

The lock in action.

Last stop- The Big Apple- a fun place for lunch and incredible apple pie!

Last stop- The Big Apple- a fun place for lunch and incredible apple pie!

Thank you Trafalgar, Perry our guide and Ron the most amazing driver ever for a great trip!

Thank you Trafalgar, Peter our guide, and Ron the most amazing driver ever for a great trip!

Visit to Niagara Town, Kingston and Montreal

The Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur Chapel- See this link to learn more about this gorgeous chapel 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPEB3wT6b4YThe Quebec sculptor Charles Daudelin was commissioned to create the new altarpiece. This consists of 32 bronze panels, which were cast by Morris Singer Founders of London, England. The altarpiece is 5 metres wide and 8 metres high (16 feet by 26 feet) and weighs 20 tons.

After leaving Niagara Falls we took a ride to the historic town of Kingston. We enjoyed a tour of the Old Fort Henry, a 19th century British military fortress. After a walk about town and rest we had a really fun Boat ride with dinner and entertainment ton the St. Lawrence river. On our way to Kingston we stopped at Niagara town. This was a pretty little town for tourists with lots of fun shops and historic buildings.

Main street of Niagara Town.

Main street of Niagara Town.

View of historic church from our Hotel room.

View of historic church from our Hotel room.

Boat we had dinner cruise on.

Boat we had dinner cruise on.

The next day we headed for Montreal. This was a long day with a stop at Upper Canada Village where we visited a re-created rural village which immersed us into the 1800’s. It was a fun stop. Lots of Halloween decorations going up all over Canada and this village was really going crazy decorating for their very festive Halloween festival nights.

Our tour guide for Canada Village- all dressed as she would have if she lived here in the early 1800's.

Our tour guide for Canada Village- all dressed as she would have if she lived here in the early 1800’s.

Old school house where girls sat an one side and boys the other.

Old school house where girls sat an one side and boys the other.

The protestant Church

The protestant Church

Some of the many pumpkins aligning the streets.

Some of the many pumpkins aligning the streets.

We had lunch in a quaint little hotel nearby then headed for Montreal. We arrived in the City at 3pm and had a 2 hour bus tour of the City. Really only got a small taste of this pretty City. Truly wished we had more time here.

Our tour guide in Montreal and our Trafalgar tour directo for nine days- Peter- he was quite the character and took care of 54 of us for 9 days- not an easy job!

Our tour guide in Montreal and our Trafalgar tour director for nine days- Peter- he was quite the character and took care of 54 of us for 9 days- not an easy job!

Notre-Dame Basilica possesses some of the finest Gothic Revival architecture in North America, where it was the first full example of this major style.

Notre-Dame Basilica possesses some of the finest Gothic Revival architecture in North America, where it was the first full example of this major style.

Basilica Notre Dame Montreal - Best picture I could get with so many people around.

Basilica Notre Dame Montreal – Best picture I could get with so many people around.

The Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur Chapel- See this link to learn more about this gorgeous chapel  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPEB3wT6b4YThe Quebec sculptor Charles Daudelin was commissioned to create the new altarpiece. This consists of 32 bronze panels, which were cast by Morris Singer Founders of London, England. The altarpiece is 5 metres wide and 8 metres high (16 feet by 26 feet) and weighs 20 tons.

The Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur Chapel- See this link to learn more about this gorgeous chapel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPEB3wT6b4YThe chapel had burned in a fire in 1978 and “Quebec sculptor Charles Daudelin was commissioned to create the new altarpiece. This consists of 32 bronze panels, which were cast by Morris Singer Founders of London, England. The altarpiece is 5 metres wide and 8 metres high (16 feet by 26 feet) and weighs 20 tons.”

It was truly amazing to see!

Trip to Eastern Canada and Niagara Falls- starting with Toronto

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We spent a wonderful 9 days traveling Eastern Canada and seeing Niagara Falls for the first time. We took a tour with Trafalgar. It was very well organized and in all a great time. I did not love being in a bus as much as we were with 54 other people, but considering the size of the group and the long distances we had to drive  all went very smoothly. The places  visited were all fabulous with wonderful informational tours done by gracious and exceptional tour guides. I would recommend this trip to clients.

Beautiful fountain near sports arena in Toronto

Beautiful fountain near sports arena in Toronto

Loved the space needle - visible from almost anywhere you walk in Toronto. Ride to the top and enjoy the views!

Loved the space needle – visible from almost anywhere you walk in Toronto. Ride to the top and enjoy the views!

Fun interactive sculptures were found throughout the City

Fun interactive sculptures were found throughout the City

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Loved the reflections in the glass buildings

We flew into Toronto on day 1 and went to our hotel for dinner and much needed sleep. The next day we were up early and headed out for our tour of the city by bus . We had a great tour guide who gave us lots of information on the history and culture of Toronto. We spent the afternoon walking the city and enjoying the sights. It would have been fun to rent bikes , but time prohibited that.  Loved walking along Lake Ontario. We ate at a lovely restaurant that night called “The Keg”. Next day we were up early and headed to Niagara Falls. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. We arrived early afternoon and took a really fun Boat ride under the falls.

 

John ready for ride

John ready for ride

So much water!

So much water!

Flowing in from Canada

Flowing in from Canada

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View from Hotel at night

First view of Niagara Falls

First view of Niagara Falls – Looking at  United States side

Roaring Falls

Roaring Falls

After a wonderful day riding and walking around Niagara Falls we had dinner in a marvelous winery.

Fall 2013

Fall is the time for cooling weather, shorter days and lots of leaves to rake up. We were in Orlando for 2 weeks and the weather there certainly is different than California. I have to say I like those warm humid days, wearing shorts and sandals , and enjoying water sports and golf in the sun. Fall for me lets me know winter is on the way and I truly do not like being cold. That is why we try to escape Marin in Winter and find warmer weather or go skiing. Somehow I enjoy the snow- I love skiing and I love Hawaii-

I have been taking time to rebuild my business plan for 2014. I am , also planning trips for 2014. The big one being a trip to South Africa in November, 2014. It is going to be a trip of a lifetime and I am very excited about it. If you want to know more – go to my web site and click on the lion:  Beckerleytravel.com.

Below are a few pictures from our trip to Orlando. I was there for a Travel Planners International trade-show. It was a great event- lots of fun and very educational. I met lots of wonderful suppliers. I was able to tour the Magic Kingdom and Epcot- both fabulous. I ,also had a ship inspection of the Disney Fantasy- What a great ship!

After the trade show John and I spent a week of R and R at The Marriott Grand Villas. We played golf 3 days and laid by the pool . We went out for some wonderful meals and had a great time.

Travel Planners had our farewell party here. It was a great time -

This is The Coronado Resort where the convention was held. We stayed here and the grounds, service and room were all over the top!

 

Kathy entering The Magic Kingdom for a day of fun, fantasy and excitement.

The top deck of the Disney Fantasy. The pools, water-slides and water park on this ship are absolutely incredible. Wish I could take my whole family on a cruise on this ship. I will have to win the lottery first:)