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Oct 3, 2014 - La Malbaie to Quebec City

Our days in La Malbaie slipped by very quickly – one rainy, one cloudy and one sunny. We spent one day in La Malbaie itself – visited the quite interesting local museum which had a great exhibit about the writer Gabrielle Roy and her many artistic friends who lived in the immediate area. On the recommendation of a restaurant waiter we visited a local gallery which had an absolutely amazing collect of artists – including one from Vernon. They said that 52% of their sales are on line. We rounded out the day with a visit to a mushroom farm –...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Eastern Townships to Charlevoix

Sutton (Eastern townships) to La Malbaie (on the St Lawrence) Saturday was our last day in Sutton and it was a delightfully lazy day. We explored the town, visiting the local market which was more of a flea market than the farmers’ market, popped into various interesting stores, found a quite wonderful little Bistro for lunch, enjoyed the jazz ensemble advertising the current jazz festival, and then returned home for a lazy afternoon reading the Saturday Globe and Mail and the various and sundry books we have had very little time to get to...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Autumn colors in the Eastern Townships

We had a lazy start to the day with a general idea of the towns we wanted to visit – starting with Knowlton, the town we drove through last night, but where everything had already closed for the day. One of our destinations in Knowlton was a Jones New York Factory Store with sale signs all over the window. Despite the reality of the 14.75% sales tax one pays in Quebec ,the trip was very successful!!! We explored Knowlton including a few shops which purport to be the locations on which Louise Penny based some of the places in her fictitious...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Montreal to Eastern Townships

Montreal - Day 2 My assignment for today – the special Faberge Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. It really was an amazing display: some of those incredibly beautiful ``eggs`` that I usually think of as Faberge as well as picture frames, miniature eggs (used as pendants), less ornate enamel eggs, picture frames, traditional Russian looking vases etc.....What I didn`t really realize was that there really were not a lot of those very ornate jewelled eggs` and they had a surprise inside – sort of like the original kinder egg. The rest of the...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Montreal - Day 1

I walked my feet off today!!!! And it was cold (10 degrees) and WINDY!!!! Last night it was 22 degrees so I totally misjudged how many layers I needed today. I still have not warmed up. I started “Downtown” as this is the area in which I am staying. Saw quite a lot of Rue Sainte Catherine, walked to the gates of McGill, saw some great buildings from the early 1900’s as well as contemporary high rises and of course churches: Christ Church Cathedral (They built a high rise behind the church with beautiful designs in the glass windows which...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Şanlıurfa

Şanlıurfa (Urfa) We arrived in Şanlıurfa with realistic expectations of our booked accommodation which was advertised as a “back packer” regular. It was!! We couldn’t help comment on how we had come down in the world form the 5 star Antalya accommodations to a boutique hotel and now backpacker status. But it was clean. We had booked a room with “private bath”. Private is a relative word – the bathroom was an enclosed section of the room but the walls were barely thicker than cardboard and only went about 6 feet up. Cathy insisted she wanted...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Gaziantep - Easters Turkey

South Eastern Turkey - Gaziantepe I think ever since my first trip to Turkey I have wanted to go to Nemrut Dağı (Nemrut Mountain) to see the 1st C. BC site with the giant stone heads which are the most publicized image of Turkey. The mountain road is snow covered and the site can only be visited in summer, and seeing this was my first summer trip to Turkey I was really hoping to get to the east. I had exhausted plans A, B, C, D, E, and was on plan F when I suggested that Cathy join me in a visit to the east. We didn’t have time to make...

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Apr 29, 2011 - Adiyaman to Gaziantep

The day started with high cloud but remarkably warm after a spot of rain during the night. Our first stop was the viewing area of the biggest dam in Turkey. The Ataturk dam is the 6th largest in the world but by what measure we are not sure. It cost 2 billion dollars to construct and provides water for irrigation and generates electricity for this area and provides 40% of Turkey’s power. The dam wall is quite low in comparison to some dams I have seen but it holds back an enormous amount of water. After the dam we headed for a boat trip to...

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Dec 3, 2008 - My first Turkish bath

Tonight I am in Gaziantep. It is the last stop in Turkey before we head to Syria. Except for the cold, Turkey has been great. People have been incredibly helpful, kind and patient. Gaziantep is no exception. My roommate Kiri and I set off to find the Turkish bath we had been told about. I had the name written on a piece of paper and was told vague directions. I kept stopping along the way, saying hello in Turkish (merhaba) and showing the paper. The helpful shop owners mimed the next bit of the walk and we were on our way. It was early...

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Apr 7, 2006 - antep

dear nader, i hear the bang & clang of the coppersmiths forming copper plates i hear the call of kebab-evis' hosts i see the glimmer & shine of the copperware & mosque pinnacles on display in a shop i see the colourful & deep red pantalOOns suspended in front of shops & other shops fronted by spices & hanging dry goods i see the deep tanned reds & blacks of traditional slip-ons proudly displayed the all but forgotten meat market smells of stale blood meal, yet it adds to a lively & ad-hoc appearance that continues for a few blocks. the...

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Sep 10, 2005 - Whatta Turkey!

Mehr Haba, It's a long and winding road that leads to...the top of Mt Nemrut where we went to see these 6 foot tall heads (about 10 of them) from the tops of statues that were discovered about 60 years ago after being buried for some 2000 years. They are on top of 7000 foot hıgh Mt Nemrut which we drove up most of the way then walked the rest at sunset yesterday ın Kahta. Today we drove to ShanliUrfa where we will spend the night before driving tp the Syrian border tomorrow morning. We will walk across the border to meet our Syrian guide...

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