Aboard ‘The Canadian’: Day Two

Daily SummaryLast stop from yesterday: Capreol, ONLast stop today: Winnipeg, MB DistancesCapreol, ON - Gogama, ON: 86 milesGogama, ON - Hornepayne, ON: 210 milesHornepayne, ON - Longlac, ON: 100 milesLonglac, ON - Armstrong, ON: 143 milesArmstrong, ON - Sioux Lookout, ON: 138 milesSioux Lookout, ON - ON/MB border: 21 milesON/MB border - Winnipeg, MB: 88... Continue Reading →

Aboard ‘The Canadian’: Day One

Daily SummaryStart: Toronto, ONLast Stop: Capreol, ON DistancesToronto - Washago: 98 milesWashago - Parry Sound: 86 milesParry Sound - Sudbury Jct: 112 milesSudbury Jct - Capreol: 14 milesTotal distance: 310 miles (499 km) Stops along the way This morning I went straight to Union Station after a light breakfast to check in for my train... Continue Reading →

Toronto: The Good and the Bad

I was served a surprisingly good hot meal on the train from Ottawa to Toronto, which took four and a half hours, stopping at a few points along the track. The CN Tower We arrived at Union Station after 8pm and my hotel was 3 km away, so I took a taxi. When we pulled... Continue Reading →

A visit to Canada’s capital

The train from Montreal to Ottawa was only two hours with Via Rail. It was busy but officially run by friendly staff. Auto I was very warm but also sunny and didn't feel quite as heavy as in Montreal. I had a fantastic hotel room in the city with a view of Parliament Hill at... Continue Reading →

24 hours in Montreal

Downtown is loud, busy, and every single road is under construction. The only exception is in Old Montreal, where every second road is being repaired. The weather is weird: muggy, mid-30s, and with no visible sun, only a great expense of grey sky overhead. The air is so heavy with humidity I feel like I... Continue Reading →

Lake Constance during a heat wave

This week we returned from a little trip to Lake Constance which we made in an attempt to avoid the worst of the heat wave. We thought that we would at least have a lake for cooling off in, though it was actually too warm at around 27 C. However the air temperatures ranged from... Continue Reading →

A spring day in Paris

I took the Eurostar from London to Paris and stayed overnight. The next morning was beautiful -- fresh and sunny. Perfect for walking around. I was starting to get a cold when I left England and it was not helped by my walking about 15 kilometres over the course of the day. Waiting in St.... Continue Reading →

Oxford Literary Festival

The rest of the week of talks in Oxford was as good as the opening weekend. A couple days of heavy rain kept me from doing much else, though luckily the skies cleared in time for a walking tour of Literary Oxford. It seems every significant novelist or poet went to an Oxford college and... Continue Reading →

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