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Summer trip to Ontario, May 31-June 21, 2014

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My son Doug suggested I come to Ontario for my summer trip in June since Linda would be in Europe on a cycling holiday and I would be able to go with him to a couple of speaking engagements. Well the events didn't materialize but I more than made up for that with going to a Blue Jays baseball game, spending time with my grandchildren, who are no longer children, and just having a great father/son time. And I went to Oakville to be with Heather as my readers might have guessed. We went to Stratford, Ontario and took in four plays there. Shakespeare's King Lear was terrific as were The Man of La Mancha, Crazy for you and Mother Courage. We also visited the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Botanical Garden in Hamilton. All in all a wonderful three weeks. And tonight my youngest granddaughter Carolyn will be going to her Prom. So I hope to add a picture of her to this blog.

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Here are Carolyn's prom pictures.......with friends, with me and with her parents, brother Geoff and me.

Posted by douglasw 20.06.2014 14:43 Comments (0)

VISITING QUESNEL, B C

all seasons in one day 15 °C

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Dragon Lake during a short hail storm and five minutes later.

I am finishing up my three days visiting daughter Melinda, son -in-law Wayne, granddaughter Andrea and great granddaughters Makenzie and Erika. I flew up on Coast Mountain Air again on a beautiful day but it has been raining ever since albeit with nice sunny periods as well. So we have talked ourselves out, walked along the Fraser River which is flowing rapidly and overflowing it's banks in places, eaten in our favourite restaurants and had lots of laughs. Oh yes we swam with the kids and they joined the library too. It is about a five minute walk from their house.

The following pictures are of flying into Quesnel, Andrea's house and the kids getting their new library cards and choosing their first library books.

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Posted by douglasw 23.05.2014 17:41 Archived in Canada Comments (0)

Villefranche sur Mer and Paris, France.

Studying French and enjoying France from March 29-April 25, 2014

sunny 18 °C

I decided to attend another four week session at L'Institut de Francais. As usual I had great classmates, hopefully improved my French, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Heather accompanied me and that added so much to the experience. We managed to take a long weekend in Paris too where we stayed in a small hotel in the Marais. The sights, restaurants et cetera are very nice but just being in France is a treat in itself.

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The first picture is on the waterfront in Nice. The others are in Paris where we visited the restored Orient Express Train and Place du Quebec where I am standing in front of a sculpture by a Quebecer representing the ice breaking up in The St Lawrence River in the spring.

Posted by douglasw 27.04.2014 16:10 Archived in France Comments (0)

WINTER, DECEMBER 12, 2013 to FEBRUARY 8, 2014

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Well this winter which is far from over.....Heather and I will be in San Miguel de Allende for another few weeks.....has been so busy and our experiences so varied I hardly know where to begin. But after driving to Hillsburg to cut our tree and shovelling lots of snow in Oakville we went to NYC for Christmas with Heather's three children, Briana, Tait and Amelie. Of course Sego, Tait's wife and their daughters, Leopoldine and Victoria as well as Briana's husband Rim were there too. While in NYC we went to an Opera at Lincoln Centre and to Brooklyn Zoo with the kids. Heather went a couple of days earlier and I joined them around noon Christmas Day after spending Christmas Eve with my son Doug, his wife Linda and their family in Toronto. It seems wonderful and almost unbelievable for me to be with them all including six of my grandkids and four of my great-grandkids.

Then we headed to Collingwood for New Year's and far more snow.

And, lucky us, we came to Mexico to a lovely Casita (little house) in San Miguel de Allende where we are now. Heather came from Toronto and I stopped in Vancouver for a few days en route. From here we took a three day tour to Mexico City. The weather has been fantastic with comfortable days (low 20's Celsius....70's Fahrenheit during daylight hours but close to freezing overnight). The town of SMA is historic, the shops, markets and restaurants are all great.

March 10, 2014: The rest of our Mexico trip went very well. Our next trip is to France for the month of April and I'll write a Blog entry when I return.

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Posted by douglasw 10.03.2014 21:07 Comments (0)

BALTIC CRUISE TO ST PETERSBURG, AUG 21-OCT 2, 2013

sunny 22 °C

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I met Heather in Amsterdam on August 22nd and enjoyed a couple of days in that marvellous city before boarding the Celebrity Constellation for our Baltic cruise. Our hotel room overlooked one of the canals, the weather was perfect and we joined the crowded streets to watch all the activities.....cycles, music, crowds to mention a few. We rented bikes, visited the Reichsmuseum and just enjoyed being there.

The ship's itinerary had a stop in Warnemunde, Germany so we took a train into Berlin and saw the most important sites and a great museum. We also visited Stockholm and Helsinki before spending two days in St Petersburg. In two jam-packed days of sight-seeing we were dazzled by all the golden domes, the treasures of the Hermitage and much more. And we went to the ballet(Swan Lake) at the 180 year old Alexandrinsky Theatre. A stop in Tallinn, Estonia was a special treat......cobble stone streets, ancient buildings and just a very pleasant place to visit.

Then we disembarked in Copenhagen, stopped at The Little Mermaid and caught a couple of trains to Astorp, Sweden where we visited Ulrika who as an exchange student spent a school year with Heather in Oakville . Now thirty years later she has a wonderful family of three girls around the same age she was when she was in Canada. I can't say enough about how well we were treated by Ulrika, her husband Hans and their daughters, Clara. Ingrid and Astrid. Ulrika runs a horse farm and uses her Icelandic horses as an integral part of her physiotherapy practice. We rode and accompanied some of her patients and it is very impressive to see someone so dedicated.

Then we returned to Copenhagen and flew to Salzburg to visit Heather's son Tait, daughter-in-law Sego and grand-daughters Leopoldine and Victoria for a week before our return to Oakville. We were treated royally and had a marvellous time including swimming, picnicking , hiking and lots more.

Last night, September 17th was the launch of my son Doug's new book STRAIGHT TALK ON LEADERSHIP in downtown Toronto. I think it was a great success and it was a pleasure to meet so many of his clients and even more to be with him and his wife Linda as well as six of my grandchildren and four great grandchildren. More than a little emotional to say the least.

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Posted by douglasw 26.09.2013 14:52 Archived in Russia Comments (1)

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