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Canada: Magnetic Hill

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Billed as a “Must see” attraction, Moncton’s home page states,

Take your foot off the brake and be amazed as your vehicle rolls uphill. Magnetic Hill is Canada’s third most visited natural attraction and is adjacent to a family theme park. A fun time for everyone! Read more…

Canada: Wildlife, St. Stephen, St. Andrews

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

One crosses the border from Calais, ME (pronounced “kaelis”, not “kaelay”) to St. Stephen, NB. Though the two towns are separated by an international border defined by the St. Croix River, they live as one community in harmony.
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Canada: Saint John

November 9, 2012 1 comment

Saint John is the largest city on the Bay of Fundy.  It’s actually a city of about 100,000 people, cosmopolitan in nature, and having the feel of a city instead of a small village.  It offers plenty of opportunities for night life, shopping, adventures, and sightseeing.

One could easily spend several days and nights exploring and enjoying Saint John.  Fully experiencing just one of its natural wonders, The Reversing Falls, consumes most of a day.  But I was on a schedule driven by my reservation to ride the tidal bore in Truro.  Besides, city life is city life, but natural wonders are unique.  therefore I was determined to at least view these “reversing” falls; I simply could not imagine how a waterfall could flow upwards!  This was a puzzle to be solved…
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Canadian Adventures

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Canada.  That great, mysterious land north of the 49th parallel.  America’s neighbor and best friend.  We share the longest international border between two countries – peacefully at that!  Yet we know so little…

Whenever someone mentions Canada, I immediately think of cold, snow, ice, pristine forests, and eskimos.  Pictures of polar bears and seals on icebergs sometimes also pop into my head.  And I clearly remember first setting foot on the American continent decades ago in Newfoundland in the winter.  I remember being ushered off the airplane in the bitter cold into snow tunnels and walking forever through those tunnels – dimly lit with electric light bulbs and dug under 12 feet of snow – to get to the terminal.

Then there is the Bay of Fundy.  Many decades ago, as a young man, I heard about a mysterious place “up north” somewhere in Canada where tides run up to 50 feet, compared to a typical tide of only 3 feet here in the U.S.  This is a place where the tide comes roaring in so fast that you can surf it for miles.  A place so dangerous you might be drowned if the tidal wave – a true tidal wave occurring twice daily, not just a rare tsunami – finds you on the wrong beach.  A place where boats are left resting on the ocean floor at low tide.  Or at least thus I imagined and remembered. Read more…

Hungary: …More tidbits

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

View of Buda

I recently posted a series about adventures in Hungary.  If you read those, you might be interested in these two pieces from the internet.

Hungary, because of its location in central Europe, has been at the crossroads of migrations between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East – amongst them being Jews fleeing westward.  Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary; before the Second World War it was home to one of the largest concentrations of Jews in Europe.   To this day Budapest has one of the largest synagogues on the planet.  So it was not surprising to find the following travelogue about Budapest from a Jewish perspective.  Enjoy!

Of course where there are Jews, there are also anti-Semites – and Hungary is no exception.  So it wasn’t surprising that one of the most wanted living Nazis was arrested in Hungary as well, particularly in light of the fact that Hungary was under Nazi occupation during WWII.

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Sand Castles

October 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The other day I received one of those internet forward emails with pictures of a number of incredible sandcastles from the Oregon coast sandcastle contest. They were true works of art expected to last at most a few days.

Further research revealed that sand castle competitions are thriving all over North America. There are even professional sand castle makers!  A trip to one of these competitions next year might be a lot of fun…

 

Let the other pictures in these links also amaze you:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/15921655/This-Years-Sand-Castles-Competition-in-Oregon-Stunningthe-Best
http://durangonorthwest.blogspot.com/2010/06/lincoln-city-oregon-siletz-bay-sand.html
http://pinterest.com/swissy/wow-sand-sculpture/

How to build a sand castle:

http://redelf.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Build-A-Perfect-Sandcastle
http://bojack.org/2010/06/just_another_day_at_the_beach.html

Top sand castle competitions:

http://www.romantic-oregon-coast.com/sandcastle-contests.html
http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/top-10/top-10-sand-castle-contests-00400000000175/  http://www.ratestogo.com/blog/sand-castle-competitions/

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World’s Coolest Staircases

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Must see these!  Click on picture…

All staircases lead somewhere.  Where does the staircase of this life lead?  Heaven, Hell, or nowhere in particular?

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