Montreal and Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen mural on Crescent Street.


Benelux for great beer.

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Leonard Cohen mural as seen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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A very fine red wine at Bouillon Bilk.


Budapest: Breathtaking Beauty

Budapest, Hungary, is a stunning city under the light of day or the sparkling lights cast from its regal buildings at night and reflected on the River Danube, which slides through the two halves of Buda and Pest. (Part 1)


Buda looking toward Pest

It is a very walk-able city with plenty of sights and sites to view along the way, be they churches or cafes on a square with sprawling pavement seating. (Part 1)


Hungarian Parliament at night

The food, especially the duck and fish, is splendidly prepared and presented. But finding a quality beer here can be a bit of a challenge but with research and determination it can be done. (Part 2)


When the beer offerings were at a low ebb, I switched to Hungarian red wine, which was plentiful and of good quality, hitting the right notes of fruit forward with a nice peppery finish. (Part 2)

San Diego Images

Crystal Pier as seen from level three of Tower 23, Pacific Beach.

A red rose in the Rose Garden, adjacent to Balboa Park, home to San Diego’s galleries and museums.

Pacific Ocean surf breaks sharply under Crystal Pier, some 872 feet from shore.

Over the course of a day, the price for mimosas steadily rises at the Bare Back Grill, Pacific Beach.

The old Point Loma Lighthouse, now a museum, overlooks San Diego’s inner harbour, some 427 feet above sea level.

Red wine and a setting sun at Jordan’s in Tower 23, Pacific Beach.

Trees and potholes

Even the recent spell of warm weather has not released these trees from their burlap bindings here in Toronto!

Even as Toronto struggles with a shrinking economy and the proposed need to elevate taxes, the city has come up with a unique way to deal with the increasing number of potholes…the use of corn meal as a sealant on the Danforth!