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On The Road Again

semi-overcast 17 °C

While every journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, ours usually starts with a long haul flight. But, although we are headed to the furthest fringes of eastern Europe, we began with a relatively short hop to our nation's capital – Ottawa. These are the parliament buildings...
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And this is the KitKat themed cake that James made in Ottawa to celebrate our friend Trudy's significant birthday...
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Canada is vast and the "short hop” to our capital city took us four thousand five hundred kilometres by ships, buses, cars a train and a plane – a distance greater than we will travel over the next few weeks when we pass through 15 countries from Tallinn in the northern Baltics to the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. But first, a trip around southern Ontario to visit friends and see the breathtaking Niagara Falls...
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Visitors from all over the world are enthralled by the spectacle of the Falls, but not so many realise that just 20 kilometres away is Niagara-on-the-Lake - Canada's prettiest town. This is the historic high street where many of the buildings are 200 years old...
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Southern Ontario lies adjacent to the United States and before the American War of Independence (1775 – 1782) there was no effective border. However, in 1812 the two countries were at war and fortresses were built on both sides. Fort Niagara on the U.S. side is just a short distance across the river from Niagara -on-the-Lake...
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And this is one of the many canons in Fort Henry, Kingston, aimed across the border at the United States. These fortresses and canons haven't been needed for over 200 years but we keep them just in case a lunatic ever becomes the President of the United States!!!
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It is fall in Canada and the Ontario maples are beginning to take on their fancy vermilion plumage. ..
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The countryside will be aflame with colour in a week or so and then will come the deep freeze with temperatures plummeting to minus 30 degrees celsius or lower. So – it's time to for us to push on southward to the Mediterranean. First, a brief stop in England. See you soon.

Posted by Hawkson 13:35 Archived in Canada

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Bon voyage chers amis. Where will you be around November 3rd to 28th ? I have very itchy feet and suffering from Island cabin fever !!!!!! Christine Lloyd

by Hawkson

AH! I get to travel again. Jim the cake is beautiful and she must have loved it. Did you save me a piece? Beautiful time to be travelling to Ottawa. Sue Fitzwilson

by Hawkson

Love the cake! And a happy birthday to Trudy. It was great to see you here in Ottawa.

by Abigail Gossage

Finally after 5 days of no computers or phones we are back to normal. I have 52 emails still to open.
I had to laugh out loud at the big cannon faced at you know who!!! love Jean

by Jean McLaren

Happy Birthday to Trudy and Sheila. Can I sample a piece of cake like that when you're in the UK?
Have a great trip.
Love Heather

by Heather MT

You missed some fun times here... We sure could have used the outdoor pizza oven with the power out and no phone or Internet for days...maybe next year. Happy birthday em, or should I say Sheila?
Much love from me and the grand dogsxo

by The disgruntled teenager

Well, now you have heard from the teenager - you know the reason you didn't get best ever birthday wishes, dear Sheila! Hope you had fun!
Love Joyce and Graham

by joyce

Nice to have the blog back again to start the day. Looking forward to the posts from the next legs of your travels.

by Tom Whalley

So happy to see this blog again so I know you are safe and well. All the best for the rest of the journey.

by Janet Vickers

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