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Destination Canada – Day 9 – Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

On the eastern side of Nova Scotia, nestled on the edge of the clam waters of the Minas Basin, is Grand Pre, forever memorialized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's haunting poem Evangeline. Published in 1847, Evangeline tells of the main heroine's idyllic childhood in Grand Pre and her arduous search for her betrothed after they were… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 9 – Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 6 – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

We didn't have to travel far to reach the start of the Acadian Trail at the edge of the Cheticamp campsite. It was an absolute gorgeous day for a hike - sunny and bright with wisps of cool winds blowing through the air. Being early in the season, the deciduous trees were only starting to… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 6 – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 5 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

We arrived at Halifax at 10pm the evening prior after a 1.5 hour flight from Deer Lake.  The alternative would have been to board a 8 hour ferry from Port aux Basques to Sydney, at a higher ticket price. Bright and early around 9:30am, we walked from the hotel towards Halifax Public Gardens, formally established in… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 5 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 4 – Gros Morne, Newfoundland

The day started with a drive north on the Viking Trail, which leads to L'Anse aux Meadows, the only known Viking settlement in North America. Our destination - Arches Provincial Park - at 40 minutes, was much closer and, in my view, equally worthwhile. Carved out of limestone via the forces of retreating glaciers, the naturally… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 4 – Gros Morne, Newfoundland

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Destination Canada – Day 3 – Gros Morne, Newfoundland

We eagerly hit the trails in the morning at 10am to start our explorations. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gros Morne National Park is home to the eponymous Gros Morne mountain. Thus it was fitting that our hike be up the Gros Morne Mountain trail. Also known as the James Callaghan Trail, named some 30… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 3 – Gros Morne, Newfoundland

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Destination Canada – Day 2 – St. John’s, Newfoundland

We had a late start to the day waking up at 10am and driving 30 minutes south to Bay Bulls to board the Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch excursion. Once upon the water, the Captain and crew observed a swarm of northern gannets circling above the water at a relatively short distance way. Every so… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 2 – St. John’s, Newfoundland

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The Wright Houses – Polymath Park

I capped off my weekend Wright trip last April with a stop at Polymath Park, a half-hour drive from Fallingwater. It had snowed the night before and snow still glisten from the tree tops. Driving through the Allegheny Mountains felt like entering upon an enchanted winter wonderland. Little wonder the rich and powerful of Pittsburgh… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Polymath Park

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The Wright Houses – Kentuck Knob

Cushioned into the mountainside of the Chestnut Ridge at 2,050 feet above sea level, Kentuck Knob is barely visible from view. It was one of the last Frank Lloyd Wright houses ever constructed. Wright was 86 when I.N. and Bernardine Hagan, friends of the Kaufmanns, approached him to design for them a luxury Usonian house in 1953… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Kentuck Knob

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The Wright Houses – Fallingwater

When  Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. and his wife Liliane commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 to design a summer house on their sixty-acre woodland retreat in the Allegheny Mountains 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, little did they know the result - Fallingwater - would be an architectural masterpiece, a work of art unlike anything that… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Fallingwater

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Teddy’s Summer White House

Located in the tranquil community of Oyster Bay,  Sagamore Hill was the only house Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909, ever owned. He bought the lands in 1880 at age 22, engaged New York architectural firm of Lamb & Rich to design a house for property in 1884 when… Continue reading Teddy’s Summer White House