Reflections, Travels

Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

It's fascinating sometimes how truly small this world is and how various strands intersect in unexpected ways. This story commences in January last year (2017) with me casually browsing through the New Yorker, reading articles that catch my eye. Yes, I still read the paper version of newspapers and magazine - there's just something about… Continue reading Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

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Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory

Summer is a great time to visit botanical gardens. It's the best time to enjoy lush green foliage, flower in full bloom and of course, bask in special exhibits. This was especially true of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH where in the Pacific Island Water Garden colorful Central American butterflies… Continue reading Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory

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A Day in Cincinatti

Cincinnati is called The Queen City or The Queen of the West due to its spectacular growth in the 19th century as industrialists and entrepreneurial adventurers sought out opportunities along the banks of the mighty Ohio River. Among the many that came was Alphonso Taft, who made the move from Vermont in 1838 to establish… Continue reading A Day in Cincinatti

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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 8 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic - comprising of three packed floors, one schooner and one trawler - is a true mammoth in Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There was so much interpretation and information packed in the museum that we spent nearly the entire day exploring the exhibits. The museum starts with a… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 8 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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Destination Canada – Day 7 – Bras d’Or Lake, Nova Scotia

The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck was not at all what I expected. Having visited the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ last year, I was expecting a similar experience here - a close-up encounter with history walking through scared grounds where technological innovation happened. Granted, I didn't know much… Continue reading Destination Canada – Day 7 – Bras d’Or Lake, 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 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