My many adventures

Hi Folks, I want to dedicate this first part to all the Houston people and now the Florida folks who were and are in the path of dangerous hurricanes. I pray for you, your family and your pets to get through this terrible time in your life. Some countries all around the world are facing flooding, mud slides and war, please send help, relief and prayers their way.

I survived breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I still want to visit.

I've been to Scotland, England, Vancouver, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, Yukon, Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway), a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & Sulcuk, Ephesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...

BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: September 7, 2017

Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband have been married one year. WOW that went fast. Was invited to Toronto in July to receive an Honorary Membership award from my union PSAC/USGE. They even brought my grandson up with me. We visited Niagara Falls, CN Tower and went to Medieval Knights dinner theatre. We had such a fabulous time!

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.
I just love summer! I hope the winter will be gentle to us.

Still trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

My granddaughter Layla moved back in so now the family is together again for a while. She is a musician and is going to Community College for a Certificate in Music Finance. She also wants to cook for a living because she just loves food and boy can she cook. I wanted to help her to go to Culinary School but we will have to wait to see when she finally makes up her mind.

My little guy Rialey is now 14 and is 6'1 1/2 ". He is so thoughtful of me and helps me a lot.

I really wanted to travel this year but since retirement, the money is too tight. I'll have to save up but I have all those beautiful memories to keep me smiling for now. Thankfully I have posted most here on my blod.

Take care my blogger friends.

Thanks friends,


Monday, August 5, 2013

Victoria, British Colombia

Well folks, we made it to Victoria.

It was a long plane ride to get here from Nova Scotia but we finally made it.  Unfortunately we had to wait over 3 hours to get into our room.  The kids were as patient as possible but I was the one getting a little excited to get into the room and unload and rest.  I was surprised at how cool the weather was.  We left home with hot weather and here in Victoria, we were very chilly.

The check in counter had the most wonderful person on duty.  How she put up with my crankiness, I'll never know.  She was from the Philippines and she was so beautiful both inside and out.  Actually all the staff at this hotel were incredibly friendly and always smiling.  They couldn't do enough for us.

 The room was so big and nice but the bathroom ?!! wow, I can't say enough how much we all loved it!  It had a huge tub with a separate shower, a long counter with two sinks and lots of mirrors.

We had our own robes and soft white towels that could be a beach blanket!  The floor was marble and the shower was absolutely incredible!  It woke you up for sure.

Just look at this lovely bathroom!  Everything about it is what I dreamed of having in my own home.  The glass shower had doors that swung in or out.  The robes were so soft and the toilet is a new style.  The double sink came in handy with two women in the room!

The beds had pillow top mattresses and I was stunned by the incredible softness and comfort of the beds.  The pillows and covers were as great.  What a great sleep we all had.

This is the front of the Inn at Laurel Point.

This is the side as you come upon the Inn.
This is the other partially side view of the Inn.  See the many slanted rooms and roof with large balconies.

Looking into the room with the bathroom on the left.

This is looking at the room from the balcony doors.

Front door with sliding squared doors to the bathroom

This is the vanity right after the front door and it has a lovely large mirror.

Here's a better view of our room and beds.
This picture is taken from the lounge chair looking at the TV.
Little Rialey was really cranky and got mad over something little and laid down on the lounge chair and fell a sleep.  We covered him up and he slept all night.
Rialey sleeping on the lounge chair

I ate lunch at the hotel but the fish was overcooked.  I didn't think I'd ever eat again.  I informed the waitress and she took it away.  When it came back, it was done correctly and I enjoyed my lunch there a few times.  Prices are terribly expensive but most food we found was.  We did find a fabulous little restaurant over near the Buskers called Robar.  It served Vegan and veggie dishes as well as other foods.  I ate vegan spaghetti and I can't believe how good it was!

My vegan spaghetti dish was awesome!

Layla's salad and stir fry.
Potato Skins with 3 different sauces.
Ansley, a fab hostess!

A look at the restaurant.
Still can't put the DS down, even to eat!

Layla was excited because this is the kind of restaurant she wants to open.  She took pictures of the menu and we spoke to our waitress Ainsley.  She was a great hostess.  It appeared to be a very popular place to eat and the food was excellent!
I definitely recommend this eatery.

However, on the first day, Layla ordered a salad and at first it looked great, but the lettuce was brown and soggy and there wasn't supposed to be tomatoes in it and we got a refund.  She's on a Gluten free diet and has milk allergies.

 Our balcony was the largest I ever had in a hotel.  With two lounge chairs and two regular chairs and table, we enjoyed the fabulous views from our balcony and actually from our beds too.  We saw planes, boats, water taxis, ferries and pirate boats go in and out of the harbour.  There was a garden below our balcony and it was lovely.  We enjoyed looking at it a lot.  We were very lucky. 
Balcony View!
Balcony view.

Balcony chair with roof top above
Left View from Balcony
Garden view from our balcony

Balcony view
View from inside our room
View from inside our room

The kids went to Butchart Gardens with the other family members from our group.  The pictures Layla took were really great!  I am so happy I changed cameras at Future Shop because this new Canon Camera is way better than the Nikon camera I had on our last two trips.  It worked all the time and we got wonderful pictures out of it.

Here are only a few pictures from Butchart Gardens.  It was a very good day for the kids.  

Layla captured these photos.

We didn't use the pool because it was very busy and it was small as well.

We walked to Fishermen's Wharf, not far from our hotel and it was a quaint and lovely little place right on the waterfront.  It had lots of little places to eat, including Mexican.  We ate at Barb's, who apparently are known for their fish and chips.  Well, our fish and chips were horrible!  The fish was way overcooked and the fries were so big and hard, I couldn't eat them.  The staff girl said I should have told her and she could get me a new order.  I just wanted to get out of there.  It was too expensive for fish and chips and they weren't worth it.  Others from my meeting said they ate there and it was great.  So I guess it's all what you like!

The kids traveled on their on doing a walk about around Victoria while I was in meetings.  They had a great time together and they took lots of pictures.  We are on an adventure and this is only the beginning so stay tuned for more to come!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by for a spell.