Tuesday, April 13, 2021

L - L is for Lancaster

 We are participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again this year. The theme for this year is our Favourite Travel Spots in North America. Join us throughout the month of April as we revisit some of our favourite travel spots. No boarding pass, visa or passport needed!

The locations we feature are all places we have visited and the photos are ones taken by myself or Amanda (or possibly one of our family members) 


If you missed some our our previous tour stops you can click here to see them

Yesterday we spent some time at the ball park. Today we head to Lancaster PA. We visited Lancaster in July 2018 as it was somewhere my dad and step mum wanted to see while they were visiting America.

One of our first stops was the Turkey Hill Experience. It was mostly geared towards kids but the make your own icecream was a lot of fun

We visited the Amish Experience which featured a tour through a typical Amish house and other attractions. This is the school house. Amanda being a teacher posed for a photo in the teacher's chair

There was a lot of information to take in at the Amish Experience and i came out of it learning quite a bit about their culture and customs. This is an example of one of their workshops.

We also took a ride on a steam train through the countryside on the Strasburg Railroad. My dad loves steam trains and rides them at every opportunity.

View from the back of the train.

There were a ton of fabric stores in the Lancaster are too. It was hard not to walk away with arm fulls of fabric. I was good and only bought a couple of pieces.


More Info: 
www.turkeyhillexperience.com/ Turkey Hill Experience
www.strasburgrailroad.com/ Strasburg Railroad


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K - K is for K's at the Ball Park

 We are participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again this year. The theme for this year is our Favourite Travel Spots in North America. Join us throughout the month of April as we revisit some of our favourite travel spots. No boarding pass, visa or passport needed!

The locations we feature are all places we have visited and the photos are ones taken by myself or Amanda (or possibly one of our family members) 



If you missed some our our previous tour stops you can click here to see them

Yesterday we spent some time at the Jamestown Settlement. Today we are enjoying K's at the ballpark. For those who are not baseball fan a K is the term for a strikeout.

 It is a goal of mine to visit all 30 Major League Ballparks. So far i have been to 6 MLB ballparks and 3 Minor league parks. Below are some photos from the ballparks we have been to. It may take a while but i hope to get to all 30 at some point.

San Francisco Giants in 2006. Our flight to Sydney didn't depart until 11pm so we watched an afternoon game. The Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background


Colorado Rockies in 2007. The row of purple seats on the upper level is exactly one mile above sea level. This was taken during a ball park tour prior to the game.

Baltimore Orioles in 2011. We got some really good seats for the game

Washington Nationals 2015. Team was not in town so we took a ball park tour

As part of the tour we were invited to pitch in the bullpen. I threw one strike but i doubt the Nationals will be calling me to join their team.

Toronto Blue Jays 2018. The windows near the top are hotel rooms and you can watch from your room. Prices for these rooms are around $500 per night. 

Montgomery Biscuits 2012. They are the AA team for the Tampa Bay Rays. This used to be a railway station and they used the main building as part of the stadium.

Birmingham Barons 2012. They are the AA team for the Chicago White Sox. This was the last game they played at this stadium before moving to their new park downtown the following season

Norfolk Tides. This is our home team and are the AAA team for the Baltimore Orioles. We are hoping we can go to a game this year.


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Sunday, April 11, 2021

J - J is for Jamestown

 We are participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again this year. The theme for this year is our Favourite Travel Spots in North America. Join us throughout the month of April as we revisit some of our favourite travel spots. No boarding pass, visa or passport needed!

The locations we feature are all places we have visited and the photos are ones taken by myself or Amanda (or possibly one of our family members) 


If you missed some our our previous tour stops you can click here to see them

On Saturday we spent some time in several different airports. Today's location is a little closer to our home. The Jamestown Settlement is located is in Jamestown VA which is close to Williamsburg VA. It has a large museum and several outdoor exhibits. We have been a few times but most recently in 2020 right before the pandemic hit

The first outdoor section is a Native American village

Inside one of the huts

The next section is replicas of some of the early vessels that arrived in Jamestown in the early 1600's

We were able to go onboard this vessel

One of the officer's quarters. The bed is super short.

One of the cannons onboard the vessel

The last section is what a typical settlement in the 1600's would look like

Another view of the village. We were able to go into many of the buildings


More Info: www.historyisfun.org/  Jamestown & Yorktown website
Cost: $18 Adults and $9 for kids. Combo tickets and other offers are available on their website


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Saturday, April 10, 2021

I - I is for In Transit

  We are participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again this year. The theme for this year is our Favourite Travel Spots in North America. Join us throughout the month of April as we revisit some of our favourite travel spots. No boarding pass, visa or passport needed!

The locations we feature are all places we have visited and the photos are ones taken by myself or Amanda (or possibly one of our family members) 


If you missed some our our previous tour stops you can click here to see them

On Thursday the journey was the focus of the day rather than the destination and today's post will be the same. Today's topic is In Transit. On many journeys you end up having to change modes of transport whether it is changing trains or connecting to another flight, The pictures below showcase some of the airports that  we have stopped at while in transit.

Favourite Airport - Houston International. Its big enough to have everything you could want but not super crowded. Other favourites are San Francisco, Chicago Midway and Nashville
Least Favourite Airport - La Guardia in NY is my least favourite. 

LAX - Los Angeles International Airport - Taken in 2001

Inside Vancouver Airport. Taken in 2001

San Francisco Airport. This is usually our gateway to and from Sydney Australia

Dallas Fort Worth Airport. Taken in 2006

The little plane that took us back home from Philadelphia Airport

Some airlines dont rent a gate at Washington Dulles Airport so they have you board a tall bus type vehicle and it takes you straight to the plane where you just step on.

The 747 that took us to Sydney in 2013



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Friday, April 9, 2021

H is for Halifax

 We are participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge again this year. The theme for this year is our Favourite Travel Spots in North America. Join us throughout the month of April as we revisit some of our favourite travel spots. No boarding pass, visa or passport needed!

The locations we feature are all places we have visited and the photos are ones taken by myself or Amanda (or possibly one of our family members) 


If you missed some our our previous tour stops you can click here to see them

Yesterday we spent some time on the Staten Island Ferry. Today we head up the coast to Halifax in Nova Scotia Canada. We visited Halifax in 2010 and 2011 on cruise ships. It is a lovely city to explore or just sit by the harbour.

Located close to downtown the Public Gardens is a great place to explore and relax

The Halifax Public Gardens has a wide variety of plants on display.  

This tree was planted by Queen Elizabeth II's father King George V in 1939

We came across this bagpipe band who were preforming.

We found a nice Irish Pub to have lunch. Bangers and Mash for Amanda and Fish & Chips for me

downtown Halifax


More Info: 
www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca/  Halifax Public Gardens website
discoverhalifaxns.com/  Halifax Tourism Website
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Going to the Big Apple

  Welcome to our tour of North America. During the month of April we are going to visit our favourite spots in North America. Come join us as we revisit some of our favourite travel spots. No passport or boarding passes required 



Today we leave the islands of the Outer Banks and head to one of the best known islands in the world Manhattan. Today is not about the destination itself but the journey we take to get there. When we visited NYC we stayed in NJ andrive to Staten Island to catch the ferry to Manhattan. The ferry is a fun way to get to the city, is free and goes right by the Statue of Liberty. Its also has cheap parking nearby which is about $8-10 per day.

The iconic Staten Island Ferry

The Manhattan Skyline from Staten Island

Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal and GCT Bayonne Container Terminal

The Bayonne Bridge. It is the sister bridge to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.

The ferries run right by the Statue of Liberty

On a good day you can get some great shots of the Statue of Liberty

Approaching Manhattan

Getting ready to dock at Whitehall in Manhattan. The ferry ride is almost over and your NYC adventure can begin!


More Info: www.siferry.com Staten Island Ferry website
Cost: The Staten Island Ferry is free!


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