Tuesday, August 31, 2010


We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we sail into Skagwway. We'll have plenty of free time, so we'll go on the  White Pass & Yukon Route Railway,  one of the most famous rail journeys in the world. That one has been on my 'Bucket List' for a few years.

The historic White Pass and Yukon Railway is spectacular

Monday, August 30, 2010

Juneau, Alaska

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we arrive in Alaska's scenic capital, Juneau where we'll take a flight over the Taku Glacier'. Later in town, who knows, we might bump into Sarah.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A lazy day aboard the cruise ship

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

We are sailing... we are sailing... across the water, further away...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

All a board MS Zuiderdam

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we board our cruise ship MS Zuiderdam in Vancouver for our 7-day Alaskan Voyage.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Vancouver BC

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

We've arrived back in Vancouver, the capitol of British Columbia. This morning, we'll take a guided nature walk through the rainforest at Capilano Suspension Bridge and later we'll enjoy a sight-seeing tour of Vancouver's highlights.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Still on the Rocky Mountaineer

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

We're still on the Rocky Mountaineer train heading back to Vancouver. We're following the Thompson River and pass through the magnifiscent Fraser Canyon before arriving in Vancouver

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rocky Mountaineer

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we board the Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day rail experience one  of the most spectacular railways in the world, in our GoldLeaf carriage.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

We've arrived in Banff and we'll spend the day sight-seeing and a trip on the Bow River.

Tonight we hope we will be eating dinner at the "Walliser Stube" restaurant of the Chateau Louise Hotel. Check this out:

Monday, August 23, 2010

Emerald lake

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we visit Emerald lake and Natural Bridge en-route to Banff

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Icefields Parkway

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we board the 'Ice Explorer' and enjoy the Athabasca Glacier.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Just a quick 'live' comment. Thanks for calling in and leaving comments. We are having a good time. It is not possible in every place to log in so when we have a chance it is good to read your commenys. It was very hazy ar Son Peak as there are lots of bush fires in the area. It is also very hot and we had to go and buy short-sleeved shirts. By for now and keep looking in.
Cheers, Bill and Diane

Today we're in Jasper and we take a cable car up into the Canadian mountains. Actually they call the cable car 'A Tramway'. Strange.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A peak at Sun Peaks

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we travel through British Columbia's Cariboo region below the soaring granite mountains of Canada's Rockies.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hat Creek Ranch

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we stop at Hat Creek Ranch to learn about the Shuswap people. This evening, we learn about the fur trade and life as a pioneer.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A whistle stop in Whistler

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

We've arrived in Whistler and today we go on a Peak to Peak Gondola tour, sure hope these things are safe.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Today we're in Howe Sound

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today, we travel to Nanaimo and cross to the mainland by ferry, then we drive along Howe Sound stopping by the Shannon Falls. 
Tonight, we step into the world of the Black Bear. Can't wait(?!?!)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Butchard Gardens, Vancouver

We're on a trip through Canada and Alaska...

Today we're visiting the world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 22 hectares of of floral displays.
We also take a Scenic Floatplane flight over some spectacular areas.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

We're off to Canada and Alaska

Hi Blogging friends. Diane and I are flying to Vancouver this morning for a 21 day trip by bus, rail and cruise liner through Canada and Alaska. If you want to know where we are, come back to my blog where every day I'll have a picture of where we are. Unfortunately not our pictures as I am blogging by remote control for three weeks, but you'll be able to follow our trip.

We'll try to get on the internet wherever we can to read your comments and if possible reply.

We'll be back 'on line' in three weeks, until then, I wish you all the best.

The first two nights we'll stay at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria

Wow.... can't wait
More tomorrow...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A last look at Brisbane for a while

A last look at Brisbane from the Kangaroo Point cliffs
Log on tomorrow to find out why...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bank of New South Wales Queen Street

At the top of Queen Street stand the old imposing Bank of New South Wales building as part of Brisbane Heritage. It hasn't been a bank for many years but still looks majestic on the corner of George Street.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Convict built Wall? Or not!

It is a common urban myth that this wall facing the 'All Hallows School' in Ann Street was built by convicts. In fact, few convicts were sent to the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement after 1839, and the area was opened up for free settlers in 1842. Construction of the wall did not start until 1865.
As you can see, it is still raining in Brisbane

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thomas Joseph Byrnes - Queensland Premier 1898

It was raining in Brisbane yesterday. We went into town to buy some warm clothes to take to Canada and Alaska next week. We passed this statue of Thomas Joseph Byrnes who died six months into his term as the Premier of Queensland. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A barrow

It's been a while since I participated in My World Tuesday so once again I show my overseas visitors scenes from 'Our Brisbane' 

Starting with a disused barrow taken at Ormiston House I took some time ago.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Night Train

An express train passes through Central Station at night.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Come in jetplane

A Virgin Air jet is coming in to land at Brisbane Airport

Saturday, August 7, 2010

You can park there

The new car park building at the Domestic Terminal at Brisbane Airport.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Colour in the sky - Skywatch Friday

Strange bright coloured kites over Redcliffe last week. Or could it have been an invasion?

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Typical Australian Street Sign - Still Bright Colours

I took this picture last Sunday driving home from Cleveland and I thought it would make an interesting post for Bright Colour theme day.
The road goes through Koala and Wallaby habitat even though it is in Capalaba, a Brisbane suburb.
This is not an unusual sign, there are many such signs in the suburbs, especially on the south side of Brisbane, Redland Bay and Logan City.

of the Bright Colour theme

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Which game is that?

Following a plumber's van the other day, I noticed his motto. I like it. Do you?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hogs Breath Cafe

For my overseas visitors, I pose the question: Would you eat at a restaurant with a name like Hogs Breath? I can put your minds at ease and tell you that the food served there is usually fabulous, especially their rib fillet steaks which they cook for 18 hours resulting in a real tender and juicy steak. That is if the oven works and they haven't run out of steaks which has happened to us (now twice) at their Cleveland venue. We also visit their Loganholme venue where we have never had any problems.
If you would love more information about this Australian Steak Chain,

Monday, August 2, 2010

Driving home from Cleveland this afternoon, we came across a series of Wattle trees on the side of the road. As it is still is "Bright Colours" theme day, I thought the beautiful yellow of the Wattle tree would qualify.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bright Colours

One of the local chefs browsing the Redcliffe markets last Sunday. You can't get much more colourful than that.
Theme day - for City Daily Blog today is - 'Bright Colours'

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