Gorges Du Verdon Alpes-De-Haute-Provence

So many times I have visited this region of the South of France, too many return visits and I never tire of the beautiful views. The canyons are considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. The surrounding roads and forever winding with beautiful vistas of the canyons and its waters. There are small peddle boats and Canadian canoes available for hire on the lake.

The area is very popular with locals and tourists and it is a must see. If you are in nearby Nice then make the effort and take the drive up to the Gorges, you will not be disappointed.

Fnideq (Castillejos) Tétouan Morocco

Two years ago we embarked on our annual family holiday but with a difference. We had always wanted to visit Morocco but not the more conventional places to visit, more off track and not where regular tourists go. Result was a fabulous life experience and one our family will always cherish.

We visited Fnideq which is town in northern Morocco, on the Mediterranean coast of M’diq-Fnideq Prefecture, situated 31 kilometres north of the city of Tétouan. The town of Fnideq is also known under the Spanish name of Castillejos.

We entered the Country via Gibraltar a British Overseas Territory and headland then onto Ceuta, Spain’s autonomous city located on the north coast of Africa. After a short taxi ride to the nearby border crossing. We chose to enter Morocco by foot, a daunting prospect but we did it none the less. Car journeys are fraught with very long delays and many problems. After filling out the necessary entry / exit forms for the country we were processed without too much delay or problem. We seemed to be hurried through on the basis of our nationality.

 

The market place was full of hustle and bustle with all the locals going about their business, the sights and smells were amazing. There were many cafe’s available where you could stop for a break from the heat and have a little shade. The traditional drink is Moroccan mint tea (good for digestion) but there were many other not so traditional drinks available. Some people spoke French, which was handy for us but not all – so language was a barrier but not too much of a problem.  We found the people very friendly. I blended in nicely due to my complexion and dark hair! My husband and two children stood out with their blonde locks! My son kept having his head rubbed (for luck I think?) but he didn’t seem to mind, however he got a little dizzy from it after a while!!! We seemed to be the highlight of conversation for some. Even though the trip was daunting with two children I am so very glad we experienced the real Morocco and not a tourist hot spot. 08/2015

 

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Niagara Falls Ontario Canada / USA

I have been reminiscing back to July 2005 where me and my husband honeymooned in Ontario Canada and Buffalo NY state USA. We spent most of our time in Canada. What an amazing time we had!

Niagara Falls Canada is amazing – a natural beauty. I loved the Skylon Tower where you can take in perfect vistas of the falls. We also took a boat ride on the falls. A truly amazing experience and one that I would repeat in 2016. Definitely a big tick off my bucket list!

If like me you do not like commercialisation then you won’t be too bothered about Clifton Hill and all the commercialised nonsense: wax works, Guinness book of records, ghost rides etc.  I think it spoils the beauty of Niagara, still worthy to visit but a complete contradiction of what it should be. I much prefer the Niagara Falls USA side in walkable distance just over rainbow bridge. The USA side is a nature reserve so no commercialisation. Perfect!

Further away (3850 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls Ontario) you can take a ride on the Whirlpool Aero cable car which transports passengers over a section of the Niagara River referred to as the Niagara Whirlpool.  It is quite popular but I would definitely visit if you are in the area.

We Spent a few days in Toronto Canada staying in nearby Mississauga Ontario Canada. A busy City with lots to do and see. The CN tower is a must and there are many places to take a boat trip on the lake or to Toronto Island Park, where you can have a wander around and take in the scenery and if you are into history then you must visit Fort York (located 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto ON). Fort York is a historic site of military fortifications and related buildings on the west side of downtown Toronto. It was really interesting and educational. 07/2005

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