Quebec City

Some people say that going to Quebec City is like going to France without the long plane ride. I wouldn’t go that far, but Quebec City was very different for us. Lovely. One of the first things to catch our eye as we ventured into Quebec City, was this statue of Francois de Laval (now…

The Old Canada Road

Driving through Maine on the Old Canada Road is a feast for the eyes and for the soul. Quiet and beautiful. Not much traffic, but all of the moose signs were flashing. Once, in Newfoundland, we had a moose incident in the middle of the night. It was traumatic for all of us and we…

Ship Harbor Lighthouse and Mud Flats Hike

We ventured into another part of Acadia to see a working lighthouse up close. In another life, I will be a light keeper. The hike around the mud flats and out to the sea was challenging for me, with all the stairs and rocks, but worth it. Navigating this terrain, I know that I’ve come…

Bar Harbor

We know our way around Bar Harbor, we know where the coffee shops and the restaurants are, and we’ve done a fair amount of window shopping. Coffee is good here. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like lattes for some reason. The ones I get here make a Starbucks coffee very 2nd rate,…

Whale (and seal) Watching

The whale watching trip was fun (and cold!). We saw lighthouses, seals, puffin, and a few small minke whales. The boat went about 25 miles out into the ocean – they call it the Gulf of Maine – so there was the immensity of the sea and sky with no land in sight. It was a…

Acadia

Acadia National Park is big, encompassing a lot of land and islands along the coast of Maine. It is the very 1st of our country’s national parks and is 100 years old this year. Acadia is a place of incredible beauty. Rocks and sea. One of the first things we did while in Bar Harbor…

Maine

It was the rocks, the sea, the boats, and the cold air that first grabbed us. Maine is different. Refreshingly different. We were thrilled with just walking around. The drive up from New Rochelle was not bad and we had a comfortable room in a sweet little old time motel that was within walking distance…

Luca’s Baptism

Baptism of our great nephew, Luca Henry Gioiella, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darien.

Davenport Park

(This is my very favorite photo — the Canadian goose on the rocks.) Since before we were married, John has been taking me to Davenport Park in New Rochelle. We used to bring our dogs here, but that isn’t allowed anymore. Still, every time we come to New Rochelle, we go to Davenport. It is one of those…

Abbey of Regina Laudis

This was an off the beaten path adventure. I had seen this monastery featured on a Netflix film about food. (Michael Pollen’s “Cooked”) We have a history of visiting quirky monasteries on our travels, from the Monastery in the Desert in NM to the Camoldolese convent in Rome. This one was not too far off of…

New York (New Rochelle)

It’s always a bit exciting coming into NYC. We sailed through the traffic despite the rain. We’ve been doing this for awhile, at least once a year for the last 40 years or more (65 for John). Dunno, something about crossing the GWB and the energy changes. It was a refreshing 52 degrees. I love…