2014 – Twelve months in Pictures

2014 has come and gone, and now we are at the start of 2015. It has been quite some year. We have found ourselves in different countries, cities and continents. We’ve been to Boppard (Germany), Bristol (UK) and Brighton (UK). We’ve spent time in Kathmandu (Nepal) and Montreal (Canada). We’ve seen the German Alps, the…

Bye bye Montréal, it’s been great to get to know you!

We are back in England. Over the last three months (and a bit) we have been based in Montréal, Canada. Three months is a long time, and plenty of time to get to know the place, the good and the bad. The city is truly beautiful in both sun and snow. Generally the people are…

Three seasons at the Biosphère in Montréal

Nearly three months have passed since we arrived in Montréal. In that time we have experienced the heat of summer, the protean abundance of autumn, and now, with the first snow: winter.  The locals may disagree with the seasonal classification yet: four centimetres of snow is nothing compared to what awaits them in February. The…

Autumn chill in Parc Lafontaine

It is getting colder and the mercury dipped below zero (degrees Celsius ~ 32 Fahrenheit) for the first time this weekend. Although during the day it is not freezing yet, there certainly is a chill in the air. Still, today was a wonderful sunny day and although some remnants of the night frost where visible…

Jean Talon Market – Fresh Fruit and Vegetables in Montréal

Marché Jean-Talon, in the quarter called Little Italy, is where farmers from the areas around Montréal come to flog their produce all year round, even during the winter. Hallowe’en is approaching rapidly everywhere and so also on Jean-Talon Market. Everywhere you see the pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Some are so big you can live in…

Tam Bao Son – Vietnamese Buddhist Monastery

At a two hours drive from Montréal, close to Mont Tremblant National Park you will find the lovely Vietnamese Buddhist Monastery Tam Bao Son. The monastic complex covers a huge stretch of land with a temple and, spread around, several devotional sites with statues in every conceivable colour. There are several statues of the female…