Thursday, 23 November 2017

Holiday Road Trips Were An Early Family Tradition

    Christmas is a great time for a road trip. As our sons matured and had obligations to university, jobs and girlfriends we decided a quick Christmas trip would be a good way to see them over a very busy time; if not over actual Christmas Day before or after worked well.

    Being from Ontario we grew to love travelling to Quebec at Christmas; Quebec City in particular was a favourite destination. I don’t mind driving in the snow, in fact I rather enjoy it on back country roads. Quebec City is beautiful in the snow; the old walled city, the Chateau Frontenac, the Parliament Buildings and all the city buildings, all vibrant with lights.

    Fortunately Karen speaks a little French and we quickly found a little can get you in a lot of trouble. On one occasion we actually were away over Christmas Day and St. Hubert Chicken was one of the few places open for delivery. In French quarter is quart and four is quatre. We ordered four quarter chicken dinners and were indeed fortunate the young man on the phone was diligent and insisted on reading our order back to us in English. An overly hearty meal of four chickens was narrowly avoided by his decision.

    A road trip is wonderful at any time but it may very well be the way to keep families together over the holidays.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Back to Reality

  My love for the road trip experience is often matched by my disappointment that it has to come to an end. As reported earlier, the traffic was the first slap-in-the-face return to reality. Fortunately, I have not had to venture into the city yet or I'd have gone completely berserk.
  The daily grind, as it were, quickly replaces the relaxation and tranquility of a vacation and a surprise greeting from Mother Nature adds to the mystique. It was only a week ago I cut the grass (complaining bitterly about having to do so in November) and this morning I awakened to a winter wonderland.
  Life is good indeed.