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Saturday, August 22, 2009

I am back !

A view from the Island of Orleans

Ste Anne De Beaupre near Quebec City
Inside Ste Anne De Beaupre

A lighthouse on the way to Tobermory on the big ferry called Chi-Chemaun

A perfect view of Manitoulin Islands

We fed trouts on a fish farm.

Chez Marie an old bakery from the 1600, it bakes its bread outside in huge brick ovens .


She was making a fishing net !

People in costumes in Quebec City
Stilt walkers , they went uphill walking on coblestones !

This cannon ball grew surrounded by this tree in Quebec City its from the was of 1759.

This is the back of the Chateau facing the St Laurence river where we had High Tea inside the tall glass windows.
High Tea ...soo delish !

Beautiful Chateau Frontenac where we had High Tea.

Cable Car ride up to the Falls.
Montmorency Falls on the Louis Joliette

Farmland in Quebec near the city.
The fortification wall of Old Quebec City built in the 1700,its near St Louis Street
This is the Avon River that flows through the town of Stratford.
A statue of Shakespeare outside the Theatre
The Festival Theatre in Stratford, where we watched our 3 Shakespeare plays.

The trip was delightful we were gone almost 3 weeks, the plays were beyond my expectations, when ever I see the name Colm Fiore I will go see any play that man is in, he was fantastic !
Of the 3 plays Cirano Di Bergerac was my favorite !

Manitoulin Islands were splendid,quite majestic we took a 2 hour ride on the Chi-Chemaun ferry to Tobermory

We started the trip in Ottawa to visit with my daughter we also took her with us to Quebec City, which made it twices as much fun !

On our way home ,actually we were half way home he got a terrible phone call that my nephew had passed away, so we stopped at a cafe along the highway, made some phone calls and turned around heading back south to Burlington for the funeral.

My husbands nephew was only 36 and had a heart defect from birth, he never let that stop him he lives his life to the fullest, 2 months ago they offered him a heart and lung transplant, he refused it because he had enough , that was his decision.

I have never seen a funeral like his we had 3 police escorts over 1000 attended. The outpouring of love towards this young man was astounding.I always knew he was a people person. He was loved by so many.

As you can guess I am drained .. I slept for 3 days when I got home,but slowly picking up pieces.
I am glad to be back !!
Hug your children !!


Queenmothermamaw said...

What a sad way to have to end a wonderful vacation. I love the pictures. It would be amazing to see Stratford on the Avon. My condolences to your family on the passing of your nephew.

BetteJo said...

So many wonderful pics! Looks to me that high tea is about way more than tea. :) Amazing stilt walkers and all the costumes, looks like you had a wonderful time!
I am so sorry though, about your nephew. Sounds like he was given a fabulous send off but all who love him.

Brenda said...

I am so sorry about the nephew. How brave though he must have been, to make such a decision. Diane, I am so glad you got some time away to yourself!

Needled Mom said...

I am so sorry that the wonderful vacation had to end on such a sad note. He must have been a very special individual.

The pictures from the trip are amazing. Welcome back and get some rest.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

So sorry to hear about your nephew. I am glad the choice was his to make; that should give the family some peace.
Your trip was fantastic; I can only imagine a vacation like that. Love the photos of the area, as I have never been that far north.
Glad you are back, get some rest...

Brenda said...

What an awesome holiday but such a sad ending, Condolences to your family.

Welcome home!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I have just looked at your last two posts and enjoyed all of the beautiful sights so much. I'm so sorry about your husband's nephew. laurie