Monday, October 18, 2010

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a top family travel destination and a must see, at least once.

We started our Grand Canyon adventure last Spring on Route 66. The kids were excited to drive on this historic route which was introduced to their generation in the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars”.

It gets pretty cold that time of year at the Grand Canyon. We weren’t equipped with warm enough clothes so we had to buy some cheap hats and gloves at a dollar store.

(My cheap hat was the “Smurfiest” of all of the hats.)

I just love Léah’s cheeks in this picture.

The canyon offers so many lookouts with views that cannot be matched.

Now we need to schedule the time to visit the other six natural wonders of the world!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend, we made a trip to a pumpkin patch so that the kids could pick their own pumpkins. They were allowed to pick any pumpkin that they liked as long as they could carry it out of the patch themselves. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Naxos, Greece

Naxos is a mountainous island. The capital of the island, Hora, has a well-preserved Venetian castle and is full of beautiful whitewashed houses with small windows, surrounded by stone-paved narrow alleys.

The windmills on Naxos are not a trademark of the island like Mykonos but there are some nice ones. Their architecture is similar to the windmills found on the other islands of the Cyclades with a round shape, white colour, and a pointed roof.

Naxos has more than 98 kilometres of fine golden sandy beaches with superb crystal-clear turquoise waters.

Selling seashells by the seashore

We stayed at a family run studio apartment situated only a few minutes walk to the beach and the small city of Agios Prokopios. The apartment had a sea view and the hospitality was incredible – our hosts graciously brought us fresh eggs and vegetables for breakfast every day.

The most famous landmark of Greece's Naxos Island is the Portara, a massive 2,500-year-old marble doorway that leads nowhere.

The Portara is the entrance to an unfinished temple that faces directly toward Delos, Apollo's birthplace. For this reason most scholars believe it was dedicated to Apollo. Under Venetian and Turkish rule the temple was dismantled so its marble could be used to build a castle. The doorway, however, was so large and heavy it could not be used, so it remains standing alone among the ruins.

Naxos is a great island for families. Calm waters for young kids, and great restaurants. Highly recommended!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Run for the Cure

Mélanie and Léah ran 5K in the Run for the Cure this past Sunday. About the Run:

“The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, and education and awareness programs.

Each year, thousands of Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life unite to participate in the Run. Their reasons for participating vary, but they all have the same goal; to create a future without breast cancer.”

This past Sunday, the participation across the country raised over $33 million.

Mélanie’s grandmother, affectionately known as “Ninnie”, fought cancer with her positive spirit and passion for life. Mélanie and Léah proudly represented Ninnie in the Run.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Saanich Fair

The Saanich Fair is Western Canada’s oldest continuous agricultural fair. Since we moved to Victoria back in the summer of 2004, we have attended this annual event every year (besides last year when we were in Costa Rica).


Watching the sheep shearing


Léah is not too sure what to think of the sheep shearing


Learning how blue jeans are made



Playing in the hay


Pirate tattoos


The rides


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Food from different countries


Cheese Blintz from the Jewish Community booth


Lángos from the Hungarian booth (the original “Beaver Tail”)


Onions the size of Gabriel’s head…


… and other absurdly large veggies



Some friendly sibling wrestling to end the day



Friday, September 17, 2010

Fortune Cookie

Sometimes the fortune cookie message is very accurate.