I thought I’d book end my first Paris/Bruges blog by writing about our first day in Paris. Then we’ll see where mood, whim and fancy takes us.

While researching our trip, Sally found a fabulous river cruise on the Le Calife which we booked at the end of our first full day in Paris. We had been told we had to experience Paris at night – that it was the city of light. What better way to see the city lights than on a Seine River cruise. Not just any cruise, but a 2 hour dinner cruise! It turned out to be the perfect way to introduce ourselves to Paris!



Across the way was the Louvre. In front of us, the Pont des Arts, with it’s hundreds of thousands of love locks. The view got us excited about the following day and to forget our jet lag.


As night fell, we set off… catching glimpses of many famous landmarks such as Notre Dame.


The city scape…


A structure called The Paris Docks. Built on an old 1907 concrete warehouse structure on the banks of the Seine. Very cool at night!


The Musee d’Orsay. More on that another day…


The Palais Bourbon.


No tour would be complete without the Eiffel Tower. It’s scale caught me off guard. It is immense and beautiful!!! Oddly enough, this was as close as we got to the Tower. Just too many things to do… And like any good designer, we had to edit our list…


While the gorgeous scenery passed by the boar’s interior, food and wine was a delight as well. The bar was done in copper and glowed in the evening light.


The upper deck where we sat for dinner. Who needs decor???


As I had hoped, the wines were fresh and deliscious. I hope I can find this Philippe Tessier wine in the US.


As the evening drew to a close, we both agreed that the entire cost of the trip was worth it already!

Little did we know how much better it was going to get.



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The Mood of Light


I took the last week of August off, spending time at the family camp in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. I never tire of looking out over the water of our little lake, watching the sunlight as it plays across the landscape.

A sunset series…


Morning Mist…


Perfect reflections…


Morning paddle Ampersand Brook seeking out native Brook Trout… Never found any but had a great explore….


About a mile up the brook, I came across an active beaver dam which raised the water level above the dam by about 4 feet.

I never found Brook Trout. Next year, I must plan a day trip so I can go further into the wilds…


Almost every evening, I’d go out for a short paddle…

It feels odd that the summer is “over” and September is upon us. It went  by so very very quickly this year. So many things planned for the Fall…



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First, a little business… While I was away, about 7 of your comments ended up in my spam folder. All have been approved and posted – and hopefully that little problem has been rectified… Now on to my trip!

Let me just say, I’d go back tomorrow… After driving for two days, including one ferry ride across the only fiord in North America where I saw a Beluga Whale (It happened so fast I didn’t have a chance to take a picture.) we arrived at our cabins overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the small village of Baie Trinite.


Each morning, we were greeted with glorious sunrises, except for the two mornings I got up at  “o’dark thirty” in the morning to drive north to fish the Penecote and the Aux Rouchers Rivers. (The sacrifices we make in the name of fun…)


On the other days, after a hearty breakfast we’d pile on our cars and drive to the the entry gate to the river where we met our guides for the day and head off to our respective pools for the day.


I missed a nice salmon in this pool.

Salmon pool on the Trinite River


I hooked and lost a salmon in this pool on the Penecote River. I was so surprised and excited, I just stood there thinking, “OMG!!! There’s a salmon on the other end of the line!!!” and never set the hook… It was a very short encounter…


The Aux Rouchers River. The only access to this river was via canoe and we had to get up at 2:30 in the morning to meet our guides, get on the river in order to the “good spots” by 5 AM.


Loading the canoe at 5 AM…


Bob, a local fisherman, fighting a salmon.


Here I am fishing :-)


At the end of each day, we sat on the cabin porch and enjoyed the view. It was a visual feast taking in the many moods of the river and sky.





By now, you’re probably wondering where the pictures of fish are… I caught 2 sea run brook trout on the morning of the first day.They were the only fish the entire group caught the entire week!!! I was so excited, I forgot to take pictures and then rationalized by thinking, “Not a problem, I’ll catch more.” HA!!!! Our guides, organized by Jocelin Le Blanc owner of Landmark Fly shop in Port Cartier, were superb, putting us over fish each day. We simply couldn’t tease the fish kin to biting. When they did, none of us were quick enough to set the hook… In spite of that, I would go back tomorrow, we had such a good experience.

Now it’s back to reality… And helping put the final details on our son’s wedding in early August. Life is good!


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