Serena, Roz & Manny
This web site is your windshield to our adventures from the comfort zone of your own space. The road ahead of us is constantly changing, and so is the content of our web site. Hop aboard, and enjoy the ride!
We’ve got places to see, stories to find, people to meet, experiences to blog, recipes to share, photos to take, and videos to shoot. Read more
One of the best parts of travel is noticing the differences. Here are some things that we have found of interest in Nova Scotia. (Some of these may be countrywide, but we discovered them while here in NS.)
Road signs in Cape Breton are in English and Gaelic.
Sales tax is 15%! But since high tax means everyone has health care, we don’t mind a bit. Read more
Categories: Canada, Culture
What would you do if a blight of Dutch elm disease ravaged your town’s 100-year-old elm tree population? Read more
Everyone has heard of Cape Breton. Entire books have been written about the famed Bay of Fundy and its crazy tides. The South Shore’s Lighthouse Trail is well traveled and well known. Wineries galore punctuate the Annapolis Valley.
So imagine our surprise when the region that we had never heard of, the one that no one mentioned as a “must see”, the one with the tiniest guide book, turned out to be our favorite. The Eastern Shore is one of Nova Scotia’s best kept secrets. Read more
I usually do my trip planning on a day by day basis. So it was while driving on the Eastern Shore and perusing the local guide-book that I noticed an antique car show along our route on the exact dates that we would be passing through. Manny and I love walking down memory lane and admiring cars that we fell in love with when we were growing up, when guys spent hours washing and waxing their pride and joy on city blocks all over America, and evidently all over Canada too. Read more
The weather in Nova Scotia is like an avocado. You can only enjoy it when it is ready —not when you are. And, it is usually only perfect for one day.
So after numerous days of changing plans or cancelling reservations, we finally learned to live in the moment and to decide the day’s activities after awakening and looking outside. Read more
Everyone we told about our upcoming trip to Nova Scotia immediately mentioned the breathtaking vistas of Cape Breton, an island and the eastern most part of the province. There are five different routes; the best known is the famed Cabot Trail, which takes you up steep mountains, around tortuous curves with forest on one side and dramatic cliffs with ocean views on the other.
At the advice of Anne Marie from the St. Peter Visitor Center, we opted to drive around the Cape counter-clockwise. Her reasoning was that the interpretive centers, observation areas for photo ops and boardwalks to venture out on to the huge rock formations are located on the outside. Driving clockwise would mean having to cross the highway to take advantage of them. Read more
Categories: Canada, Weather
Manny is one lucky guy. (And not just because he is married to me!) For the last several years, we have ensured that his birthdays have been particularly memorable. We celebrated his 60th enjoying the house blends in a coffee shop in Amsterdam… For his 63rd, we placed the order for our home on the road, Serena. When he turned 64, he relived his college days in Madison, Wisconsin, and his wet and wild 65th found us aboard the Maid of the Mist, cruising under Niagara Falls. Read more
I never thought much about Adirondack chairs. I suppose because I never really saw many of them. (Although lately I’ve noticed unattractive dark green plastic ones on the front lawns of neighbors’ houses.) The “real” wooden ones were never part of my worldview. Read more
In PEI we had gotten into a rut of staying in campgrounds. At the end of a long day, sometimes it is easier than looking for a boondocking (free camping) location. And the provincial parks, while not very picturesque, were pretty inexpensive at $30.00 a night, less our senior citizens’ discount of 10%. Read more
We had planned on visiting Prince Edward Island at the end of the trip if time allowed, but as my good friend Liz says, “Life happens while making other plans”. Serena’s suspension went haywire and her control gauge was flashing red continually: a very disconcerting situation. After numerous calls, Manny found that Bluenose RV in Bridgewater, NS could help us. Unfortunately, they were booked solid through September. After more calls to Firestone corporate headquarters, we were referred to B&J Truck Centre in PEI. So off to PEI. Read more
Categories: Canada, Cuisine