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Monthly Archives: November 2017

I’m not originally from Wisconsin, but it’s been my home since 2011. Winter? You can keep it. But autumn? It’s lovely! Just wish it was longer. Here are a few pics from this fall in Wisconsin:

Classic “small town” Wisconsin can be found in Cedarburg, about 30 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. The main street, Washington Avenue, is lined with restaurants and shops, from antique stores to boutiques to art galleries. My mom and her boyfriend were visiting from Indiana. They like antiquing and wine tasting, so Cedarburg was a good match. Bret and I drove them over to Cedarburg on a rainy November Saturday. Not letting the… Read More

Bizarre. That’s the only word to describe Wisconsin’s House on the Rock, near Spring Green–about an hour east of Madison. And I mean bizarre in a good way! It’s organized hoarding–part museum, part house, and odds-and-ends you might find at your grandparents. Began in 1959, and possibly owing to a dispute between its founder Alex Jordan, Jr. and famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright (the Wikipedia page is interesting!), House on the Rock… Read More

This fall, Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin hosted China Lights. This was the second time it was hosted here. It’s an enchanting display. Constructed entirely by Chinese artisans, their creations are illuminated each evening. You show up before sunset, maybe have a beer or a glass of wine, tour around the beautiful gardens, then after dark watch the magical displays get lit up! My favorites were the traditional Chinese dragon… Read More

I could eat my way through Montreal…in fact, I did! We didn’t have a bad meal there. A lot of people I know make lists of restaurants they want to try when they visit a new locale. We prefer to just wander around neighborhoods and pop in when a place looks good. By far, one of our favorite experiences was the Old Montreal Food Tour–highly recommended! Besides that, we had good meals… Read More

Doing more exploring in Montreal, we continued to use our Passeport MTL to gain admission to the Insectarium and the Montreal Botanical Garden. If you’re a fan of creepy-crawlies, then the Insectarium is for you. Dedicated to bugs of all kinds, some living, some dead…the place was popular with the kids! Outside, we noticed a food stall set up and an educational display promoting bugs as a food source. There were termite… Read More

Montreal consists of great neighborhoods like Vieux-Montreal and Mile End. To add to that list is the Gay Village. Centered on rue Sainte-Catherine, the Village features hip bars, clubs, restaurants, and a welcoming atmosphere for gays and lesbians and the community as a whole. Geographically, it’s the largest gay village in North America. The highlight when we visited was the beautiful public art installation by landscape architect Claude Cormier. Entitled “18 Shades of Gay,”… Read More

Montreal hosted the 1976 summer Olympic games. The first Olympic hosted by Canada, the highlights included gymnast Nadia Comaneci getting a perfect 10 score, Britain’s Princess Anne competing in equestrian events, and Bruce Jenner’s gold medal in the decathlon. We took the Metro to the Pie-IX station. Walking down Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin we were treated to an odd site: cyclists and rollerbladers – both men and women – covered head to toe… Read More