First Light in Ste Marie among the Hurons

Lights on Path and treeswith lit up church on top of a hill in the background

What better way to offset the cold and dark than finding or sharing heat and light? That is just what we did when we visited Sainte Marie among the Hurons ’ First Lights festivities early last December. Every late November, beginning of December, during three consecutive weekends, more than 5000 lights are placed around the reconstructed mission village. There are crafts, a small farmers/crafters market, native drumming and music performances, people in traditional and/or historic and all set against the village alight with lanterns and fires. A bit of Sainte-Marie…

Central Park Traffic and a Tramway Ride

With the Path (Subway line from New Jersey) partially closed for maintenance, we walk along the New Jersey boardwalk towards the next available station. It is a muggy morning. The mist hanging down touches the river.  New Jersey waterfront There’s quite a lot of traffic this Sunday morning.  Boats on the water and strollers alongside it. A water taxi makes its way over to our shoreline and we decide to take it instead. Two stops later we depart close to the New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum…

New York’s Garment District – Immigration, Fashion and Skyscrapers

What is now known as the Fashion or Garment District, started out quite differently. When early last century the theater business and district in New York was celebrating its highs, it attracted a myriad of additional businesses that quite literally didn’t see the light of day. Prostitution, racketeering, gambling and bootlegging were the cornerstones of that part. It resulted in an area run by criminals which earned it the nickname Devil’s Arcade or Tenderloin. Due to this the area was not one anyone would willfully settle in, making rents low…

Keep on walking – Dutch History New York

This second of our 3- day New York City trip, we come up from the PATH into the Oculus, the subway station close to the World Trade Center. It is incredible. It is white. Marble. High (160ft/48.7m). Empty. Sparse. Massive. Impressive. And to me resembles the bleached carcass of a Spinosaurus or the chest section of a tyrannosaurus. It was designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava and finalized in 2016 after it went both over time and over budget. As someone who simply visits New York for the first time and…

Navigating New York on Foot

With a couple of days to explore, New York within driving distance and 80% of the family never having visited, we took a trip to the Big Apple early October. It was Thanksgiving in Canada and beautiful weather in the States. We’d booked a hotel in New Jersey situated next to the Path (a Subway line running underneath the Hudson river). It meant we could leave the car behind, enter the city by public traffic and explore on foot. Because it is both my and the kids first visit, of…