On the Road in Canada – Saint John

About a week ago, we arrived in Halifax, Canada with Condor. During the months of May – September, the rates are the best. You can get a round-trip ticket for 620 euro, when booking early.

Since we arrived late in the evening, we booked the airport hotel for one night. The next morning, we started our road trip through a relatively small part of Canada (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) with a detour to Maine to visit a friend.

First we went to Saint John, where we attended the Korean wedding of a former student of mine.

Lady of Our Perpetual Help Church

 

Reception

We spent the night at the Econolodge Inn in Saint John, which has a splendid view over the hills and lakes. The proclaimed deluxe breakfast, was fairly meagre. The rest was very good, such as service, amenities, etc.

View over Saint John

Saint John itself seems a bit like an industrial town in some parts. We enjoyed a good dinner at the restaurant Reversing Falls.

Our third night we spent at my friend’s house in the village of Westfield, just outside of Saint John. This is a very quiet bedroom community with a magnificant view over  the Saint John River.

Saturday morning, we pulled out for our next stay in St. Andrews.

The Greens of Germany

With record highs recorded for late April, most Germans are out and about. And we were one of them.

Bundesstrasse Germany

The Greens, represented here in this post, have been nominated by me.

The green route we take to get to our forest garden does look and feel like a ski jump at times.

Heading towards Schlossborn

The lilies of the valley are winding their way around the edge of the terrace. Nature will always find its way.

Lilies of the valley

cloverleaf

The effects of Planetary Warming have not made an impact on natural greens yet, ostensibly.

 

Nakatsue Village in the Mountains near Hita on Kyushu

One might wonder how we ended up in a small village high up in the mountains (600 m above sea level). Well, as a volunteer at the Kokusai Center in Kitakyushu, I came to know one of the city employees.

She is retired now and lives with her husband in a log cabin in Nakatsue. With her help, we secured a fairly inexpensive overnight deal in a Minpaku. Our charge was 3000 Yen per person (about 30 euro per person).

What is a Minpaku you might ask. Definition of Minpaku taken from Kyushu Educational Travel Net:

This Minpaku experience, which allows visitors to experience rural culture as typified by local cuisine, beautiful scenery and abundant nature, has been becoming popular. In Kagoshima Prefecture, a NPO organization coordinates more than 700 individual homes.

Staying in a minpaku is the cheapest form of accommodation, next is the Minshuku, topped by a Ryokan in convenience and comfort.

With our Minpaku arrangement, we had a whole log cabin to ourselves, it came without breakfast (instant coffee and tea were available), and it was just great!

Minpaku log cabin

For some reason, I did not take any photos on the inside. Our minpaku was fully equipped with heaters, flat screen TV, and all the amenities one could ask for.

Come warmly dressed though as these arrangements high up in the mountains can be rather cold even in April. The thermometer read – 1°C at 10 p.m.

Mountains of Hita, Oita-ken

On my next trip to Kyushu, I will book a Minpaku again.

July in Northern Bavaria

Another trip to the Heimat  had me take a few shots of the area of Franconia (northern Bavaria) a.k.a. as Beer Country.

sunflower fields lining the roadside

grapes and geraniums on German homes

vegetable patches around Sennfeld

vegetable patches around the village of Sennfeld

 This isn’t the Autobahn…

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
– Robert Frost –

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