I am fifty-seven years old and I still get goosebumps during the grande finale of the Detroit/Windsor International Fireworks. Cathryn and I were both impressed by this years’ display, and think it was the best ever.
450 different types of fireworks – 1,100 shells blowing up in 24 minutes should impress anyone. It’s one of the largest fireworks displays in the world, and it’s delivered to our riverfront annually, Ford being the latest sponsor.
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This is an excerpt from Ed’s Book, A Casual Traveler
Conch shells lay in water, along beaches everywhere
Line gardens, paths, and porch stair.
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For this year’s annual bike trip the S.O.B.’s did a run up to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and then back. Our total damage was just over 1100 miles in four days.
We had an extra biker this year, Karl, who joined Tim, Devin, Chris, and myself (Papa Bear). The destination is different every year, this trip was planned by Chris and Tim. Our departure on Thursday morning was delayed by the late arrival of the boys from Michigan, but they made a pickup at the duty free shop in the way of an apology.
It was almost lunch time when we met Karl for breakfast at the Country Diner on Manning near County Road 42. With our bellies full, and a big blue sky looking down on us, we slipped into the middle lane on the 401. Our first stop was at Earl’s, in London, where the beer was cold and waitresses hot.
The ride along the 401, 407, and 400 were boring, but light traffic and perfect weather helped the world become a better place. Chris had his heart set on dinner at Weber’s, near Wonderland, but the rest of us would have preferred a sit-down restaurant with the option of another beer.
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Whoever says that sequels are never as good as the originals, will be proven wrong when they see Now You See Me 2.
Lizzy Caplan is the new the fourth Horseman, along with returning magicians Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco. Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine all return to keep you guessing and scratching your head at the clever and well thought-out plot.
There are more twists and turns in this movie than and Indy-car race track. Don’t worry about getting too confused by all the magic and illusions, they explain how most of them are done.
Michael Caine looks like he made his appearance right from the grave, but Morgan Freeman acts like he’s got another twenty years to go. This sequel has more of everything in it. If you’re into magic and illusions and quick-witted drama, this movie is for you. It’s good fun for the whole family.
Cathryn and I give it our best score yet, 10 out of 10.
Since I started posting pictures of doors that I’ve taken from different places around the world, I have noticed that I’m not the only admirer. In honor of all you door fans out there, I’m posting another excerpt from my book, A Casual Traveler.
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By Cathryn Gagnon:
The historic town of Amherstburg is the home to a cozy little pub called, Lord Amherst Public House and Wine Bar. It’s located at 273 Dalhousie Street, and named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst, who served as the first Governor General of British North America. This quaint meeting place comes complete with creaky wood floors and traditional English pub fare. Separate from the pub, there is a wine bar upstairs. It has a rustic European décor and features imported and local wines.
Our server was sweet, welcoming, and attentive. We started off with a Grimbergen, dark lager, craft beer. It had caramelized undertones with a crisp coffee finish. Since it was my birthday lunch, and my mother was buying, I thought I would splurge. We ordered soup and sandwiches.
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