Black and White Challenge.
hot or cold
Snow in June surprised even the Canadians.
In 2007, this sight surprised me.
Dubai, in October, was still hotter
than Geelong in mid-summer.
A glass blowers friend.
The Million Dollar view from the
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel,
Early morning lightning
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Pier.
Unfortunately, my camera lens was
not wide enough to capture the whole,
all to brief, show.
V/Line travel to and from Melbourne is improving all the time…
…with our rolling stock proudly made in Victoria.
Pre-pandemic we celebrated our wedding anniversary…
…with dinner aboard the Q Train…
…in our first-class cabin
Our next train adventure was a bit more modern
than the Old Queenslander…
…a real Red Carpet treatment on both mornings
and umbrellas to keep the rain off
as we boarded the second morning…
…and it was always expected that Canada’s
would be something special.
Again we treated ourselves to the
Gold Leaf experience.
The Gold Leaf
cars are on two levels.
Upstairs, guests are seated and view the passing countryside
in the most comfortable train seats possible…
All dining is on the bottom level of Gold Leaf…
…while we were told that meals were brought to where guests
were seated in Silver Leaf carriages.
The difference between carriages is clear in the above photo.
Single versus double-deck carriages and
no rooftop viewing in Silver Leaf.
To wrap up our two-day journey a welcoming committee
greeted us upon our arrival in Vancouver
A window doorway.
Whatever you call it Maggie approved.
The view from
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
This window just had to be photographed.
It is the view out Buckland’s BnB, about a five-minute drive
from the Hobbit Movie Set near Matamata,
When booking our Rocky Mountaineer options…
…we decided to pay the extra for the Gold Leaf experience…
…as carriages with windows in the roof were
all that we had ever seen advertised.
The less expensive, Silver Leaf Carriages have a restricted view…
…with windows only in the sides of the carriage
and meals are eaten in your seat.
Gold Leaf guests have a downstairs dining room.
The above image shows one Gold Leaf Carriage
on the extreme right.
The lower row of windows is in the dining area.
The front 5 or 6 cars are Silver Leaf Carriages.
All my chill images should have
provided us with a chilling experience…
…unfortunately, the opposite was true.
Although it was snowing on
Canada’s Athabasca Glacier in Alberta,
moving around kept us warm.
Even our visit to
Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier
was undertaken in bright sunshine.
I must confess wearing more than
a cotton shirt on the
glacier visits though.