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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

Rocky Mountaineer

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

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Eucalyptus tree bark

 

Japanese Maple leaves

in their autumn glory

The bark of a coastal tree

Eucalyptus Leaf

Eucalyptus bark

Captured at

Maligne Gorge

Alberta

Canada

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WeeklyPrompts-PC-Window

 

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window

an opening in the wall or roof of a building or vehicle,
fitted with glass in a frame to admit light or air
and allow people to see out.

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A window doorway.

Whatever you call it Maggie approved.

 

The view from

Gods Window

over the

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

South Africa

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,

New Zealand

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.

 

York

England

Coffee shop

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:...Window

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One-Word-Sunday22-Open

 

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open


The Million Dollar View

Banff

Fairmont Springs Hotel

Alberta

Canada

 

The Lekhubu Island 

view over the

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Botswana

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One Word Sunday Challenge:...Open

 

 

 

 

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chill

 

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.

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WeeklyPrompts-Photo-Challenge-A-View

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a view

the ability to see something or
to be seen from a particular place.
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Banff Springs Hotel

Million Dollar View.

 

During recent years,  Griffin Gully

has proven to be a wonderful spot

for Blue Hour…

 

…and sunrise photos…

…all year round.

From high atop the London Eye…

Big Ben quickly became…

…Little Ben.

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travel

 

On Canada’s famous Rocky Montaineer…

 

 

…we travelled from Lake Louise…

 

…to Vancouver…

 

 

…over the Canadian Rocky Mountains…

 

 

…with an overnight…

 

 

 

  

…stop in Kamloops.

 

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Wondrous

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wondrous

inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight;

marvellous

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According to Labradors the is never

sufficient food on the table…

New Zealand’s,

Mt Ruapehu

in

Tongariro National Park

Taken from a digitised version of Super 8 movie film,

atop Ayres Rock (now Uluru) in Central Australia.

Twenty-four year-old Woolly

signing the visitor’s book

after climbing the Rock in 1975.

With The Olgas in the background,

it was a wondrous experience.

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