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This is a collection of my blog entries related to short or long trips I, or Jennifer and I went on.
I have some master pages for some specific locations/trips:

Paris over many years | Australia over many years | Canada over many years | Japan over multiple trips | Italy in 2011 | France in 2013 | Indonesia in 2013 | Japan in 2013 | Japan in 2014 | Taiwan in 2014 | Indonesia in 2014 | New Zealand in 2015 | Japan in 2015 | Costa Rica in 2015 | Singapore in 2016 | South Korea in 2016 | Japan in 2016 |

Table of Content for trips:

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2016/08/22 Visiting Toronto
π 2016-08-22 00:00 in Canada, Trips
As part of linuxcon NA 2016, we went to Toronto, we flew to Toronto, and right after landing, we first went to Niagara Falls.

The rest of the time, we went to visit Toronto:





from our hotel, we had view on the boats that were going back and forth to Toronto Islands, a big park
from our hotel, we had view on the boats that were going back and forth to Toronto Islands, a big park


and small commuter plane airport
and small commuter plane airport

Toronto is a very nice city to visit, lots of things to see. We did the CN tower first in the morning as the lines are known to get very long later on (hours):









30X zoom, woot! :)
30X zoom, woot! :)

Next, we went to Casa Loma, a very impressive residence built by a successful businessman 100 years ago:






great view from the residence
great view from the residence






there is a tunnel going under the street to the annex
there is a tunnel going under the street to the annex


the never finished swimming pool was turned into a movie theatre
the never finished swimming pool was turned into a movie theatre

From there, we took a clueless uber that barely managed to get us to the Royal Ontario Museum. Very varied collections, well worth the visit:











poor wolf, got spikes in its nose :)
poor wolf, got spikes in its nose :)






there was a special expo on tatoos
there was a special expo on tatoos



By then, it was raining pretty hard. We had a look at the nearby university, and found our way to the Ripley aquarium (on its own page):



The next morning, we started with the St Lawrence Market indoors:





We then found our way to the Ontario Science Museum, a bit far away, but in a very nice facility on multiple levels following a hill down:






After the museum, we went to Chinatown and walked around there. There were also many murals:









It was then time to slowly get back to downtown. We took the underground streets through PATH, a full city underground for when it's all cold and snowy above ground:





and we eventually took a train back to the airport (quicker than a cab)
and we eventually took a train back to the airport (quicker than a cab)

Toronto was a nice city to visit. Seeing the major sights in 48H was a bit rushed, but I think we got most of it :)

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2016/08/21 A few hours at Niagara Falls
π 2016-08-21 00:00 in Canada, Trips

Since we were going to Torronto, I figured we'd arrive a bit early the first day and go to Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, it started with Budget (the only place that had cars left) sucking ass, and taking 30mn to get us a car despite being registered for quick pass, and then having to return the car and exchange it bcause it had a check engine light on (54mn wasted total). Next, the drivers around Torronto are total idiots, who caused multiple accidents on the road, and made the trip a lot longer than it should ahve been:

this was only one out of 3 accidents on the road
this was only one out of 3 accidents on the road

We finally arrived in the area around 18:00, quite late :( but thankfully sunset wasn't very early either, so we still had a bit of time, although it was rushed. We started with a nice butterfly sanctuary, and went by a cable car that goes over a whirlpool (but was closed due to wind):

one of the bridges to America
one of the bridges to America







Next, we took an elevator down to a white river walk:





Finally we got to the main part of town, albeit pretty close to sunset, and parking was a bit challenging:




the US side has a walk to see the water and falls from above
the US side has a walk to see the water and falls from above


sadly we were already in twighlight by the time we reached the main falls
sadly we were already in twighlight by the time we reached the main falls


We then had a decent dinner at the visitor center complex, and came back for the night illuminations and fireworks:





We then had a longish drive back to Torronto, but thankfully the road was much more clear on the way back.

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