Quebec – the “Old City”

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Quebec City, founded as a French colony in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, was selected for its perfect location along the St. Lawrence River. From a ferry ride across that river, the old city’s walls, charm, and vibrance are as beautifully real as the images portray.

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Halifax – Titanic Connection

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The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia was called upon for the grim task of attempting to recover those lost at sea due to the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912. Of the 337 passengers and crew recovered, some were buried at sea, some were shipped home to families, and 150 were buried in three cemeteries in Halifax – Catholic, Jewish, and Protesant. White Star Lines, owner of the Titanic, paid for cemetery plots and simple rectangle markers.

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Of the 121 individuals buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, 42 are unidentified. The only markings on their gravestones were the date and an identifying number used when the the body was recovered. Some names were added over the years, as identities were discovered from notes taken about the victim, clothing, jewelry and personal effects. This meticulous work performed by the people of Halifax to process victims, sadly paid off during the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion five years later.

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Did James Cameron know there was a real J. Dawson on the Titanic when he named his character for the movie, Titanic? This man was actually a crew member named Joseph Dawson.

Friendly Confines

Friendly Confines

I’ve never been to a major league baseball game. We decided a trip to Wrigley Field would be the perfect spot to start…it’s all about the history. We did a tour of the ball park before the game, and what an interesting place! So much tradition is kept in tact here. Between the tour and the game, I felt like we were at a neighborhood game, not a major league event. It was great fun, especially since the Cubs won 🙂 The term “friendly confines” was coined by Ernie Banks, as it was always good to get home to Wrigley field after a road trip. The Cubs players, staff, and fans make it a friendly place too, confined in a  classic Chicago neighborhood.