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Nice Cheap Wine

Very nice wine in the $15 ball park. Doesn’t give me a headache the way the chunkier Australian Shiraz’s do.

2013 YYC Flood Pictures

Trying to show the power and effects of the Bow River in Calgary during the 2013 flooding. Again, this is the day after it supposedly crested.

Calgary Zoo Penguins

Penguins at the YYC Zoo.

House Finch

House Finch

Euro 2012 – Hog Roast

Hog roast at the New Inn near Crediton where we were staying. You drive down this narrow lane, through a tunnel of trees and emerge in what can only be described as the Shire from Lord of the Rings. And for the record, British food gets a bad rap, the hog roast was $@%@$#% delicious.

Euro Trip 2012 – Day 2

So today I decided that as a family we should step outside, out of the house that is. We’re on vacation and spending time inside is a waste of time in my opinion. Well intended but a tactical mistake in the end. Everyone was still tired from our journey and there was no grace or patience left that day. Lesson learned was to take an extra day to recover from a trip before attempting to step outside.

We decided to take a trip into Exeter to check out the shops and stretch our legs by walking about a bit. My in-laws live in Morchard Bishop and the easiest way for the four of us to get to Exeter was via train. Dad drove us to the train station and again the train arrived with the precision of a Swiss watch. The train was full and we ended up standing for the half hour trip into Exeter.

Oddly enough it was free to get on the train and we didn’t have to buy tickets until we got off at Exeter Central station. The conductor at the station automatically added return tickets to our purchase and we received a small discount. Total price for a return trip for four to and from Exeter was 12 pounds.

We walked a few blocks from the the trains station to Cathedral Square to get a view of Exeter Cathedral. The Cathedral is over 800 years old and is spectacular despite the current renos.

We also visited St Martins Church which predates the cathedral by a few hundred years.

Euro 2012 Trip – Day 1 – Part 2

A generally lazy day, the girls stayed at home but the boys (grandpa, beloved son in law, and grandson) made their way to Exeter for some shopping.

This was not a social (tourist) call but rather mission for survival. We didn’t have Wi-Fi in the house and that wouldn’t do. I also wanted to get a UK or European cell number if I wanted (more than needed) to use my cell and at $1.50/minute I’d rather not rack up too many roaming minutes.

We made our way on the narrow country roads through Crediton and to Exeter which has the larger shops and stores.

Crediton is a small country town with essentially one main street with small shops along the way and a couple of larger chain type super stores at each end.

Exeter is a larger population centre which was formerly a Roman town and now is also a university town.

The only thing of note about getting the Wi-Fi gear was that the prices for computer gear end up being about 20% more expensive than the same gear in North America. This is due to the 20% VAT charged on goods in the UK. Note that prices in stores include the VAT already.

Getting the “temporary” cell number was relatively easy, we went to a Vodafone store to get a micro-SIM for my iPhone, they didn’t have any and so sent us to an independent re-seller across the street (Phones4U). 10 pounds later I slipped a Lebara Mobile (which runs on the Vodafone network anyways) SIM into my phone which came up right away with the new number.