Thousand Islands Getaway

This weekend we surprised my husband with a little getaway for Father’s Day.  He knew we were going somewhere, but he didn’t know exactly where he was going until he sat down in the car to begin the drive.  Super fun idea that mixed things up a bit.  Definitely going to do more surprise trips in the future!

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The kids and I booked us for a night at the Gananoque Inn in Gananoque, Ontario.  It is a cute little town only about an hour and a half drive away from us and is considered the “gateway” to the Thousand Islands region.  We had a very nice night at the hotel- watching the Women’s World Cup game on tv (ironically being played back in Ottawa) and then wandered down to the local park and beach area in the early evening.

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I had booked us for the Boldt Castle boat cruise for the Sunday.  It is a five hour boat trip- 1 1/2 hours each way and then 2 hours on Heart Island to explore the castle and the grounds.  The weather forecast called for rain but in the end it was a perfect day!  Heart Island is actually situated in American waters so passports are required so we could almost kind of fool ourselves into thinking that we were going on a big trip.  😉   My daughter thought it was cool that the boat passed under the Thousand Island Bridge that connects Canada to the US.

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I had done the boat and castle tour several times as a kid.  I always like cruising through the Thousand Islands and seeing all the islands of varying sizes.  Some are so small that the house that is on it takes up the entire space.

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Then we arrived at the castle.  The story behind it is kind of sad.  It was being built as a gift from the owner to his wife to show his love for her. There are hearts everywhere on the island- in the wrought iron fence, heart-shaped stones, even the island itself was apparently reshaped into a heart.   But then she died before it was finished and he stopped all construction on it.  It sat empty from 1904 until the 1970’s when it was decided to fix it up and continue trying to turn it into the splendour that had been envisioned.   There has definitely been tons of work done on it since I was last there, and lots of rooms are now finished and furnished.

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After wandering the castle and all of the out-buildings (including a children’s playhouse that is more like a mini-castle) we sat outside in the gardens and had a little picnic lunch that we had brought with us before we boarded the boat back.

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Great little getaway!

Karen

Travel Friday (on a Thursday)

Where: Quebec City- 2013

Inspiration:   I’m a sucker for cobblestones and New France style architecture.  Not to mention fresh croissants.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Travel Friday

Where: Archbold, Ohio USA- 2013

Inspiration:   Such a great sky.  I took this photo on preview night at Rug Hooking Week 2013 at Sauder Village.  Once the preview closed, my daughter and I went outside while my husband stayed in the hotel room with the baby.  We lay beside the bean fields and chatted and watched the sky.  Such a great memory for me of a very special time.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Travel Friday

Where: Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, 2014

Inspiration:  I love the shades of blue in the background and the varying colours in the grasses and wildflowers in the foreground.  There is something very relaxing and beachy to me about this colour combination.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Travel Friday

Where: Iceland- 2008

Inspiration:  The colours are AMAZING.  And it is Iceland so really, that in and of itself is inspirational.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Travel Friday

Where: Leamington, Ontario- 2013

Inspiration:  I think I’m a sucker for a great sunset.  And the orange outline on those dark clouds is just delicious.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen

Travel Friday

Where: Tilting (on Fogo Island), Newfoundland- 2013

Inspiration:  Traditional old Newfoundland buildings.  Picket fences.  Rowboats along the shore.  Perfect.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Travel Friday

Where: Grand Manan, New Brunswick- 2011

Inspiration: Love the colours of this sunset and the way that Swallowtail lighthouse and the weirs out in the water are silhouetted.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen

 

 

Photo by Karen D. Miller

Travel Friday

 

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark- 2006

Inspiration: I have always loved this photo from our trip to Denmark.  I love the colourful buildings in the background, the reflection of the words on the ship in the water, and the shape and structure of the boat.

 

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Every Friday in 2015 I am sharing a photo that I have taken somewhere that we have travelled.  My goal in looking back at these travel memories is to rekindle the inspiration that caused me to take the photos in the first place.

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Karen