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Fall Foliage, and Pumpkins, and Witches–Oh My!

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People often ask me why we moved from California to Florida and I have to say it was for the warm (hot) weather, Disney World, and close proximity to the cruise ships. One thing we didn’t move to Florida for is the fall foliage, so what are we to do but to take a ship to enjoy fall elsewhere. I have to admit there was not as much fall color as I’d hoped for because the changing of colors seemed to be just beginning, but by Florida standards, it was still incredible, and incredibly cold, I might add.

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We were lucky enough to travel with some Miami friends we’d met on a much earlier cruise in the Mediterranean. Reconnecting with these friends has been a fantastic experience, and we had an amazing time together.

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We started in Quebec City, and I have to say those people seriously know how to celebrate Halloween!

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Quebec City is an amazing place to visit and surprisingly easy to get around in whether you walk it or utilize a hop on/hop off bus. Almost all the cities we visited had transportation which made it easy to get around.

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Traveling through the rest of Canada was quite an experience as well. Some feel the lobster is to die for, but I personally believe you cannot beat Canada’s Tim Horton’s for maple donuts. I don’t know what led to the great maple donut conspiracy in the US, but I know we once could get maple donuts in Florida, but now we can’t. Who is behind this conspiracy???? Is it the Republicans? Is it the Democrats? I just don’t know.

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Again, I do love Florida, but it’s nice to go to a place where fall actually feels like fall–more like winter to me–but I digress! Warning! If you don’t get the lobster, it’s apt to get you. Once my sister and I ordered a lobster in Boston, not realizing that you get a lobster that looks pretty much like the one in the picture–and almost as big! People always talked about getting the ‘lobster roll’ and I always imagined it was a neatly rolled up lobster, but it’s not, it’s a sandwich. A lobster on a roll, get it? So many things to learn!

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If you’re feeling a little California and have the urge to hug a tree, it’s nice to hug one that is crimson or golden once in a while! Seriously, if you are thinking of going to Canada for the fall foliage, it’s well worth the trip and now is a great time to go with our dollar being worth about twenty-five percent more than the Canadian dollar, it makes it a bit more affordable.

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At the end of our trip we did stop at Portland, Maine, and Boston Massachusetts as well, and for our finale, we wound up at Kennedy Space Center back in good old warm Florida! I loved Kennebunkport, Maine, although that name just doesn’t roll off the tongue easily, much like the lobster roll. LOL! Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one.

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Whether you decide to do the fall foliage trip all the way from Quebec, or you start it in New England, it’s a fabulous trip and there are fantastic sites to see.

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While I’m not a native Floridian, when we visited the Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral, I felt that Florida has created some pretty amazing history in the more recent past. It made me proud of all our astronauts have accomplished.

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I would just like to say thanks for letting me share some of those special moments of travel with you. Life is so short and I feel truly blessed to be able to visit such absolutely amazing place. Thanks for stopping by. And as you can see, those space capsules were not very big!

Bren

 

 

 

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